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Shiffrin Flying Home For Injury Evaluation; Chodunsky Just Misses Men's Podium

Mikaela ShiffrinResi Stiegler led the USA finishing 18th in the women's slalom in Are as Sweden's Frida Hansdotter took over the slalom lead from Mikaela Shiffrin, who remained out for observation after injuring a knee Saturday while training on the race hill.

Here’s what Shiffrin wrote on her Facebook page: "I am flying home tomorrow (Sunday) for a complete evaluation. I have at least MCL injury and bone bruising, hopefully no additional injury. Full diagnosis and recovery predictions after I'll see a doctor at home.”

The U.S. Ski Team does not comment on injuries until the evaluation has been complete. There are more races in Val d’sere next weekend.

Meanwhile in Val d'Isere:  American David Chodounsky just missed the podium, skiing to a career-best fourth-place finish in Sunday’s Audi FIS World Cup Slalom in Val d’Isere.

“It’s unreal. Fourth place is amazing,” Chodounsky said. “To start off the slalom season like this is super cool … just to get your mind where you want to it be and know that you’re skiing well.”

Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen won the race with Marcel Hirscher of Austria taking second. Felix Neureuther of Germany finished third. Ted Ligety, the only other U.S. athlete to qualify for the second run, was 20th.

Photo: Mikaela Shiffrin shown on a happier day is on her way home for Sweden for injury evaluation.

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