A U.S. medal on every day? Here’s how it could happen

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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – The U.S. Olympic Team has won a medal on each of the first three days of competition in Sochi, and it has a chance to go wire to wire with medals on all 16 days of the Olympics.

Three nations have won a medal on every day of the Winter Olympics before, but the U.S. has never done it, according to OlympStats.com.

Germany last did it in 2010, when the U.S. won the overall medal count with the most medals by one nation ever. The U.S. won medals on 15 of 16 days in 2010.

The Soviet Union did it in 1960, 1964, 1972, 1980 and 1984. East Germany also accomplished the feat in 1980.

The U.S. got the job done on the first two days here thanks to expected medals from Hannah Kearney (moguls) on Saturday and Jamie Anderson (snowboard slopestyle) and in team figure skating (bronze) on Sunday. Sage Kotsenburg (gold, snowboard slopestyle) was a bit of surprise Saturday.

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Monday looked like a possible no-medal day, but Alpine skier Julia Mancuso won bronze in the super combined, her first podium finish this season. Short track speed skater J.R. Celski was another medal threat and finished fourth in the 1500m.

Here are the remaining days of competition with some (not all) U.S. medal contenders highlighted:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 11 – Shaun White (snowboard halfpipe), Kikkan Randall (cross-country freestyle sprint)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12 – Kelly Clark (snowboard halfpipe), Shani Davis (1000m)
  • Thursday, Feb. 13 – Nick Goepper (ski slopestyle), Heather Richardson/Brittany Bowe (1000m)
  • Friday, Feb. 14 – Noelle Pikus-Pace (skeleton), Ted Ligety/Bode Miller (super combined)
  • Saturday, Feb. 15 – Shani Davis (1500m), Julia Mancuso (super-G)
  • Sunday, Feb. 16 – Lindsey Jacobellis (snowboard cross), Brittany Bowe (1500m)
  • Monday, Feb. 17 – Meryl Davis/Charlie White (ice dance), Steven Holcomb (two-man bobsled)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 18 – David Wise (ski halfpipe), Mikaela Shiffrin (giant slalom)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19 – Ted Ligety (giant slalom), Elana Meyers (two-woman bobsled)
  • Thursday, Feb. 20 – Women’s hockey medal games, Maddie Bowman (ski halfpipe)
  • Friday, Feb. 21 – Mikaela Shiffrin (slalom), men’s 5000m short track relay
  • Saturday, Feb. 22 – Men’s, women’s speed skating team pursuit, men’s hockey bronze-medal game
  • Sunday, Feb. 23 – Four-man bobsled, men’s hockey gold-medal game

The most questionable day is probably Feb. 22. The team pursuit can be fickle, and only one medal is available in men’s hockey that day.

Depth is lacking behind Davis in the 1500m on Saturday. He has won silver in the event at the last two Olympics and is the World Cup leader, though. Mancuso really boosted her super-G hopes with Monday’s bronze, though.

The next few days feature heavy medal favorites in snowboard halfpipe, speed skating and skeleton that should get the U.S. through the first full week of competition.

2020 French Open women’s singles draw, bracket

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If Serena Williams is to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, she may have to go through her older sister in the fourth round.

Williams, the sixth seed, could play Venus Williams in the round of 16 at Roland Garros, which begins Sunday.

Serena opens against countrywoman Kristie Ahn, whom she beat in the first round at the U.S. Open. Serena could then get her U.S. Open quarterfinal opponent, fellow mom Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, in the second round.

If Venus is to reach the fourth round, she must potentially get past U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka in the second round. Azarenka beat Serena in the U.S. Open semifinals, ending the American’s latest bid to tie Margaret Court‘s major titles record.

Venus lost in the French Open first round the last two years.

The French Open top seed is 2018 champion Simona Halep, who could play 2019 semifinalist Amanda Anisimova in the third round.

Coco Gauff, the rising 16-year-old American, gets 2019 semifinalist Jo Konta of Great Britain in the first round in the same quarter of the draw as Halep.

The field lacks defending champion Ash Barty of Australia, not traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Also out: U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka, citing a sore hamstring and tight turnaround from prevailing in New York two weeks ago.

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2020 French Open men’s singles draw, bracket

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Rafael Nadal was put into the same half of the French Open draw as fellow 2018 and 2019 finalist Dominic Thiem of Austria, with top-ranked Novak Djokovic catching a break.

Nadal, trying to tie Roger Federer‘s male record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, could play sixth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals before a potential clash with Thiem, who just won the U.S. Open.

Djokovic, who is undefeated in 2020 save being defaulted out of the U.S. Open, could play No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the quarterfinals before a possible semifinal with Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Medvedev is the fourth seed but is 0-3 at the French Open. Another possible Djokovic semifinal opponent is fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who reached the fourth round last year.

The most anticipated first-round matchup is between three-time major champion Andy Murray and 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka. In Murray’s most recent French Open match, he lost in five sets to Wawrinka in the 2017 semifinals.

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