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Tessa Worley, world giant slalom champion, suffers torn ACL

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France’s Tessa Worley will miss the Olympics after suffering a torn ACL in a crash at a World Cup slalom race in Courchevel, France, on Tuesday.

“Honestly, I’m very worried,” French women’s Alpine coach Anthony Sechaud said, according to reports, before Worley was diagnosed with a torn ACL. “It’s a big blow for her. The contrast between now and two days ago has been a shock.”

Worley won a World Cup giant slalom race in St. Moritz, Switzerland, on Sunday.

Here’s how The Associated Press described Worley’s crash in Courchevel on Tuesday:

Worley, the giant slalom world champion, toppled backward before twisting forward and landing in the safety netting. She lay still for a few moments before getting slowly back up. She was taken down the slope on a stretcher and to a hospital in Lyon. No further information was immediately available.

Multiple reports stated Worley suffered an ACL injury, and they were confirmed by the International Ski Federation reporting a torn ACL a few hours later Tuesday. Video coverage showed her entire right leg immobilized.

The 24-year-old was the only woman to be in the top four of the World Cup giant slalom standings each of the last four seasons, including 2013-14, a strong indicator of her Olympic medal hopes.

Worley’s absence improves the Olympic medal chances for American Mikaela Shiffrin. Shiffrin, 18, is the reigning world and World Cup champion in the slalom but has shown improvement in giant slalom, taking sixth at the World Championships on Feb. 14 and second at a World Cup event in Beaver Creek, Colo., on Dec. 1.

The other top giant slalom skiers are World Cup overall leader Lara Gut of Switzerland, reigning World Cup champion Tina Maze of Slovenia, reigning Olympic champion Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany and Swede Jessica Lindell-Vikarby.

France previously lost reigning world champion in the downhill Marion Rolland to a ruptured knee ligament in a training crash.

Shiffrin struggles in Courchevel

Tommie Smith, John Carlos set to join Team USA at White House

FILe - In this Oct. 16, 1968, file photo, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos stare downward while extending gloved hands skyward during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200 meter run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. Australian silver medalist Peter Norman is at left. Smith and Carlos, the American sprinters whose raised-fist salutes at the 1968 Olympics are an ageless sign of race-inspired protest, will join the U.S. Olympic team at the White House next week for its meeting with President Barack Obama. Smith and Carlos were sent home from the Olympics after raising their black-gloved fists in a symbolic protest during the U.S. national anthem. They called it a ``human rights salute.''
The USOC asked them to serve as ambassadors as it tries to make its own leadership more diverse. (AP Photo/File)
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the American sprinters whose raised-fist salutes at the 1968 Olympics are an ageless sign of race-inspired protest, will join the U.S. Olympic team at the White House next week for its meeting with President Barack Obama.

Smith and Carlos were sent home from the Olympics after raising their black-gloved fists in a symbolic protest during the U.S. national anthem. They called it a “human rights salute.”

USOC CEO Scott Blackmun asked them to serve as ambassadors as the federation tries to bring more diversity to its own ranks. They will join the team at the White House next Wednesday, then later that evening at an awards celebration in Washington.

The sprinters have been referenced frequently in the recent protests, spurred by Colin Kaepernick, during national anthems at NFL games. One player, Marcus Peters of the Chiefs, raised his own black-gloved fist before Kansas City’s season opener.

“I think Tommie and John have played an important and positive role in the evolution of our attitudes about diversity and inclusion, not only in the United States but around the world,” Blackmun said Friday night at a dinner to celebrate the U.S. performance in Brazil this summer.

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Wilson Kipsang: I am very focused on the marathon world record

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The men’s marathon world record has been broken five of the last nine years at the Berlin Marathon.

Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang, who broke the world record at the 2013 Berlin Marathon, believes that he can do it again on Sunday, when the race will stream live on the NBC Sports app beginning at 2:30 a.m. ET.

“I’ve trained well and, three years down the line from my world record here, I feel good and believe I have the potential to attempt the world record once more,” he said at today’s press conference, according to the IAAF. “Running at the top level, there is a lot of wear and tear on the body, especially when you are running for a time, but I am very focused on the world record.”

Kipsang clocked 2 hours, 3 minutes, 23 seconds when he broke the world record in 2013. A year later, fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto lowered it to 2:02:57 on the same course. Kimetto will not race in Berlin this year.

Kipsang will be challenged by Kenyan compatriot Emmanuel Mutai, who has the fastest time (2:03:13) in the field, and Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele.

Bekele is a three-time Olympic track champion and the 5000m and 10,000m world-record holder, but acknowledged that his marathon personal best of 2:05:04 places him a distant fourth in the field.

“I consider my personal best of 2:05 to be slow compared to the best runners,” he said. “I want to run as fast as I can on Sunday and beat my best.”

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