Mikaela Shiffrin Pulls Out of World Cup Events in Russia this Weekend to Rest

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Mikaela Shiffrin takes her second win of the weekend in Bansko, Bulgaria. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom – Christophe Pallot)

Mikaela Shiffrin has pulled out of this weekend’s World Cup events in Rosa Khutor, Russia, the Alpine site of the 2014 Olympics, instead taking the week off to rest and train.

The US Ski Team tweeted on Tuesday that Shiffrin:

“…will not be heading to the World Cup in Sochi this weekend. She’ll be taking the week off to rest and get a solid training block in.”

After a busy stretch of six races during the last two weeks right across Europe where she added two World Cup wins to her belt, it’s no surprise that she’s taking some time off. She has six world Cup wins this season already. Last season she won 17, an almost impossible feat to repeat.

“Mikaela Shiffrin has won six World Cups,” as if that were a disappointing result. While the number pales in comparison to 17, every other athlete on the World Cup would give vital organs to have six World Cup wins in a season.

Shiffrin’s closest rival, Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova, has four World Cup wins this season and won five last season.

Following Russia, the tour goes to Germany, for downhill and super-G followed by Slovenia, for GS and slalom on Feb. 15-16.

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