Mikaela Shiffrin cruises around a gate on the Sochi giant slalom course on Tuesday. The 18-year-old world champion finished fifth in the event. Clive
Mikaela Shiffrin cruises around a gate on the Sochi giant slalom course on Tuesday. The 18-year-old world champion finished fifth in the event. Clive Rose/Getty Images
USSA News Bureau

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 18) Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) skied to fifth place Tuesday at the women's giant slalom of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. It was her first Olympic appearance.

Heavy rain pelted the 18-year-old world champion during her second run, but she reined in a world-class performance to land in the top five behind gold winner Tina Maze of Slovenia.

"I wanted a gold, but I think this was meant to happen," Shiffrin said. "It's something that I'll learn from. Next Olympics I go to, I'm sure as heck not getting fifth. I was really thinking that my first GS win would be at the Olympics, and that would be such a cool thing to accomplish. It's just something that I accept. I got fifth today, and there were four girls who skied better than I did."

Shiffrin is set to ski slalom, in which she is the defending world champion, on Friday, Feb. 19.



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