Iouri Podladtchikov

Every Sochi Olympic halfpipe, slopestyle champion going to Dew Tour

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Eight Sochi Olympic champions will compete at the first top-level freeskiing and snowboarding event of the season, the Dew Tour Mountain Championships in Breckenridge, Colo., from Dec. 11-14.

The list of athletes released Wednesday includes every Sochi halfpipe and slopestyle gold medalist:

Jamie Anderson and Sage Kotsenburg, snowboard slopestyle
Maddie Bowman 
and David Wise, ski halfpipe
Joss Christensen and Dara Howell, ski slopestyle
Kaitlyn Farrington 
and Iouri Podladtchikov, snowboard halfpipe

In all, 21 of the 24 Sochi Olympic halfpipe and slopestyle medalists are going to Breckenridge. More information is available on the Dew Tour’s official site here.

Also in the fields are 2002 Olympic snowboard halfpipe champion Kelly Clark and Sochi silver medalists Ayumu Hirano (snowboard halfpipe), Gus Kenworthy (ski slopestyle), Devin Logan (ski slopestyle), Marie Martinod (ski halfpipe), Mike Riddle (ski halfpipe) and Enni Rukajarvi (snowboard slopestyle).

Sochi bronze medalists Nick Goepper (ski slopestyle), Jenny Jones (snowboard slopestyle), Kim Lamarre (ski slopestyle), Mark McMorris (snowboard slopestyle), Ayana Onozuka (ski halfpipe) and Kevin Rolland (ski halfpipe) are also slated to compete.

NBC will broadcast the Dew Tour Mountain Championships from 1-3 p.m. ET on Dec. 13 and 14. NBCSN will have coverage on Dec. 13 from 1-2:30 a.m. and Dec. 14 from 4-5:30 p.m.

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2020 French Open women’s singles draw, results

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If Serena Williams is to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, she may have to go through her older sister in the fourth round.

Williams, the sixth seed, could play Venus Williams in the round of 16 at Roland Garros, which begins Sunday.

Serena opens against countrywoman Kristie Ahn, whom she beat in the first round at the U.S. Open. Serena could then get her U.S. Open quarterfinal opponent, fellow mom Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, in the second round.

If Venus is to reach the fourth round, she must potentially get past U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka in the second round. Azarenka beat Serena in the U.S. Open semifinals, ending the American’s latest bid to tie Margaret Court‘s major titles record.

Venus lost in the French Open first round the last two years.

The French Open top seed is 2018 champion Simona Halep, who could play 2019 semifinalist Amanda Anisimova in the third round.

Coco Gauff, the rising 16-year-old American, gets 2019 semifinalist Jo Konta of Great Britain in the first round in the same quarter of the draw as Halep.

The field lacks defending champion Ash Barty of Australia, not traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Also out: U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka, citing a sore hamstring and tight turnaround from prevailing in New York two weeks ago.

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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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