Mikaela Shiffrin has set a goal of winning a World Cup giant slalom. She hasn’t done that yet, but the 19-year-old notched her first U.S. Championship in the event Thursday.
Shiffrin, the Olympic, world and World Cup champion in slalom, prevailed in a two-run time of 2 minutes, 30.93 seconds in Squaw Valley, Calif.
She dusted the field by 1.88 seconds, including 2006 Olympic giant slalom champ Julia Mancuso and Canada’s best all-around skier, Marie-Michele Gagnon.
“This event was definitely a confidence booster,” Shiffrin said. “Even before coming into here, I knew what I had to do with my GS, what I needed to improve on. I kind of wanted to use this a test, to really see if it works. So far, it’s good.”
Shiffrin has won giant slalom races before, three times in lower-level Nor-Am Cups and once at a National Championships in Liechtenstein on Feb. 4, 2012. She made two World Cup giant slalom podiums this season, finished fifth at the Olympics and seventh in the World Cup standings.
In 2013, Shiffrin finished second to Mancuso in the National Championships giant slalom, also at Squaw Valley.
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Before swimming races, Michael Phelps is known for swinging his arms wildly to loosen his limbs.
He utilized the same warm-up prior to his first tee shot at the Celebrity Match for the 2016 Ryder Cup on Tuesday.
Phelps was partnered with surfer Kelly Slater. The pair defeated former sprinter John Regis and former tennis player Martina Navratilova, as the U.S. celebrities dominated the Europeans 14-0 over a 9-hole scramble at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota.
Phelps appeared to have fun with the crowd, telling fans that he planned on using one of his 23 Olympic gold medals as a ball marker. He also heard “2020” chants from fans who want him to compete at the Tokyo Games.
“That was pretty funny, because it’s not happening,” Phelps said to RyderCup.com.
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James Corden, the host of the “The Late Late Show,” challenged Usain Bolt and actor Owen Wilson to a 100m race.
Not surprisingly, Bolt, who owns the world record in the event, crossed the finish line first (VIDEO).
The appearance was a part of Bolt’s media tour, which moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles on Tuesday.
He also appeared on “The Ellen Show,” and Ellen DeGeneres asked Bolt his girlfriend. He said that his mother wants him to get married, but he would rather “give it some time.” DeGeneres then asked if his girlfriend was pushing him to “put a ring on it.”
“She might be thinking it, you never know,” he said (VIDEO). “But she’s not saying it, so that’s good.”
Bolt also interacted several celebrities in Los Angeles. After meeting David Beckham, he posed with the rapper Drake.
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