King Juan Carlos

Spain King Juan Carlos I and the Olympics

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King Juan Carlos I of Spain, who said Monday he was abdicating in favor of son Prince Felipe, has quite a history with the Olympics.

As a prince, he placed 15th in sailing’s Dragon class event at the 1972 Munich Olympics, according to sports-reference.com, which lists his full name as Juan Carlos Alfonso Víctor María de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias.

He took over as king in 1975, and in that role, officially opened the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, regarded by many as one of the greatest Games ever. He is the only Olympian to officially open a Summer Olympics, as noted by OlympStats.com.

But it doesn’t end there.

His wife, Queen Sofia, represented Greece at the 1960 Rome Olympics, also in sailing’s Dragon class. Greece won gold, but she did not compete as an unused reserve.

His son and soon-to-be king, Prince Felipe, was a 1992 Spanish sailing Olympian, taking sixth in the Soling class.

OlympStats also highlights the Olympic careers of King Juan Carlos’ daughter, son-in-law, brother-in-law, sister and the son of his great grandfather who won cycling silver at the 1900 Paris Games.

The king was also part of the Madrid bid delegation that traveled to Copenhagen in 2009, when it came in second to Rio de Janeiro in the 2016 Olympic host city voting.

King Juan Carlos I was also a fixture at Spanish sporting triumphs in soccer and tennis. He handed Miguel Angel Nadal the 2003 Copa del Rey soccer trophy and, two years later, was at Roland Garros to watch and congratulate Nadal’s nephew, Rafael, on the first of his eight French Open titles. He and the younger Nadal met many more times over the next nine years.

“He was a wonderful person, a great representative of our country everywhere in the world, and Spain should thank him for everything he did during his reign,” Rafael Nadal said after winning his French Open round of 16 match Monday. “I just want to thank him for everything he did for my country.”

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Mikaela Shiffrin returns with mantra, stuck to her helmet, to carry forever

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Look close at Mikaela Shiffrin as she steps into a race start gate for the first time in eight months on Oct. 17.

Shiffrin, the two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Cup overall champion, plans to wear a helmet with two special stickers on the back.

She’s donned the first decal for years — the initials ABFTTB, which stand for “Always Be Faster Than The Boys,” a personalized autograph motto from retired Olympic Alpine skier Heidi Voelker.

The new sticker reads, Be nice. Think first. Have fun.

Those lines came from Shiffrin’s father, Jeff — the mantra instilled in her and older brother Taylor, also a young ski racer at the time.

After Jeff died on Feb. 2, Shiffrin regularly remembered the question that Jeff posed years ago: “What are the golden rules?”

Be nice. Think first.

When the Shiffrin siblings were old enough, Jeff added the third rule.

“He felt like we could understand that having fun wasn’t just about going and doing whatever you want because it’s instantly gratifying,” Shiffrin told NBC Sports’ Alex Azzi in an On Her Turf interview. “Fun is doing something well and the satisfaction you get from sticking to something.”

She plans to race all season with the golden rules sticker on her helmet, right next to ABFTTB.

Shiffrin detailed more about her prep for a very different World Cup campaign, in conjunction with a new fund in honor of her late father, in this On Her Turf report.

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2020 Tour de France results

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2020 Tour de France results for the yellow jersey, green jersey, white jersey and polka-dot jersey …

Overall (Yellow Jersey)
1. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) — 87:20:05
2. Primoz Roglic (SLO) — +:59
3. Richie Porte (AUS) — +3:30
4. Mikel Landa (ESP) — +5:58
5. Enric Mas (ESP) — +6:07
6. Miguel Angel Lopez (COL) — +6:47
7. Tom Dumoulin (NED) — +7:48
8. Rigberto Uran (COL) — +8:02
9. Adam Yates (GBR) — +9:25
10. Damiano Caruso (ITA) — +14:03
13. Richard Carapaz (ECU) — +25:53
15. Sepp Kuss (USA) — +42:20
17. Nairo Quintana (COL) — +1:03:07
29. Thibaut Pinot (FRA) — +1:59:54
36. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) — +2:19:11
DNF. Egan Bernal (COL)

Sprinters (Green Jersey)
1. Sam Bennett (IRL) — 380 points
2. Peter Sagan (SVK) — 284
3. Matteo Trentin (ITA) — 260
4. Bryan Coquard (FRA) — 181
5. Wout van Aert (BEL) — 174

Climbers (Polka-Dot Jersey)
1. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) — 82 points
2. Richard Carapaz (ECU) — 74
3. Primoz Roglic (SLO) — 67
4. Marc Hirschi (SUI) — 62
5. Miguel Angel Lopez (COL) — 51

Young Rider (White Jersey)
1. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) — 87:20:13
2. Enric Mas (ESP) — +6:07
3. Valentin Madouas (FRA) — +1:42:43
4. Dani Martinez (COL) — +1:55:12
5. Lennard Kamna (GER) — +2:15:39

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