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Watch Mikaela Shiffrin try to extend historic streak Tuesday afternoon

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Mikaela Shiffrin goes for her fifth straight World Cup win — the longest streak in 20 years — live on the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and streaming on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app on Tuesday afternoon.

It’s a rare opportunity to watch Shiffrin race live during daytime hours across the U.S.

The slalom runs in Flachau, Austria, are at 12 p.m. ET (streaming) and 2:30 p.m. (Olympic Channel and streaming here for subscribers). NBCSN will air coverage at 6 p.m.

What better time to tune in than one month before the Olympics with Shiffrin on the hottest streak of her career.

The 22-year-old won seven of the last eight World Cups and is heavily favored under the lights in her patented discipline Tuesday.

The last Alpine skier to win five straight races on the World Cup calendar was German Katja Seizinger in 1997.

Shiffrin’s dominance the last three weeks has been historic. Three slalom wins, two more in parallel slaloms and another pair in giant slalom.

Four of the five non-parallel wins have been by the following time margins: .89, .99, 1.59 and 1.64 seconds.

“All of us want to ski faster than her, but she is on another level,” Swedish slalom rival Frida Hansdotter said after Shiffrin’s 40th World Cup win on Sunday, according to The Associated Press.

Shiffrin has nine wins in 16 starts this season. She became the third Alpine skier to reach 40 World Cup victories before the age of 23 (she’s 22 until March 13).

The Coloradoan can tie the record of 41 wins before the age of 23 held by Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell on Tuesday. Lindsey Vonn, the female record holder with 78 victories, had seven at this age.

All of this success made Shiffrin a favorite for three gold medals in PyeongChang, which would tie the record for Alpine golds at one Olympics.

Shiffrin is the world’s best slalom and giant slalom skier and the one to beat in super combined, given she also won a downhill in December.

She’s also leading the World Cup overall standings with 1,281 points. The second-place skier, Swiss Wendy Holdener, has 560 points.

There is talk that Shiffrin could break Slovenian Tina Maze‘s record of 2,414 points in one season, but that will have to wait until the World Cup campaign concludes after an Olympic break.

Shiffrin plans to skip four of the six remaining speed races this month to rest up for PyeongChang.

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Eliud Kipchoge wins London Marathon; no world record (video)

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Eliud Kipchoge won his eighth straight marathon (ninth if you count Nike’s sub-two attempt), but missed the world record at a steamy London Marathon by more than one minute on Sunday.

The Kenyan Olympic champion clocked 2:04:17, pulling away from Ethiopian Tola Kitata by 32 seconds. Mo Farah, the four-time Olympic track champ in his second marathon, finished third in 2:06:21.

Kipchoge and Kitata fell off Dennis Kimetto‘s world-record pace around the 20th mile. Kimetto ran 2:02:57 at the 2014 Berlin Marathon.

Full results are here.

The temperature eclipsed 70 degrees Farenheit during the race, making it one of the hottest London Marathons ever. Perhaps considering that, Kipchoge said he ran “a beautiful race” for his third London title in four years.

“The conditions, I can’t complain, because all of us were running in the same arena,” he told media in London. “No regrets at all.”

Farah was satisfied, too, achieving his primary goal of breaking the 33-year-old British record held by Steve Jones.

“If you looked at the field before the start of that race, you would never have put me third place,” said Farah, who ran nearly two minutes faster than his marathon debut in London in 2014. “You would put ahead of me so many other guys.”

No world record in the women’s race, either. Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot won in 2:18:31, passing pre-race favorite Mary Keitany in the 23rd mile. Cheruiyot won by 1 minute, 42 seconds over countrywoman Brigid Kosgei. Keitany slowed to fifth in 2:24:27.

Cheruiyot, a 34-year-old mom, made her marathon debut in London last year, finishing fourth. Before that, Cheruiyot earned four Olympic medals on the track, plus four world titles combined in the 5000m and 10,000m.

Paula Radcliffe‘s world record with male pacers — 2:15:25 from 2003 — was a target for Keitany. Last year, Keitany broke Radcliffe’s world record without male pacers by 41 seconds, winning her third London title in 2:17:01.

The other leading contender Sunday, Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba, stopped in the 20th mile.

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2018 London Marathon results

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Top finishers from the 38th London Marathon (full searchable results here) …

Men’s Elite
1. Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) 2:04:17
2. Tola Kitata (ETH) 2:04:49
3. Mo Farah (GBR) 2:06:21
4. Abel Kirui (KEN) 2:07:07
5. Bedan Karoki (KEN) 2:08:34
6. Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 2:08:53
7. Lawrence Cherono (KEN) 2:09:25
8. Daniel Wanjiru (KEN) 2:10:35
9. Amanuel Mesel (ERI) 2:11:52
10. Yohanes Gebregergish (ER) 2:12:09
17. Guye Adola (ETH) 2:32:35

Women’s Elite
1. Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 2:18:31
2. Brigid Kosgei (KEN) 2:20:13
3. Tadelech Bekele (ETH) 2:21:40
4. Gladys Cherono (KEN) 2:24:10
5. Mary Keitany (KEN) 2:24:27
6. Rose Chelimo (BRN) 2:26:03
7. Mare Dibaba (ETH) 2:27:45
8. Lily Partridge (GBR) 2:29:24
9. Tracy Barlow (GBR) 2:32:09
10. Stephanie Bruce (USA) 2:32:28
DNF. Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)

Men’s Wheelchair
1. David Weir (GBR) 1:31:15
2. Marcel Hug (SUI) 1:31:15
3. Daniel Romanchuk (USA) 1:31:16
4. Josh George (USA) 1:31:24
5. Kurt Fearnley (AUS) 1:31:24

Women’s Wheelchair
1. Madison de Rozario (AUS) 1:42:58
2. Tatyana McFadden (USA) 1:42:58
3. Susannah Scaroni (USA) 1:43:00
4. Manuela Schar (SUI) 1:43:01
5. Amanda McGrory (USA) 1:43:04

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