Thursday, December 2, 2021

Olympic champion ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin is battling a back problem

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin hasn’t been able to ski the way she currently wants, due to an injury to her back she says in an interview with the Associated Press, “a very severe muscle spasm or a kind of of stress”. on Friday.

Speaking via video conference from Edwards, Colorado, the alpine star said he “hasn’t really been able to do much in any skiing” since October 23, when he won the season-opening giant slalom in Solden, Austria. had won. His 70th career World Cup win.

Expected to be one of the main faces of the Beijing Games in February, Shifrin already has three medals from the previous Winter Games, as well as three World Cup overall titles. She has the third most race wins in World Cup history, surpassing only Lindsey Vonn and Ingmar Stenmark.

“I just have to let it recover. It doesn’t take long if I just take the time. But I want to train now. So I take a day off, and then I’m like, ‘Okay, maybe this Good enough; I can go out and ski. And then I go out and ski and I take a few turns, and I’m like, ‘Ow. This is really painful,'” 26 The year-old American said. “It takes a while to be able to really push on my skis with full intensity, which is disappointing, because right now, that’s the bulk of the time where I normally do all four.” I train for events.”

He aims to enter each of the individual races in Beijing: slalom, giant slalom, downhill, super-G and combined (which adds time to downhill and slalom).

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“It’s a waiting game to be able to get back on the ice at full intensity,” Shiffrin said. “Your ability to do that great skiing – you start to lose that ability again, so you have to keep touching at that highest level. And I haven’t been able to since Solden.

Shiffrin said the issue is separate from the back injury that kept him off the World Cup slope during last season – although he said he thinks the two are connected, in the sense that he may be suffering from a spinal injury. Also find out the current problem. Took it when she was 9 years old.

She will play her upcoming event Cannes based on her body’s progress, but she said she doesn’t expect to sit in any of the World Cup races she plans to run. This included the circuit’s November 27–28 stop in Killington, Vermont, which Shiffrin said she “can’t imagine leaving” (she went to school at Burke Mountain Academy in that state).

“The only thing really for me right now will be Lake Louise, but I really want to get there,” Shiffrin said of the December 3-5 pace events in Canada. “Hopefully in the next 24 hours, it will start to feel like I can get out on the hill and get some good training. And once we get there, we’re back in business, so it shouldn’t be a big deal.”

And then she paused before adding: “Hopefully.”

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