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Mikaela Shiffrin takes 15th in first post-Olympic race

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American Mikaela Shiffrin finished 15th in a World Cup giant slalom in Are, Sweden, on Thursday evening, her first race since winning the Olympic slalom title.

Austrian Anna Fenninger prevailed in Are in a two-run time of 2 minutes, 26.39 seconds, .21 better than France’s Anemone Marmottan. Swiss Lara Gut and Austrian Eva-Maria Brem shared third.

Fenninger, the Olympic super-G gold medalist and giant slalom silver medalist, moved within 67 points of German Maria Hoefl-Riesch for the overall World Cup lead with six races left. She’s also in second place in the giant slalom season standings, 54 points behind Swede Jessica Lindell-Vikarby.

Marmottan and Brem notched their first career World Cup podiums.

Shiffrin, 18, was skiing in her complementary event to her specialty of slalom. She was fifth in the Olympic giant slalom and ranks sixth in the World Cup season standings in the event.

Racing continues with another giant slalom in Are on Friday and a slalom Saturday.

Are Giant Slalom 1
1. Anna Fenninger (AUT) 2:26.39
2. Anemone Marmottan (FRA) 2:26.60
3. Lara Gut (SUI) 2:26.78
3. Eva-Maria Brem (AUT) 2:26.78
5. Tina Maze (SLO) 2:27.03
6. Jessica Lindell-Vikarby (SWE) 2:27.21
7. Kathrin Zettel (AUT) 2:27.35
8. Maria Pietilae-Holmner (SWE) 2:27.37
9. Federica Brignone (ITA) 2:27.44
10. Manuela Moelgg (ITA) 2:27.66
15. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) 2:28.55
28. Julia Mancuso (USA) 2:30.72

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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.

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Figure skating Grand Prix Series will be held as ‘domestic’ competitions

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Figure skating’s Grand Prix Series will go ahead as scheduled this fall, with modifications due to the coronavirus pandemic, the International Skating Union decided Monday.

Each of the series’ six tops around the globe will be “a domestic run event,” limited to skaters of the event’s host country, who regularly train in the host country and from a respective geographical area. The number of disciplines and skaters at each event are to be worked out.

The Grand Prix Series, held annually since 1995, is a six-event fall season, qualifying the top six skaters and teams per discipline to December’s Grand Prix Final. The annual stops are in the U.S., Canada, China, France, Russia and Japan, leading up to the Final, which is held at a different site each year.

The Final is the second-biggest annual competition after the world championships, which are typically in late March. The Final is still scheduled for Beijing, though whether or when it can be held will be discussed.

The series begins in late October with Skate America, which debuted in 1979 and has been held every year since 1988 as the biggest annual international competition in the U.S. Skate America’s site is Las Vegas, just as it was in 2019.

Skaters typically compete twice on the Grand Prix Series (three times if they qualify for the Final). ISU vice president Alexander Lakernik said skaters will be limited to one start in the six-event series before the Final, according to TASS. The ISU has not confirmed or denied that report.

The January 2021 U.S. Championships are scheduled for San Jose, Calif. The March 2021 World Championships are set for Stockholm.

In July, the ISU canceled the Junior Grand Prix Series for skaters mostly ages 13 to 18, including two-time U.S. champion Alysa Liu. Other early season senior international competitions scheduled for September were also canceled or postponed.

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