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Mikaela Shiffrin stays focused on gold

Updated: February 21, 2014, 8:04 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | espnW.com

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- She was under the lights and she was going for it. U.S. skier Mikaela Shiffrin wanted to put her foot on the throat of the second slalom run Friday and win an Olympic gold medal leading wire to wire, with flair.

She rocketed down the first part of the course. She was on the right pace. And then she wasn't. As she sliced around a gate where the snow was a little softer, her weight tipped back and her left ski shot out from under her for an instant.

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