Mikaela Shiffrin: I'm not afraid of the consequences as long as I have that mentality
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The Alpine World Ski Championships opened with Mikaela Shiffrin's surprise DNF. She says she's "not afraid of the consequences." In today's second run of the alpine combined, she needed to close the gap with Federica Brignone by just 0.08 seconds in the final slalom.
She straddled, which surprised many. “Mostly I was thinking, now I'm going to go to the mix zone and everyone's gonna ask, ‘Oh, is this Beijing again?’,”-Shiffrin said, as quoted by eurosport.com
“It's not I didn't really think that for myself, but more for the people asking.
But I also said before coming into this World Championships multiple times, I'm not afraid if it happens again." She wants to fight for medals.
Her mentality is something special. “What if I don't finish every run, like what happened last year? I survived and I've had some pretty amazing races this season.
So I would take the season that I've had, with no medals at the World Championships.
If it's either-or, then I would take [the latter]. I'm happy with it.
But I'm going to be pushing for medals because that's what you do at World Champs and you wear your heart on your sleeve and you go for it.
I'm not afraid of the consequences as long as I have that mentality, which I had today so it’s good”.
Shiffrin shows that she still enjoys what she does. Mikaela is relaxed, gives her maximum, and believes in herself. “Sometimes you get the momentum and you just keep it going because it has been so fun to ski,” Shiffrin added.
“I love how I'm skiing.
I love the feeling I have every time I get on my skis, no matter what event. It's almost easier to get motivated because every single day I enjoy coming out here and doing it.
Unfortunately, you also have to face the side of the sport where it doesn't work, you don't finish, everyone's disappointed, that's the negative side or the sad side.
But overall, it's just been such an insane, amazing season.
I feel like I don't have to get motivated. I just keep it rolling and keep going with the skiing I have because it's been the best I've ever done”.