Shiffrin Fails To Medal In Slalom

Shiffrin Fails To Medal In Slalom

It’s a headline nobody at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics expected to see. However, just 24 hours after winning Gold in the Giant Slalom, Mikaela Shiffrin failed to medal in her best event. Going into the Women’s Slalom, the American superstar Alpine skier – only 22 years old – was heavily favored to take home her second Olympic Gold in as many days. At all the Vegas sportsbooks and online betting shops, Shiffrin was carrying between -450 and -500 odds to finish the race in first. As defending Olympic champion in the Slalom, she seemed like a lock after winning the Giant Slalom earlier this week.

Unfortunately, Shiffrin finished 0.08 seconds behind Austria’s Katharina Gallhuber, who took the Bronze. Shiffrin’s main competition going in, Wendy Holdener of Switzerland, won the Silver, and Sweden’s Frida Handsdotter (+1000) won the Gold. While these results are a certifiable windfall for many bettors, a lot of people were left out in the cold after Shiffrin’s poor performance.

Of course, there’s a reason why Shiffrin didn’t perform so well in her best event: She was sick. Or nervous. Or both. Shiffrin threw up before the Slalom on Friday, but she claimed that it “felt more like a virus than nerves.” And that’s understandable. After all, this isn’t Shiffrin’s first Olympics, and she’s a seasoned competitor in Alpine World Cup events, having won Slalom Gold in three different World Championship contests. Why the pressure would be on in any inordinate fashion for this particular race is anyone’s guess.

It seems far more likely that Shiffrin is dealing with norovirus, which has been ravaging PyeongChang in the lead-up to and during these Winter Olympic Games. One of the primary symptoms of norovirus, which has an acute onset and resolves within 24-36 hours, is vomiting and fatigue. Shiffrin has already withdrawn from the Super G contest, citing a compressed schedule due to inclement weather (which delayed the Slalom final by three days), which could give her an opportunity to recover from her ailments before going for Gold in the Women’s Downhill (+1000 to Lindsay Vonn’s -120) and the Women’s Alpine Combined, where she is still the heavy favorite at -225 at USA online sportsbooks.

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