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Mikaela Shiffrin set for World Cup return after 6-week break

Posted at 8:18 AM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 10:18:35-04

ARE, Sweden (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin will return to World Cup racing this week.

She will end a break from the sport of more than six weeks following the sudden death of her father, 65, on Feb. 2.

“My family is heartbroken beyond comprehension about the unexpected passing of my kindhearted, loving, caring, patient, wonderful father," Shiffrin wrote on Twitter. "Our mountains, our ocean, our sunrise, our heart, our soul, our everything. He taught us so many valuable lessons, but above everything else, he taught us the golden rule: be nice, think first. This is something I will carry with me forever. He was the firm foundation of our family and we miss him terribly."

The three-time overall champion plans start in a parallel giant slalom on Thursday and a giant slalom and a slalom the following two days.

Those will be the last women’s World Cup races of the season.

The finals in Cortina d’Ampezzo have been canceled because of the virus outbreak in northern Italy.

Shiffrin has not competed since winning a super-G in Bansko, Bulgaria, on Jan. 26.