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Paris (AFP) – American skier Mikaela Shiffrin’s back injury will prevent her from competing in this weekend’s World Cup in Lech, Austria, her coach Mike Day told AFP on Monday.
Shiffrin is recovering in Colorado from a back injury she sustained in Soelden in the World Cup first round and is now expected to return to Levi in late November.
“She’s not looking to ski in Lech but it was never planned. Preparing for five events is just too hard,” May said of Shiffrin.
May said, however, that Shiffrin’s back problem was improving.
“It is progressing in a positive way. Unfortunately, she couldn’t handle it when we tried to train soon after Sölden,” he added.
“Since then I just got back in shape and tried skiing, but it wasn’t working.”
Shiffrin claimed a meteoric 70th World Cup victory in the season opener giant slalom in Soelden, but said at the time she felt rusty.
“It’s already early to start racing in October, you’re like ‘Oh my gosh let’s go!’, Said Shiffrin, who claimed his first World Cup giant slalom victory in Soelden in 2015.
Shiffrin won the overall Women’s World Cup title for three consecutive years until 2019.
This streak ended with a horrific season marked by the sudden death of her father in February 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic and a back injury as she was winless for the first time since her first campaign, 2011 -12, when she was 16 years old.
Last season she had three wins, one in the giant slalom and two in the slalom.
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