Mikaela Shiffrin hasn’t yet competed in the event she is favored to win but already has a gold medal.
She took home top honors in giant slalom on Thursday in her Pyeongchang Olympic debut, using a hard-charging final run to win her second career Olympic gold medal.
The 22-year-old American standout trailed by 0.20 seconds heading into the last run, but made up ground in no time by powering through ruts that had developed on the course.
Shiffrin finished 0.39 seconds ahead of Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel at Yongpyong Alpine Center. Federica Brignone of Italy captured bronze, 0.46 behind Shiffrin’s combined time of 2 minutes, 20.02 seconds. First-run leader Manuela Moelgg of Italy wound up eighth.
Shiffrin’s best event is slalom, which she is a favorite to win when it kicks off Friday. She won gold at the event at 2014 in Sochi as an 18-year-old.
With News Wire Services