18-year-old United States alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin was one of the breakout stars at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia as she became the youngest Olympian to record a gold medal in the slalom event.
Since the Olympics, Shiffrin has been preparing to return to the World Cup circuit and she finally returned to the slopes on Thursday in Are, Sweden for a World Cup giant slalom run.
The race did not go as planned for Shiffrin, who finished in 15th place.
Shiffrin took to Twitter immediately after the race to express her disappointment in the finish, but her spirits appeared to remain high.
Well.. That’s not quite what I was looking for.. It’s a bummer when you convince yourself you’re fast, but you’re not. #tricksyhobbitses
— Mikaela Shiffrin (@MikaelaShiffrin) March 6, 2014
The first-place finish in the World Cup giant slalom event went to Austrian Anna Fenninger, who finished second in the event at the Winter Games. Fenninger also won gold in the super-G in Sochi.
France’s Anemone Marmottan finished in second, while Switzerland’s Lara Gut and Austrian Eva-Maria Brem earned a share of third.