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Paris (AFP) – The American Mikaela Shiffrin, positive for Covid-19, withdrew for the Alpine Skiing World Cup stage of Lienz (Austria) on Tuesday and Wednesday, as cases multiply on the circuit.

“I’m fine but unfortunately I tested positive for the Covid. I respect the protocol and I isolated myself”, wrote on Monday the American star with 72 World Cup victories on his social networks.

The 26-year-old American did not specify in her message the date of her test and whether she had already arrived in Austria where a giant and then a slalom are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Two races for which she was the big favorite.

His date of return to competition thus remains enigmatic, while the next stage will take place in Zagreb with a slalom from January 4.

Swiss star Lara Gut-Behrami, who has already missed two stages in France (Val d’Isère and Courchevel) because of the virus, remains “uncertain” according to Swiss-Ski.

New Zealander Alice Robinson has announced that she came out of her isolation with a negative test and will therefore make a comeback, while the presence of the world slalom champion, the Austrian Katharina Liensberger, announced positive last week, n is not yet assured.

Two members of the International Ski Federation (FIS) staff, including the director of women’s races Peter Gerdol, also tested positive after the races in Courchevel last week.

In sporting terms, Shiffrin’s withdrawal is a blow for the American, who in Austria had a great opportunity to increase her lead in the general classification (115 points over the Italian Sofia Goggia).

The American with the three big crystal globes (from 2017 to 2019) had won the last two races contested in Lienz in 2019 (giant and slalom).

The public, who have returned since the start of the season after a winter behind closed doors, will once again be banned in Lienz in South Tyrol.

The Austrian federation (ÖSV) announced the measure for the Lienz stage, but also for the events in January of Flachau and Zauchensee (alpine skiing), Innsbruck and Bischofshofen (jumping, Tour of the Four Hills) and Bad Gastein (snowboard) .

“We are aware of our responsibility,” said the president of the federation, Roswitha Stadlober, while the country is gradually reducing the confinement in force since the end of November to cope with the contagious variant Omicron.

The ÖSV maintains for the moment the presence of the public in Kitzbühel (January 21-23), the major sporting event of the country where tens of thousands of fans usually go.

Program of the Women’s Alpine Skiing World Cup in Lienz (in French hours, GMT 1):

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