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Full U.S. roster for PyeongChang Paralympics

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The U.S. Paralympic team for PyeongChang includes 74 athletes, the same number originally named to the 2014 Paralympic roster (though closer to 80 competed).

The U.S. finished third with 18 medals in Sochi behind Russia (80 medals) and Ukraine (25), though Americans came home with just two gold medals (sled hockey and snowboarder Evan Strong).

The Russian team will not win 80 medals this month. In fact, Russia is banned from the Paralympics, but 30 athletes were approved to compete as neutrals by the International Paralympic Committee. Russia had about 80 athletes compete in Sochi.

The last time the U.S. earned the most medals at a Paralympics that it didn’t host was in 1992.

The full U.S. team for the Winter Paralympics, with the Opening Ceremony on Friday (6 a.m. ET, NBCSN, and the NBC Sports app).

Alpine Skiing (23)
Sadie DeBaun (Guide for Staci Mannella)
Stephanie Jallen
Allison Kunkel
Staci Mannella
Melanie Schwartz
Laurie Stephens
Danelle Umstead

Jasmin Bambur
Mark Bathum
Kevin Burton
Tyler Carter
Josh Elliott
Andrew Haraghey
Connor Hogan
Andrew Kurka
Stephen Lawler
Brandon Powell-Ashby (Guide for Kevin Burton)
Jamie Stanton
Rob Umstead (Guide for Danelle Umstead)
Tyler Walker
Thomas Walsh
Spencer Wood
Cade Yamamoto (Guide for Mark Bathum)

Nordic Skiing (15)
Kendall Gretsch
Oksana Masters
Grace Miller
Joy Rondeau
Kristina Trygstad-Saari (Guide for Mia Zutter)
Mia Zutter

Jake Adicoff
Dan Cnossen
Sean Halsted
Sawyer Kesselheim (Guide for Jake Adicoff)
Aaron Pike
Bryan Price
Ruslan Reiter
Andy Soule
Jeremy Wagner

Sled Hockey (17)
Tyler Carron
Steve Cash
Ralph DeQuebec
Travis Dodson
Declan Farmer
Noah Grove
Billy Hanning
Nikko Landeros
Jen Lee
Luke McDermott
Kevin McKee
Josh Misiewicz
Adam Page
Josh Pauls
Rico Roman
Brody Roybal
Jack Wallace

Snowboarding (14)
Arlene Cohen
Brittani Coury
Brenna Huckaby
Amy Purdy
Nicole Roundy

Noah Elliot
Keith Gabel
Mark Mann
Mike Minor
Mike Schultz
Mike Shea
Jimmy Sides
Michael Spivey
Evan Strong

Wheelchair Curling (5)
Penny Greely
Meghan Lino

Kirk Black
Stephen Emt
Justin Marshall

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Mikaela Shiffrin wins final slalom for best career season (video)

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Mikaela Shiffrin won her 12th World Cup race this season and seventh slalom, both personal bests, at the World Cup Finals in Are, Sweden, on Saturday.

Shiffrin, who clinched her second World Cup overall title and fifth slalom season title before the last races of the campaign this weekend, prevailed by 1.58 seconds over Swiss Wendy Holdener. PyeongChang gold medalist Frida Hansdotter of Sweden was third.

“The slalom has always been really close to my heart,” said Shiffrin, who won the last two slaloms this season after a shocking fourth-place finish in PyeongChang. “To finish with a run like that was super special.”

Full results are here.

Shiffrin matched Lindsey Vonn‘s American record for World Cup wins in one season — 12 — with one more race Sunday. Only Swiss Vreni Schneider has more women’s World Cup wins in a single campaign with 14.

Shiffrin, who turned 23 on Tuesday, also moved into solo fifth place on the women’s World Cup wins list with 43, including 23 victories in the last two seasons.

If Shiffrin keeps it up, she can move into the top three next season, though Lindsey Vonn‘s record 82 is a ways off.

“I’m not thinking about that so much,” Shiffrin said. “It’s way too soon to set that as my goal.”

Shiffrin is also three World Cup slalom wins shy of the record 35 held by retired Austrian Marlies Schild, whom Shiffrin supplanted as the world’s top slalom skier in 2013.

The World Cup Finals conclude Sunday with the women’s giant slalom. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will air live coverage of the second run at 7:30 a.m. ET.

“After today I’m really looking forward to going to the start one more time this season and hammering down,” Shiffrin said.

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Katie Ledecky beaten in NCAA Championships individual medley

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Katie Ledecky lost an NCAA Championships race for the first time in eight career finals, taking second in the 400-yard individual medley on Friday.

Stanford teammate Ella Eastin easily beat Ledecky by 3.69 seconds and grabbed the American and NCAA records from Ledecky, too. Eastin’s 3:54.60 is 1.93 seconds faster than Ledecky’s time from the Pac-12 Championships last month.

How did she do it?

“Honestly, I don’t know,” Eastin said on ESPNU. “I’ve built a lot of endurance this year, and it really showed.”

Eastin is decorated in her own right. She three-peated as NCAA 400-yard IM champion and held the American record in the event before Ledecky lowered it last month.

Eastin would have made the 2017 World Championships team had she not been disqualified for an illegal turn after finishing in second place at nationals.

Ledecky, a sophomore, has never contested the 400m IM at a U.S. Championships, Olympics or world championships, nor did she race the 400-yard IM at 2017 NCAAs. She raced the 400 IM instead of the 200 freestyle on Friday.

All of Ledecky’s races at major meets before Friday were in freestyle events. Her only defeat in a major international meet individual final was the 200m freestyle at 2017 Worlds.

Ledecky won five NCAA titles last year and the last two nights anchored the 800-yard freestyle relay and captured the 500-yard freestyle by eight seconds.

Meet results are here.

Later Friday, Lilly King of Indiana three-peated in the 100-yard breaststroke, breaking her American and NCAA records and winning in 56.25 seconds. King is also the Olympic and world champion in the 100m breast, plus the world-record holder.

“Always excited to get the record, but was really hoping to break 56 today,” King said.

Louisville’s Mallory Comerford became the second woman after Missy Franklin to break 1:40 in the 200-yard freestyle, winning in 1:39.80. Co-Olympic 100m free champ Simone Manuel of Stanford was third. Comerford and Ledecky tied for the 2017 NCAA 200 free title.

Stanford’s Ally Howe won the 100-yard backstroke in 49.70, one hundredth shy of her NCAA and American records. Olympic 100m backstroke silver medalist Kathleen Baker of Cal-Berkeley was third.

NCAAs conclude Saturday. Ledecky swims the 1,650-yard freestyle. She is the overwhelming favorite, having gone 35 seconds faster than anyone this season.

Ledecky hasn’t discussed with Stanford whether she will return for her junior season or turn pro, according to the school.

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