Sochi Olympics: Mikaela Shiffrin wins gold for USA in ladies slalom

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Feb 18, 2014; Krasnaya Polyana, RUSSIA; Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) reacts after competing in the final run of ladies’ giant slalom during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports

Entering the final run of the ladies slalom at the 2014 Winter Olympics, 18-year-old American Mikaela Shiffrin had a slim lead and all of the pressure on her shoulders. After watching the rest of the top competitors in the event complete their runs, Shiffrin new she was one ride down the slopes away from the gold.

Despite a brief slip up during her run, Shiffrin was able to keep her composure and come away with the gold medal and become the youngest slalom gold medal winner in Winter Olympics history.

Austria was able to take silver and bronze in the event, with Marlies Schild taking second-place and Kathrin Zettel finishing in third.

After failing to medal in her Olympic debut, it was an incredible display of focus and determination from Shiffrin in her signature event.

Here are the top ten results from the event:

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Perhaps one of the greatest moments in the race came when the cameras zoomed in on Shiffrin’s neck and focused on a USA “tattoo” that she was wearing on her neck to sport USA pride down the slopes.

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