The nightmare continues for American ski star Mikaela Shiffrin with a third "did not finish" at the Olympics

The nightmare continues for American ski star Mikaela Shiffrin with a third “did not finish” at the Olympics

American skiing sensation Mikaela Shiffrin says she feels “like a joke” after being eliminated from the Winter Olympics without an individual medal after failing to finish the Games for the third time.

The star, who has won more World Cup slalom races than any other skier in history, now competed in all five of the women’s events, finishing ninth and 18th in only two.

The two-time Beijing Olympic gold medalist’s hot time came to an end after she failed to make it to the end of the women’s all-around slalom this morning.

This came after falls in two other competitions on February 7 and 9, confirming her miserable Games with her only shot at a medal now coming in the team scoring.

Shiffrin, 26, came to China as one of winter sports’ biggest stars, winning three Olympic medals, six World Championship gold medals and three world titles overall.

American skiing sensation Mikaela Shiffrin says she feels

American skiing sensation Mikaela Shiffrin says she feels “like a joke” after being eliminated from the Winter Olympics without an individual medal.

She seemed to be finally ready for a medal today, finishing fifth in the morning downhill, only 0.56 seconds behind the lead.

But her fall in the slalom allowed Switzerland’s Michel Gisin to retain her Olympic all-around title. Four years ago, Shiffrin won silver in the tournament.

After being disappointed, she said, “Now I feel like just a joke.

“Sixty percent of my DNFs in my entire career have come from these Olympics,” said Shiffrin, whose only chance for redemption in Beijing now lies in the upcoming team event.

“Maybe I should just leave, but I’m going to go out and practice in the team competition.

Her games got off to a bad start when she fell during the women's giant slalom on February 7 (pictured)

Her games got off to a bad start when she fell during the women’s giant slalom on February 7 (pictured)

The same fate befell Shiffrin on February 9 when she crashed out of the two-stage slalom (pictured).

The same fate befell Shiffrin on February 9 when she crashed out of the two-stage slalom (pictured).

“People want to say it’s pressure. Of course, there were moments during the Games when I felt pressure and expectations. But in general, when I raced, it was not such that it was something beyond.

“Today I felt like I had a pretty calm, solid mentality, nothing too crazy. Of course, I wanted to win a medal, but before that, I just wanted to take the opportunity to ride this hill again in slalom.

“The most disappointing thing, besides leaving the Games without individual medals, is that I have had several opportunities to ski slalom on this course and failed in all of them.”

The problems started after 10 gates and 10 seconds into today’s race when she lost her balance, couldn’t regain it and ended up landing on her hip.

Shiffrin sat in the snow for a few moments. Standing up, she shook her head and then looked up at the hill, as if trying to figure out exactly where something had gone wrong.

The problems started after about 10 gates and 10 seconds into today's race when she lost her balance, couldn't regain it and ended up landing on her hip.

The problems started after about 10 gates and 10 seconds into today’s race when she lost her balance, couldn’t regain it and ended up landing on her hip.

Shiffrin sat in the snow for a few moments.  Standing up, she shook her head, then looked up the hill as if trying to figure out exactly where something had gone wrong.

Shiffrin sat in the snow for a few moments. Standing up, she shook her head, then looked up the hill as if trying to figure out exactly where something had gone wrong.

Later, track reports sent to Americans racing after Shiffrin warned of a rut in the slope that could be causing Thursday’s problem.

This was the same result as the first run in each of her first two races, the two-stage giant slalom on February 7 and the two-stage slalom on February 9, which she did not finish.

As for Shiffrin’s other races, she was ninth in the super-G and 18th in the downhill, making her Olympic debut in both.

Shiffrin, the US Alpine skiing team’s biggest hope and one of the top skiers in slalom, said she will compete in the mixed team competition on Saturday, her last chance to win a gold medal.

“The whole hype in sports is that you can have preparation, you can have confidence… You can have all these elements and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.

“I literally have no idea why we keep coming back and doing this, especially after today. But I’m going to come back tomorrow and ski parallel giant slalom because I’m such an idiot.”

Later, track reports sent to Americans racing after Shiffrin warned of a rut in the slope that could be causing Thursday's problem.

Later, track reports sent to Americans racing after Shiffrin warned of a rut in the slope that could be causing Thursday’s problem.

Six-time world champion Shiffrin won gold in the giant slalom in Pyeongchang after winning the slalom in Sochi in 2014. Four years ago, she won the all-around silver medal in South Korea.

She spoke of her disappointment but said she would ignore naysayers about her performances in Beijing.

“There’s going to be a whole bunch of crap when people talk about how I’ve been fantastically failing the last couple of weeks in moments that really mattered,” she added.

“It’s really strange, but now I’m not even afraid of that. Maybe it’s because I literally don’t have the emotional energy to give back.”

After Shiffrin finished her descent from a combined 0.56 second lead gap, a distance she could easily make up, Shiffrin said she changed tactics for the slalom in an attempt to learn from previous mistakes at Ice River.

Olympic skier Alexander Aamodt Kilde (left), Shiffrin's boyfriend, said earlier at the Games that she was

Olympic skier Alexander Aamodt Kilde (left), Shiffrin’s boyfriend, said earlier at the Games that she was “in good shape”.

“Compared to the slalom race, I was calmer, which doesn’t make much sense, because after the slalom, in many ways, I probably should have been more nervous,” she said.

“I didn’t hesitate or anything like that… I didn’t even have the same mindset. Like in slalom, maybe I tried too hard. It is hard to say.

“So today I chose a different tactic. And it was literally perfect, and then I went off course again.”

Shiffrin’s best competition over the years has been the slalom.

She won a gold medal in the discipline at the age of 18 at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and her 47 World Cup slalom victories are more than any other racer in any discipline.

“It’s incredibly challenging for her as a person,” said USA Women’s Alpine Ski Team head coach Paul Christophic. “We had high hopes for coming here and of course things didn’t go the way we hoped.”

Earlier during the Games, Shiffrin’s boyfriend, Norwegian skier Aleskander Aamodt Kilde, described her as “in good condition; she’s all right.

“She is a hero and she will get through this. She handles pressure like no other and that’s what she’ll get out of,” said Kilde, who won the silver medal in the alpine combined on Thursday. “But it’s been a couple of tough days.”

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