Skier Shiffrin returning to slopes


Two months ago, Mikaela Shiffrin was just hoping to be back on skis before the snow melted.

A week from now, she will return to World Cup racing on a knee that healed much faster than even she anticipated.

The Olympic and world slalom champion announced she will compete next Monday in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, for the first time since tearing a ligament in her right knee in December. She said Monday on her Facebook page: “See ya in a week!”

With only three slalom races left — along with a parallel event this month in Stockholm that counts in the slalom standings — the three-time defending champion still has a slim mathematical chance to retain her crown in the discipline. She trails slalom leader Frida Hansdotter of Sweden by 305 points.