‘It was really huge’: Amid a mental meltdown, Mikaela Shiffrin congratulates her longtime rival on winning her gold title at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

American alpine skiing star Mikaela Shiffrin has suffered two setbacks so far at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. In the women’s giant slalom as well as the slalom event, Shiffrin crashed, resulting in a disqualification at two times.

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Now, as if to add insult to injury, her biggest rival, Slovakian skier Petra Vlhova, has won the gold medal. In fact, Vlhova won the gold medal in the very event where Shiffrin crashed for the second time, which is the women’s slalom event.

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Mikaela Shiffrin congratulates longtime rival Petra Vlhova on Olympic gold

Petra Vlhova, 26, today became the first Slovak to win an Olympic gold medal in alpine skiing. Many also know her as Mikaela Shiffrin’s biggest rival in sports. However, the two certainly have a lot of respect for each other, as was evident in the last Olympics.

While Shiffrin remained out of the slalom event following a crash and disqualification, Petra won gold for Slovakia. Undeniably, Shiffrin and Vlhova are two of the best skiers in the world, and many were looking forward to their clash.

As the slalom event of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics approached, everyone was eagerly awaiting their showdown. However, the competition wasn’t as biting as everyone expected, as Shiffrin crashed early in her event.

Now, as Vlhova won the gold medal, Shiffrin took to Instagram to celebrate and congratulate her longtime rival on her victory. She posted Petra’s celebratory message on her Instagram story, congratulating Petra and her team.

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“I can step out of my little world currently plagued by self-pity to recognize that today was really huge,” Shiffrin wrote. Obviously, her losses have no bearing on her humility and sportsmanship, as she only had good wishes for her Slovak rival.

Shiffrin looks crestfallen after second straight crash

After her second fall at the Winter Olympics this year, 26-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin sat down in the snow, dejected. It was a very emotional moment to watch the two-time gold medalist ski after her loss.

Beijing 2022 Olympic Games – Alpine Skiing – Women’s Slalom Race 1 – National Alpine Skiing Center, Yanqing District, Beijing, China – February 9, 2022. Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. skis after not finishing her race. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Mikaela cried in front of the media, admitting her back-to-back accidents forced her to “guess the last 15 years”. Additionally, she also shared how it made her rethink her own talent and everything she knew about it.

The women’s slalom event is where Shiffrin has always been the best. This largely contributed to his stature and legend as an athlete.

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However, Shiffrin has many hardships she can make up for in her slalom performance over the next 10 days. Regardless of the results, she has proven herself to be one of the greatest athletes in the sport and her name will forever be etched in history.

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