Mikaela Shiffrin Shakes Nerves Off Before Big Race Through Valentine’s Date With Boyfriend at Beijing Winter Olympics 2022- ‘Overthought The Crap Out of it’

Published 02/14/2022, 10:22 AM EST
YANQING, CHINA – FEBRUARY 09: Mikaela Shiffrin of Team United States reacts prior to the Women’s Slalom Run 1 on day five of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at National Alpine Ski Centre on February 09, 2022 in Yanqing, China. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The Beijing Winter Olympics have a week left before the end. However, popular American alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin has yet to secure a podium finish.


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Shiffrin crashed twice in both of her slalom and giant slalom events at the 2022 Olympics. Consequently, she was unable to secure any medal, despite being the title favorite.

Nevertheless, the 22-year-old has not lost hope and looks forward to the rest of her events. All set to race downhill at the Beijing Olympics 2022 tomorrow, Shiffrin has taken to Instagram to let some steam off.


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Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates Valentine’s Day with boyfriend Aleksander Kilde in Beijing

Mikaela Shiffrin saw a delay in her downhill practice’s second session owing to a blizzard warning looming over Beijing. Nevertheless, all is well that ends well, and she will finally be racing downhill tomorrow.

Shiffrin had taken her failures so far at the Beijing Winter Olympics positively and sent out a message of hope for everyone. Now, as she prepares for her women’s downhill final event tomorrow, she took out time to celebrate the festival of love with her boyfriend Aleksander Aamodt Kilde.


Kilde, like Shiffrin, is an alpine ski racer and also won the silver medal in the men’s slalom event on February 10.

On the occasion of Valentine’s day, the two skiers spent time together, and Shiffrin took to Instagram to share the moment with the world.

“Lil’ Valentine,” Shiffrin wrote on Instagram. Then, she shared her schedule ahead, sharing how she felt about her upcoming downhill race. Shiffrin expressed that the “track is spectacular”.


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However, she also admitted that she had “overthought the crap out of it over the last couple days”. Thus, Mikaela Shiffrin has a clear objective ahead of her race tomorrow. In her own words, she will “point ’em straight and get low,” referring to her skis.

Shiffrin encouraged Italian competitor for making comeback after her horrific crash last year

Mikaela Shiffrin took to both Instagram and Twitter this week to laud and encourage her Italian competitor Sofia Goggia for competing at the Beijing Winter Olympics.

YANQING, CHINA – FEBRUARY 07. Mikaela Shiffrin of Team United States is unable to finish her run during the Women’s Giant Slalom on day three of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at National Alpine Ski Centre on February 07, 2022 in Yanqing, China. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Goggia had suffered a horrible crash last year in January. Suffering from a sprained knee and a torn ligament, Goggia made a quick recovery to participate in Beijing.

Upon her return and successful run downhill, Goggia had stated that just her presence at the Olympics was a personal success. Mikaela Shiffrin congratulated Goggia for her return and agreed with her wholeheartedly.


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“You should be happy!” Mikaela wrote, addressing Goggia. Furthermore, she also addressed any criticisms about Sofia regarding her lack of a medal. Shiffrin stated that anyone who expects more out of Sofia is “just proof of how strong (Sofia is)”.

Clearly, a champion is not just their medals, and Shiffrin truly embodies the winning spirit.


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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.