Mikaela Shiffrin, the two-time Olympic champion skier and a high U.S. medal contender on the Winter Olympics in Beijing, mentioned Monday that she has examined optimistic for the coronavirus and can miss World Cup races Tuesday and Wednesday in Lienz, Austria.
The consequence difficult Shiffrin’s preparations for the Beijing Video games and confirmed how a surge of instances amongst opponents might upset China’s and the Worldwide Olympic Committee’s efforts to run virus-free Video games inside an Olympic bubble. The Olympics are the best stage for a lot of athletes, and a optimistic check can imply the lack of a uncommon alternative, simply as an outbreak in China could affect the entire Games.
Shiffrin’s announcement got here a number of days after she gained a large slalom race in Courchevel, France, her 72nd profession World Cup victory. Shiffrin leads the overall women’s World Cup standings and is first within the large slalom and second within the slalom.
“I needed to allow you to all know that I’m doing properly, however sadly I had a optimistic COVID check,” Shiffrin, 26, wrote on Instagram. “I’m following protocol and isolating.”
After her win in Courchevel on Dec. 21, Shiffrin spoke of feeling drained.
“It was actually fairly tough, to be sincere — tiring right now! Even after the primary run, I wasn’t certain I might do the second run,” she mentioned. “It’s an enormous push and for each athlete racing. We needed to dig very deep and simply combat and be aggressive.”
On Instagram on Monday, Shiffrin wished her teammates luck within the races in Austria. “I’ll be cheering for you from afar,” she mentioned.