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Michaela Shiffrin responds to critics after a disappointing Olympic tour: 'It's not always easy'

Michaela Shiffrin responds to critics after a disappointing Olympic tour: ‘It’s not always easy’

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American skating sensation Michaela Schiffrin She reminded the world on Thursday that she might be down now, but she’s not out.

Shiffrin competed in five singles races and earned three “not finished” marks and no medals. After speaking to reporters about her latest failure, she responded to critics in a lengthy statement.

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Michaela Shiffrin crashes during the women’s slalom slalom at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, in Beijing.
(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

“Well kids…feed them whatever you want to feed them. Self-pity, sadness…let the turkeys bring you down. There will always be turkeys. Or you rise again. Again. Again. Again. Again. Again. ,” I wrote.

“Get up because you can, because you love what you do when you’re not full of people who have so much obvious hatred for you. Just get up. It’s not always easy, but it’s also not the end of the world to fail. Fail twice. Fail 5 times. In the Olympics (Enter me.. .)

“Why do I keep coming back? Oh my God it hurts more than I’ve been feeling lately. I’m back because those first nine courses today were amazing, really heaven. This is where I’m supposed to be and I’m stubborn like s–. So let’s We’re going for some group training tomorrow, and the last alpine race for the Olympics on Saturday.”

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Shiffrin told reporters she was not “afraid” of important words that might come her way.

“It’s going to be a complete mess…People are saying how amazingly you’ve failed in the last few weeks in moments that really counted,” the two-time gold medalist said. “It’s really weird, but I’m not afraid of it now. Probably because I don’t have any emotional energy to give away anymore.”

Shiffrin entered the Olympics as one of the finalists with gold medals in 2014 and 2018 and several world championship golds under her belt. She was also a leader in the rankings of the World Cup.

Michaela Shiffrin skates in the first round of the women's slalom slalom at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, February 9, 2022, in Beijing.

Michaela Shiffrin skates in the first round of the women’s slalom slalom at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, February 9, 2022, in Beijing.
(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

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Shiffrin has one final competition for a potential medal—the team event in the Alps.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.