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Mikaela Shiffrin is planning a return to hurry racing within the alpine snowboarding World Cup season, after lowering her schedule nearly solely to slalom and big slalom final 12 months.
The American two-time Olympic champion stated on Thursday she was eyeing a begin on the first pace races of the season: Two downhills and a super-G in Lake Louise, Alberta, in early December.
“For my entire profession my focus will at all times be tech, however I like pace, and I like Lake Louise particularly, so that’s within the plan proper now,” Shiffrin stated.
“I most likely gained’t be at each single pace race, it’s simply not likely attainable.”
Shiffrin’s first profession win in a pace race got here within the Lake Louise downhill in 2017, and she or he added a super-G victory on the identical resort the next 12 months.
The brand new season, which incorporates the Beijing Olympics in February, begins on Oct. 23 with the standard big slalom on a glacier in Sölden, Austria.
Shiffrin triumphed within the season opener in 2014 for one in every of her 69 World Cup wins.
Shiffrin returned final November after a 10-month break from racing following the loss of life of her father, the coronavirus outbreak, and a again harm.
She competed solely within the technical occasions, besides on the world championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, in February, when she gained gold in alpine mixed and bronze in super-G.
“This final season was a bit … sort of comeback, nearly. And I actually had sufficient to deal with in slalom and GS,” stated Shiffrin, who was talking in Austria at a digital media occasion of her tools provider, Atomic.
“I really feel like there’s a million issues I can enhance, particularly after final season: The timing within the gates, in slalom maintaining with my quickness and agility, there was a conditioning side to it as properly. I really feel like all the pieces could possibly be on a better stage.”
The three-time general World Cup champion used the offseason to work on numerous facets of her snowboarding in all alpine disciplines.
“I don’t really feel any lack of issues I can enhance however I assume generally it’s good to take a step again and say, ‘The extent is fairly good.’”
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