Bode Miller won’t ski in slalom, ending his Olympics

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Bode Miller decided that the giant slalom will be his last Olympic event in Sochi after tweaking his surgically repaired left knee, the Associated Press reports.

Miller was scheduled to participate in the slalom, but decided against it after two giant slalom runs. He hurt his knee in the first of two runs but decided to go through with a second one anyway.

The natural question is: will this be Miller’s last Olympic event ever? He’s already the oldest Olympian to ever win a U.S. skiing medal at 36 and would be participating as a 40-year-old if he skied in 2018.

If this is it, he shouldn’t finish with any regrets. He tied for bronze during an emotional super-G run to become the most decorated skier in U.S. history and honored his brother Chelone on Sunday before decorating his gloves to wish his daughter Neesyn a happy birthday on Wednesday.

And, of course, he took time to congratulate his colleague Ted Ligety.

Maybe it wasn’t a flawless ending to Miller’s career, but it was dramatic and captivating … so maybe this would be a fitting end.

Russian pairs skater slices leg in worlds practice, needs 10 stitches (video)

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Russian pairs skater Yevgenia Tarasova needed 10 stitches after her partner’s skate sliced her leg in practice Wednesday.

Hours later, Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov skated to third place in the short program at the world championships in Helsinki.

“We were thinking about withdrawing because after this incident we left the ice immediately, there was a long break off the ice, we didn’t know how I would feel in skates,” Tarasova said afterward. “But when I was asked, ‘Will you skate?’ I said, ‘I will!’ And I wasn’t thinking about the pain during our performance.”

Morozov called her “a hero.”

In Thursday’s free skate, Tarasova and Morozov will be largely tasked with keeping Russia from going three straight years without world championships pairs medalists, which would be the longest drought for Soviet and Russian pairs since their dominance began in the 1960s.

Tarasova and Morozov trail Chinese leaders Sui Wenjing and Han Cong by 1.86 points and second-place Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany by .47.

Another Russian pair is in fifth place going into the free skate (1 p.m. ET, NBCSN, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app).

Full worlds short program results are here.

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World Cup champ lands first quad cork 1800 (video)

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Switzerland’s Andri Ragettli landed what’s being touted as the first ski quad cork 1800 in a video published recently.

Ragettli, 18, is one of the leading slopestyle skiers in the world. He won the World Cup season title in 2015-16 and placed second this year, in addition to fifth- and sixth-place finishes at the last two Winter X Games.

Previously, Ragettli became the first slopestyle skier to land back-to-back triples in a full competition at the 2016 Winter X Games, according to ESPN.com.

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