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Mikaela Shiffrin fails to finish St. Moritz giant slalom; Worley wins

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Mikaela Shiffrin failed to finish the first run and Tina Maze and Julia Mancuso posted their best finishes of the season, while France’s Tessa Worley won a World Cup giant slalom in St. Moritz, Switzerland, on Sunday.

Worley, the reigning world giant slalom champion, prevailed in a two-run time of 2 minutes, 7.62 seconds.

“It feels really awesome because the beginning of the season wasn’t great for me in GS,” Worley said on Eurosport 2. “The snow was so good that you just wanted to go really far on your edges. Sometimes, it was a bit tricky with all those bumps and everything. You needed to be very focused on tactics.”

Swede Jessica Lindell-Vikarby was second, .37 behind after winning the Beaver Creek, Colo., giant slalom two weeks ago.

Maze took third, beating her chest five times after crossing the finish, matching her best finish this season. Maze had the greatest World Cup season in history last year.

Mancuso, the 2006 Olympic giant slalom champion, was 12th in the Swiss Alps, her best finish in nine races this season.

Shiffrin, the world’s best slalom skier, did not finish her first run after taking second in the Beaver Creek giant slalom.

“It was perfect snow really,” Shiffrin said, according to The Associated Press. “Running [bib] No. 1, I was loving every second of it until I fell.

“There is always a reason for falling so I will go back and figure it out and hopefully not do it again.”

Swiss Lara Gut skied out in the first run but kept an overall World Cup lead over Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch.

The women’s Alpine skiing World Cup continues with a slalom in Courchevel, France, on Tuesday.

“I guess that’s the bright side of going out today,” Shiffrin told the AP. “Now we’ll get to Courchevel sooner.”

St. Moritz Giant Slalom
1. Tessa Worley (FRA) 2:07.62
2. Jessica Lindell-Vikarby (SWE) 2:07.99
3. Tina Maze (SLO) 2:08.41
4. Kathrin Zettel (AUT) 2:09.32
5. Anemone Marmottan (FRA) 2:09.45
6. Maria Pietilae-Holmner (SWE) 2:09.45
7. Nadia Fanchini (ITA) 2:09.56
8. Anna Fenninger (AUT) 2:09.70
9. Francesca Marsaglia (ITA) 2:09.93
10. Kajsa Kling (SWE) 2:09.96
12. Julia Mancuso (USA) 2:10.21
23. Megan McJames (USA) 2:10.69

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Eliud Kipchoge sets next marathon

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Eliud Kipchoge will race the London Marathon on April 26 before he is expected to defend his Olympic title in Japan on Aug. 9, which would mark the shortest break between marathons of his career.

Kipchoge, who in his last 26.2-mile effort became the first person to break two hours at the distance, won all four of his London Marathon starts, including breaking the course record in 2016 and 2019.

His time this past April 28 — 2:02:37 — is the third-fastest time in history. Kipchoge has the world record of 2:01:39 set at the 2018 Berlin Marathon. His sub-two-hour marathon in Vienna on Oct. 12 was not in a record-eligible race.

Kipchoge’s previous shortest break between marathons came in 2016, when he also ran London and the Olympics. The Olympics will be two weeks earlier in 2020 than in 2016.

Kipchoge, 35, has won 11 of 12 marathons since moving to road racing after failing to make Kenya’s 2012 Olympic track team.

He has yet to race the two most prestigious marathons in the U.S. — Boston and New York City — but has said they are on his bucket list.

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Canadians become first female doubles luge team in World Cup

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WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — Caitlin Nash and Natalie Corless made luge history Saturday, becoming the first female team to compete in a World Cup doubles race.

The 16-year-olds from Whistler combined to finish 22nd in a field of 23 sleds, though that seemed largely irrelevant. There have been four-woman teams in what is typically called four-man bobsledding, but luge has never seen a pairing like this until now.

The German sled of Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken won the race in 1 minute, 16.644 seconds. Germany’s Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt finished second and the Russian team of Vsevolod Kashkin and Konstantin Korshunov placed third for their first medal of the season.

The U.S. team of Chris Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman placed 11th.

But the story was the Canadian teens, who qualified for the World Cup event on Thursday. They were nearly a half-second behind any other finisher and almost 2.7 seconds back of Eggert and Benecken. But they’ll forever be able to say that they were winning the race at one point — a technicality because they were the first ones down the hill at the Whistler Sliding Center, but accurate nonetheless.

The only sled they beat was the Italian team of Ivan Nagler and Fabian Malleier, who crashed in the second heat.

There are women’s singles and men’s singles races on the World Cup luge circuit, but there is no rule saying doubles teams must be composed of two men. There have been more female doubles racers at the junior level in recent years, and it was generally considered to be just a matter of time before it happened at the World Cup level.

That time became Saturday.

Canada had the chance to qualify a second sled into the doubles field because some teams typically on the circuit chose to skip this weekend’s stop, and Nash and Corless got into by successfully finishing a Nations Cup qualifying race on Thursday.

They were 11th in that race out of 11 sleds, more than a full second behind the winner and nearly a half-second behind the closest finisher. But all they had to do was cross the line without crashing to get into Saturday’s competition, and earned their spot in the luge history books as a result.

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