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Mikaela Shiffrin wins 6th slalom this season in Stockholm night event

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Mikaela Shiffrin has all but wrapped up her fourth World Cup season slalom title. And she just moved closer to what could be her first World Cup overall title.

Shiffrin won her sixth slalom in eight races this season, prevailing in a bracket-style, head-to-head event in Stockholm on Tuesday night.

Shiffrin beat her top slalom rival, Slovakian Veronika Velez Zuzulova, by .44 of a second in the head-to-head final.

Full results are here.

Shiffrin can clinch her fourth World Cup slalom season title by finishing third or better in the next World Cup slalom in Squaw Valley, Calif., on March 11.

Shiffrin also moved 180 points clear in the standings for the World Cup overall title through 26 of 37 races this season. She leads defending champion Lara Gut in a battle that could go all the way to the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colo., in March.

Shiffrin could become the first third U.S. woman to take a World Cup overall title, joining Tamara McKinney and Lindsey Vonn.

On Tuesday, she became the fourth U.S. skier to win six races in one World Cup season in one discipline, joining Picabo Street (1995, downhill), Ted Ligety (2013, giant slalom) and Vonn (2010, downhill). No American has won seven races in one discipline, and the last skier from any nation to do so was Austrian slalom ace Marlies Schild in 2007.

Earlier in the Stockholm event, Shiffrin easily beat France’s Adeline Baud Mugnier in the round of 16, Canada’s Marie-Michele Gagnon in the quarterfinals and Swede Frida Hansdotter in the semifinals.

Stockholm marked the final World Cup race before the World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, from Feb. 7-19.

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After accident, Olympian Jamie Nieto walks at his wedding

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After two-time Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto suffered a spinal cord injury while attempting a standing back flip in April 2016, he decided to set a goal for himself. Nietro was determined to walk down the aisle at his own wedding.

On Saturday, July 22, 2017, Nieto walked to the altar in front of everyone gathered at Christ Temple Apostolic Church in east San Diego – something his doctors said might not be possible.

Nieto, with some assistance, entered the church where he then married his bride, Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart, exactly how he set out to – on his feet.

Images courtesy of Ramon Galindo/NBC San Diego

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Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocates shoulder in Poland (video)

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Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocated her shoulder during the semifinals of a beach volleyball tournament in Poland and forfeited the bronze medal match.

Walsh Jennings and new partner Nicole Branagh were tied in the third set of their match against Canada on Saturday when Walsh Jennings dove for the ball with her right arm and twisted her hand in the sand. After a four-minute delay, Canada went on to win the third set 16-14 and advance to the gold medal match.

“I just went for a short dig and the surface in Europe is so shallow and so hard and there’s no give for our bodies,” Walsh Jennings explained after the match in an interview with her shoulder wrapped in ice.

Walsh Jennings had surgery on the same shoulder during the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she and April Ross won the bronze medal. Walsh Jennings won three gold medals with Misty May Treanor.

Walsh Jennings said she is looking forward to returning to the FIVB World Tour in Vienna in one week.

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