“Inspiration..to All of Us”: Tennis Star Iga Swiatek Stands Up for Mikaela Shiffrin as She Fights Through Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 Heartbreaks

Published 02/18/2022, 9:11 AM EST
2022 Beijing Olympics – Alpine Skiing – Women’s Slalom Run 1 – National Alpine Skiing Centre, Yanqing district, Beijing, China – February 9, 2022. Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States skis away after not finishing her run. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

A disappointing Winter Olympics for Mikaela Shiffrin has caused her to receive widespread criticism. Despite previously winning two gold medals, Shiffrin failed to leave her mark in the five events at Beijing Winter Olympics. With most people questioning her attitude, it is just that any athlete would have the same issue. Many people though, offered her support, including her friend Iga Swiatek.

She is the 2022 French Open champion and the duo share a great bond. Surprisingly, they haven’t met each other but created a bond of friendship in recent years.

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Iga Swiatek offers support to Mikaela Shiffrin

In her first two events, that is the giant slalom and slalom competitions, she failed to finish the race as she slid off the gates. As a result, she herself could not believe what happened. After that, the Super-G and downhill competitions saw her finishing 9th and 18th, respectively. Moreover, she failed to finish the combined competitions which saw her losing all the singles events. But, many famous athletes and players have offered their support for Shiffrin, helping her to recover from the setback. Tennis player Swiatek created a short video to improve her confidence.

“I know this must be a tough moment for you but remember how much of an inspiration you are to all of us. Not only as an athlete but as a person. These are not just empty words, you know that and I know that. I really hope you’re going to keep going and be as strong as you are because you’re doing great,” Swiatek.

Shiffrin loves to play tennis, and she adds the sport to her training routines to improve agility and quickness. Loving the sport of tennis, she plays it regularly as a result of both passion and maintaining her fit body.

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A true bond

The duo are close friends since 2021. Both these talented athletes appeared on Instagram live to discuss traveling and how they cope with the mental side of things. This was an important part of starting their bond as they are the best of friends right now. Shiffrin is a huge follower of tennis and her idol is the great Roger Federer.

2022 Beijing Olympics – Alpine Skiing – Women’s Alpine Combined Downhill – National Alpine Skiing Centre, Yanqing district, Beijing, China – February 17, 2022. Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States reacts after her run. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Thus, with her dear friend helping her to recover from the setbacks, she has one more mixed event to compete, in for a chance to win an Olympic medal in Beijing. Forgetting her first five events won’t be easy but hopefully, she can regain her confidence back.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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