U.S. Olympians past and present have Mikaela Shiffrin’s back.
The two-time Olympic champion alpine skier, favored to take home multiple medals from Beijing 2022, was disqualified from her second race in a row at the Games on Wednesday.
“I’ve never been in this position before and I don’t know how to handle it,” the 26-year-old from Colorado admitted.
Retired Olympic champion skier Lindsey Vonn, commentating on the Games for NBC, rallied for the athlete, tweeting she was “gutted” for Shiffrin.
“But this does not take away from her storied career and what she can and will accomplish going forward,” Vonn wrote. “Keep your head high.”
Olympic champion gymnast Simone Biles, who pulled out of multiple events at the pandemic-delayed Tokyo 2020 Games to focus on her mental health following a debilitating case of the “twisties,” shared a series of hearts.
Track star Gabby Thomas, meanwhile, hailed Shiffrin as “an inspiration for all of us.”
“You have so much to be proud of,” Thomas tweeted, adding: “Keep going.”