Mikaela Shiffrin wins third straight World Cup race

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Mikaela Shiffrin returned to the site of her first World Cup podium and notched her 36th World Cup win, dominating a slalom in Lienz, Austria, on Thursday.

She prevailed by a comfortable .89 of a second over two runs for her third straight victory and fifth in 11 starts this season.

Swiss Wendy Holdener was second, followed by Swede Frida Hansdotter.

Full results are here. Shiffrin led by 1.14 seconds over Hansdotter after the first run.

Shiffrin tied retired German speed racer Katja Seizinger for seventh on the World Cup women’s career wins list. She is one shy of childhood idol Marlies Schild of Austria.

Lindsey Vonn, expected to return to the World Cup for the next speed races in two weeks, holds the record of 78.

Shiffrin, the youngest Olympic slalom champion, extended her World Cup standings leads in slalom and the overall.

Shiffrin also leads the downhill and giant slalom standings and is a favorite for multiple medals at the PyeongChang Olympics.

Her slalom dominance is incredible. In her last 25 World Cup slaloms, Shiffrin owns 20 wins, two runners-up, a pair of third-place finishes and one DNF.

“There are so many statistics,” Shiffrin told media in Lienz. “You guys are driving me crazy. My brain is full of statistics.”

The 22-year-old eyes her fourth straight win in a giant slalom in Lienz on Friday, the sixth anniversary of her first of 52 World Cup podiums, which also came in Lienz.

The first run is at 4:30 a.m. ET, streaming on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app. The second run is at 7 a.m. on Olympic Channel and streaming on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app.

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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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NBC Sports Gold commercial free — STREAM LINK

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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