Mikaela Shiffrin, with uncharacteristic show of emotion, takes record

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Mikaela Shiffrin has described her subdued victory celebrations as dorky. Sunday’s was anything but.

The youngest Olympic slalom champion pumped both fists, then just her right fist, accompanied with screams, after winning her record-tying 11th straight World Cup slalom race in Sestriere, Italy.

“I tried to have some fun in the second run, I don’t know,” Shiffrin said three minutes later. “Are you guys having fun out here? Crowd, scream!”

Shiffrin had the fastest time in both runs, winning by 1.09 seconds over Slovakian Veronika Velez Zuzulova. Swiss Wendy Holdener was third.

However, her lead was cut to .07 at a split midway through her second run. She stormed through the final gates to win comfortably.

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Shiffrin is now shares the women’s record for consecutive World Cup wins in any discipline with Annemarie Moser-Proell, who won 11 straight downhills from 1972-74.

Shiffrin has said her streak shouldn’t really count, since she missed five straight slaloms last season due to injury.

With Sunday’s win, Shiffrin increased her lead in the World Cup overall standings to 105 points over Swiss Lara Gut, the defending champion, after nine of a scheduled 37 races.

The women’s World Cup continues with a combined, downhill and super-G in Val d’Isere, France, next weekend. Shiffrin said she doesn’t think she’ll race in Val d’Isere, meaning Gut will likely take the World Cup overall lead.

Shiffrin raced her first career downhills in Lake Louise, Alberta, last weekend, finishing 18th and 13th, plus 34th in a super-G.

“I’m not racing well enough [in speed races] to really make a difference,” Shiffrin said of skipping Val d’Isere.

Olympic champions Lindsey VonnAnna Veith and Julia Mancuso have yet to make their season debuts, all out due to injuries.

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Correction: An earlier version of this post stated Vreni Schneider won 12 straight slaloms. She won 10 straight, her streak snapped by failing to finish a race.

USA Hockey to start reaching out to potential replacement players

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USA Hockey will begin reaching out to “alternate players” to determine their interest in playing for the U.S. at the women’s world championship next week amid a potential boycott by its national team.

The contact is taking place in the event a resolution cannot be reached between USA Hockey and the women’s national team in a wage dispute.

“It’s important for everyone to understand clearly that our objective is to have the players we named as the U.S. women’s national team be the ones that compete in the world championship,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, in a statement. “Productive conversations have taken place this week and are ongoing in our collective efforts to reach a resolution.”

The alternate players are in the professional NWHL and college, according to USA Today, a report that USA Hockey would not confirm.

U.S. captain Meghan Duggan has said every player in the U.S. national team player pool, plus under-18 national team players, committed to not playing at worlds unless the wage dispute is resolved.

“We are confident that they [potential replacement players] would choose not to play,” the U.S. players said in a statement.

The world championship tournament starts March 31 in Plymouth, Mich.

As of Thursday evening, no resolution has come between USA Hockey and its women’s national team. They met formally on Monday for more than 10 hours, with both sides calling it productive.

“We ask that they approve the original agreement that, the players believed, was acceptable to both parties after Monday’s meeting,” the players said in a statement. “Unless there is an agreement, the players remain resolved to bypass the defense of the world championship.”

Neither side has said when the next meeting will take place.

On Tuesday, USA Hockey said it postponed a pre-worlds camp that was to run through next Tuesday in Traverse City, Mich., and canceled a scheduled Friday exhibition against Finland.

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NHL asked for decision on Olympics by end of April

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International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel tells The Associated Press he needs to know by the end of April whether NHL players will be cleared to play in the South Korea Olympics next year.

NHL team owners have made it clear they don’t want to stop their season again for the Winter Games and put their stars at risk of injury. The reluctance has come up before and yet the NHL has participated in the Olympics since 1998. This time, however, there seems to be an impasse.

The head of the NHL Players Association, Donald Fehr, says the players want to participate and hopes the league will take advantage of the chance to market the game in Asia.

However, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says without “material change to the current status quo, NHL players will not be participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics.”

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