Mikaela Shiffrin’s final race, the mixed team event, is postponed.
Mikaela Shiffrin came into the Beijing Olympics with the goal of competing in five events. She did so, though she fell short of her larger ambitions, failing to finish three races and placing ninth and 18th in two others.
She was scheduled to compete in her sixth race on Saturday: a mixed team event, the only mixed-gender ski racing event at the Winter Games. But persistent strong winds in the mountains outside Beijing forced a postponement. If the event cannot be held on Sunday it may not be held at all; the Games close Sunday evening.
The event — which resembles parallel slalom, where two skiers go head-to-head on identical courses — was first held at an Olympics in 2018.
“Why do I keep coming back? Gosh knows it hurts more than it feels good lately,” Shiffrin wrote on Twitter after failing to finish her final individual event. “I come back because those first 9 turns today were spectacular, really heaven.”
The team event, if it is held, is Shiffrin’s final opportunity to win a medal in Beijing.
On Twitter, she shared some hateful messages she had received after her disappointing performances. In a video posted to the site, she offered some advice on how to ignore negative feedback.
“You can choose to take them, and dwell on them, and let them make you want to retire, let them make you want to disappear and just never be seen again,” she said. “Or you can just say, ‘Hey, I’ve got a great sense of humor, and I’ve got a lot more to give to this world, so back off and let me do my thing.’ And I think a lot of you out there who might be experiencing these hate messages, I think a lot of you have that fire in you, so you just go for it.”