Mangan 11th In Women's Alpine Combined
In Thursday's alpine combined, Tricia Mangan followed through on a solid downhill run with a speedy slalom earning 11th in her second Olympic Games. Her teammates, Mikaela Shiffrin, Keely Cashman, and Bella Wright, posted strong times in the downhill, finishing fifth, seventh, and 15th. Unfortunately, the trio was not able to capitalize on their strong speed run. Each woman skied out of the slalom in approximately the same spot, ending their medal dreams with DNF's.
"The one thing I didn't want to do was ski safe to protect any sort of an advantage I had from the downhill run against some of the more slalom specialist skiers," Shiffrin said in a post-race interview. "I didn't want to ski safe in order to make it to the finish. I wanted to ski a good, solid run of slalom. It was not actually that much to ask for from myself, and I was starting to do it, and then I was out anyway."
"I don't really understand it, and I'm not sure when I'm going to have much of an explanation. I can't explain to you how frustrated I am to not know what I can learn from today."
Shiffrin will make one last play for a Beijing 2022 Olympic medal alongside teammates Paula Moltzan, Tommy Ford, and River Radamus on Saturday, Feb. 18.
Women's alpine combined