Star skier Mikaela Shiffrin could have blamed external pressure for her disappointments at the Beijing Winter Games, but even after missing out on a medal in her sixth race she embraced the media focus on her to celebrate the good in failing.

Shiffrin, a three-time overall World Cup champion who already has three Olympic medals to her name, came nowhere near adding a fourth in Beijing despite competing in all disciplines — a rare choice in a sport dominated by specialists.

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