Mikaela Shiffrin extends absence from Alpine skiing World Cup

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Mikaela Shiffrin is expected to miss this weekend’s World Cup races in Slovenia, extending her break since the Feb. 2 death of her father.

Shiffrin is not on the start list for Saturday’s giant slalom and is also expected to be out for Sunday’s slalom in Kranjska Gora, according to U.S. Ski & Snowboard.

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“Our continued thoughts go out to the Mikaela, [mother] Eileen and [brother] Taylor as they deal with the incredible loss of their father and husband Jeff Shiffrin,” read a statement from Shiffrin’s management team. “At this point we have no information to share about a return to Europe or a return to competition. We ask that you continue to respect the family’s privacy.”

It will mark the first time since she burst on the scene in 2013 that she will miss a traditional giant slalom or slalom, aside from physical injury. She previously skipped parallel and city events.

Shiffrin, seeking a fourth straight World Cup overall title, leads the season standings by 145 points over Italian Federica Brignone through 24 of 40 scheduled races.

Brignone can make up that deficit with a win and a fifth-place finish in Kranjska Gora, though she has never made the top 10 of a World Cup slalom.

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