Mikaela Shiffrin takes 15th in first post-Olympic race

Mikaela Shiffrin

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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French Open: Daniil Medvedev stunned by 172nd-ranked qualifier

Thiago Seyboth Wild

No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev was eliminated by 172nd-ranked Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild at the French Open, the first time a top-two men’s seed lost in the first round of a major in 20 years.

Seyboth Wild, a 23-year-old in his second-ever Grand Slam main draw match, prevailed 7-6 (5), 6-7 (8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in more than four hours on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

“I’ve watched Daniil play for, like, my entire junior career until today, and I’ve always dreamed about playing on this court, playing these kind of players,” he said. “In my best dreams, I’ve beaten them, so it’s a dream come true.”

Seyboth Wild overcame the ranking disparity, the experience deficit (it was his first five-set match) and cramps. He began feeling them in the second set, and it affected his serve.

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Seyboth Wild, who had strictly played in qualifying and lower-level Challenger events dating to February 2022, became the first man to take out a top-two seed at a Slam since Ivo Karlovic upset Lleyton Hewitt at 2003 Wimbledon, which ended up being the first major won by a member of the Big Three.

The last time it happened at the French Open was in 2000, when Mark Philippoussis ousted No. 2 Pete Sampras.

It’s the most seismic win by a Brazilian at the French Open — and perhaps any major — since the nation’s most successful man, Gustavo Kuerten, won his third Roland Garros title in 2001.

Tuesday marked the 26th anniversary of Kuerten’s first big splash in Paris, a third-round win over 1995 French Open champion Thomas Muster en route to his first Roland Garros title.

As a junior, Seyboth Wild won the 2018 U.S. Open and reached a best ranking of eighth in the world. Since, he played eight Grand Slam qualifying tournaments with a 1-8 record before advancing through qualifying last week.

The 2021 U.S. Open champion Medvedev entered the French Open having won the first clay tournament title of his career at the Italian Open, the last top-level event before Roland Garros.

Medvedev’s defeat leaves no major champions in the bottom half of the men’s draw. The top seeds left are No. 4 Casper Ruud, last year’s French Open and U.S. Open runner-up, and No. 6 Holger Rune. No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz and No. 3 Novak Djokovic play their second-round matches in the top half on Wednesday.

Women’s seeds to advance Tuesday included No. 6 Coco Gauff, who rallied past 71st-ranked Spaniard Rebeka Masarova 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, plus No. 4 Elena Rybakina and No. 7 Ons Jabeur in straight sets.

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Olympians, Paralympians star on Top Chef World All-Stars in Paris


U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls get a taste of Paris in this week’s episode of Top Chef World All-Stars, premiering Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

Olympic medalists Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone and Suni Lee and Paralympic medalists Mallory Weggemann and Hunter Woodhall team up with contestants for a cooking challenge in front of the Eiffel Tower, one year before the French capital hosts the Games.

Olympians have appeared on Top Chef before.

A 2020 episode set at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Coliseum included Diana Taurasi, Rai Benjamin, Nastia Liukin, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Christian Coleman and Kerri Walsh Jennings.

A January 2018 episode featured figure skater Meryl Davis, freeskier Gus Kenworthy and skeleton slider John Daly, one month before the PyeongChang Winter Games.

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