Americans mikaela Shiffrin, Lindsey Vonn come up short in Alpine combined at Winter Olympics
JEONGSEON, South Korea — Michelle Gisin’s downhill crash left her with a headache and a little bit of self-doubt.
Enter big sister Dominique, who spent the night with the Swiss skier, answering all her phone calls, tucking her into bed and quelling any of those nagging doubts.
A restored Gisin turned in a solid downhill and a sensational slalom today to win the women’s Olympic Alpine combined over Mikaela Shiffrin.
Now Gisin has a gold medal just like her helpful sister, who tied for the downhill title at the 2014 Sochi Games.
“It was the biggest moment of my life when she won that gold and I think today was one of the biggest moments of our lives. But her gold will forever be the biggest thing,” said Michelle Gisin, who’s about eight years younger than her sister. “She made me believe that you can grab the stars and that’s what I did today.”
With Gisin’s good friend and teammate Wendy Holdener winning bronze in the same race, it’s the second time Switzerland has placed two women on the podium of the Alpine combined event at the Winter Games.
She had the third-fastest time and trailed leader Lindsey Vonn by 0.77 seconds.
Next, the slalom. She had a 1.21-second lead on Shiffrin, who’s one of the best in the world at the discipline. But lately, the slalom has baffled Gisin.
Until today, that is.
Holdener had a nice run, too. She had the fastest slalom time, but was just too far back after the downhill.