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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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Francesco Friedrich wins historic fourth straight bobsled world title

German bob team, Francesco Friedrich, right, and Thorsten Margis, celebrate their victory  after the men's  two-man bob race at the  Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships at Lake Koenigssee, Germany, Sunday Feb. 19. 2017. (Angelika Warmuth/dpa via AP)
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KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) — Germany’s Francesco Friedrich was again fastest in both runs to extend his lead and beat Justin Kripps of Canada for his fourth straight world championship in two-man bobsled on Sunday.

Friedrich, who held a 0.52-lead from Saturday’s opening heats, clocked 49.17 seconds and then 48.94 with his brakeman Thorsten Margis for a combined time of 3 minutes, 16.71 seconds after four runs — 1.20 ahead of Kripps and Jesse Lumsden.

The 26-year-old Friedrich says “We were simply unbeatable this week.”

Germany’s Johannes Lochner was 1.25 back in third with Joshua Bluhm, ahead of Oskars Kibermanis and Matiss Miknis of Latvia, Nick Poloniato and Neville Wright of Canada, and Oskars Melbardis and Janis Strenga of Latvia.

American pilot Steven Holcomb was seventh with Carlo Valdes, 1.68 back.

A skeleton and bobsled team competition was scheduled later Sunday.

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Marcel Hirscher reclaims slalom title, wraps up ‘perfect worlds’

ST MORITZ, SWITZERLAND - FEBRUARY 17:  Gold medalist Marcel Hirscher of Austria celebrates on the podium following the Men's Giant Slalom during the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships on February 17, 2017 in St Moritz, Switzerland.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Austrian Marcel Hirscher reclaimed the slalom world title, wrapping up what he called “the perfect world championships” with two golds and one silver in St. Moritz, Switzerland, on Sunday.

Hirscher, the five-time reigning World Cup overall champion, prevailed by .68 of a second combining two runs. Fellow Austrian Manuel Feller earned silver, followed by German Felix Neureuther, .93 behind.

Hirscher’s biggest slalom rival, Henrik Kristoffersen, was a disappointing fourth, giving Norway fourth-place finishers in all five men’s events at worlds.

The top American was David Chodounsky in 12th.

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Hirscher led by .43 after the morning run and had the third-fastest second run. He finished worlds with golds in the giant slalom and slalom and silver in the super combined, missing gold by .01. All that despite entering worlds sick, reportedly spending days ill in bed.

He said that super combined silver, and especially his maiden GS title, took the pressure off Sunday.

“It was super easy for me, mentally, to [go] into this race,” Hirscher said. “It doesn’t matter if I straddle at the first gate. The only thing that wouldn’t be fine is skiing slow.”

Hirscher is en route to his sixth straight World Cup overall title this season. No other man has won that many, consecutive or not. He previously won the slalom world title in 2013, then was upset at the Sochi Olympics, taking silver behind countryman Mario Matt, who at 34 became the oldest Olympic Alpine champion.

Hirscher led the 2015 Worlds slalom by .88 after the first run, then straddled a gate near the end of the second run while his lead was evaporating.

Hirscher has already proven his excellence on the World Cup and world championships stages. It’s PyeongChang where he must deliver, since he lacks Olympic gold. Hirscher is only 27 years old, but he has cast doubt on going all the way to the 2022 Winter Games.

Feller, 24, took surprise silver without a World Cup podium to his name.

Neureuther earned his third straight world slalom medal, but none have been gold.

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