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Wendy Holdener, Olympic medalist Alpine skier, out of World Cup Finals

Wendy Holdener

COURCHEVEL, FRANCE - DECEMBER 12: Wendy Holdener of Switzerland competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women’s Giant Slalom on December 12, 2020 in Courchevel, France. (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

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Olympic slalom silver medalist Wendy Holdener tested positive for COVID-19 and will not race at the World Cup Finals meeting, the Swiss ski team said Friday.

Holdener was to start in the last slalom and giant slalom races this weekend on home snow in Lenzerheide.

Her positive result in rapid testing was confirmed by a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test taken late Thursday, the Swiss team said.

Holdener holds the record of most podium finishes in a World Cup discipline without a victory, 27 in slalom, while racing against Mikaela Shiffrin and Petra Vlhova. They have 45 and 12 slalom wins, respectively.

Vlhova heads the season-long slalom standings going into Saturday’s race. Shiffrin and newly crowned world champion Katharina Liensberger can both overhaul the Slovakian leader but need Vlhova to finish third or lower in the race.

The Swiss team said one of its women’s team coaches, Austrian Klaus Mayrhofer, also tested positive for COVID-19.

The season-ending World Cup meeting is being held without fans due to restrictions on mass gatherings in Switzerland during the pandemic.

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