Olympics: Alpine Skiing-Womens Slalom

Mikaela Shiffrin receives consolation after another rough day on the slopes at the Winter Olympics

YINQANG, China - Let's be clear about this much: When Mikaela Shiffrin stood with the glare bouncing off the snow beneath her Friday afternoon, she had no obligation - zero - to share her most honest evaluation of a stay here that has been, thus far, nothing short of distressing. Yet here is what she offered, unsolicited: Before she strapped in for yet another race she had no idea whether she would - or could - finish, she had a dream that kept stirring her awake, lulling her back to sleep, then repeating again.

"I skied out on the fifth gate," Shiffrin said. "Surprise!"