Kimiko Date-Krumm

Kimiko Date-Krumm, 42, all but rules out run at 2020 Tokyo Olympics in tennis

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Japan’s top-ranked women’s tennis player doesn’t plan on sticking around seven more years for the Tokyo Olympics.

Kimiko Date-Krumm was an Olympian in 1992 and 1996, retired for 12 years, came back and is now ranked No. 60. The oldest player in the top 100, she has been lauded for her consistency at such an advanced age.

Date-Krumm dismissed the notion she could become the oldest Olympic tennis player ever, according to

“Eh? I’ll be 50. Fifty!” Date-Krumm told Agence France-Presse. “I’m not (Martina) Navratilova.”

Date-Krumm will be older in 2020 than Navratilova was in her only Olympic appearance, 47 in 2004.

“You’re asking if there’s a one percent chance?” Date-Krumm said. “Well probably it’s 99.9999 percent I won’t, but I suppose you never say never 100 percent. It’s almost impossible, though I’d like to be involved in some capacity and support the next generation of players coming through.”

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Watch NBC Sports’ Alpine skiing World Cup preview video

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NBC Sports will air coverage of 87 Alpine skiing races at 22 resorts across the globe this fall and winter, from October through March, in the final full season before the 2018 Olympics.

Highlights include fall and winter stops in the U.S. with races in Killington, Vt.; Beaver Creek, Colo.; Squaw Valley, Calif.; and the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colo., in March.

Lindsey Vonn‘s highlighted World Cup stop will be downhill and super-G races in Lake Louise, Canada, the first weekend of December.

The world championships in February will be in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin will look to defend titles.


Skier goes airborne in World Cup opener (video)

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Canadian skier Phil Brown was fortunate to walk away from an airborne crash at the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, on Sunday.

Brown failed to finish his first run, losing contact with the snow early on and falling hard onto his side.

He tweeted a video of the crash, with slow-motion replays, with a soundtrack of Irish singer Enya‘s “Only Time.”

The World Cup season continues with men’s and women’s slaloms in Levi, Finland, in three weeks.

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