Kaya Turski, Olympic favorite in ski slopestyle, suffers third torn ACL

Kaya Turski

The world champion in ski slopestyle said she’s scheduled to be back on the snow in November, three months after tearing an ACL in training.

Canadian Kaya Turski is considered by many the favorite to win the first Olympic ski slopestyle competition. Turski, 25, won the event at the Winter X Games in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and took silver to Norwegian Tiril Sjastad Christiansen at this year’s X Games.

But an injury while training in Mt. Hood, Ore., two weeks ago casts doubt.

“I was working on a new trick, an unnatural switch 720, and simply got lost in the air and landed when I wasn’t ready to land,” Turski said in an e-mail.

Turski will now rehab a torn ACL for the third time in her career. She said she crashed exactly six months to the day before her event in Sochi, which will be Feb. 11.

She chose an operation that will tentatively schedule her to be back on the snow in November.

“I have no doubts that I’m in the best possible hands for a successful, speedy, recovery,” she said. “I’m ready to give this rehab and comeback my everything, and you’ll see me in Sochi in February.”

The medal predictor Infostrada has Turski winning gold in Sochi, ahead of Canadian teammate Dara Howell and Christiansen.

Americans Ashley Battersby and Keri Herman were fourth and fifth at the 2013 X Games. Another U.S. skier, Grete Eliassen, took bronze behind Turski and Howell at worlds in March. Yet another American, Devin Logan, won silver at the 2012 X Games and is coming back from a blown-out knee.

Sochi slopestyle course revealed (photos)

Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

Derrick Mein

Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

Mo Farah

British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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