Shiffrin skips season-opener with back issue, returns to US

Mikaela Shiffrin has postponed her return to World Cup skiing for at least another month

“I have been advised to sit Soelden out to let my back heal so I can race the rest of the season,” Shiffrin wrote on Instagram.

The U.S. ski team added that ”Mikaela will plan to head back to the States to rest and recover, and her return to competition is TBD.”

The next races on the World Cup calendar are two parallel slaloms on Nov. 13-14 in another Austrian resort, Lech.

Shiffrin has struggled with back issues before but never sat out a World Cup race for that reason.

“Having started in Soelden for the last eight years straight, this feels… really frustrating and strange (for lack of better words). Luckily, this injury will heal and I will be back in the start soon,” said Shiffrin, who finished on the podium in Soelden five times in the past six years, winning the race in 2014.

“Okay, maybe my countdown has been delayed, but the big countdown is ON and I can’t wait for it to start,” she added.

Shiffrin has not raced since picking up her 66th career victory at a super-G in Bulgaria on Jan. 26.

Earlier this week, Shiffrin said she was wondering how much time she has left in ski racing, questioning how long all the traveling and being away from home will still be worth it.

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