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Shiffrin returns to World Cup ski circuit amid family grief

“I have no promises if I’ll actually be able to race.”
Credit: AP
First place finisher United States' Mikaela Shiffrin, left, poses with her father Jeff Shiffrin after the women's World Cup slalom ski race Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Aspen, Colo. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)

VAIL, Colo. — Mikaela Shiffrin is returning to the World Cup ski circuit in Europe following the death of her father.

But she says she might not be emotionally ready to race after a month-long absence. The American skier says she is flying to Scandinavia. A three-race meet starts one week later in Sweden.

Shiffrin says in a six-minute video message that “I have no promises if I’ll actually be able to race.” The two-time Olympic gold medalist says she has trained a little but struggled to maintain focus.

The three-time overall World Cup champion has lost her lead in the standings to Federica Brignone.

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