Mikaela Shiffrin will not participate in the Lech parallel next weekend. The American skier has some back problems that appeared after her victory in the inaugural giant in Sölden, where she had narrowly beaten Lara Gut-Behrami.
The news is her coach Mike Day. The decision is due to back problems, as about a year ago, when she and she was forced to skip the opening in Soelden. This year, however, the American triumphed over Rettenbach three weeks ago, but since then she has trained little due to back pain, as she herself explained to the AP agency.
She infact said: "Now I have to let my back heal, not It will take too long if I take the right time, but it is frustrating because this is usually the time when I train in all four disciplines." At the moment it is too early to understand if and which other races Mikaela will have to give up besides the parallel of Lech.
She should be in both Levi and Killington, even Lake Louise in doubt. Mikaela Shiffrin is an American alpine skier. Among the top athletes of the US national team of the 2010s, she is a specialist in technical disciplines, but has proven to be competitive even in fast ones, so much so that she is among the seven female skiers with Petra Kronberger, Pernilla Wiberg, Janica Kostelić, Anja Pärson, Lindsey Vonn and Tina Maze able to win in all five specialties and the only one able to do it in six, with the parallel slalom.
She holds two Olympic titles (special slalom in Sochi 2014 and giant slalom in Pyeongchang 2018) and six world championships (special slalom in Schladming 2013, in Vail / Beaver Creek 2015 and in Sankt Moritz 2017 supergiant and special slalom in Åre 2019 and combined in Cortina d 'Ampezzo 2021).
In her palmarès she also boasts three general World Cups, a supergiant World Cup, a giant slalom World Cup and six special slalom World Cups.
Cahill: "Roger Federer will play the Australian Open 2022!"
Roger Federer's dream of winning his ninth Wimbledon title this year was shattered by Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals.
The young Polish player defeated the 20-time Grand Slam champion in three sets, but then had to deal with Matteo Berrettini's explosiveness and lost in the semifinals. The Swiss champion appeared physically in great difficulty on that occasion and the choices he made after the clear defeat offered a clearer picture of his condition.
Federer in fact renounced first the Tokyo Olympics and the American Masters 1000 and then the US Open. The Swiss was forced to undergo a new knee operation and to close his 2021 prematurely. Federer's goal is to return to compete unconditionally in 2022.
Darren Cahill, former coach of Simona Halep, spoke of the return of Roger Federer and speculated his presence at the next edition of the Australian Open. He said to Sportsday: "There will be so many great stories coming to the next Australian Open, it will be a historic tournament.
It looks like Roger Federer will play the tournament. I know he's working a lot on the court right now and we're pretty sure he'll come to Australia to play. At 40-year-old, what he is doing is commendable, trying to reach the 21st Grand Slam.
Rafael Nadal is training a lot, I have seen some videos of him. He is working hard to win another Grand Slam. " Cahill finally focused on Novak Djokovic. He added: "I think Novak will be in Australia, but tennis is much bigger than any single individual.
If he doesn't come, I'm sure the tournament will still be a success. However, it would be very disappointing not to have it." Remember the Australian Open could become the first international tennis tournament open to vaccinated athletes only. We will see what happens in the next few weeks and if Tennis Australia can find an agreement with the government.