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American star Mikaela Shiffrin is poised to become the first alpine skier to successfully defend an Olympic slalom title. The women’s slalom will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Yongpyong Alpine Center. Check the local listings in your home nation for broadcast date and time.

Defending champion Shiffrin can become the first alpine skier, male or female, to win successive Olympic gold medals in the slalom. Swiss great Vreni Schneider is the only alpine skier with more than one Olympic gold medal in this event after winning in Calgary 1988 and Lillehammer 1994. Shiffrin could also become the first U.S. skier to win multiple gold medals in a single alpine skiing event.

Shiffrin has won four successive slalom titles at the Olympic Winter Games and World Championships combined (2013-2017). No other skier, man or woman, has achieved more than three Olympic and World Championship slalom titles in a row. Shiffrin can become the first skier to win five slalom events at the Olympic Winter Games and World Championships.

Austrian women have claimed a record nine medals in this event at the Winter Games, including five of the last nine (2006-2014). Petra Kronberger is the only Austrian to win gold in the slalom, however, in Albertville 1992.

Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter finished on the podium in this event at the last three World Championships, coming third in 2013 and 2017, and second in 2015. She can become the second Swedish woman to claim an Olympic medal in this event after Anja Paerson’s bronze medal in Salt Lake 2002 and gold medal in Torino 2006.

Slovakian duo Petra Vlhova and Veronika Velez Zuzulova are hoping to claim the nation’s first Olympic medals in alpine skiing. Slovakia has claimed Olympic medals in two winter sports: biathlon and snowboard.

Wendy Holdener became the first Swiss woman in 20 years to finish on the podium in slalom at the World Championships with a second place in 2017. The last Swiss to claim an Olympic medal in women’s slalom was Schneider with her win in 1994.

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