Two-time Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin is the newest elite skier to check optimistic for COVID-19 with the Beijing Games lower than six weeks away.
“I wished to allow you to all know that I’m doing properly, however sadly I had a optimistic COVID take a look at,” the American wrote on her social media accounts Monday. “I’m following protocol and isolating.”
Shiffrin mentioned she’s going to miss World Cup large slalom and slalom races scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, in Lienz, Austria, including, “I’ll see you within the new 12 months.”
Lacking the races in Lienz is an enormous hit to Shiffrin’s possibilities of regaining the general World Cup title. She leads Italy’s Sofia Goggia by 115 factors within the standings however wants to take care of a excessive degree of factors within the technical disciplines of large slalom and slalom since Goggia has been just about unbeatable within the pace occasions of downhill and super-G.
Shiffrin’s optimistic take a look at comes at a very unhealthy time for her with six consecutive technical races scheduled.
Different high skiers who’ve missed races lately after testing optimistic for COVID-19 embrace former total champion Lara Intestine-Behrami, Austrian world champion Katharina Liensberger and Alice Robinson of New Zealand.
Maryna Gąsienica-Daniel, the Polish skier who completed sixth in two large slaloms in Courchevel, France, final week, additionally introduced a optimistic take a look at on Monday. She wrote on Instagram that she is “remoted at house,” and she or he, too, will miss the races in Lienz. Gąsienica-Daniel added that she is “unhappy” however in any other case “feeling good.”
The Beijing Olympics open Feb. 4.
Shiffrin’s Olympic file contains two golds — in slalom on the 2014 Sochi Video games and large slalom on the 2018 Pyeongchang Video games — plus a silver in mixed from 2018.
Shiffrin completed first and second within the final two races she competed in — the 2 large slaloms in Courchevel.
The subsequent girls’s World Cup race after Lienz is a slalom in Zagreb, Croatia, on Jan. 4.
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