Fourcade wins biathlon 20km individual; Bjoerndalen finishes 34th

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France’s Martin Fourcade bagged his second gold of the Sochi Olympics, while Norway’s Ole Einar Bjoerndalen finished 34th in his second attempt to earn a record-breaking 13th Winter Olympic medal.

Fourcade’s run, which featured one penalty, was 12.2 seconds faster than silver medalist Erik Lesser of Germany (no penalties). Evgeniy Garanichev gave the home crowd a thrill with a bronze-medal run, finishing 34.5 seconds back of the leader on one penalty.

As for Bjoerndalen, he missed four targets (one in each range) in a distance event he wasn’t really expected to contend for a medal in. He wound up finishing 3:50.2 back of Fourcade.

Team USA-wise, Lowell Bailey delivered an eighth-place performance in the men’s 20km individual event that now stands as the best-ever individual result for the U.S. in an Olympic biathlon event.

The previous top mark belonged to Jeremy Teela, who finished ninth in the men’s 10km sprint at Vancouver four years ago.

MEN’S BIATHLON – 20km INDIVIDUAL
1. Martin Fourcade (FRA), 49:31.7
2. Erik Lesser (GER), 49:43.9
3. Evgeniy Garanichev (RUS), 50:06.2


8. Lowell Bailey (USA), 50:57.4
44. Tim Burke (USA), 54:21.2
50. Russell Currier (USA), 55:07.5
83. Leif Nordgren (USA), 58:47.6

Simone Biles discusses anxiety medicine, therapy in up-and-down year

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Simone Biles sees a therapist regularly and takes medication for anxiety, acknowledging mental-health struggles.

Biles was asked on “Good Morning America” how she has processed standing up as a Larry Nassar survivor on Jan. 15.

“I’m on anxiety medicine now because I had a lot of ups and downs throughout the year, trying to figure out what was wrong,” Biles said. “So I go to therapy pretty regularly. It’s not easy, but the people surrounding me are some of the best.”

Biles is an experienced mental-health advocate.

Last year, she partnered with the #BeUnderstood campaign for Learning Disabilities and ADHD Awareness Month in October. She spoke with two sisters who have ADHD about her own experience with ADHD since age 9.

Biles appeared on Tuesday’s morning show to reveal her ESPN the Magazine cover for being named the most dominant athlete of 2018.

Biles, after taking 14 months off from training, swept all five titles at the U.S. Championships, then became the first gymnast to earn medals on every event at a world championships in 31 years.

She is not expected to compete again before March.

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Mikael Kingsbury named Canada Athlete of the Year

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Mikael Kingsbury, the Olympic moguls champion, is the first freestyle skier to win the Lou Marsh Trophy, Canada’s athlete of the year award.

Kingsbury, 26, dominated in PyeongChang, receiving the highest scores for time, turns and air moves in the final to win by 4.06 points. It marked the first instance in moguls history that a man topped the final field in all three categories that make up the total score, albeit the format moved from a 20-skier final to a six-skier final in 2014.

Kingsbury also finished first or second in all eight World Cup moguls or dual moguls events so far in 2018. He’s up to 50 World Cup victories, breaking the moguls record shared by U.S. Olympic champions Donna Weinbrecht and Hannah Kearney.

The other reported Lou Marsh finalists were:

Brooke Henderson, Golf: Second in the LPGA Tour’s Race to the CME Globe
Kaitlyn Lawes, Curling: Olympic mixed doubles, world women’s titles
Connor McDavid, Hockey: 2017-18 NHL points leader, most outstanding player
Kaetlyn Osmond, Figure Skating: Olympic bronze medalist, world champion

The Lou Marsh Trophy went to an Olympian 15 times in the last 20 years, most recently Olympic 100m freestyle swimming champion Penny Oleksiak in 2016. Winners in Winter Olympic years included speed skaters Catriona LeMay Doan (2002) and Cindy Klassen (2006) and bobsledder Kaillie Humphries (2014), all gold medalists those years.

That history worked against Henderson and McDavid, who didn’t have an Olympics in 2018. Osmond had arguably the best year for an individual Canadian figure skater with her three major medals, but Russians Alina Zagitova and Yevgenia Medvedeva beat her in PyeongChang.

Lawes led all women in shooting percentage in the first Olympic mixed-doubles event and led her team (skipped by Sochi Olympic champ skip Jennifer Jones) in shooting in the gold-medal game of the world championship a month later.

Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were ineligible for the individual award together, according to Canadian media.

The Lou Marsh Trophy, named after the former Toronto Star sports editor and columnist, is annually voted on by Canadian sports journalists.

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