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Mikaela Shiffrin wins U.S. Championships giant slalom

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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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Olympic Track and Field Trials leave Eugene

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The U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials are leaving Eugene, Ore., for the Los Angeles area.

Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) in Walnut, Calif., 20 miles east of LA, will host the 10-day event in 2020.

Eugene, which hosted the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Trials, and Sacramento, host in 2000 and 2004, also bid for the USA Track and Field (USATF) event.

“USATF’s board of directors voted to award the Olympic Trials to Mt. SAC based upon its desire to take the sport’s biggest event to the country’s second-largest media market; the historical strength of the sport in the Los Angeles area; Mt. SAC’s record of hosting elite track events that produce top performances; and a $62 million upgrade to Mt. SAC’s Hilmer Lodge Stadium that will enable the venue to expand to a seating capacity of more than 21,000,” USATF said in a press release.

Mt. SAC previously hosted the 1960 Olympic Trials and annually hosts a popular relays meet in April.

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Wayde van Niekerk breaks another Michael Johnson record

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Wayde van Niekerk broke another Michael Johnson record, running the fastest-ever 300m in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Wednesday.

Van Niekerk, who broke Johnson’s 400m world record of 43.18 in Rio with a 43.03, ran 30.81 seconds in Ostrava. Video is here.

Johnson’s previous world best in the rarely contested event was 30.85, clocked at altitude in Pretoria in 2000, his final season.

Van Niekerk previously ran 31.03 over 300m in Kingston, Jamaica, last year. At the time, only Johnson and Usain Bolt (30.97 in 2010, also in Ostrava) had run faster in the non-Olympic event.

Johnson, also the former 200m world-record holder (lowered by Bolt in 2008 and 2009), is left with one world record still standing from the 1993 World Championships 4x400m relay.

Van Niekerk is preparing for the world championships in August in London, where he is expected to contest the 200m and 400m.

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