Alpine Snowboarding: Shiffrin opens World Cup season with big slalom win
On Saturday, Mikaela Shiffrin kicked off the 2021-22 World Cup season with a large slalom win on the Rettenbach glacier in Soelden, Austria. (Video of Shiffrin’s win is embedded above.)
Shiffrin, who trailed Switzerland’s Lara Intestine-Behrami by two one-hundredths of a second after the primary run, skied a close to flawless second run to win the season opener. Intestine-Behrami positioned second (0.14 seconds behind), whereas reigning total World Cup champion Petra Vlhova of Slovakia completed third (1.30 seconds again).
Fellow American Nina O’Brien recorded a career-best ninth place end result.
The win marked the seventieth World Cup victory of Shiffrin’s profession. Solely two different skiers have beforehand achieved the 70-win feat: Ingemar Stenmark (86 wins) and Lindsey Vonn (82 wins).
Gymnastics: Olympic vault champ Rebeca Andrade follows up with world title
On the Tokyo Olympics earlier this yr, Rebeca Andrade turned the primary Brazilian girl to win an Olympic gymnastics medal, claiming silver within the particular person all-around and gold on vault.
The 22-year-old continued her breakout season by competing on the 2021 World Championships, which had been held in Kitakyushu, Japan. (The World Gymnastics Championships aren’t usually held within the Olympic yr, however with the Tokyo Video games postponed from 2020 to 2021, this yr’s competitors broke that custom.)
In Kitakyushu, Andrade gained one other two medals: gold on vault and silver on uneven bars.
Andrade wins vault gold on the 2021 World Gymnastics Championships:
The U.S. girls closed out the 2021 World Gymnastics Championships with three medals. Leanne Wong and Kayla DiCello completed second and third, respectively, within the particular person all-around (recap and video here), and Wong added a bronze medal within the flooring ultimate.
Determine Skating: Aleksandra Trusova wins Skate America with watered down program
Russia’s Aleksandra Trusova tried just one quadruple soar, a lutz, in her free skate at Skate America, however the 17-year-old nonetheless gained by greater than 15 factors. Trusova opted to water down her program as a consequence of an unspecified foot harm. “It was like a day of relaxation,” Trusova said. “We wished to skate right here with three quads however couldn’t. With the harm, I misplaced a whole lot of apply time.”
Previous to Skate America, Truskova had attempted a minimum of three quads in each worldwide occasion she entered for the reason that fall of 2018, incomes herself the nickname “Quad Queen.”
Trusova’s countrywoman, 15-year-old Daria Usacheva, positioned second at Skate America, whereas 17-year-old You Younger of South Korea completed third.
The U.S. girls had been led by Amber Glenn, who completed sixth.
Soccer: NWSL playoff image turns into clearer
The bracket for the 2021 NWSL Playoffs is sort of ultimate. Final week, the Portland Thorns clinched the NWSL Protect (awarded to the crew with the most effective common season file), incomes the crew a first-round bye.
The OL Reign and Washington Spirit have additionally clinched a spot within the six-team playoffs.
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4 groups – Chicago Crimson Stars, NY/NJ Gotham FC, Houston Sprint, and the North Carolina Braveness – are at present within the operating for the three remaining playoff spots.
Whereas the NWSL common season nears its finish, the U.S. girls’s nationwide soccer crew (USWNT) is in the midst of a two-game sequence in opposition to South Korea. On Thursday evening, they performed to a 1-1 draw (recap here).
The 2 groups will meet once more on Tuesday evening in what would be the final nationwide crew sport of Carli Lloyd’s profession.
Hockey: Canada defeats U.S. 3-1 in first sport of “My Why” Tour
It stays top-of-the-line rivalries in sports activities: the U.S. and Canada in girls’s hockey. Within the lead-up to the Winter Olympics in February, the 2 groups are dealing with off a minimum of seven instances as a part of the “My Why” Tour.
On Friday, Canada gained the primary sport of the tour 3-1, with targets from Sarah Fillier and Emily Clark.
Hayley Scamurra recorded the U.S. crew’s lone purpose.
The U.S. and Canada meet once more tonight in Hartford, Connecticut (7pm ET, NHL Community).
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