Coronavirus concerns end World Cup season, nixing Mikaela Shiffrin’s shot at four-peat |

Coronavirus concerns end World Cup season, nixing Mikaela Shiffrin’s shot at four-peat

Shiffrin was planning on returning to World Cup racing this weekend before cancellation

Mikaela Shiffrin took a month-long break from the World Cup season following the death of her father.
Marco Tacca

AVON — Mikaela Shiffrin’s shot at a fourth World Cup overall title is finished after the International Ski Federation canceled this weekend’s women’s World Cup races in Are, Sweden, due to COVID-19 concerns.The races were canceled after new recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

The announcement means that Italy’s Federica Brignone will claim the overall, with Shiffrin finishing second and Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova in third with 1,189 points. Brignone is the first Italian woman to win the World Cup in the 53 years of the circuit.

“The health and welfare of the athletes and all other participants, as well as the general public, are in the forefront and the priority of FIS and all stakeholders,” FIS wrote on their website.

Concerns arose when a member of the sponsor support team at the FIS Alpine World Cup self-quarantined after experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus in Kvitfjell, Norway. He later tested positive.

Other members of the support team traveled to Are, Sweden, and were quarantined immediately.

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