Mikaela Shiffrin returns to skiing, expects to race in one month

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Mikaela Shiffrin returned to skiing on Saturday and plans to race again the final weekend of February, according to the Denver Post.

“No pain, no swelling,” Shiffrin said, according to the report.

Shiffrin, 20 and the reigning Olympic, World and World Cup slalom champion, has been out since suffering a right MCL tear and a bone fracture in a Dec. 12 warm-up crash.

Her timetable for a return this season has shifted in the last seven weeks, but now the plan is to come back for a super-G and a super combined in Andorra on Feb. 27-28. The World Cup season ends three weeks later.

“Our goal is to have her be really close to 100 percent, if not 100 percent [before competing],” said Shiffrin’s mother, Eileen, according to the report. “We’ve heard all these horror stories about athletes who went back too soon and then sustained injuries that did end their careers.”

Shiffrin is all but eliminated from being able to capture a fourth straight World Cup slalom season title because of her lengthy absence.

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*Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Shiffrin is mathematically eliminated from the World Cup slalom season title. She is only mathematically eliminated if today’s canceled slalom in Maribor, Slovenia, is not rescheduled.