World Cup feels ‘unreal’ for Shiffrin after failed Games

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For skier Mikaela Shiffrin, winning the World Cup feels like the “most unlikely title” of her rich career. It was a season of ups and downs for the 27-year-old American. “The downs were very, very hard; those were some of the hardest moments of my life,” said Shiffrin after finishing second in the super-G in Courchevel, securing the overall victory. “So it’s very special to win the World Cup after this difficult time, perhaps the biggest goal I had for myself this season.”

The two-time Olympic champion failed to win a medal during the Olympic Games in China last month. She finished next to the podium in all six events in which she competed. These were difficult times for the skier, who received a lot of criticism and insults from her followers on social media for her disappointing performance. “Whenever I have a difficult moment, other difficult moments also come back. Then I get so depressed and I just want to go home.”

Shiffrin missed a number of matches in the World Cup due to a corona infection. Despite this, she was able to receive the crystal ball as winner of the overall World Cup for the fourth time on Thursday. Shiffrin recorded five World Cup victories this season and increased her total to 74 victories. Still, the overall victory for the acclaimed skier felt unreal, after the failed Games. “In some ways it felt impossible that this could happen.”

World Cup feels ‘unreal’ for Shiffrin after failed Games
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