Olympic slalom silver medalist Wendy Holdener tested positive for COVID-19 and will not race at the World Cup Finals meeting, the Swiss ski team said Friday.

Holdener was to start in the last slalom and giant slalom races this weekend on home snow in Lenzerheide.

Her positive result in rapid testing was confirmed by a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test taken late Thursday, the Swiss team said. 

Holdener holds the record of most podium finishes in a World Cup discipline without a victory, 27 in slalom, while racing against Mikaela Shiffrin and Petra Vlhova. They have 45 and 12 slalom wins, respectively.

Vlhova heads the season-long slalom standings going into Saturday’s race. Shiffrin and newly crowned world champion Katharina Liensberger can both overhaul the Slovakian leader. 

The Swiss team said one of its women’s team coaches, Austrian Klaus Mayrhofer, also tested positive for COVID-19.

The season-ending World Cup meeting is being held without fans due to restrictions on mass gatherings in Switzerland during the pandemic.


  1. Meanwhile, no mention of the Lenzerheide team competition. Nothing against the teams, but the good weather could have allowed one of the cancelled races to take place, instead the time was wasted with the boring parallel event. The people who created the parallel monstrosity hoped it would somehow attract the short attention span crowd to ski racing, but they’re dreaming. That crowd is already drawn to snow skateboarding.

  2. Team event not worth much of a mention. Kind of a glorified exhibition, with some top tier racers willing to chance the possibility of injury, with a poor risk/reward ratio. Team USA gave it a go and finished 7th out of 9 teams. If they had fun and came away unscathed, good for them. Still it is clearly a fluff event, as evidenced by the way it is supported in the meat of the season and by the points awarded.

  3. It makes me so sad when the people are ready to criticize every thing and anything! I love to watch the Winter sports. Its seems to me that everybody involved knows what they are doing. It’s a way for me to see some of the world. I love it! Good Luck to all!

  4. Still using Covid as a headline? You got nothing else? This girl is an athlete she’ll have a stuffy nose for two days… and that’s your headline? My God, take that class again

  5. Wendy is fantastic. 27 podiums without a win, and still cheers her competitors on, what a great person! Get well soon! Next season will be her first World Cup win. Go Wendy!!


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