VIENNA – Mikaela Shiffrin postponed her return to World Cup snowboarding for no less than one other month on Friday, pulling out of subsequent week’s season-opening big slalom in Austria with a again difficulty.
The 2-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time total World Cup champion, who hasn’t raced in almost 9 months, mentioned she tweaked her again whereas snowboarding final week.
“I’ve been suggested to take a seat Soelden out to let my again heal so I can race the remainder of the season,” Shiffrin wrote on Instagram.
The U.S. ski group added that “Mikaela will plan to go again to the States to relaxation and get better, and her return to competitors is TBD.”
The following races on the World Cup calendar are two parallel slaloms on Nov. 13-14 in one other Austrian resort, Lech.
Shiffrin has struggled with again points earlier than however by no means sat out a World Cup race for that motive.
“Having began in Soelden for the final eight years straight, this feels… actually irritating and unusual (for lack of higher phrases). Fortunately, this harm will heal and I can be again within the begin quickly,” mentioned Shiffrin, who completed on the rostrum in Soelden 5 instances prior to now six years, profitable the race in 2014.
“Okay, possibly my countdown has been delayed, however the massive countdown is ON and I can’t look forward to it to start out,” she added.
Shiffrin has not raced since selecting up her 66th profession victory at a super-G in Bulgaria on Jan. 26.
First, she returned dwelling to the US and took a five-week break following the demise of her father, Jeff Shiffrin, in early February. And when she deliberate to come back again at races in Sweden in mid-March, the rest of the season was canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic, with Federica Brignone ending Shiffrin’s thee-year reign as total champion.
Earlier this week, Shiffrin mentioned she was questioning how a lot time she has left in ski racing, questioning how lengthy all of the touring and being away from dwelling will nonetheless be price it.