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Shiffrin to start 1st in re­turn

- Sports · Mikaela Shiffrin · Sweden · Sweden national football team

End­ing her 10-month break from rac­ing, Mikaela Shiffrin is set to go first in the World Cup slalom on Satur­day, while the Swe­den team has gone into quar­an­tine and will miss both races this week­end. Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial start list re­leased by FIS on Fri­day, Shiffrin was given No. 1 dur­ing the bib draw for the slalom sea­son opener. Another women’s slalom on the Black Levi course is sched­uled for Sun­day. Shiffrin, a dou­ble Olympic and three-time over­all World Cup cham­pion, hasn’t raced since Jan­uary. The Amer­i­can’s sea­son was cut short in February as she took a five-week break from rac­ing fol­low­ing the death of her fa­ther, Jeff Shiffrin, when the re­main­der of the sea­son was can­celed amid the coro­n­avirus out­break. A no­table ab­sen­tee from this week­end’s races is Swedish slalom spe­cial­ist Anna Swenn Lars­son, who fin­ished in the top five of the dis­ci­pline stand­ings in the past two sea­sons. Swe­den­quar­an­tinedafter­o­ne­ofitscoach­es tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19 upon ar­rival in Levi, though other coaches and all eight skiers on the team tested neg­a­tive.

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