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Lolo Jones wants to try another Winter Olympic sport

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Lolo Jones made headlines talking about her protein shake-powered weight gain Monday, but one U.S. coach told her she could have been better in another Winter Olympic sport without packing on pounds.

That would be skeleton, which is bobsled’s sister sport. In bobsled, extra weight and power are necessary to push a 400-pound sled. In skeleton, athletes race individually, on their belly, face first down the same ice track as bobsled.

“I hate to say this, but after the (2014 Sochi) Winter Olympics, I’d like to try skeleton,” Jones said at the U.S. Olympic media summit, according to The Associated Press. “Not anything serious. Just want to go down and see.”

Jones tweeted Sunday she weighed 158.5 pounds, close to her goal weight of 160. A two-time track and field Olympian, she ran the 100-meter hurdles in the 135-pound range.

In skeleton, an athlete and her sled can weigh no more than a combined 203 pounds. The maximum women’s skeleton sled weight is 77 pounds. In that scenario, Jones’ competitive weight would be about 130 pounds, near her track weight. But skeleton weights vary as some athletes prefer heavier sleds.

The top U.S. women sliders are Katie Uhlaender and Noelle Pikus-Pace, who weigh 135 pounds and 160 pounds, according to the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation website.

The 2013 world skeleton champion, Great Britain’s Shelley Rudman, told the Independent she’s put on one stone (14 pounds) since February.

Jones is expected to return to track and field and give the Rio 2016 Olympics a run, but who knows, maybe skeleton is in the cards for Pyeongchang 2018. Jones would be 35 years old.

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Mikaela Shiffrin wrestles with doubt in seconds before World Cup downhill debut

Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, skis during the third training run for the World Cup women's downhill ski race in Lake Louise, Alberta, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
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After a momentary panic in the start house, Mikaela Shiffrin raced to a tie for 18th in the first downhill of her World Cup career in Lake Louise, Alberta, on Friday.

Shiffrin, the youngest Olympic slalom champion who has also won a World Cup giant slalom, has been slowly adding the speed events of super-G and downhill to her repertoire the last two seasons.

“It wasn’t bad,” Shiffrin said, according to SkiRacing.com. “I certainly didn’t risk anything crazy.”

Her result Friday, 1.99 seconds behind Slovenian winner Ilka Stuhec, came after Shiffrin was 18th, 24th and 30th fastest in downhill training runs the previous three days. Shiffrin also had to wait several minutes in the start house as the racer before her crashed (video here).

“That was just a bummer,” Shiffrin said, according to the Denver Post. “I was like, ‘Just don’t let it affect you,’ but being up there for 10 minutes, like, ‘What happened? What’s taking them so long? What’s going on? Is she hurt?’

“Then I started doubting myself, like my technique going off the jumps, which is actually pretty good. I was going back and forth between, ‘Should I even be doing this? Maybe I just should pull out because I don’t want to kill myself.’ Then I’m like, ‘You’re absolutely fine, you haven’t felt sketched out a single time on this track in the past three days, so stick with that. You don’t have to go crazy.'”

“To be fast in speed there certainly needs to be a certain level of risk, and I know that, but now, if [giant slalom] and slalom are my main priority this season, I don’t need to be going crazy in a downhill with flat light and after I got iced [waiting so long],” Shiffrin said, according to SkiRacing.com.

Stuhec won Friday’s race by .22 of a second over Italian Sofia Goggia. Swede Kajsa Kling was third.

A race replay can be seen here. Full results are here.

Lindsey Vonn, owner of a record 18 wins at Lake Louise, is missing the annual World Cup stop in Alberta due to a broken arm from a November crash. Vonn had raced at Lake Louise each of the previous 15 seasons.

Last season, Shiffrin made her World Cup debut in the super-G at Lake Louise and finished 15th.

The women have another downhill Saturday and a super-G on Sunday in Lake Louise, both streaming live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app (schedule here).

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High-speed crash at World Cup downhill in Lake Louise (video)

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Swiss Joana Haehlen crashed into netting at high speed during a World Cup downhill at Lake Louise, Alberta, on Friday.

Haehlen, 24, lost her right ski after landing from a jump and sped uncontrollably off course. She braced for impact, slammed into red netting and was turned around before landing with neither of her skis still attached.

She lay on the snow while being attended to and eventually skied down the mountain on her own.

It caused a 10-minute delay before the next skier, American Mikaela Shiffrin, could take her run.

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