USA skier Mikaela Shiffrin grabs gold in first event

Hong Kong's Arabella Ng makes history at the Winter Olympics: finishes 56th in giant slalom

USA's Mikaela Shiffrin competes in the Women's Giant Slalom at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 15, 2018.

She earned the right to stand tallest on the medals' podium with a combined time of 2.20.02 and was nearly half a second better than silver medalist.

The 25-year-old slalom specialist recovered from a 0.20 seconds deficit from the first run to clinch the second Olympic title of her career in a race twice postponed owing to disruption caused by strong winds. In second place and still feeling some jitters after the first of Thursday's two runs, Shiffrin did two things during the 3 hours before the deciding leg of the GS: She took a nap, and then she sneaked onto the adjacent men's course at Yongpong Alpine Center for a little free skiing.

The result saw Shiffrin become only the third American Alpine skier to win two gold medals in the sport, joining Andrea Mead-Lawrence and Ted Ligety.

"Sometimes I really fall asleep and when I wake up it feels like a new day and i have to, like, figure out where I am, " she said.

"To come to the Olympics after some tough races on the World Cup circuit and to charge like that - I risked it on the second run - it's super-cool".

Shiffrin, 22 said after her first run.

All of this comes after her appearance in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, where she won gold in the slalom event at age 18.

Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China perform in the pair figure skating short program in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung
Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China perform in the pair figure skating short program in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung

Aksel Lund Svindal won the men's downhill earlier today in Jeongseon, South Korea, making the 35-year-old Norwegian the oldest Olympic gold medalist in Alpine skiing.

The men's downhill event was moved to 11 a.m. Thursday, while the men's super giant slalom was pushed back to 11 a.m. Friday.

In many ways, today was just the opening act for Shiffrin. "We will show you the best of us at Beijing Games".

Sweden's Estelle Alphand posted the fastest afternoon time but was only 26th in the morning, leaving her 16th overall. Between runs, she was certainly happy with her time but also just relieved to finally get her Olympics underway.

"She will have raced and trained - or tried to race - for six days in a row", Eileen Shiffrin said. And perhaps more medals to be won. She has not been beaten in this event in the world stage winning all three world championships and her only Olympics appearance.

"The competition is run by the International Ski Federation", International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said.

"I wish I would've gone in fair conditions", said Jansrud, who wore the No. 19 bib.

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