WASHINGTON -- Remember when U.S. skier Mikaela Shiffrin talked about dreaming of winning five gold medals at the 2018 Olympics? She'd like to take that back. Sort of.
It's not so much that the Sochi Games slalom champion doesn't think she's capable of a big haul in four years. It's more that she realizes what an outlandish thing it was to say out loud to a room full of media members back in February.
"I was just on, like, a gold-medal high there," Shiffrin said with a laugh at the U.S. Olympic Committee's Best of U.S. Awards on Wednesday night. "You say something to the press and of course it's going to be a quote. And I'm like, 'I'm ready for five gold medals.' (And then) I'm like, 'Whoops. Shouldn't have said that.'"
After jokingly rapping herself on the side of the head, Shiffrin continued on the topic. She sort of presented a defense of her comments from the day after she became, at 18, the youngest slalom champion in Olympic history.
"Of course, that's everybody's dream -- you go to the Olympics to bring home gold, right? So I was really happy with bringing the slalom gold home this year and ... hopefully there's quite a bit of time between now and (2018) to practice, and hopefully I have a shot at as many gold medals as I can get," Shiffrin said.
"And who knows if I'll actually get them," she added, "but as long as I give myself a chance, then I'm happy."
At the Sochi Olympics, Shiffrin entered only the slalom and the giant slalom, in which she finished fifth.