Austrian media is reporting that American skier Mikaela Shiffrin left Are, Sweden by helicopter for training in Trysil, Norway.
“She’s going off the grid for a bit, wants to keep it private,” the U.S. Ski Team told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Mikaela has more than a week before her next ski races in giant slalom and slalom on Feb. 14 and 16 . She is expected back in Are on Monday.
“The slalom and GS are her main goals and targets,” U.S. head coach Paul Kristofic said.
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As many of you know, last summer I made the Maxim Hot 100 list. In the photo we chose, I was wearing my ski jacket along with my Olympic gold and silver medals from PyeongChang…listed among a group of women wearing bikinis. It was a conscious decision for me to show that – as a female athlete – you can be recognized for your sporting achievements rather than just your appearance. I’m not really the prettiest girl out there, but I work hard to achieve my dreams. As a woman competing in sports, it can often feel as though you are being recognized not by your performance, but rather by your looks; whereas for men, “looks” aren’t the focus of the conversation. For me, it’s a good feeling to look nice, but it’s not the focus. I’m one of the fastest out there and I’m proud of my accomplishments in this sport, and that’s what I’d like people to recognize. The Maxim Hot 100 was so awesome to me because it made a statement about not objectifying me because of my gender or appearance, but focusing on my accomplishments in skiing. It’s about finding that equality in a playing field that doesn’t always feel even. With that said, I was so excited to see my sponsor @barillaus continue to stand for equality, as they partnered with artist @olimpiazagnoli, who designed a special edition Spaghetti n°5 box explaining Barilla’s policy towards LGBT rights. I am proud to be an ambassador for a company like Barilla who is a leading force in the topic of equality. Side note – I’ve also had a great training and racing block in Italy the last few weeks and basically just been downing this Barilla every day – you may recall my recent post referring to my “layer of energy”…this should come in handy as I head into the final World Cup in Maribor, Slovenia before @are2019. 🤗🤗🤗 Swipe 👉 to see the Spaghetti n°5 box artwork by Olimpia. 🍝 #ad