Mikaela Shiffrin wrote a letter, which was posted on the US Federation website. The American expressed all her satisfaction with the Cortina World Championships and her state of mind after the death of her father. She wrote: "I have reflected on the last few weeks and on the 2021 World Cup in Cortina.
First of all, I want to congratulate Cortina for having completed an event like a World Cup at such a challenging time, in the midst of a pandemic. Mother Nature is not she was kind the first few days, but from then on the event was incredible and there were blue skies and sunshine every day.
One thing the world doesn't know is that Cortina has no equal in its ability to prepare the track for a race. No matter how important the snowfall may be, in Cortina the staff are always ready to work miracles to make the surface safe and usable for competitions.
THANKS to everyone who made this possible. It is difficult to beat the beauty of Cortina when there is the usual splendid, sunny, relaxing alpine atmosphere. A year ago we weren't even sure this event could take place. And in the days leading up to the World Cup we had our worries about the pandemic and how it would end.
In Cortina, however, I felt safe: a negative Covid test was required to access the event, and one mandatory every three days for anyone setting foot in Cortina, it was like being in one large community of Covid-19 negatives.
We were impressed by the Cortina rules and the rigorous application of the measures that helped us prevent the spread of the virus in case someone tested positive. Cortina has taken the necessary measures to keep us safe and bring the event to a close.
Apparently there were no Covid cases at the end of the competition, which is impressive for the scale of the event. They have been a model of how to run a big sporting event in the safest way during a pandemic time. Being able to watch the sports you love is a great mental health cure, so THANK Cortina for giving ski fans this Mental escape and the chance to see your splendid views and experience unforgettable moments.
A little over a year ago, I wasn't sure I'd be back on skis after my life was turned upside down by the death of my father. I couldn't breathe, I couldn't think, I couldn't sleep or eat, and I couldn't stop crying for months until I literally had no more tears to shed.
I was scared to death for so many unknowns about my future and had no idea how to deal with it all. Throughout that time, as much as I wanted to lie in bed and never get up again, I had no choice but to pick myself up and try to move on.
I went through a sea of pain and the shock of losing part of my heart, someone I adored beyond words, I had to robotically learn to take on everything my father has ever done so that I could just focus on the my job.
I had no choice but to find a way to put things back together, and 15 hours a day, with my brother and my mother, we did what was his job. Anyway, back to the point, I have to thank my coaches for supporting my choices. We all decided to bet on more medals, knowing that there was the possibility of going home empty-handed.
I don't regret my decisions in the slightest. I proved that I had the speed to win the super-G before my final mistake, I was only a hair's breadth away from winning the giant, lost by 2 cents in very difficult conditions.
We won gold in the combined, which I am really proud of. As for slalom, honestly, I was disappointed with my performance because I don't think it reflected either my current form or my team's efforts to provide the best and most efficient preparation to give me what it took to win.
What happened happened and I can only learn and try to do better in the future. And in all honesty, Katherina (Liensberger) and Petra (Vlhova) skied really well despite my performance which was not up to par. So I got a bronze but, more importantly, I found a reason to smile and I had several moments of joy during these days, and if I have learned anything in the last year it is how important things like these really are."