Alpine, Mikaela Shiffrin | Shiffrin believes Trump’s corona infection should be a wake-up call:

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The American alpinist shares his frustration.

25-year-old Shiffrin has been one of the world’s best alpinists in recent years.

The American will not be seen during this weekend’s World Cup opening in Sölden due to a back injury, but is still well on his way to preparing for the winter season.

It will be a season a little out of the ordinary for the American ski stars.

Because of the corona pandemic, all World Cup races, except for the Trial Olympics in China, will be held in Europe this season.

It means a long period away from home for Shiffrin and her national team colleagues.

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For the 25-year-old, it is extra painful after she lost her father in February. An important supporter of the alpinist.

– When we are in Europe, I would talk to my father every day. When I do not have that opportunity, it is difficult, Shiffrin tells CNN.

At the same time, the Olympic gold medalist seems to be the first to take the corona pandemic seriously.

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Click on the image to enlarge. BIG PROFILE: Mikaela Shiffrin has been one of the clearly best alpinists on the women's side in recent years.

BIG PROFILE: Mikaela Shiffrin has been one of the clearly best alpinists on the women’s side in recent years.
Photo: Barbara Gindl (AFP)

Asking people to wake up

In the interview with CNN, the American says that she takes her own precautions, but is unsure if everyone else does.

– It is a bit frustrating to feel that you have to argue through every single day, Shiffrin says before she explains a bit how it feels to have to ask others to keep their distance while she herself feels she takes responsibility by wearing a mask.

– It is a constant battle and it is frustrating, says the 25-year-old.

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Shiffrin believes that the fact that President Donald Trump was infected with the corona should be a warning that this could affect anyone.

– You do not want anyone to get sick, dead or in pain, she says about the president’s corona infection.

– I think it’s like a huge, howling signal that “wake up, people”. This is happening and it is not going to go away just by ignoring it. Take it seriously, says Shiffrin.

Click on the image to enlarge. SOON BACK: Mikaela Shiffrin will not be seen in Sölden next weekend, but is working to recover from a back injury.

SOON BACK: Mikaela Shiffrin will not be seen in Sölden next weekend, but is working to recover from a back injury.
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini (AFP)

World Cup opening in Sölden

The American star will not be seen when the World Cup opening starts with giant slalom in Sölden next weekend.

Shiffrin even posted on Twitter last week that she can not join due to back problems.


However, Norway has a large squad in Sölden.

Sports director Claus Ryste tells Nettavisen that they are taking precautions in the hope of avoiding coronary heart disease.

– Precautions for us are hygiene, distance, staying as much as possible in our group, reducing travel activity and avoiding risk as well as advice, Ryste says to Nettavisen.

He finds that people are generally good at paying attention.

– I think that the others show consideration and keep their distance, says the sports manager.

Ryste admits, however, that it is not always as easy.

– Sometimes it gets cramped in a lift queue, Ryste says.

The World Cup in Sölden starts with the women’s giant slalom race at 10.00 on Saturday, while the men will be in action at the same time on Sunday.



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