Julia Mancuso falls short of super-G medal; Austria’s Anna Fenninger takes gold

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Julia Mancuso might be known as “Super Jules,” but things haven’t rolled her way in the super-G (at least in the Olympics). She was unable to get a medal after posting a 1:27.04 time on Saturday.

A significant number of skiers failed to finish their runs early on in the super-G on Saturday, so early on, it seemed like finishing was something of a victory in itself. When she finished her run, she placed in second, but that was before a slew of excellent opponents batted around the lead.

VIDEO: Mancuso can’t get up to medal speed

Mancuso, 29, was aiming for her fifth Olympic medal after taking bronze in the super combined. This might have been her best remaining chance to make the podium in Sochi, but one wouldn’t be wise to totally dismiss the big-event skier’s chances altogether.


Update: Austria’s Anna Fenninger won gold with a time of 1:25.52. She’s the third person in a row from Austria to win gold in the event, with this being her first Olympic medal.

VIDEO: Watch Anna Fenninger’s golden run

Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch took her second medal in Sochi by winning silver, finishing .55 seconds off the top mark. Nicole Hosp (also of Austria) won bronze in the super-G after taking silver in the super combined.

Read more about the event at NBCOlympics.com.

Why did Shaun White cut his hair? Carrot Top

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Shaun White said a revelatory chat with Carrot Top led to the Olympic snowboarding champion chopping off his flowing red locks more than seven years ago, according to a report.

“I went to an event in Vegas where I run into Carrot Top,” White wrote, according to a Bleacher Report AMA last Wednesday. “We were talking about our hair and he basically looked at me like you could see into his soul and he basically said he was stuck like this. And at that point it was like seeing the ghost of Christmas future. And at that point I was like omg I can change.”

White documented a meeting with Carrot Top on social media in September 2013, but that was 10 months after the haircut. They must have met in 2012, too.

White, formerly known as the Flying Tomato, posted video of the haircut in December 2012, saying he didn’t tell anybody beforehand. He had grown tired of the nickname.

He donated the hair to Locks of Love, which makes wigs for needy children.

White is known for charitable efforts for children, including with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. White was born with a heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot, requiring two major surgeries before his first birthday.

White, a 33-year-old who recently changed his hair color to blond, announced in February that he ended a bid to make the first U.S. Olympic skateboarding team for the Tokyo Games.

He is expected to compete for a spot in the 2022 Winter Olympics, where he could be the oldest U.S. Olympic halfpipe rider in history.

MORE: White, Shiffrin among dominant Winter Olympians of 2010s

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Susie O’Neill, Australian great, answers Katie Ledecky by balancing beer while swimming

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Katie Ledecky‘s feat of balancing a glass of chocolate milk while swimming reverberated Down Under, where one of Australia’s Olympic legends attempted to mimic it with a cup of beer.

Susie O’Neill, an eight-time Olympic medalist from 1992-2000 known as Madame Butterfly, accepted a challenge put forth by her fellow radio show hosts. In video shared across Australian media, she took 13 strokes before the beer came off her head, just before reaching a wall.

“It’s actually not as hard as I expected,” O’Neill said in an Instagram Live. “Well, it was pretty hard.”

O’Neill, 47, said backstrokers sometimes train with a water bottle on their foreheads to stay straight. But O’Neill, a freestyler and butterflier, never balanced anything on her head while training.

MORE: O’Neill in tears watching Sydney Olympic defeat for first time

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