“We are so sorry that we have to cancel the competitions that we have prepared for for so long. The current situation give us no other option than to cancel.” –World Cup Manager Fredrik Broman
Just a few hours after Mikaela Shiffrin announced plans to return to the Alpine skiing World Cup for its final weekend after the tragic passing of her father, international organizers canceled the races, giving Italy’s Federica Brignone the season title that Shiffrin had held for the past three years.
NBC Sports reports Mikaela had confirmed early Wednesday morning that she would return for the final weekend at Åre, Sweden. Later in the day FIS announced plans to hold the races without spectators to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Shortly thereafter, FIS announced that the races wouldn’t be held at all. The World Cup Finals, scheduled for next week in Cortina, had already been canceled due to coronavirus concerns in Italy.
Shiffrin still had a slim chance of winning the season title for a fourth straight year despite not racing since Jan. 26 but she will not get the chance. Instead, she will finish in second place. Mikaela was gracious in defeat and made this post ↓ congratulating Federica. Our hears go out to Shiffrin who is a champion on and off the mountain and we wish her all the best in the offseason.
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We can’t choose our transitions. But we can choose how we get to the other side. (I haven’t quite figured out what that means, but it sounds nice, so let’s just go with it.) Congratulations to all the Globe winners- despite the end of the season being cut so short, the impressive performances you all had throughout the entire season brought you to this point, and you earned these achievements through and through. Congrats @federicabrignone on the Overall and GS titles, to @petravlhova13 on the Slalom title, and @corinnesuter_official for the speed titles. I do wish I got to stand in the start amongst my competitors and friends again before the season ended. But I feel lucky (in a weird way) because I accomplished what I came here to do. I got this far- took that step…even if it wasn’t out of the *racing* start gate. Made a bunch of good turns over the last few days in the final prep, and I’m grateful for that. Also so very grateful to this World Cup family for this gift honoring my Dad. You are incredible, thank you. With love, Mikaela.