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Video: Carmelita Jeter walks out of press conference after doping question


Sprinters Carmelita Jeter and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce told a meet official they didn’t want to be asked questions about doping cases in track and field at a press conference Thursday.

They meant it.

Jeter, the reigning world 100-meter champion, walked out of the press conference after a question was regarding the current Jamaican doping case.

“Thank you,” she said, putting down her microphone and leaving the stage.

Fraser-Pryce, the two-time reigning Olympic champion in the 100, left seconds later, but it may have been because she felt the press conference was over.

Fraser-Pryce trains with the same track club in Jamaica as Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson, who tested positive for a banned stimulant at last month’s Jamaican national championships.

American record-holder Tyson Gay also announced a positive test Sunday and will miss the world championships.

The meet official had fun with the situation though, saying “I wanted to ask you something on the haircut” as the sprinters walked away.

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Mikaela Shiffrin looks ahead to adding speed races this season

Mikaela Shiffrin

Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin plans to race super-G this season, as expected, and may also make her World Cup debut in the super combined, she told media in Austria on Monday.

“I guess you never really know how the season plays out, but my plan is to race some super-G, and I’ve had more time on my long skis this year [in preseason training] and more preparation there, so I feel comfortable, and I feel excited to race and not just nervous or scared,” Shiffrin said a little more than two weeks before the season-opening giant slalom in Soelden, Austria. “I feel like I’m in a good place with my slalom and giant slalom, but I don’t want to let my slalom go downhill just because I’m trying super-G as well. So there’s a lot to think about.”

Shiffrin also was asked if downhill racing was possible:

“Maybe more downhill-combined, but I think I’m going to have my hands full even just doing some super-G,” she said. “I was even tired last year and the years before with only giant slalom and slalom. That’ll be a lot to think about. I want to kind of take it step by step.”

She’ll have plenty of time to think it over. The first four races of the season are in the technical events of slalom and giant slalom.

The first World Cup speed events (downhill, super-G) are the first weekend of December. The first combined race (one speed event run, one slalom run) is Dec. 19.

Shiffrin, 20, also hoped to make her World Cup super-G debut last season but opted against it after a slow start to her season in slalom, her primary event. Shiffrin eventually got back on track in slalom, repeated as World champion and three-peated as World Cup champion in that discipline.

While Shiffrin would like to become an all-around skier by adding speed events of super-G and downhill, she has said the bigger concerns are maintaining her slalom form and continuing to improve in the giant slalom.

She improved from 49th to 19th to seventh to third in the World Cup giant slalom standings the last four seasons.

“A lot of the best GS skiers are also speed skiers, and in order to ski speed fast, you have to not second-guess yourself,” Shiffrin said in March. “Just go, all-out, all the time. I don’t know if I have that skill yet.”

Shiffrin is also rising in the World Cup overall standings. She was fourth last year, behind Anna FenningerTina Maze and Lindsey Vonn. Maze will sit out this season and may be done racing.

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Japan Open sees return of one star, rise of another to ignite figure skating season

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Mao Asada reportedly noticed Shoma Uno at a public rink in Nagoya, Japan, when Uno was 5 years old and Asada was 12 or 13.

Some 12 years later, they shared victory over most of the world’s best skaters at the Japan Open on Saturday.

Asada, the 2010 Olympic silver medalist competing for the first time since winning her third World title in March 2014, topped the free skate-only, team event over countrywoman and 2015 World silver medalist Satoko Miyahara.

“Although it was the best first competition [of a season] I’ve ever had, I didn’t achieve my goal,” Asada said, according to “I was aiming to at least recover to the level I was at during 2014 Worlds. I think I can do much, much better, so I think I can only give myself 55 [out of 100].”

The 2015 World champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia was third, followed by Adelina Sotnikova in her first international event since winning surprise Sochi Olympic gold.

U.S. champion Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold, who was fourth at the Olympics and the 2015 Worlds, were fifth and sixth at the Japan Open.

Asada, 25, opened her skate by landing her signature triple Axel. Tuktamysheva, who won eight international competitions last season and talked about adding a quadruple jump, fell on her opening triple Axel on Saturday. Wagner and Gold also fell.

Miyahara, Gold and 2014 Olympic team event star Yulia Lipnitskaya headline Skate America in Milwaukee in two weeks, the start of the Grand Prix season. NBC Sports will have coverage all season.

Japan Open Results
1. Mao Asada (JPN) — 141.70
2. Satoko Miyahara (JPN) — 134.67
3. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS) — 128.34
4. Adelina Sotnikova (RUS) — 118.81
5. Ashley Wagner (USA) — 117.84
6. Gracie Gold (USA) — 114.53

Performance Videos: Asada | Miyahara | Tuktamysheva | Sotnikova | Wagner | Gold

Perhaps more noteworthy was Uno, who landed two quadruple jumps en route to topping the men’s standings over 2015 World champion Javier Fernandez and three-time World champion Patrick Chan.

Yuzuru Hanyu, the 2014 Olympic and World champion, was not in the field.

Uno, 17, finished second to Hanyu at last season’s Japanese Championships, was not entered at the senior World Championships but did win the World Junior title. He’s entered in Skate America, where he’ll face Olympic bronze medalist Denis Ten and U.S. champion Jason Brown.

“I didn’t expect that I could get such a high score at all,” Uno said, according to “But, I would only rate my performance 80 out of 100, because I think I can do better in other elements besides jumps. … I don’t want to be satisfied with this result, but I want to aim higher.”

Uno’s performance marked an improvement from his season opener at the U.S. Classic in Salt Lake City two weeks prior. Uno was ninth in that short program but scored highest in the free skate to finish fifth overall against a weaker field.

On Saturday, Chan, who took the 2014-15 season off from competition, put his hands on the ice twice to keep from falling on jump landings. Fernandez fell on a quadruple Salchow attempt.

They both outscored four-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott, who is taking this season off from competition.

Japan Open Results
1. Shoma Uno (JPN) — 185.48
2. Javier Fernandez (ESP) — 176.24
3. Patrick Chan (CAN) — 159.14
4. Jeremy Abbott (USA) — 153.72
5. Daisuke Murakami (JPN) — 145.77
6. Brian Joubert (FRA) — 105.51

Performance Videos: Uno | Fernandez | Chan | Abbott

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