Mikaela Shiffrin’s longtime coach to be reassigned with U.S. Ski Team

Mikaela Shiffrin, Roland Pfeifer
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Roland Pfeifer, who coached Mikaela Shiffrin the last four years, will no longer lead the U.S. women’s technical program and be re-assigned to a position with the men’s team, according to Ski Racing magazine.

“We felt that a change was important to create the best team dynamics and stability, providing focus for Mikaela Shiffrin and our other U.S. athletes,” said Alpine director Patrick Riml, who will manage the U.S. women’s technical skiers on an interim basis, according to the report.

Shiffrin, who became the youngest Olympic slalom champion in Sochi, went five straight World Cup races without a podium finish and six without a win earlier this season, the longest droughts since her first World Cup win in December 2012.

She then scrapped a plan to make a World Cup debut in super-G and then won her last two races, both slaloms. Shiffrin’s next race is expected to be a slalom in Flachau, Austria, on Tuesday.

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