Mikaela Shiffrin Done With Interviews; NBC Under Fire For Coverage Of Olympic Struggles

Mikaela Shiffrin is done with the media after a rough start to the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Shiffrin entered the Beijing Games as one of the gold medal favorites in alpine skiing, but she crashed out of the giant slalom and slalom events early in her first runs.

“Mikaela [nor her mother/coach Eileen] will not be doing any media for the foreseeable future. Thank you for respecting her/their space right now,” a United States Olympic spokesperson told Reuters.

NBC has come under fire for their coverage of Shiffrin’s struggles, which included a teary-eyed interview and zooming in on the 26-year-old after her early crash.

Shiffrin admitted Wednesday’s slalom performance “makes me second-guess the last 15 years. … Just processing a lot for sure, and I feel really bad.”

Following the run, Shiffrin fielded questions for 45-minutes and that will be the end of her media availability in Beijing.

As for a return to the slopes, Shiffrin is set to compete Friday in the Super-G.

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