Mikaela Shiffrin: "My back hurts, but I'll be back soon!"

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Mikaela Shiffrin: "My back hurts, but I'll be back soon!"

"As many of you know, there is only one week left for the start of the World Cup, but with great regret I have to report that I will not be there. After having a back problem last week, I was advised to skip Soelden to rest her and to compete for the rest of the season.

For the past eight years I have always competed in Soelden and it is very frustrating. Fortunately, however, the injury will pass and I will be back soon," said Mikaela Shiffrin in the message on Twitter accompanied by a her photo taken by her father Jeff, who died at the beginning of last February.

Mikaela Shiffrin's Twitter post

Shiffrin's return to the races takes on a particular value: the American was in fact in Europe when she was hit by the family tragedy. After 40 days of absence, March had tried to return to the Are stage, but the trip had been thwarted by the cancellation of the races for Covid-19.

Mikaela Shiffrin will miss the Soelden giant on Saturday 17 October, opening of the Ski World Cup. The American has communicated it via social media

Some weeks ago we told you that Viktoria Rebensburg retired from skiing.

The 30-years-old German has announced that she wants to leave the competition with a message on social media. The athlete fractured his left tibia in February's Super-G World Cup in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, one day after winning his only career downhill victory in front of a home crowd.

She leaves with 19 career cup wins and 49 podiums. She said: "For me it is a difficult day because after 13 years I have decided to end my career. I do not take this decision lightly, after a long reflection made in recent weeks.

After the injury I suffered in the spring and the last two months of training, I realized that I would never be able to return to my best level." The German was Olympic giant in Vancouver 2010. In the same specialty she also won bronze in Sochi 2014.

Two medals at the World Championships, both silver, in Vail 2015 and Are 2019, and three World Cups of specialties won (2011, 2012, 2018) Meanwhile FIS has announced the cancellation of the American and Canadian stages initially included in the calendar of the 2020/2021 Ski World Cup.

The reason for the cancellation is to limit the risk of infections from Covid-19 as much as possible. The canceled stages are: Lake Louise, Killington and Beaver Creek, for a total of ten races. However, no change for Cortina 2021: the World Cup will take place in February as announced in July by the FIS.

The announcement follows a few hours after the communication relating to the closed-door holding of the Soelden competitions on 17 and 18 October next. Overall, with the decision on the North American stages, 10 races leave the scene, 5 men and 5 women: the men's and women's fast races of Lake Louise, slalom and Killington women's giant, downhill, super-G and men's giant Beaver Creek.

Canceled races will be recovered by hooking them up to races already scheduled in European locations. The final decision on the calendars will be taken at the end of September, but, in the meantime, Fis has established the new calendars that provide: that an additional weekend with two male giants will be held in Val d'Isere (5 and 6 December), with the recovery of the canceled giant in Beaver.

In the following weekend (12 and 13 December) the men's fast races to recover (downhill and super-G) will be held. In the women's field, a descent will be added to the traditional Swiss weekend in St. Moritz (5 and 6 December), while Courchevel will host a weekend with two technical races in December.

Just in recent days the Fis protocol for the Cup of the world. The attempt is to limit the risk of contagions in order to complete the races. Participants in the races are divided into four groups: national team members (athletes, technicians, skimans), FIS officers, all accredited (media, sponsors, partners, suppliers, data services) and local organizing committee.