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Mikaela Shiffrin trains super-G on 2015 World Championships course

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Mikaela Shiffrin is already preparing for next season.

The 19-year-old Olympic slalom champion trained super-G with U.S. speed team members at the 2015 World Championships site in Beaver Creek, Colo., this week, according to Ski Racing magazine.

It came less than a week after Shiffrin’s final races of a memorable season at the U.S. Championships in Squaw Valley, Calif. It wasn’t much of a trek to Beaver Creek for Shiffrin, though, who is from nearby Vail.

A Shiffrin storyline when the next World Cup season begins in October will be her anticipated World Cup debut in super-G. Shiffrin is the two-time reigning World Cup slalom champion and has made two giant slalom podiums but has yet to enter races outside those technical events.

She has said she could race super-G next season, but it appears no specific plans are set yet.

“She is going to be doing [super-G], but not definitely,” U.S. technical events coach Roland Pfeifer said, according to the magazine. “It’s all about how she is feeling next year, how the summer camps will go, how the strength training will go, how she is improving, what she is accomplishing. And then we see how strong she is, and then we’ll make the decision.”

A key could be the addition of a new speed events coach after Chip White stepped aside following 18 successful seasons.

That coach, according to the magazine, is Swiss Stefan Abplanalp, who formerly led Norway’s women’s team.

“I’m working on preparing Mikaela Shiffrin on running some more speed disciplines,” Abplanalp said, according to a Ski Racing article dated March 15.

Pfeifer said he will continue to oversee Shiffrin’s entire program, including potential speed events, according to Ski Racing.

The 2015 World Championships will be held at Beaver Creek in February. That would be an intriguing venue for Shiffrin to race super-G, potentially with Lindsey Vonn also in the field.

“If [Shiffrin] is able to qualify for super-G, then it’s an option to do at the World Championships not just GS and slalom, also do the super-G,” Pfeifer told the magazine. “But as of today, I think just do super-G in Beaver Creek, since she knows the venue. But I’m not really optimistic that she does other super-Gs.”

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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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