Mikaela Shiffrin's Heartbreaking Comment After Giant Slalom Fall Says It All

The two-time gold medalist got off to a disastrous start at the Beijing Winter Olympics.
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Mikaela Shiffrin didn’t hide her disappointment Monday after falling in the giant slalom at the Beijing Winter Olympics. She was disqualified from the event.

“I won’t ever get over this,” she told reporters, per Sports Illustrated.

Shiffrin then reflected on previous mishaps, which have been rare in the two-time Olympic gold medalist’s sterling career. She completed 30 straight giant slaloms leading up to Beijing, AP noted. Her first Olympics run came to a crushing end in about 11 seconds as she skidded to the slope.

“I’ve never gotten over any” falls, she said. “I fell before the last Olympics and I remember thinking that was so heartbreaking. It wasn’t even at the Olympics.”

Mikaela Shiffrin falls in the women's giant slalom at the Beijing Winter Olympics.
Mikaela Shiffrin falls in the women's giant slalom at the Beijing Winter Olympics.
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In an earlier interview with NBC after she crashed out, Shiffrin struck a more positive note as she looked ahead to the slalom on Wednesday. She won that event at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.

“I’m gonna rest and focus on what I can control in the slalom,” she said. “I won’t hide the disappointment, but I’m also not gonna dwell on that because it won’t help me at all.”

Sara Hector of Sweden won the gold medal in the giant slalom, followed by Federica Brignone of Italy and Lara Gut-Behrami of Switzerland.

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