Mar 22, 2014, 8:37 PM EDT
Mikaela Shiffrin is the Olympic, world and World Cup champion in the slalom. She is not the U.S. champion. A Canadian is.
Shiffrin, 19, failed to finish the first of two runs at the National Championships in Squaw Valley, Calif., on Saturday.
“I felt like I just got going a little bit too fast, and I didn’t move my feet quick enough,” Shiffrin said, according to The Associated Press. “In inspection, I saw this section of the course, and I’m like, ‘Oh, you can let it rip there. The finish is in sight.’ So I let it go. I just let it go a little bit too much and got a little bit out of balance. I’m bummed that I don’t get a second run.”
Shiffrin the 2011 and 2012 U.S. slalom champion, also failed to finish in 2013.
Canada’s best all-around skier, Marie-Michele Gagnon, won instead Saturday. Gagnon edged two-time U.S. Olympian Resi Stiegler by .01 of a second. Skiers from other countries are allowed to enter U.S. Championships.
Gagnon had five World Cup podium finishes in slalom this season and was 10th at the Sochi Olympics.
U.S. Olympian David Chodounsky won the men’s slalom Saturday.
NBC will broadcast a recap of the U.S. Alpine Championships on Sunday at noon ET.
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