The Latest: Shiffrin ‘goes off the grid’ to recharge

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ARE, Sweden (AP) – The Latest from the skiing world championships (all times local):

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12:10 p.m.

Fresh off her super-G victory, Mikaela Shiffrin has left Are and “gone off the grid for a bit” to recharge and prepare for next week’s giant slalom and slalom.

Austrian media report that Shiffrin left Are by helicopter for training in Trysil, Norway.

The U.S. Ski Team tells The Associated Press that “she’s going off the grid for a bit, wants to keep it private.”

Hours after winning the super-G on Tuesday, Shiffrin announced that she will not be competing in Friday’s Alpine combined race. Having already said she would not enter Sunday’s downhill, that leaves her with only the giant slalom and slalom.

Shiffrin is putting special focus on staying fresh to the end of the championships after struggling with schedule changes and stress at last year’s Pyeongchang Olympics, where she followed her gold-medal performance in giant slalom with only a fourth-place finish in slalom – her best event.

Shiffrin is expected back in Are on Monday. The women’s GS and slalom are scheduled for Feb. 14 and 16.

She will not compete in Tuesday’s team event.

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10:40 a.m.

Lindsey Vonn is sitting out downhill training at the world championships following her crash in the super-G.

Vonn had the wind knocked out of her after straddling a gate mid-air and hitting the safety nets on Tuesday. She was left with a shiner on her right cheek.

Vonn is planning to retire following Sunday’s downhill race and already completed one downhill training run on Monday.

American teammate Laurenne Ross, who also crashed in the super-G, is also sitting out Wednesday’s training, as is another crash victim, Christina Ager of Austria.

The men’s super-G is scheduled for Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. (1130 GMT).

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Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States, gold medal, celebrates during the flower ceremony after the women Super-G race at the 2019 FIS Alpine Skiing World Championships in Are, Sweden Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)
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