Mikaela Shiffrin speeds down the course en route to a gold medal in giant slalom at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. (Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
And to think giant slalom is not even her best event.
Vail's Mikaela Shiffrin had to wait about a week to get her Olympics started because of the high winds that have delayed numerous Alpine events.
But the wait was well worth it.
Shiffrin blazed to a gold medal in the giant slalom on Thursday night (U.S. time), her second career Alpine gold, tied for the most in U.S. Winter Olympic history.
After trailing by 0.20 of a second after the first run, Shiffrin was fast enought to beat silver medalist Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway by 0.39 seconds and Federica Brignone of Italy by 0.46.
Shiffrin will look to become a back-to-back gold medalist in the slalom, which is on Friday. She won a gold medal in slalom in the 2014 Sochi Games.
Click on the photo below to watch Shiffrin's full second run.
Stars in the right hand, stripes in the left.. make sure it’s right side up.. careful with the wind.. don’t drop it!.. Okay okay, all set.. cool.. now SMILE!!” 😄😄 #teamusa #WinterOlympics 📷gettyimages pic.twitter.com/JA62ESv6rn— Mikaela Shiffrin (@MikaelaShiffrin) February 15, 2018