U.S. speedskater Maria Lamb criticizes sanctioning body

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The U.S. speed skating team has finished without medals in the individual events at the Sochi Olympics, a stunning result for a team that has captured the most Winter Olympic medals of any U.S. squad in history.

Topping the list of problems that the Americans have encountered in Sochi is the controversy that ensued over the Under Armour “Mach 39” suits, which were swapped out in favor of previous racing suits.

The team’s biggest star, Shani Davis, has admitted that the controversy has had a negative effect on the skaters. Now, a female skater, Maria Lamb, has gone even further by directly criticizing the U.S. Speedskating organization.

Dubbing the suit saga as merely the “tip of the iceberg,” Lamb has claimed that there are many more issues within the organization that have helped contribute to their Sochi disaster.

“I think over the last several years most of us have managed to perform incredibly well in spite of a lot of the organization rather than because of it,” she said to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

“That adds up over the years, and unfortunately, it came to a head here. This is my third Games and there is so much more nonsense in general going on.”

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She also criticized a pair of U.S. Speedskating figures by name – Mark Greenwald, the former executive director of the sanctioning body, and Finn Halverson, the group’s director of long-track performance.

“…If you want to point fingers, Mark Greenwald caused a lot of damage to the organization by treating people wrong or just outright pushing them out,” Lamb said. “We lost a lot of really good staff and have had to deal with a lot of controversy. That definitely affects you.

“Finn Halverson has done a lot of damage the way he has single-handedly perhaps destroyed so many good athletes, at least their performance here at the Games, due to a lot of his calls and actions.”

For their part, U.S. Speedskating chose not to comment on Lamb’s criticism according to the Star-Tribune.

2023 French Open women’s singles draw, scores

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At the French Open, Iga Swiatek of Poland eyes a third title at Roland Garros and a fourth Grand Slam singles crown overall.

The tournament airs live on NBC Sports, Peacock and Tennis Channel through championship points in Paris.

Swiatek, the No. 1 seed from Poland, can join Serena Williams and Justine Henin as the lone women to win three or more French Opens since 2000.

Having turned 22 on Wednesday, she can become the youngest woman to win three French Opens since Monica Seles in 1992 and the youngest woman to win four Slams overall since Williams in 2002.

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But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.

She retired from her last pre-French Open match with a right thigh injury and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, the No. 4 seed and Wimbledon champion, are the top challengers in Paris.

No. 3 Jessica Pegula, the highest-seeded American man or woman, was eliminated in the third round.

No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, is the best hope to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seles won the 1996 Australian Open.

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2023 French Open men’s singles draw, scores

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The French Open men’s singles draw is missing injured 14-time champion Rafael Nadal for the first time since 2004, leaving the Coupe des Mousquetaires ripe for the taking.

The tournament airs live on NBC Sports, Peacock and Tennis Channel through championship points in Paris.

Novak Djokovic is not only bidding for a third crown at Roland Garros, but also to lift a 23rd Grand Slam singles trophy to break his tie with Nadal for the most in men’s history.

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But the No. 1 seed is Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who won last year’s U.S. Open to become, at 19, the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first French Open title in 2005.

Now Alcaraz looks to become the second-youngest man to win at Roland Garros since 1989, after Nadal of course.

Alcaraz missed the Australian Open in January due to a right leg injury, but since went 30-3 with four titles. Notably, he has not faced Djokovic this year. They could meet in the semifinals.

Russian Daniil Medvedev, the No. 2 seed, was upset in the first round by 172nd-ranked Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild. It marked the first time a men’s top-two seed lost in the first round of any major since 2003 Wimbledon (Ivo Karlovic d. Lleyton Hewitt).

No. 9 Taylor Fritz and No. 12 Frances Tiafoe are the highest-seeded Americans, looking to become the first U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals since Andre Agassi in 2003. Since then, five different American men combined to make the fourth round on eight occasions.

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