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Shaun White leads stars registered for Dew Tour

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The Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships is piling up not only U.S. Olympic hopefuls but also star international snowboarders and freeskiers on early entry lists.

The Dew Tour, which is Dec. 12-15 in Breckenridge, Colo., took on added significance when it was named one of five U.S. Olympic Team qualifying events for snowboarding and freeskiing in September.

The five events will determine Olympians in snowboard halfpipe and slopestyle and ski halfpipe and slopestyle, the latter three being new Olympic events for Sochi.

The standings will be determined by an athlete’s two best results over the five events. Olympic rosters are expected to be announced Jan. 22.

Here are the top athletes who have registered so far (by discipline):

Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe
Shaun White — two-time Olympic champion
Peetu Piiroinen — 2010 Olympic silver medalist (Finland)
Scotty Lago — 2010 Olympic bronze medalist
Greg Bretz — 2010 Olympian
Ayumu Hirano — 2013 Winter X Games silver medalist (Japan, 14 years old)

Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe
Kelly Clark — 2002 Olympic champion
Arielle Gold — 2013 World champion
Elena Hight — two-time Olympian

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Max Parrot — 2013 Winter X Games silver medalist (Canada)
Piiroinen — 2012 Winter X Games bronze medalist (Finland)

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Sina Canadrian — 2013 World silver medalist (Switzerland)
Ty Walker — 2013 World Championships fifth place

Men’s Ski Halfpipe
Kevin Rolland — 2011 Winter X Games champion (France)
Thomas Krief — 2013 World bronze medalist (France)
Mike Riddle — 2011 World champion (Canada)

Women’s Ski Halfpipe
Maddie Bowman — 2013 Winter X Games champion
Virginie Faivre — 2013 World champion (Switzerland)
Rosalind Groenewoud — 2011 World champion, 2012 Winter X Games champion (Canada)

Men’s Ski Slopestyle
Alex Schlopy — 2011 World champion
Russ Henshaw — 2011 World bronze medalist (Australia)
Andreas Hatveit — 2012 Winter X Games bronze medalist (Norway)

Women’s Ski Slopestyle
Grete Eliassen — 2013 World bronze medalist
Anna Segal — 2011 World champion (Australia)
Ashley Battersby — 2013 Winter X Games, fourth place

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John Shuster, 30 pounds lighter, rallies for 4th Olympic curling berth

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John Shuster is going to a fourth Olympics. It’s one more chance to prove Urban Dictionary wrong.

Shuster, 30 pounds lighter since his second straight Olympic failure in Sochi, led a team that beat Heath McCormick‘s squad at the U.S. Olympic Trials finals in Omaha on Saturday night.

Shuster, Tyler GeorgeMatt Hamilton and John Landsteiner lost the opener of a best-of-three finals series on Thursday.

They came back to deliver in a pair of must-win games, 9-4 on Friday night and 7-5 on Saturday, after spending each day at the Omaha Zoo.

The new-look Shuster — leaner and, at least this weekend, clutch — would astonish those who know him by scenes at the last two Olympics.

After taking bronze in 2006 as a role player, he led the last two U.S. Olympic teams to 2-7 records in 2010 and in 2014. Last place in Vancouver, where he was benched after an 0-4 start. Next to last place in Sochi.

After the last Olympics, the former bartender from Chisholm, Minn., was left off USA Curling’s 10-man high performance team.

He took it as motivation to get in shape.

Shuster, a father of a 2- and a 4-year-old who once said, “If I don’t have pizza three or four times a week, I’m not happy,” now totes meal replacement shakes. He’s starting to enjoy Olympic lifting.

Shuster, George, Hamilton and Landsteiner, all absent from that USA Curling high performance list, formed their own team. They became Team USA in their first season together and represented the Stars and Stripes at worlds in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Their results — fourth, third and fifth —  marked the best string of U.S. men’s or women’s finishes at that level in a decade.

Shuster is set to join Debbie McCormick as the only Americans to curl at four Olympics. The sport was part of the first Winter Games in 1924, then absent as a medal sport until 1998.

“I don’t think it’s about the four Olympics for me,” Shuster said on NBCSN. “What this is about — and what I’m about — is getting my teammates to now. I have two new Olympians on this team, and I know how special that is.”

George, the 35-year-old vice skip for Shuster, led a team that lost to Shuster in the 2010 Olympic Trials final. The liquor store manager from Duluth, Minn., is going to his first Winter Games.

As is the 28-year-old Hamilton, whose younger sister qualified for PyeongChang earlier Saturday.

Landsteiner, a 27-year-old corrosion engineer, played with Shuster since 2011, including in Sochi.

Alternate Joe Polo can go 12 years between Olympic appearances after taking bronze on that Torino team.

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Katie Ledecky wins race by 54 seconds, breaks record

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Katie Ledecky is back at Stanford and back to pulverizing distance races.

The sophomore and five-time Olympic champion won a 1,650-yard freestyle by 54.45 seconds at a meet at Texas A&M on Saturday night.

The runner-up was in a different heat; Ledecky won her heat by 1:02.16.

Ledecky lowered her own American record, clocking 15:03.31. She had the previous mark of 15:03.92 set last Nov. 20.

Ledecky had every swimmer lapped in the 25-yard pool before the halfway point and ended up lapping everyone twice.

The men also raced a 1,650 on Saturday. The winner clocked 15:18.95, which was 15.64 seconds slower than Ledecky’s time.

Full results are here.

The 1,650 is the longest race on the NCAA program, while the longest race at the Olympics and world championships is the 1500m.

The No. 2 woman all-time in the 1,650 is triple 2008 Olympic medalist Katie Hoff, a full 21.04 seconds slower.

Ledecky owns the 1500m world record, too, 13.4 seconds faster than any other woman in history.

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