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Ted Ligety tears ACL in training (video)

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Two-time Olympic champion Ted Ligety is done for the Alpine skiing season after tearing an ACL in training on Wednesday, according to his social media.

Ligety, 31, dealt with injuries this season before tearing the ACL. After winning the season-opening giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, he “basically didn’t do anything” for three weeks to a month in November.

He said he couldn’t touch his knees or tuck in training due to three herniated disks in his back. Then he tore a hip labrum.

Ligety, the 2006 Olympic combined champion and 2014 Olympic giant slalom champion, was mired in a slump before tearing the ACL.

He failed to finish six straight races and missed the podium in 11 straight after winning and finishing second in his first two starts of the season in the fall.

Of the U.S. Olympic Alpine skiing champions who haven’t retired, only Lindsey Vonn is actively competing.

Mikaela Shiffrin (right MCL tear) and Julia Mancuso (right hip surgery) are also out with injuries, though Shiffrin could return before the final races in MarchBode Miller decided not to race this season but has left open the possibility of competing again.

Of the 10 Sochi Olympic Alpine skiing champions, one is healthy and competing — Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud.

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WATCH LIVE: London Marathon

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Watch the world’s best distance runners chase world records at the London Marathon, live on NBCSN and commercial free on the NBC Sports Gold “Track and Field Pass” for subscribers on Sunday at 3:30 a.m. ET.

NBCSN coverage also streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app for subscribers.

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Sunday’s race start times (ET)
3:55 – Elite Wheelchair Races
4:00 – World Para Athletics Marathon World Cup ambulant races
4:15 – Elite Women’s Race
5:00 – Elite Men’s Race, Mass Race

The men’s field features arguably the two greatest distance runners of all time — Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge and Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele.

Kipchoge, the Rio Olympic marathon champ, ran the fastest marathon ever recorded — 2:00:25 in Nike’s sub-two-hour attempt last May in non-record-eligible conditions.

Bekele is the second-fastest marathoner in history under legal conditions, having run six seconds shy of Kenyan Dennis Kimetto‘s world record of 2:02:57 from 2014.

In the women’s race, Kenyan Mary Keitany, already the world-record holder in a women’s-only race, looks to take down Brit Paula Radcliffe‘s world record with male pacers set in London 15 years ago. That time is 2:15:25.

Keitany is challenged by Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba, the third-fastest female marathoner in history behind Keitany and Radcliffe.

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Teddy Riner, dominant judoka, to skip 2018, 2019 Worlds

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French judoka Teddy Riner, arguably the world’s most dominant athlete, will reportedly skip the next two world championships before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

French coach Franck Chambily said Riner will compete a light international schedule the next two years ahead of what would be his fourth Olympics, according to Agence France-Presse.

Riner, a 29-year-old, 6-foot-8-inch native of Guadeloupe, is undefeated since 2010 with a reported 144-match winning streak. That includes Olympic titles in 2012 and 2016 and world titles in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Before the streak, Riner also earned world titles in 2007, 2009 and 2010, plus an Olympic bronze at age 19 in 2008.

He could compete through the 2024 Paris Games.

“When I am invincible, I will stop,” Riner said in 2013, according to The Associated Press.

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