Under Armour inks new U.S. Speedskating deal through ’22

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U.S. Speedskating will only take home one medal from the Sochi Olympics, but the group did receive some good news before J.R. Celski, Chris Creveling, Jordan Malone and Eddy Alvarez broke through for silver in the men’s 5000m short track relay.

Despite enduring criticism of the team’s “Mach 39” suits – suits that were eventually replaced with older models – Under Armour has confirmed a new eight-year partnership with U.S. Speedskating that will run through 2022.

In television comments, Under Armour chief executive Kevin Plank vowed that both his company and the team will move forward from their problems in Sochi.

“Look, we got beat up a little bit last week and speed skating is obviously getting beaten up,” he said on TV according to Reuters. “So what we don’t do is we don’t retreat. We dust ourselves up and we come back bigger, better and stronger than we ever were before.

“America will be OK, speed skating will be OK. And Under Armour will be OK also.”

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Going into Sochi, the “Mach 39” suits were billed as the world’s fastest. But the Americans never competed with the new suits before the Olympics.

When the speedskating competition began, Team USA faltered while their rivals from the Netherlands proceeded to begin a dominating run that has seen them earn 21 long-track medals in these Games.

Eventually, U.S. Speedskating received permission to drop the “Mach 39” suits in favor of an alternate suit that was also produced by Under Armour. But the switch didn’t help either, and the U.S. skaters were unable to secure an individual medal.

The shocking performance caused one of those skaters, Maria Lamb, to directly criticize U.S. Speedskating; she called the suit problem the “tip of the iceberg.”

Chloe Dygert crashes over guard rail at world championships, has surgery

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American Chloé Dygert crashed over a guard rail at the world road cycling championships time trial, where she appeared en route to a repeat title, and underwent leg surgery as a result.

Dygert, who last year won by the largest margin in history as the youngest-ever champion, lost control of her bike while approaching a curve to the right. Her front wheel bobbled, and she collided with the barricade, flipping over into an area with grass.

Dygert, who had a left leg laceration, was tended to by several people, put on a stretcher and taken to a hospital in Bologna, Italy, about 25 miles from the worlds host of Imola.

“We are relieved that this crash was not worse than what it could have been,” USA Cycling chief of sport performance Jim Miller said in a press release. “While this crash is distressing, Chloe is young and a fighter. With Chloe’s determination, we know she will be back riding before we know it. For now, we want her to focus on healing.”

About 10 minutes after the crash, Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen won her first time trial title.

Van der Breggen took silver the last three years behind Dygert and countrywoman Annemiek van Vleuten, who missed this year’s race after breaking her wrist last week in the Giro Rosa.

Dygert, 23, had a 26-second lead at the 14-kilometer time check of the 31-kilometer race. Full results are here.

Dygert qualified for the Tokyo Olympics when she won last year’s world time trial title. She has been bidding to make the Olympics on the road and the track.

Worlds continue Friday with the men’s time trial airing on Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold for Cycling Pass subscribers at 8:15 a.m. ET. A full TV schedule is here.

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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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