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Mikaela Shiffrin plans first super-G in December

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Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin plans to make her anticipated World Cup speed event debut in a super-G in Val d’Isere, France, on Dec. 21, U.S. Alpine skiing technical coach Roland Pfeifer told The New York Times.

Pfeifer also said Shiffrin has the ability to beat Lindsey Vonn, who won Olympic super-G bronze in 2010 and the World Championship in 2009.

“Definitely she can beat Vonn, especially in the technical super-Gs like Beaver Creek [Colo.],” Pfeifer told the newspaper. “If Mikaela didn’t think she had a chance to win, we would not start racing super-G now.”

Shiffrin, who became the youngest Olympic slalom champion ever in Sochi, hopes to branch out from skiing only slalom and giant slalom her first three seasons on tour. Proficiency in speed events would help Shiffrin’s quest to win the World Cup overall title, combining results across slalom, giant slalom, super-G, downhill and super combined races.

Shiffrin won her first career World Cup giant slalom (in a tie) in the season opener in Soelden, Austria, on Oct. 25, giving her confidence that she could move up to the faster super-G and, later down the line, the even faster downhill.

Pfeifer mentioned Beaver Creek, which will host the World Championships in February. Shiffrin and Vonn both hope to compete in the super-G there.

Shiffrin and Vonn have not been in the same race since Jan. 27, 2013, when they both skied a slalom in Maribor, Slovenia.

Shiffrin will race in a slalom in Levi, Finland, on Saturday. She won the Levi race last year and its unique prize — a reindeer she named Rudolph.

Vonn plans to return for speed races in Lake Louise, Alberta, the first weekend of December.

Tiger Woods’ ranking drop brings up Olympic question

Vonn wins Spirit of Sport Award at Laureus World Sports Awards

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MONACO (AP) — Lindsey Vonn, Tiger Woods, Novak Djokovic and the France national soccer team were among the winners at the Laureus World Sports Awards, with Woods claiming the Comeback Award 19 years after he was first recognized.

Vonn, who retired during the recent Alpine skiing world championships , took home the Spirit of Sport Award, which is given to an athlete for relentless dedication to his or her career, and France was honored for winning the World Cup in July.

Woods, who won the inaugural World Sportsman of the Year award in 2000, won the Tour Championship in September for his 80th PGA Tour title and his first since August 2013.

Djokovic matched Usain Bolt’s record by being named World Sportsman of the Year for the fourth time after winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. He also earned the honor in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

Simone Biles was named World Sportswoman of the Year for winning four gold, one silver and one bronze medal at the gymnastics world championships. Naomi Osaka won the Breakthrough Award for winning the U.S. Open and Chloe Kim was named the World Action Sportsperson of the Year.

The awards were given in recognition of outstanding sports performance in 2018.

Remembering the day Dan Jansen struck Olympic gold, 25 years ago

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By US Speedskating

Many of us remember that momentous day 25 years ago (Friday, Feb. 18, 1994), when Dan Jansen finally achieved his dream and won an Olympic gold medal in the 1000m in world record fashion at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

It was a moment of triumph and exhilaration for Jansen. It was also a time of celebration for many Americans, the whole world for that matter, to see the down-to-earth, all-American good guy finally snap the Olympic medal jinx in such dramatic fashion. The world was a nicer place when Jansen struck Olympic gold.

“Overall I have been very blessed, because of who I am, what I’ve done and how I did it,” Jansen said. “I am in a position to do positive things in this world. If my visibility and character can be used to create more awareness and raise funds for worthy causes, I am happy to do what I can.”

Dan turned his Olympic glory into another form of gold when he started the Dan Jansen Foundation. Thanks to the generosity of individual donors, corporate contributions and his own charity golf outing, his foundation is helping in the fight against leukemia, assisting high school seniors in pursuit of higher education, and supporting a variety of youth sports programs.

Since 1995, the DJ Foundation has contributed more than $800,000 to needy families and causes.

The DJF/Jane Jansen Beres Family Aid Fund has benefited over 700 families affected by leukemia and related cancers. The DJF Scholarship Fund has helped more than 100 high school seniors who need financial aid and have demonstrated the Dan Jansen spirit toward life, education and overcoming adversity. Olympic speed skaters striving to realize their Olympic dream have been among those who also have benefited.

The goal this year for Dan and the Dan Jansen Foundation is to surpass the $1 million mark in total funds donated to worthy causes and those in need.

In honor of Jansen’s epic Olympic gold medal performance, a special Dan Jansen 25th (Gold turns Silver) Anniversary Tribute is being planned on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Donors and participants are being invited to take a trip down memory lane with Jansen; catch up with an Olympic icon and one of Wisconsin’s favorite sons; and honor his achievements with special tributes from the likes of Olympic gold medalists Mike Eruzione (hockey), Kristi Yamaguchi (figure skating), Bonnie Blair (speedskating) and other luminaries. They’ll also be showing their support for the Dan Jansen Foundation.

In addition, Dan serves on the Board of Directors for Cool Kids Campaign Foundation. This foundation provides services and resources to children with cancer and their families in Baltimore, MD and soon in Charlotte, NC. To learn more about Cool Kids Campaign Foundation, go to coolkidscampaign.com

For information on the attending this charity fundraising event or making a donation to this, cause visit djfoundation.org or contact Sean Callahan, Executive Director Dan Jansen Foundation at 414-687-7781.

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