Skiers Robinson, Liensberger test positive for Covid-19

The women will likely have to sit out two World Cup giant slalom races in Courchevel, France



Austrian world champion Katharina Liensberger. – AP
Austrian world champion Katharina Liensberger. – AP

By AP

Published: Mon 20 Dec 2021, 8:13 PM

Two more skiers have tested positive for the coronavirus with the Beijing Olympics less than two months away.

Austrian world champion Katharina Liensberger and Alice Robinson of New Zealand joined Swiss skier Lara Gut-Behrami on the sidelines with Covid-19.

All three women will likely have to sit out two World Cup giant slalom races in Courchevel, France, this week. Robinson and Gut-Behrami already missed races in Val d’Isere over the weekend.

“Unfortunately I’ve tested positive to Covid 19 this past week while at my base in Italy and have been in isolation since,” Robinson wrote on Instagram. “

I’m doing fine and now I’m just aiming to recover as quickly as I can and try to get back on the slopes as soon as possible.”

A former junior world champion, the 20-year-old Robinson has won three World Cup giant slaloms and finished fourth in the discipline at last season’s world championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo. She’s one of the southern hemisphere’s top hopes for a medal at the Beijing Olympics, which open on Feb. 4.

Liensberger won both the slalom and parallel events at the worlds in Cortina.

“Sometimes it’s not easy to see something positive in the current situation. But all in all there is always a reason why- even if we can’t understand it now,” Liensberger wrote on Instagram. “I wish all my teammates good luck for the races and hope that I‘ll be healthy and racing again soon!!”

Gut-Behrami is also a reigning world champion, in giant slalom and super-G.


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