‘Goat Is Back’: Overjoyed Mikaela Shiffrin Fans React as She Makes a Comeback to the Top, Outclassing Beijing Setbacks

Published 03/16/2022, 12:10 PM EDT
Alpine Skiing – FIS Alpine Ski World Cup – Women’s Downhill – Courchevel, France – March 16, 2022 Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. celebrates on the podium with trophy after winning the women’s downhill REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin did not have a great start to the year. Not only did she fail to medal at the Beijing Winter Olympics, but she also crashed thrice in the Games.

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However, it seems that her string of bad luck has come to an end after the Winter Olympics. Mikaela has been leading the World Cup rankings, staying ahead of closest competitor and 2022 gold medalist Petra Vlhova.

With a stellar downhill victory in France, Mikaela has almost won the World Cup for the fourth time!

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Fans react to Mikaela Shiffrin winning the World Cup downhill event in Meribel

After a disappointing run in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, it seems things have changed for Mikaela Shiffrin. The penultimate season ender of the FIS Ski World Cup was today in Meribel, France, and Mikaela has dominated the slopes.

So far, Mikaela and Slovakian skier Petra Vlhova had been neck-and-neck in points. Thus, it was anyone’s championship, before Mikaela decidedly and emphatically won the downhill event today. Thus, she now is a full hundred points ahead and has all but secured her fourth overall World Cup victory.

Naturally, fans are over the moon about her victory and have taken to Twitter to congratulate Mikaela Shiffrin and express their joy. One fan wrote how Mikaela “keeps persevering and making our country (USA) proud,” despite “everything that she endured at the Olympics”.

Interestingly, Mikaela’s boyfriend, Norwegian skier Aleksander Aamodt Kilde also won the World Cup downhill title! The two romantic partners shared a kiss in celebration of their success on the snow. Another fan expressed their happiness for Mikaela Shiffrin’s victory. You are simply the best,” they wrote.

On the other hand, another fan wondered out loud if it had been the long list of restrictions and changed environment at the Beijing Winter Olympics that had thrown Mikaela Shiffrin off her game this year. After all, “downhill is not her specialty, slalom is,” they wrote, noting how Mikaela had her family this time.

Yet another fan took to Twitter to celebrate Mikaela “coming back to best form”.

DIVE DEEPER: Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Downhill Event Solidifying World Cup Title Chances Against Rival Petra Vlhova

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Fans are happy to see Mikaela back and roaring

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Fans have been excitedly cheering on after Mikaela won her first downhill World Cup event after 2020. They have been celebrating her comeback after many naysayers across the world were quick to pass harsh judgments due to her Beijing crashes.

A fan called her a “legend” for being first in the World Cup standings despite “having missed a big chunk of the season and skiing out in Beijing”.

Another user wrote how people must have forgotten who the ‘GOAT’ (Greatest of All Time) was in Alpine Skiing. “Y’all must’ve forgot,” they wrote, attaching a goat emoji next to their tweet.

Finally, a fan talked of how it had been a very long while since they saw Mikaela Shiffrin win so emphatically. “I have no memories of such a joyful Mikaela for a win,” they tweeted.

“The goat is back”, an overjoyed fan wrote on Twitter, reacting to the standings where Mikaela led the board with a hundred fresh points.

With just a few events left now, Mikaela Shiffrin could very well tie Lindsey Vonn and win her fourth World Cup championship. Do you think she will be able to stay ahead of Petra Vlhova?

 

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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. He is also an automotive writer at HotCars.

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