American Mikaela Shiffrin postponed her return to World Cup snowboarding for at the very least one other month on Friday, pulling out of subsequent week’s season-opening big slalom in Austria with a again situation.
The 2-time Olympic gold medallist and three-time general 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 sit down 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 cause.
“Having began in Soelden for the final eight years straight, this feels… actually irritating and unusual [for lack of better words]. Fortunately, this damage will heal and I shall be again within the begin quickly,” mentioned Shiffrin, who completed on the rostrum in Soelden 5 instances previously six years, profitable the race in 2014.
“Okay, perhaps my countdown has been delayed, however the large countdown is ON and I can not look ahead 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 USA and took a five-week break following the demise of her father, Jeff Shiffrin, in early February. And when she deliberate to return 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 general 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 value it.