It was pretty impressive when Mikaela Shiffrin, all of 17-years-old, pulled off her first career World Cup victory just before Christmas. But now that the teen has two titles, it’s time to start taking her seriously.
Mikaela scored her second victory over the weekend in Croatia, holding off World Cup points leader Tina Maze to win the Night Slalom by 1.19 seconds.
“I was really comfortable knowing that my skis felt great,” Mikaela told the Times. “I had a lot of energy and was ready to rip it and ski as fast as I could. It’s so fun when you can get in the zone and you feel your feet come under you and nothing can stop you.”
Maze, who holds a 452-point season lead despite not finishing her second run in Croatia, was struck d by how the teen “just keeps rocking and rolling.”
“She’s a good girl, and she’s skiing fast. It’s really impressive how consistent she is at her age.”
Mikaela’s victory puts her in the lead in the World Cup slalom points this season, and brings her to sixth overall for the year, scraping ahead of Lindsey Vonn, who has been sidelined recently with an illness.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Bjorn Krupp’s journey started at the Duluth IceForum in suburban Atlanta.
Brooks Macek piled up the points in Bantam hockey in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for the Notre Dame Hounds.
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Now they’re in the Olympic gold-medal game for Germany, having advanced further than the teams from their home countries. The U.S.-born Krupp and Canadian-born Macek have German fathers and now call Germany home with no apologies for beating or scoring against the countries of their birth.
When Macek scored a go-ahead power-play goal in what turned out to be a remarkable upset semifinal win against Canada, he pumped his fist and never felt conflicted about beating a team with the Maple Leafs on its jerseys.
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GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — They forged bonds from Riga to Cologne and in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
It’s all led Germany and the Russians to a David versus Goliath Olympic gold-medal game Sunday. Even though the Russians were favorites all along and expected to win gold in a tournament without NHL stars and Germany was a longshot to even reach the semifinals after not qualifying in Sochi, these two teams are more similar than they are different.
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Their familiarity and continuity is the biggest reason they’re facing off in the final.
Germany’s core group has been together through the Olympic qualification tournament and world championships and has played the same system for the past three years under coach Marco Sturm. The Russians’ 25-man roster is made up of 15 players from SKA St. Petersburg and eight from CSKA Moscow, the two best teams in the Kontinental Hockey League.
“That’s a big key to our success,” Germany defenseman Christian Ehrhoff said Saturday. “We were very familiar with each other. … (The Russians also) should be really familiar because almost everybody plays on the same teams in Russia.”
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