Winter Olympics 2018: Shiffrin misses out on medal in slalom

Winter Olympics 2018: Shiffrin misses out on medal in slalom

There was no second gold medal in the 2018 Winter Olympics for Mikaela Shiffrin.

The American skier placed fourth in Friday's ladies' slalom at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre in Pyeongchang. 

Shiffrin and the other competitors faced a stiff cross wind during the second run. She made a couple mistakes in her second run that cost her a few gates and missed out on the podium. Sweden's Frida Hansdotter won the gold medal while Switzerland's Wendy Holdener was the silver medalist after finishing just .05 of a second behind Hansdotter.

"I really went for it," Hansdotter told NBC Sports. "I saw it was windy and I just said, 'It's so fun racing, so why not give it a try.'"

Holdener, who posted the best time in the first run, was the final skier of the second run and knocked Shiffrin off the podium. 

Austria's Katharina Gallhuber was the bronze medalist. 

Holdener had an impressive first run down the slope with a time of 48.89 seconds. Shiffrin was down in 49.37 seconds on her first run. The 22-year-old American was just the fourth skier down the Yongpyong Alpine Centre and her first time was initially good for second.

She was later passed by Sweden's Anna Swenn-Larsson (49.29 seconds) and Hansdotter (49.09secs). 

When the second run began, Shiffrin remained in fourth place and was unable to gain any ground. 

Shiffrin was the favourite to win gold in Pyeongchang after her success in 2014 at the Sochi Games to become the youngest competitor to ever win a gold medal in the event. In what is considered her best event, Friday's race was just the fourth time in 34 competitions that she failed to medal.