U.S. Olympic skier Mikaela Shiffrin admitted she came close to tears after spotting an inspirational message stuck to a pair of skis loaned to her by Italian rival Sofia Goggia.
A note taped to one of Goggia’s skis that two-time Olympic champion Shiffrin used for the downhill run of the women’s alpine combined event on Thursday read: “FLY MIKA, YOU CAN.”
“When she saw the note, Mikaela almost started crying,” the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team wrote on Twitter.
Shiffrin ultimately crashed out of the race, the third time she failed to finish in Beijing, ending her shot at an individual medal.