Mikaela Shiffrin earns high marks in flag-holding

Gold medal winner Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA celebrates during the venue ceremony of the Women's Giant Slalom race. –GIAN EHRENZELLER/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock

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Mikaela Shiffrin has great form.

Yes, on skis but, as it turns out, she’s a great flag holder, too.

After capturing gold in the giant slalom late Wednesday night, Shiffrin held up the American flag to pose for pictures, as winning athletes do after most events. She tweeted out the image with a caption that sounded like she was reminding herself exactly how to hold the flag.

Holding a flag doesn’t sound like rocket science, but it’s easier said than done with adrenaline still coursing through the body and a million camera flashes going off.

Shaun White garnered a bit of criticism for letting the flag drag across the snow after his gold medal victory in the halfpipe. He eventually apologized, noting that a flag flies high above his home and that any percieved disrespect was not intentional. It is considered a breach of etiquette by some to allow the flag to touch the ground.


Perhaps Shiffrin saw what happened to White and got a little extra nervous. It seemed like she had the process down pretty well, though.

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