Shiffrin sets sights on women’s slalom race in Sweden this weekend following a 6-week injury layoff.

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After her downhill crash earlier this year, Mikaela Shiffrin is poised to make her return to the slopes in Sweden this weekend at the resort in Åre. While Shiffrin’s team has indicated that she may only participate in one of the two World Cup races, her focus remains on the upcoming slalom competition.

The upcoming weekend’s events will kick off with a giant slalom on Saturday, followed by a slalom race on Sunday. Shiffrin, a dominant force in alpine skiing with an impressive 95 World Cup wins to her name, has been sidelined since sustaining injuries to her left knee in a crash in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. In addition to her knee injury, Shiffrin has been recovering from a bone bruise suffered earlier in the season.

During Shiffrin’s absence, she has slipped from the top spot in the overall World Cup standings and currently sits in third place with 1,209 points, trailing behind Lara Gut-Behrami and Federica Brignone. In the giant slalom discipline, Shiffrin has already been ruled out of contention for the small crystal globe and is currently in fourth place, 256 points behind Gut-Behrami.

In contrast, Shiffrin maintains her lead in the slalom standings with 630 points, followed by Petra Vlhova and Lena Duerr. With Vlhova out for the season due to a knee injury, Duerr is the sole skier who could potentially surpass Shiffrin in the slalom rankings. Shiffrin needs only a minimal number of points to secure the slalom globe, with a 19th place finish likely sufficient.

Following the races in Åre, there are only two more weekends of competition left in the season, featuring a weekend of technical races and a weekend of speed events at the finals in Saalbach, Austria. Shiffrin will look to make a strong comeback and finish the season on a high note as she aims to regain her dominance in alpine skiing.

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