Mikaela Shiffrin just misses fourth straight World Cup win (video)


Mikaela Shiffrin nearly won her fourth straight World Cup race on Friday. She’ll go into the new year with another podium, though, and a hefty overall standings lead.

Italian Federica Brignone won a giant slalom in Lienz, Austria, by .04 over German Viktoria Rebensburg. Shiffrin was third, .08 behind.

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Shiffrin trailed Rebensburg by .05 after the first run in the morning. The American then had the eighth-fastest run in the afternoon.

Shiffrin went into the race having won the last three World Cup events — a giant slalom and parallel slalom in Courchevel, France, and a slalom in Lienz on Thursday.

Lindsey Vonn remains the only skier since 1998 to win four straight World Cup races, doing so in 2011 and 2015.

In 12 starts this season, Shiffrin has five wins and nine podium finishes. She leads Rebensburg by 371 points in the overall standings through 14 of a scheduled 38 races.

The women’s World Cup continues with a city event slalom in Oslo on Monday, expected to be headlined by Shiffrin.

That race will air live on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and stream on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app at 10 a.m. ET.

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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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