Mikaela Shiffrin’s Comeback: The Latest on Her Return to World Cup Action

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The much-awaited return of skiing sensation Mikaela Shiffrin to the slopes is still scheduled for this weekend’s World Cup races in Are, Sweden. 

However, the American star might opt to participate in only one of the two events, with her team stating that Shiffrin is showing improvement in slalom and deems it a realistic option, while her participation in the giant slalom (GS) remains uncertain.

Shiffrin has been sidelined since a downhill crash in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, in January resulted in a sprained MCL and tibiofibular ligament in her left knee. 

Additionally, she has been recovering from a bone bruise sustained at the beginning of the season. The weekend’s events in Are include a giant slalom on Saturday and a slalom on Sunday, and Shiffrin’s decision on her participation will be revealed in the coming days.

The setback has affected Shiffrin’s standings in the overall competition. Currently sitting in third place with 1,209 points, she trails Lara Gut-Behrami (1,594) and Federica Brignone (1,268). In the giant slalom standings, Shiffrin is mathematically eliminated from contention for the small crystal globe, sitting fourth, 256 points behind Gut-Behrami.

Mikaela Shiffrin’s Commanding Lead

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The much-awaited return of skiing sensation Mikaela Shiffrin to the slopes is still scheduled for this weekend’s World Cup races in Are, Sweden.

However, Mikaela Shiffrin still leads the slalom standings with 630 points, with Petra Vlhova (505) and Lena Duerr (442) following. 

As Vlhova is out for the season due to a knee injury, Duerr is the only contender capable of overtaking Shiffrin. Shiffrin needs only 12 points to secure the slalom globe, making her title defense within reach.

With only two weekends of racing remaining this season after Are, including a weekend of tech races and a weekend of speed races at the finals in Saalbach, Austria, Shiffrin aims to make her mark and reclaim her dominance on the slopes after an unfortunate hiatus. 

Fans of skiing and admirers of Mikaela Shiffrin are eagerly anticipating her reemergence onto the competitive skiing scene, eagerly awaiting her triumphant return to the slopes and optimistic about her prospects for a successful comeback in the upcoming races.

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