Mikaela Shiffrin

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.

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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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