Mikaela Shiffrin seemed on her way to a legendary new world triumph, she who had not competed in super-g since January 26th 2020, when she won at Bansko a week before the death of dad Jeff, and who had triumphed the last time she had put the skiing on the snow of Cortina.
The sixth world title vanished with the lack of absorption of the last bump of Olympia delle Tofane, costing between 8 tenths and the second by the two Swiss who preceded her on the podium. Mikaela talked about the race and the furure.
She said: "I understand that the mistake cost a lot of time and speed, but you have to ski to the finish and I didn't quite make it, Lara did. The gold medal is just where it belongs. I started in 2011. I was 15. And if I look back I think that the best is already behind me.
Said like this it seems a sad and negative thing: I tried, I succeeded, I will never feel the same emotions again, I will not have more first times, I have I've already lived it all. But I don't think about that, neither about the records nor about the medals.
I just think about skiing fast.
Mikaela Shiffrin: "I thought about retirement"
I also thought about the retirement, and how it will be. Will I be moved? Swear to us. It's a complicated separation. It is shocking to leave rhythms, days, friendships, complicity, adrenaline.
It's not easy to say goodbye to a piece of you, close a door and leave everything behind. This makes the future interesting. We women have competed before, they could do it right away. Instead, he expected the end of the men's race.
I'm not making it a question of feminism, but of a wrong organization. The others and I woke up at five, what's the point of making us wait four and a half hours to reward ourselves? I froze, there was no place to wait, I went up and down between various hospitality, but I lost precious time that I could use for my preparation.
I know that Cortina was damned to organize these World Championships under a pandemic -Shiffrin says-, I know that it is complicated to manage the situation in the parterre, I know that everyone makes a lot of efforts, but on Monday there is the combined, again women and men on the same day .
Please plan better. I'd like to see if it happened in tennis. I can't see Serena Williams staying calm."