Mikaela Shiffrin's come back to the World Cup is postponed again, untill the end of November, according so several rumors. The American champion, who had to pay off her first season in Soelden due to a blow to the back, has announced that she has targeted the special slalom in Levi, Finland, scheduled for 21 and 22 November.
The three-time winner of the World Cup will therefore also miss the parallel in Lech, scheduled in Austria on 13 November. Shiffrin, who has won 66 world cup races in her career, has not competed since February, after the death of her father Jeff.
In March, after a 40-day break, he tried to return but the chosen race was canceled by the global pandemic. Only some week ago she said in a tweet: "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.
FIS on American and Canadian races
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.