Alpine skiing-Shiffrin conquers her demons to seize gold

And it was definitely worth the wait. The first one to cross the finish line during the final race wins the gold.

American Mikaela Shiffrin had to overcome more than just the best ski racers in the world to win the Olympic giant slalom gold medal on Thursday.

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Shiffrin, whose mother was raised in Lanesborough as part of a family of skiers, is a frequent visitor to the Berkshires.

While Shiffrin may experience bouts of self-doubt, her competitors see only a composed and focused assassin on the course.

The American's quest for Olympic glory finally got under way after days of weather delays and the 22-year-old did as was expected, winning gold in the women's giant slalom easily.

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The men's short program is underway at Gangneung Ice Arena, where American figure skater Nathan Chen hopes to land his array of quads that could allow him to challenge for an Olympic medal. "I don't know how to explain it, it's insane", she added. "So now we got the ball rolling. I told Chris today he'd need to be so much stronger than me".

As well she should be.

Mikaela Shiffrin continued the gold streak for the Americans at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang by taking the top spot on the podium for the women's giant slalom on Thursday.

She collected Team USA's fifth gold on Thursday and is clear favorite to win her third Olympic gold on Friday.

She was initially going for five golds, but after heavy winds wreaked havoc on the skiing schedule, she chose to pull out of the super-G. She still intends to enter the downhill and combined.

"I put some of my good skiing from training in there, but I also feel like I can go a little bit harder", she said. "Maybe, '" said her father, Jeff.

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Her go-to workout song is Daft Punk's "Get Lucky". On Thursday, she faced a two-tenths of a second deficit after the morning run but raced the second run 1.62 seconds faster than the first and posted a total time of 2:20.02 in the afternoon.

On the men's side, Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal also made history: At 35, he became the oldest Alpine gold medalist and his country's first victor in the downhill. Switzerland's Beat Feuz earned the bronze.

Shiffrin's trendline in GS: second at the 2017 world championships, second in the 2016-17 World Cup standings, two GS wins this World Cup season. Shiffrin trailed by 0.20 seconds after the first run but powered through a course filled with bumps to quickly make up time in the second. "But we're in good shape".

"The conditions are great, the weather is lovely and Im excited to see what I can do".

Alexa Scimeca Knierem said, "We wanted to skate for the 17 children that died in the Florida shooting and today it was much more than about us you know we wanted to tribute to the United States for their loss". Shiffrin could race four more times in Pyeongchang and has a shot to join elite company here.

Valentine's Day race day conditions were flawless, unlike the last few days of strong winds. She takes the gold!

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When giant slalom got pushed back, that meant the Wednesday slalom would have been Shiffrin's opener - her best event. I was able to eat my breakfast, which normally on race day I am not able to do. The refined surface came with it a confidence Stiegler hadn't felt through much of her two weeks thus far in PyeongChang. "I think we're more emotional than her". So what did Shiffrin do to stay chill while waiting on a shot to determine her Olympic fate?