MERIBEL, France (AP) — American skier Mikaeala Shiffrin Mike Day, her long-time coach, has decided to separate from Day during the middle of the World Championships.
“After working with Mike Day for seven seasons, I’ve decided to move forward with new leadership on my team for the next phase of my career,” Shiffrin said in a statement released by the U.S. ski team Wednesday. “I want to thank Mike and acknowledge all of his work and dedication over the last several years.”
This announcement came just a day before Shiffrin was scheduled to compete at the worlds giant slalom.
Before leaving Meribel, she won a super-G silver medal.
Shiffrin can also be found in the middle a record-breaking season on the World Cup circuit. Lindsey Vonn’s record of 82 World Cup wins among women and moved within one victory of Ingemar Stenmark’s overall mark of 86 wins.
The silver in superG has ended a troublesome run for Shiffrin in major races After she crossed a gate in the slalom race of the combined event at worlds, she didn’t win any medals in any of her six races last year. Beijing Olympics.
“Mikaela Shiffrin will be moving forward with new coaching, and will continue to be supported closely by the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team coaches for the remainder of the season and in the future,” the team said in a statement. “The team thanks Mike Day for his work and great success over the last seven years.”
Shiffrin will compete at the worlds slalom, and then return to the World Cup circuit.
Day led Shiffrin’s individual team within the U.S. squad. Shiffrin’s team is also led by her mother, Eileen, who has coached the skier her entire life.
Paul Kristofic is the head coach of the overall U.S. women’s team.
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