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Vail's Mikaela Shiffrin respondents to criticism by Lindsey Vonn, Bode Miller



On Saturday, as the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Are, Sweden, near the end of its first week.

On Friday, The Associated Press reported that Vonn and Bode Miller, the two-time men's World Cup championship with television, both questioned Shiffrin's decision-skip Friday's Alpine super-combined and Sunday's downhill.

“She could have won everything,” Vonn said of Shiffrin to the AP. "I am a racer and I want to race in every single race that I can can," Vonn added. “I respect her decision. It's obviously her decision. But she has the potential and 100 percent of the capability of getting a medal in all five disciplines. So I don’t personally understand it. … Hopefully, I'm sure, she will get two golds in GS and slalom. ”

On Saturday, Shiffrin responded on Instagram

In part, Shiffrin wrote,“ My goal has never been to break records for now (World Cup) wins, points or most medals at world champs.

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I have to say, I'm flattered by Bode and Lindsey saying that they are a contender in 5 events this World Champs. However, as one of those wins was "easy". There is no such thing as an easy win. From the outside, people see the records and stats. As I have said, those numbers are dehumanize the sport and what every athlete is trying to achieve. What do I see is an enormous mixture of work, training, joy, heartache, motivation, laughs, stress, sleepless nights, triumph, pain, doubt, certainty, more doubts, delayed flights, canceled flights, lost luggage, over the night, expense, more work, adventure, and some races mixed in there. I don't have the slalom and GS season titles in the bag either. The girls are competitive and it's a fight, every single race. Everyone has their sights set on gold, so that I can come in and waltz away with 4 or 5 medals would be a wild miscalculation and honestly. into their skiing. At 23, I'm still understanding my full potential as well as my limitations. But I have definitely learned what to expect. The World Champs at World Champs. I am looking for the best of the time, and I will look at the time of the day. of my career – I was able to compete and fight for that sidelined by pushing beyond my capacity. It is clear to me that many people do not understand it, and they don't really understand it. But you know what ?! That is completely fine by me, because I am ME, and no one else.

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Vonn responded What we said was a compliment. No one said it's easy, Bode and I both know that winners in all five disciplines.

Lindsey Vonn comments on Shiffrin's response

Just as a note, Shiffrin also has won in all five World Cup disciplines – downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom and super-combined – with the super-G victory being the final piece on Dec. 2, 2018, in Lake Louise, Alberta

Shiffrin and scheduling

As Shiffrin has expanded her repertoire from her technical base to speed G. What's more, she's won all three World Cup Super-Gs.

despite the quick success, Shiffrin has had some bumps along the road. Last season, she was overdid in the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. She added a full weekend of speed events in Cortina, Italy, on January 2018,

When she returned to tech events, she DNF'd during the Kronplatz , Italy, GS and the Lenzerheide, Switzerland, slalom, right before the Olympics. At the Olympics,

What's more, the GS and slalom into back-to-back days. Shiffrin won the gold in the giant slalom but finished fourth in the slalom, where she was the defending Olympic champion. (She also earned a super-combined.)

After the season, Shiffrin and her camp made the decision to be the bit bit. In particular, she was at the season opener in Soelden, Austria, last October, “All disciplines, but not every single race – I feel I can perform well in . ”

Since the 2018 Olympics, she has entered 23 World Cup races and one worlds race. In those 24 start, she's won 16 times, she was a top-five finishes, and was a ninth-place finish in the month of December.

That run of results

Vonn and Shiffrin

Vonn and Shiffrin

Vonn and Shiffrin

Vonn and Shiffrin

Vonn and Shiffrin are natural; Shiffrin 56 – they are different athletes and people. Miller, not Vonn, who started as a speedster.

Yes, locals remember Miller for his go-for-broke, sometimes-harrowing , yet-ultimately thrilling rides down Birds of Prey in Beaver Creek in downhill, but Miller started from a tech background. Miller's first eight World Cup wins were either in GS or slalom. His first two world championships gold medals were in GS and combined in St. Moritz, Switzerland, in 2003. (Downhill and super-G world titles come in Bormio, Italy, in 2005)

Miller, who started his World Cup career in 1997, finally got his first career World Cup speed wins in Lake Louise in 2004 with both the downhill and super-G. By comparison to Miller, Shiffrin is transitioning a bit bit faster – March 11, 2011, and captured her first downhill at Lake Louise on Dec. 2, 2017. If you’re wondering, Vonn's first World Cup start was Nov. 18, 2000, and her breakthrough in tech was in Levi, Finland, on Nov.

With a combined 136 World Cup, 15, 2008, with a slalom win, roughly eight years.

With a combined 136 World Cup wins, both Vonn and Shiffrin have unquenchable competitive fires. However, they have different personalities. Her emotions on her sleeve, and ski fans love her for that.

And those differences probably led to this to-do.

t Vonn competes in her final race on Sunday, while Shiffrin runs in the GS on Thursday and the slalom on Saturday.

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