In 2005, Lindsey Vonn won a downhill race in Val d’Isere, France. Her prize? A cow that she named Olympe.
This year, a reindeer is up for grabs.
The second stop of the Alpine skiing World Cup tour will be Levi, Finland, on Nov. 16-17, where the slalom race winners will receive money, flowers and a Lapland reindeer.
The winners will name their own reindeers, after which they can follow their reindeers’ movements and adventures in Lapland during winter via pictures and social media. The winners have also an opportunity to greet their reindeers always during the World Cup Levi event.
Since the race is slalom, Vonn won’t be adding to her collection. She skipped Levi last year and said she does not plan on racing slalom events this season. It is her weakest discipline.
But another American may be the favorite in Levi. That’s Mikaela Shiffrin, 18, the reigning world champion and World Cup champion in the event. Shiffrin placed third in Levi last season.
Shiffrin also won the limited use of a red Audi RS5 sport coupe in a post-race party drawing last season.
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2014 Olympian Gracie Gold qualified for the 2020 U.S. Figure Skating Championships by virtue of a third-place finish at the Eastern Sectional Singles Final on Saturday in Hyannis, Massachusetts.
“Bronze: so hot this fall,” Gold posted on Instagram. She last competed at U.S. nationals in 2017, when she finished sixth. She won the national title in 2014 and 2016.
Gold sat second after the short program with 63.55 points, and ultimately finished third overall with 109.90 points in the free skate for 173.45 points. The top four at the event qualify for the national championships in Greensboro, North Carolina in January.
Her free skate included a fall on the opening triple Lutz and an under-rotation on the triple Lutz, double toe loop combination. She also put a hand down on the landing of a double Axel. The rest of the program, though, was clean.
Her performance, set to “She Used to be Mine” by Sara Bareilles, can be found at the 2:05 mark of the on-demand stream of the event for NBC Gold Pass subscribers.
Meanwhile, her Sochi teammate Polina Edmunds was shut out of nationals based on a fifth-place finish at the Pacific Coast Sectional Singles Final (top four qualify). Her performance can be found for NBC Gold Pass subscribers at the 1:50 mark of the on-demand stream for the event. Edmunds last competed at Nationals in 2016, when she earned the silver medal behind Gold.
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Brittany Bowe extended one of the most dominant runs for any U.S. Winter Olympian, earning her first straight World Cup 1000m win to open the season on Sunday.
Bowe, fourth and eighth in the event at her two Olympics, clocked 1:15.35 in Minsk, Belarus, to beat PyeongChang gold medalist Jorien ter Mors by six tenths. Ter Mors missed all of last season after knee surgery.
Bowe won every World Cup 1000m dating to last December, plus her second world title in the event last February, lowering track records at each stop.
She ended last season by breaking the world record by .48 of a second on the fast ice of the 2002 Olympic oval in Kearns, Utah. That time — 1:11.61 — would have been the men’s world record as recently as 1997.
Bowe, a former Florida Atlantic point guard who missed all of 2016-17 with a concussion, is up to 23 career World Cup wins. That’s fifth on the U.S. all-time list behind Bonnie Blair (69), Shani Davis (58), Dan Jansen (46) and Heather Bergsma (34), according to schaatsstatistieken.nl.
The World Cup moves to Poland next week.
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