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Shaun White surprises high school girl at prom

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Shaun White answered a high school girl’s social media request to be her prom date, and he brought his band with him.

Carly Monzo, a senior at Mount St. Joseph Academy in Flourtown, Pa., launched a video campaign on March 18 asking White to the dance. She never heard from White and ended up going to her prom Friday with a longtime friend, figuring the two-time Olympic champion wouldn’t show.

But she was called on stage, and the curtains dropped. There was White, along with his band, Bad Things.

“I’ve never been speechless in my life,” Monzo told WMMR radio, “and I was speechless.”

The band played — Monzo is a big fan and knows their songs — and White and Monzo slow danced.

“He’s such a gentlemen,” Monzo told the radio station. “He helped me down from the stage, took some pictures.”

The crowd started chanting, “Kiss! Kiss!”

“So he gave me a little peck on the cheek,” Monzo told NBC Philadelphia.

White’s appearance was actually planned last month, but only school administrators knew about it at first, according to Philadelphia media reports. Monzo’s parents didn’t find out until Friday morning that he was flying in from Austria to crash the dance.

Monzo said she was so excited afterward that she didn’t go to sleep until 4:30 a.m. Saturday. She’s also proud that her school will now be known for something more than being the alma mater of Anne Hathaway‘s mom.

There were some regrets, though. Her friends asked, did you get his number? No.

“I forgot to ask him what the meaning of life was,” Monzo said. “I couldn’t even get that far. I was just like so overwhelmed. … I should have got some digits.”

Monzo’s original date bragged that White stole his prom date.

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Mikaela Shiffrin wins Aspen World Cup slalom

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With a slalom win today in Aspen, Colo., Mikaela Shiffrin broke some of the barriers she had been chasing.

“I don’t know if the stars will ever align like that again,” Shiffrin said in a media conference after being told she won with the biggest margin of victory in the history of women’s slalom since 1968: 3.07 seconds. “I don’t think [my competitors] are going to let me get away with three seconds ever again.”

En route to her fourth consecutive slalom World Cup title – which would tie the record for the most with Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider from 1992-95 – she became the first female skier to win four World Cup slalom races in a row since Austria’s Marlies Schild did it in the 2011-12 season.

In addition, Shiffrin became the first female skier from the U.S. to win a slalom World Cup race in Aspen. And she’s now tied with France’s Perrine Pelen for sixth overall with total slalom World Cup victories.

“I was pissed after I made that ridiculous mistake yesterday,” Shiffrin said to media, referencing yesterday’s giant slalom crash. Both her and Lindsey Vonn crashed and did not finish in Aspen’s giant slalom. “I tried to use that anger today.”

Shiffrin called the mistake a “brainfart” and Vonn dismissed it because “giant slalom isn’t [her] strongest event.”

But, Shiffrin added that she already has her mind set on tomorrow, where she races slalom again, on NBC at 3 p.m. ET. The complete of the Olympic sports schedule is here.

“I just as quickly have to go back and settle in,” she said. “Tomorrow is a new race. I have to find a different motivation and try to take the same mentality and keep fighting.”

Slovakia’s Veronika Velez Zuzulova was second behind Shiffrin, followed by Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter.

By finishing behind Shiffrin in Aspen, Zuzulova extends her slalom World Cup podium finish streak to four.

Hansdotter has the second-most second place World Cup slalom finishes at 13 total, including today’s race. Only Pernilla Wiberg, of Sweden, has more with a total of 14.

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Fencing great Valentina Vezzali fails to qualify for Rio 2016

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TURIN, Italy (AP) – Six-time Olympic champion fencer Valentina Vezzali has failed to qualify for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Games.

The 41-year-old Vezzali was eliminated in the second round of the foil event at the Trofeo Inalpi meet Saturday, while Italian teammate Arianna Errigo reached the semifinals and gained the necessary points to qualify.

Vezzali won at least one gold at the last five Olympics in either individual or team foil. She has a total of nine Olympic medals and 25 at world championships.

Her second son was born in 2013, the year in which she also became a member of Italy’s parliament.

Vezzali told the Gazzetta dello Sport this week that “I had another son and it was really difficult to come back. … I don’t think I have anything else to prove.”

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