America’s top skiers say they won’t participate because there’s no chance of winning a medal.
Twitter users are roasting the U.S. Olympic ski team after stars Lindsey Vonn, Ted Ligety, and Mikaela Shiffrin have refused to participate in a team event scheduled for the last day of Olympic competition because — as Vonn reportedly put it — there was no chance the team was going to medal.
Shifferin, Vonn, and Ligety were each dispatched to the Olympics with high hopes of achievement for the United States’s team, but aside from Shifferin’s single gold medal in the first women’s giant slalom event, the three skiers have had difficulty rising above fifth place. Both Vonn and Ligety performed well below expectations in their events.
Shifferin withdrew from the women’s downhill early Monday morning, claiming that she needed the time to focus on the women’s combined event instead, set to take place Thursday, after a disappointing loss in an earlier Alpine contest.
The Olympic team event was supposed to be the penultimate Alpine ski event at the Olympic games, with 16 teams competing in a “knock-out”-style elimination challenge across skiing disciplines. The purpose of the event, the IOC said, was to take what is generally an individual-focused sport and encourage cooperative participation among members of the same country’s team.