Mikaela Shiffrin never had to be the Michael Phelps of skiing

The pressure on the 22-year-old to deliver a haul of golds at these Winter Olympics was immense. But now she has time and experience on her side

By no sane metric could Mikaela Shiffrin’s second Olympics, which concluded on Thursday afternoon with her silver medal in the alpine combined to go with last week’s giant slalom gold, be fairly assessed as anything but a success.

She competed in three events in Pyeongchang after the weather conspired to spoil her ambitious bid for a record-breaking five medals in five events. Expectations were warped by months of hype which could only be characterized as unrealistic in the notoriously volatile trade of alpine skiing, where the margins that separate triumph and disaster come down to the most innocuous variables.

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