Mikaela Shiffrin from the 2nd race in a row

BEIJING – The latest on the Beijing Winter Olympics:

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Two-time Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin missed a goal early in the first run of the slalom at the Beijing Games and was eliminated.

Just like her first event of these Olympics, giant slalom, the American racer was ready for the day in seconds.

After Wednesday’s mistake in the slalom she won at the Sochi 2014 Games, Shiffrin sat on the side of the hill and bowed his head.

Shiffrin, 26, is attempting to become the first female alpine skier from the United States to win three Olympic gold medals in a career.

She said she hopes to compete in all five individual events at Yanqing Alpine Skiing Center.

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Defending downhill champion Sofia Goggia is on the slopes in Beijing training after falling last month and injuring her left knee and leg.

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The Italian arrived late in China after spraining her left knee, partially torn a cruciate ligament and a “minor fracture” of the fibula in her leg. She also had some tendon damage after falling in a World Cup Super-G in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy on January 23.

Goggia has won the last eight World Cup downhill runs that she has completed.

Goggia arrived in China on Monday and was examined by the Italian team’s medical staff. She completed three runs of giant slalom and three runs of super-G training on Tuesday, and did more on Wednesday.

The team say they haven’t decided yet if they will compete in the Super-G on Friday, but they plan to participate in the first of three downhill practice sessions on Saturday. The downhill race is scheduled for Tuesday.

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