Mikaela Shiffrin returns after a long break. © APA / GEORG HOCHMUTH
After a tough time, ski star Mikaela Shiffrin looks forward to her World Cup comeback after a 300-day break.
20. November 2020
“I am grateful to be here. I’m looking forward to going back to the gate and skiing, ”said Shiffrin ahead of the Alpine World Cup in Levi, Finland, next weekend. After the tragic accidental death of her father at the beginning of the year, Shiffrin initially interrupted the previous season, a return then failed due to the corona pandemic.
Mikaela Shiffrin is looking forward to her comeback. © Pentaphoto
She didn’t feel angry about that, but: “I’m angry that my father died. I feel so alone on many days, but I am grateful to have my mother around me so often, “said the American.
She would have liked to have used an earlier return to the World Cup as therapy. “In February I was at home for many weeks and did not ski, eat or sleep, which athletes or normal people actually do. I thought skiing was therapeutic. That’s why I would have loved to have finished the season, “said the two-time Olympic champion:” I just wanted to know what it feels like to race. “
Shiffrin stacks deep
For the new season, the longtime dominator is stacking deep – at least when looking at results. “I have no expectations and I try to keep expectations low,” she clarified: “But my expectations of skiing remain high. I want to ski well, which means skiing fast. I know that I can. “