Mikaela Shiffrin sore, relieved after downhill race crash
Mikaela Shiffrin is pretty sore but thankful to not have been hurt worse in a downhill race crash Friday.
Initial analysis showed that Shiffrin did not suffer ACL or PCL damage in her left knee when she crashed and slid into a safety net in a World Cup in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
“At this point I’m just taking it day by day, and I’ll share more information or updates as I know more,” was posted on Shiffrin’s social media about 10 hours afterward. “Very thankful it’s not worse, but I’m pretty sore at the moment.”
Shiffrin will miss the next three World Cup races — a Saturday downhill, Sunday super-G and Tuesday giant slalom.
“Beyond that, it’s quite hard to say right now,” her post read. “Need a little time to process with my team and see how everything is feeling in the coming days!”
Seventeen seconds into her run Friday, Shiffrin went over a small jump, landed, attempted to adjust to make a gate, fell to the ground and slid into a safety net at a significant speed. She bounced off the net, and one of her skis detached.
Two minutes later, the broadcast returned to show several people assisting Shiffrin. She got up five minutes after the crash, using her ski poles as crutches as she left the area.
She was not shown to have put any weight on her left leg for several cautious strides.
Shiffrin checked in with teammates via WhatsApp as others waited for their runs, according to U.S. Ski and Snowboard.
“It’s all ok ladies, surface is money, you got this!” she told them.
Shiffrin is up to a record 95 Alpine skiing World Cup wins, including a circuit-leading seven this season.
Three racers after Shiffrin, Olympic downhill gold medalist Corinne Suter of Switzerland stopped her run and let out screams shortly after landing the same jump that troubled Shiffrin.
The Swiss federation later announced that Suter sustained a season-ending ACL tear and meniscus damage in her left knee.