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Incredible Mikaela: Won olympic gold with pneumonia

A small infection in one lung could not slow down the u.s. skifænomen Mikaela Shiffrin on the way to his fourth WORLD championship gold in the slalom.

Shiffrin was more than a half-second faster than the nearest competitor on the piste in Åre, although she is at because of his illness found it difficult to breathe.

Halfway through the second pass I ran out of oxygen, and I was just trying to keep me on track and do my best, " says Shiffrin, according to the AFP news agency.

- There were many times when I had trouble getting the weather. But the reality is that you have to give themselves fully in 60 seconds. To take care together for it, and when you consider how it is to cope, she says.

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Shiffrin in goal. Photo: Ritzau/Scanpix/JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/Leonhard Foeger

No one has previously won WORLD championship gold four times in a row in the same discipline, and Shiffrin underlined her status as the world's best slalomkører with an almost perfect second pass.

Here drove herself forward from third place, but also had a bit of luck with him as the leader after the first pass, Wendy Holdener, failed at one of the first ports.

I drove really well, especially in the second pass. I pressed hard on. I don't want to think how sick I was. Maybe I could have done even better if I had had it usually, says Mikaela Shiffrin.

Despite his only 23 years old, she can boast of a resume, there are five times olympic gold and two olympic gold medals.

In this season's World Cup leading she in both slalom, giant slalom and super G and is, of course, also lead in the overall standings with the great distance down to number two, Petra Vlhová.

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