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Shiffrin is the latest elite skier to test positive for COVID-19

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Shiffrin is the latest elite skier to test positive for COVID-19

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Two-time Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin is the latest elite skier to test positive for COVID-19 within six weeks of the Beijing Games.

“I wanted to let you know I’m fine, but unfortunately I had a positive COVID test”, the American wrote on his social media accounts Monday. “I follow protocol and isolate myself.”

Shiffrin said she will miss the World Cup giant slalom and slalom races scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday respectively in Lienz, Austria, adding: “I’ll see you in the new year.”

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Missing the races at Lienz is a big blow to Shiffrin’s chances of regaining the overall World Cup title. She leads Italy’s Sofia Goggia by 115 points in the standings but must maintain a high level of points in the technical disciplines of giant slalom and slalom as Goggia has been practically unbeatable in the speed downhill and super-G events.

Shiffrin’s positive test comes at a particularly bad time for her with six consecutive technical races scheduled.

Other top skiers who have missed races recently after testing positive for COVID include former overall champion Lara Gut-Behrami, Austrian world champion Katharina Liensberger and Alice Robinson from New Zealand.

The Beijing Olympics open on February 4.

Shiffrin’s Olympic record includes two gold medals – in the slalom at the Sochi 2014 Games and in the giant slalom at the Pyeongchang 2018 Games – as well as a silver in the combined in 2018.

The next Women’s World Cup race after Lienz is a slalom in Zagreb, Croatia on January 4.


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