Shiffrin tests positive for COVID-19.
Double Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss this week’s World Cup races in Lienz, Austria, she said on Monday (December 27).
American Shiffrin, world leader of the World Cup, is a strong contender for gold at the Beijing Winter Olympics in February after winning the giant slalom at Pyeongchang in 2018 and the slalom at the Sochi 2014 Games.
“I wanted everyone to know that I am doing well, but unfortunately I had a positive COVID test. I am following protocol and isolating and will miss Lienz,” Shiffrin posted on Twitter.
“Best of luck to my teammates … I will be cheering you on. Thank you all for your support. I will see you in the new year,” he added.
Lienz will host giant slalom and women’s slalom races on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The 26-year-old Shiffrin claimed his 72nd World Cup victory in Courchevel, France, last week, winning the giant slalom.
The American won her first World Cup podium in a sprint race this month in nearly two years, finishing third in a super-G at St Moritz.
Switzerland’s Laura Gut-Behrami, the reigning super-G, and giant slalom world champion has been out of the game since testing positive for COVID-19 on December 17.
Slalom world champion Katharina Liensberger tested positive during the Courchevel match.