SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) - Mikaela Shiffrin will have to beat one of her idols if she wants to win the world slalom title.
The American teenager leads the World Cup discipline standings. But she's never made a secret of her admiration for Austrian standout Marlies Schild. The 2011 world slalom champion is set to return in Saturday's race from a two-month break following knee surgery.
Schild hurt her right knee before the Dec. 20 slalom in Are, Sweden. Shiffrin won that race, her first career victory.
Shiffrin says "I'm really excited to have Marlies back racing. She's always been an inspiration to me."