Mikaela Shiffrin Plans to Focus on Speed Racing This Season

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Mikaela Shiffrin,
Mikaela Shiffrin | Photo courtesy Bleacher Report.

After focusing mainly on slalom and giant slalom last year, Mikaela Shiffrin plans to return to speed racing this World Cup season.

Shiffrin told media on Thursday that she was eyeing a start at the first speed races of the season: Two downhills and a super-G in Lake Louise, Alberta, in early December.

“For my whole career my focus will always be tech, but I love speed, and I love Lake Louise especially, so that is in the plan right now.”

– Mikaela Shiffrin

Shiffrin’s first career win in a speed race came in the Lake Louise downhill in 2017, followed by a super-G victory at the same resort the year after.

The new season begins October 23rd in Sölden, Austria, with the giant slalom.

After a 10-month break due to her father’s death, a back injury, and the covid pandemic, Shiffrin returned to racing last November.

“This last season was a kind of a comeback, almost. And I really had enough to focus on in slalom and GS. I feel like there is a million things I can improve, especially after last season: The timing in the gates, in slalom keeping up with my quickness and agility, there was a conditioning aspect to it as well. I feel like everything could be on a higher level.”

– Mikaela Shiffrin

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