Not the momentum Mikaela Shiffrin hoped to carry into the Olympics.
The world’s best all-around skier lost her balance with a few slalom gates left, en route to sure victory, and skied out in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, on Sunday.
Shiffrin led by 1.09 seconds at the final intermediate split before the uncharacteristic mistake.
She worked her way back up to the missed gate and straddled it for a DNF.
Slovakian Petra Vlhova ended Shiffrin’s streak of five straight traditional World Cup slalom wins.
It was Shiffrin’s last race before the Olympics, her manager said, according to The Associated Press.
Full results are here.
Shiffrin goes into PyeongChang with these results in her last five races: 7th, DNF, DNF, 7th, DNF, albeit two of those were speed races that Shiffrin does not favor.
The women’s World Cup continues with a head-to-head slalom event in Stockholm on Tuesday.
Shiffrin leads the overall standings by 751 points with 10 wins this season.
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Another Olympics is in the books.
The PyeongChang Closing Ceremony will cap off the 2018 Winter Games Sunday morning, beginning at 6 a.m. ET / 3 a.m. PT with a live stream of the events.
Jessie Diggins has been named the U.S. flag bearer after an incredibly gutsy performance to take home the country’s first-ever gold medal in Cross-Country.
How, when and where to watch the Closing Ceremony
Stream LIVE on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app: Sunday at 6 a.m. ET / 3 a.m. PT (Stream here)
The live stream will feature all the sights and sounds of the Closing Ceremony without any commentary.
Watch on TV: Sunday at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC (Stream here)
The Olympic figure skating commentating trio of Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir and Terry Gannon will host the Closing Ceremony on NBC in primetime beginning at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.
“It’s a huge honor and privilege,” Lipinski said. “I’m so excited to embark on this new and exciting adventure and bring the Closing Ceremony to the U.S.”
“This is a glorious and unexpected experience that I can’t wait to get fancy for!” Weir said.
Mike Tirico – NBC’s primetime host throughout the PyeongChang Games – hosted the Closing Ceremony for Rio in 2016 alongside Ryan Seacrest and Mary Carillo.
Tirico and Katie Couric hosted the PyeongChang Opening Ceremony in South Korea two weeks ago.
Sunday night’s primetime edition of the Closing Ceremony will also feature simulstreams on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app. (Stream here)
There’s no one word to describe Team USA’s men’s curling victory in the gold medal game Saturday morning.
For a team in a sport that is known for yelling, the victory left John Shuster, Tyler George, Matt Hamilton and John Landsteiner speechless.
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On the morning of February 19, Matt’s (Hamilton) birthday, the day we played Canada, I woke up saw it and said ‘I have a choice. I have a choice to rewrite my story, to write the story of this team. That we put the work in and I wasn’t going to let any thought in my head or any of that stuff get the in way of the story of this team… they deserve to have the skip who helped them get here and I’m glad I showed up.
It’s unbelievable, this whole last four years. Just being on the cusp at the world championships. Getting bronze one year, coming fourth and fifth the other two years. We knew we were close, and to make the breakthrough here at the Olympics is just amazing.
It’s too surreal to even think about right now… I think it’s going to hit harder tomorrow but I keep waiting to wake up. I’ve not been emotional because it’s just shock. To go from where we were a few days ago… the emotions, they’re bottled up and they’re building but it’s going to be a little bit before they come out.
NBCOlympics.com: PyeongChang a much different Olympics for Shuster, Team USA
For me and John [Shuster]… This time around we were able to show them what we’re capable of and we’re really proud of that… And this team, I’m just proud of what we have all done. We’ve put in so much work together the last four years and we’ve been able to peak at the right time obviously. So I can’t imagine it means any more than the world to any of us.