PYEONGCHANG - Mikaela Shiffrin says she keeps her Sochi slalom gold medal hidden away in a sock. She may need a few more socks to stash the five gold-medal haul the alpine skiing super star could target at Pyeongchang.

Shiffrin stormed to gold in the most technical of events four years ago at the age of just 18, a year after she won the first of her three consecutive world championship slalom titles. Now 22, she has maintained her form and this season has racked up 10 World Cup victories across five disciplines, including five straight wins in January.

"The medals, I put them in socks!" Shiffrin said Saturday, with her opening sortie in Pyeongchang coming in the giant slalom on Monday. "I had heard before Sochi that it's a good place to keep your medal, you put it in a sock and it keeps it kind of safe and then you can pack it away somewhere. I'm not going to tell you the exact location in case you want to go into my house and steal it!"

Shiffrin said that while her Sochi gold was stashed away, "I did hang up my world championships medals in my room but more because I had deadspace on my wall." Turning to which events she might take part in, she admitted she "would like to compete in everything".

The opening giant slalom is followed by Shiffrin's slalom title defence, the super-G, downhill, combined and team events. It is a schedule the American herself could have scripted in the chance of bagging multiple medals.

"But I'm not actually sure whether I'll have the energy to do (all) that," she said. "Right now I'm focusing on giant slalom and slalom and after that switching the focus to speed."

At that point, the US coaches have the final say on who races as the best medal contender, with Shiffrin allowed the option to pull herself out of races if she doesn't feel prepared. "Right now, we're looking at any possibility," she said.

Shiffrin said she had got over a little blip this season when she disappointed in Cortina and failed to finish the Lenzerheide slalom. Those setbacks followed a scintillating late December/early January when she was near unbeatable.

"We had a tonne of races all back-to-back, I was rested and had great training and preparation going into that so I was able to carry my momentum through that whole stretch," she said. "Then after that I got tired, going into the Cortina series put me over the edge a little bit. At the Lenzerheide slalom when I didn't finish three gates from the finish, for me that was a defining moment that I needed to take a step back and get some rest."

She insisted that she was now back to her old self, having touched down in South Korea nine days ago for proper acclimatisation, rest and some training. "I'm feeling good," she said. "I really like the conditions. Training's been great, I'm ready to go."

Shiffrin feels under no pressure to medal as a favourite. "The expectations come more from myself," she said. "I care, I want to medal in multiple disciplines. To be here and to know I can actually excel at almost all the events is really cool."