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The star skier from Germany has made headlines for several reasons at the Sochi Games.
The first was when she claimed her third career gold medal in the super combined. The second came when she elected to sit out the giant slalom and nurse a cold, choosing to focus on one of her premier events—the slalom.
She took home the gold in this event in 2010, and if by opting to rest she can come into this event in top form, she will be tough to beat.
Marlies Schild is a legend in the slalom. Earlier in the year, she earned an impressive and unprecedented 35th World Cup victory and carved a spot in history.
Regarded as one of the most sharpest skiers in the sport, she is always a medal contender in this event. She took home a bronze at the Turin Games and a silver in Vancouver and looks poised to add a gold to her collection.
Shiffrin made her Olympic debut for Team USA with a fifth-place finish in the giant slalom. It was an encouraging first start for the talented 18-year-old, and according to Bill Pennington of the New York Times, she is ready for the next event, saying, “This is something I’ll learn from, and the next Olympics I go to, I’m sure as heck not getting fifth.”
The slalom is her strongest event and the Olympic newcomer could be a top medal contender.