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Mikaela Shiffrin fails to finish St. Moritz giant slalom; Worley wins

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Mikaela Shiffrin failed to finish the first run and Tina Maze and Julia Mancuso posted their best finishes of the season, while France’s Tessa Worley won a World Cup giant slalom in St. Moritz, Switzerland, on Sunday.

Worley, the reigning world giant slalom champion, prevailed in a two-run time of 2 minutes, 7.62 seconds.

“It feels really awesome because the beginning of the season wasn’t great for me in GS,” Worley said on Eurosport 2. “The snow was so good that you just wanted to go really far on your edges. Sometimes, it was a bit tricky with all those bumps and everything. You needed to be very focused on tactics.”

Swede Jessica Lindell-Vikarby was second, .37 behind after winning the Beaver Creek, Colo., giant slalom two weeks ago.

Maze took third, beating her chest five times after crossing the finish, matching her best finish this season. Maze had the greatest World Cup season in history last year.

Mancuso, the 2006 Olympic giant slalom champion, was 12th in the Swiss Alps, her best finish in nine races this season.

Shiffrin, the world’s best slalom skier, did not finish her first run after taking second in the Beaver Creek giant slalom.

“It was perfect snow really,” Shiffrin said, according to The Associated Press. “Running [bib] No. 1, I was loving every second of it until I fell.

“There is always a reason for falling so I will go back and figure it out and hopefully not do it again.”

Swiss Lara Gut skied out in the first run but kept an overall World Cup lead over Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch.

The women’s Alpine skiing World Cup continues with a slalom in Courchevel, France, on Tuesday.

“I guess that’s the bright side of going out today,” Shiffrin told the AP. “Now we’ll get to Courchevel sooner.”

St. Moritz Giant Slalom
1. Tessa Worley (FRA) 2:07.62
2. Jessica Lindell-Vikarby (SWE) 2:07.99
3. Tina Maze (SLO) 2:08.41
4. Kathrin Zettel (AUT) 2:09.32
5. Anemone Marmottan (FRA) 2:09.45
6. Maria Pietilae-Holmner (SWE) 2:09.45
7. Nadia Fanchini (ITA) 2:09.56
8. Anna Fenninger (AUT) 2:09.70
9. Francesca Marsaglia (ITA) 2:09.93
10. Kajsa Kling (SWE) 2:09.96
12. Julia Mancuso (USA) 2:10.21
23. Megan McJames (USA) 2:10.69

Ligety, Miller have tough Sunday; Austrian makes history

Ashton Eaton named male IAAF Athlete of the Year

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American decathlete Ashton Eaton was named the 2015 male Athlete of the Year by the International Association of Athletics Federations, the world governing body for track and field. Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba, the reigning world champion in the 1500m, was named the female IAAF Athlete of the Year.

Eaton is the first decathlete and just the eighth American man to win the title. Tyson Gay in 2007 was the last American man to be named.

The honor came due to Eaton’s world-record-setting performance at the world championships held in Beijing this past August. There he beat the previous record, his own from the 2012 Olympic Trials, by nine points. He also set a world record for running the fastest 400m portion of the decathlon in 45.00 seconds.

In the IAAF press release, Eaton said, “Athletes spend the most vigorous years of human life, arguably called the ‘best years’, working to hone their abilities. So, when an athlete competes, what people are witnessing is the manifestation of what a human being is capable of when they choose to direct all of their time and effort towards something.

“I’m grateful and thankful to the IAAF for excellent competitions, the canvases that allow us to display our work.”

He also acknowledged sprinter Usain Bolt and triple jumper Christian Taylor, who were also up for the title: “While I’m honored that I am considered the ‘artist’ of the year, I did not beat Usain and Christian; my work simply differed in design. They are some of the most talented and beautiful performers of all time. I’m flattered to be among them.”

Dibaba has been unbeaten in the 1500m over five races in 2015. Along with winning gold and setting a world record in the 1500 at the Beijing World Championships, Diababa won a bronze medal in the 5000m event.

She gratefully accepted the award, saying, “After being a finalist and narrowly missing out on this award one year ago, I am very proud to be recognized by the fans and experts of our sport.

“I had a great season and truly enjoyed competing around the world, from Monaco where I managed to establish a world record, to Beijing where I finally captured my first world outdoor title.”

Dibaba was recently featured in a family-themed promotional video for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

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Olympians celebrate Thanksgiving

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Nov. 26 – or Thanksgiving to the rest of us – is oftentimes a typical training day for many Olympians and Olympic hopefuls. Here’s a look at how some of them spent the day training, competing, celebrating, and being thankful.

Workout football and food😁👍!!! Happy thanksgiving everyone!!!

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Happy Thanksgiving from our cold cuts Turkey to yours! #family #happyhappyheart

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Happy Thanksgiving from the SwimMAC Parade crew!

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