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The science behind Mikaela Shiffrin’s gold medal slalom runs

Sochi Olympics Alpine Skiing Women

Women’s slalom gold medal winner Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States wears an American flag after a flower ceremony at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

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Despite being 18, Mikaela Shiffrin’s technical prowess made her a strong favorite going into the women’s slalom on Friday; she proved why with a strong gold-medal performance.

For those who wonder why she’s a stride or three ahead of even her elite competition, this GE: Brilliant Performances video breaks down her edge over the pack by providing a side-by-side comparison between Shiffrin and silver medalist Marlies Schild of Austria:

Run 1 shows why she’s dominant

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Run 2 captures her near-fall

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What Shiffrin said of this moment:

She lost a big chunk of her edge over Schild & Co., but ultimately composed herself and held on for gold:

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To see it all in motion, click here.

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