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U.S. Alpine skier Paula Moltzan to miss World Cup races after coronavirus positive

Paula Moltzan

US’ Paula Moltzan competes during her 1st Round of the FIS Alpine Ski Women’s Slalom World Cup event on January 12, 2021, in Flachau (Salzburg) Austria. (Photo by Joe Klamar / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)

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U.S. Alpine skier Paula Moltzan tested positive for the coronavirus and is asymptomatic and otherwise well but will miss this weekend’s World Cup giant slaloms in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

Skiers from around the globe have been tested multiple times per week since the World Cup season began in October.

Some previously missed races due to their own positive tests or one from within their team, but Moltzan is the first American to miss a race due to a positive, according to U.S. Ski and Snowboard.

“I have taken all the necessary precautions and diligently followed the COVID-19 protocols set by U.S. Ski & Snowboard and FIS [International Ski Federation] in order to stay safe, but unfortunately, between Flachau [a slalom on Tuesday] and Kranjska Gora, I’ve tested positive,” was posted on Moltzan’s social media. “I am asymptomatic and currently self-isolating.”

Moltzan, a 26-year-old who made her World Cup debut in 2012, is having her best season as part of a strong start for the U.S. program.

She notched her first career top-10 in the season-opening giant slalom on Oct. 17, then finished second in a parallel event on Nov. 26.

Olympic Channel and Peacock Premium air live coverage of the Kranjska Gora giant slaloms on Saturday at 8 a.m. ET and Sunday at 6:15 a.m.

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