Mikaela Shiffrin's final event at Beijing 2022 postponed

American skiing star Shiffrin is representing Team USA along with Moltzan, Hurt, Ford, Radamus, and Winters in the last alpine skiing event at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

By Alessandro Poggi
Picture by 2022 Getty Images

Mikaela Shiffrin will have to wait until tomorrow (Sunday 20 February) for her final shot at earning a medal at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

The mixed team parallel, the last competition in the alpine skiing programme, has been postponed due to the weather conditions.

The event, which made its Olympic debut at PyeongChang 2018, was supposed to take place at the Yanqing National Skiing Centre on Saturday morning (19 February) in China, the evening of Friday 18 February in the U.S..

"Due to the continuing wind gust and the updated forecast - the Jury together with the organiser are unable to stage the Mixed Team Parallel event today," the International Ski Federation (FIS) said in a statement.

The event has been rescheduled for Sunday at 9:00 local time (2:00 CET, 17:00 PST on Saturday).

Shiffrin will represent Team USA along with AJ Hurt, Paula Moltzan, Tommy Ford, River Radamus, and Luke Winters (Each team may include up to six skiers).

16 teams will race in a knock-out format with four skiers - two men and two women - taking on four skiers from another nation in a parallel slalom competition.

Two competitors will ski at the same time, side by side, on two identical courses in a head-to-head race, with each winner scoring a point for the team. If the score is 2-2, the team with the best aggregate time wins.

Team USA will challenge Slovakia in Heat 6. If they go through, they will face the winner of Italy v. ROC in the 1/4 Finals

READ MORE: Everything you need to know about the mixed team parallel slalom at Beijing 2022

A course worker stands in the wind prior to the start of the Mixed Team Parallel event on Saturday 19 February.
Picture by 2022 Getty Images

Mikaela Shiffrin's individual event results at Beijing 2022

Giant Slalom on 7 February: DNF in first run.

Slalom on 9 February: DNF in first run.

Super G on 11 February: 9th.

Downhill on 15 February: 18th.

Combined on 17 February: 5th in the downhill, DNF in the slalom leg.

Shiffrin's message for people targeted by haters: 'Keep on going'

On Friday (18 February) Shiffrin took to social media to explain why she previously posted a series of ugly comments directed at her.

"My post last night was not actually intended for the haters, it was intended for those people who are getting hate," she said in a video.

"I truly believe that if you try to address the haters by hating on the haters, it really only continues to spread hate, and it doesn’t fix the problem," continued the American, who was targeted by detractors after failing to win an individual medal from the five events she competed in at Beijing 2022.

"The haters are there because they decided they want to hate you, and you’re really not going to do anything to make them stop hating you, so you really might as well not waste your energy on that.

"That message was for you guys. To get up, and to keep going. To get out of bed the next day, even though you’re getting these messages that make you feel awful." - Mikaela Shiffrin to people experiencing hate messages

Shiffrin closed her video with more words of encouragement:

"I think a lot of you have that fire in you, so you just go for it. Don’t send messages to your haters. They don’t deserve your time being wasted on them. You just spread the message to the next person who’s getting hate."

Iga Swiatek in support of Shiffrin

There’s been an outpouring of support for Shiffrin over the last few days.

Tennis star Iga Swiatek, who has been a long-time admirer of the two-time Olympic champion, has joined a long list of athletes, including gymnastics GOAT Simone Biles, who sent messages of encouragement for the skier.

In a video message, via Discovery Eurosport, the 20-year-old said: "Hi Mikaela. I know these must be tough moments for you but really you should remember how hugely inspirational you are for all of us. Not only as an athlete but as a person.

"These are not just empty words, you know that and I know that. You also inspired me and I’m really grateful to have an opportunity to chat with you and talk to you and to meet you someday when Covid is gone.

"I really hope you’re going to keep going and keep being as strong as you are because you’re doing great."

Mikaela Shiffrin final event schedule at Beijing 2022

Mixed team parallel - medal event - Sunday 20 February TBC

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