Mikaela Shiffrin no longer plans to race Val d’Isere super-G
Mikaela Shiffrin‘s World Cup super-G debut is being pushed back.
The Olympic slalom champion will not race in a super-G in Val d’Isere, France, next Sunday, according to the U.S. Ski Team.
Shiffrin, 19, said before this season that the timing of her first super-G race would be dependent, at least partially, on how well her giant slalom skiing felt.
She won a World Cup giant slalom for the first time in the season opener on Oct. 25 in Soelden, Austria, tying for the victory with Austrian Anna Fenninger.
It was announced before her following race in November that she planned to race the Val d’Isere super-G.
Between then and now, Shiffrin went five straight World Cup races without finishing on the podium, her longest drought since she notched the first of her 10 World Cup victories two years ago.
Shiffrin felt she regained her confidence before the second run of her last race, a slalom in Are, Sweden, on Saturday. She had the fastest time to improve from fifth after the first run to finish fourth, .02 off the podium.
There are three more World Cup super-Gs in January before the World Championships in February. Shiffrin has said a goal was to race in the super-G at the World Championships, which are near her home in Colorado.
If Shiffrin still harbors that goal, her mission is complicated by a rule that the U.S. can enter no more than four skiers in a World Championships race.
The regular U.S. speed-event skiers excelled in the first speed races of the season in Lake Louise, Alberta, last weekend.
Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso, Stacey Cook and Laurenne Ross all finished in the top 10 of both downhills in Lake Louise.
In the season’s only super-G so far, Vonn was second, Mancuso sixth, Cook 23rd and Ross 24th.
Shiffrin raced two lower-level super-Gs in November and finished more than a half-second behind Ross both times. Vonn, Mancuso and Cook were not in those fields.
Shiffrin is expected to make her next World Cup starts in a giant slalom and slalom in Semmering, Austria, in two weeks.