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WATCH: Ted Ligety in World Championships super combined — 4:30 p.m. ET

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Ted Ligety has serious work ahead if he’s to repeat as World champion in the super combined, or even win any medal, with the slalom run starting at 4:15 p.m. ET and NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra coverage at 4:30 p.m ET.

Ligety goes into the slalom 3.03 seconds behind Norwegian leader Kjetil Jansrud, who posted the fastest downhill run in the morning.

Other medal favorites Alexis Pinturault of France and Carlo Janka of Switzerland are .39 and 1.86 seconds ahead of Ligety, respectively.

Then there’s Austrian Marcel Hirscher, the best slalom skier in the field, who is 3.16 back of Jansrud. Don’t count him out.

WATCH: World Championships men’s super combined — 4:30 p.m. ET | Live results

The World Championships continue through next Sunday. The next race is the women’s super combined featuring Lindsey Vonn on Monday.

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Why did Shaun White cut his hair? Carrot Top

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Shaun White said a revelatory chat with Carrot Top led to the Olympic snowboarding champion chopping off his flowing red locks more than seven years ago, according to a report.

“I went to an event in Vegas where I run [sic] into Carrot Top,” White wrote, according to a Bleacher Report AMA on Wednesday. “We were talking about our hair and he basically looked at me like you could see into his soul and he basically said he was stuck like this. And at that point it was like seeing the ghost of Christmas future. And at that point I was like omg I can change.”

White documented a meeting with Carrot Top on social media in September 2013, but that was 10 months after the haircut. They must have met in 2012, too.

White, formerly known as the Flying Tomato, posted video of the haircut in December 2012, saying he didn’t tell anybody beforehand. He had grown tired of the nickname.

He donated the hair to Locks of Love, which makes wigs for needy children.

White is known for charitable efforts for children, including with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. White was born with a heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot, requiring two major surgeries before his first birthday.

White, a 33-year-old who recently changed his hair color to blond, announced in February that he ended a bid to make the first U.S. Olympic skateboarding team for the Tokyo Games.

He is expected to compete for a spot in the 2022 Winter Olympics, where he could be the oldest U.S. Olympic halfpipe rider in history.

MORE: White, Shiffrin among dominant Winter Olympians of 2010s

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Susie O’Neill, Australian great, answers Katie Ledecky by balancing beer while swimming

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Katie Ledecky‘s feat of balancing a glass of chocolate milk while swimming reverberated Down Under, where one of Australia’s Olympic legends attempted to mimic it with a cup of beer.

Susie O’Neill, an eight-time Olympic medalist from 1992-2000 known as Madame Butterfly, accepted a challenge put forth by her fellow radio show hosts. In video shared across Australian media, she took 13 strokes before the beer came off her head, just before reaching a wall.

“It’s actually not as hard as I expected,” O’Neill said in an Instagram Live. “Well, it was pretty hard.”

O’Neill, 47, said backstrokers sometimes train with a water bottle on their foreheads to stay straight. But O’Neill, a freestyler and butterflier, never balanced anything on her head while training.

MORE: O’Neill in tears watching Sydney Olympic defeat for first time

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