Despite being 18, Mikaela Shiffrin’s technical prowess made her a strong favorite going into the women’s slalom on Friday; she proved why with a strong gold-medal performance.
For those who wonder why she’s a stride or three ahead of even her elite competition, this GE: Brilliant Performances video breaks down her edge over the pack by providing a side-by-side comparison between Shiffrin and silver medalist Marlies Schild of Austria:
Run 1 shows why she’s dominant
Run 2 captures her near-fall
What Shiffrin said of this moment:
She lost a big chunk of her edge over Schild & Co., but ultimately composed herself and held on for gold: