Lindsey Vonn wins No. 65, crystal globe in sight

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Lindsey Vonn snapped an eight-race winless streak, captured her record-extending 65th World Cup victory and retook the World Cup super-G standings lead in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Sunday.

Vonn prevailed in her former Christmas holiday spot by two tenths of a second over Slovenian Tina Maze. Austrian Anna Fenninger was third. American Julia Mancuso did not start due to illness.

Vonn had not won since Jan. 25, her eight-race drought (including four at the World Championships) matching her longest spell off the top of a podium since 2009.

With her victory in Garmisch, Vonn moved from 32 points behind Fenninger to eight points above the Austrian in the World Cup super-G standings with one race left at the World Cup Finals in Meribel, France, next week.

Vonn, a four-time World Cup overall champion, is looking for her fifth World Cup super-G crystal globe to tie German Katja Seizinger‘s record.

Vonn also notched her 111th World Cup podium finish Sunday, moving into solo second place all time among women. Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell reached 113 podiums.

The women’s Alpine skiing World Cup continues with Mikaela Shiffrin back in action in a giant slalom and slalom in Are, Sweden, next weekend.

In men’s action Sunday, Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud won a super-G in Kvitfjell, Norway, to clinch the World Cup super-G title, his first career crystal globe. The top American was two-time Olympic medalist Andrew Weibrecht in fifth, matching his best career World Cup finish.

The men’s Alpine skiing World Cup continues with a giant slalom and slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, next weekend.

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Gracie Gold qualifies for nationals, Polina Edmunds shut out

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2014 Olympian Gracie Gold qualified for the 2020 U.S. Figure Skating Championships by virtue of a third-place finish at the Eastern Sectional Singles Final on Saturday in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

“Bronze: so hot this fall,” Gold posted on Instagram. She last competed at U.S. nationals in 2017, when she finished sixth. She won the national title in 2014 and 2016.

Gold sat second after the short program with 63.55 points, and ultimately finished third overall with 109.90 points in the free skate for 173.45 points. The top four at the event qualify for the national championships in Greensboro, North Carolina in January.

Her free skate included a fall on the opening triple Lutz and an under-rotation on the triple Lutz, double toe loop combination. She also put a hand down on the landing of a double Axel. The rest of the program, though, was clean.

Her performance, set to “She Used to be Mine” by Sara Bareilles, can be found at the 2:05 mark of the on-demand stream of the event for NBC Gold Pass subscribers.

Meanwhile, her Sochi teammate Polina Edmunds was shut out of nationals based on a fifth-place finish at the Pacific Coast Sectional Singles Final (top four qualify). Her performance can be found for NBC Gold Pass subscribers at the 1:50 mark of the on-demand stream for the event. Edmunds last competed at Nationals in 2016, when she earned the silver medal behind Gold.

As a reminder, you can watch the events from the 2019-20 figure skating season live and on-demand with the ‘Figure Skating Pass’ on NBC Sports Gold. Go to NBCsports.com/gold/figure-skating to sign up for access to every ISU Grand Prix and championship event, as well as domestic U.S. Figure Skating events throughout the season. NBC Sports Gold gives subscribers an unprecedented level of access on more platforms and devices than ever before.

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Brittany Bowe extends unbeaten streak to open speed skating World Cup

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Brittany Bowe extended one of the most dominant runs for any U.S. Winter Olympian, earning her first straight World Cup 1000m win to open the season on Sunday.

Bowe, fourth and eighth in the event at her two Olympics, clocked 1:15.35 in Minsk, Belarus, to beat PyeongChang gold medalist Jorien ter Mors by six tenths. Ter Mors missed all of last season after knee surgery.

Bowe won every World Cup 1000m dating to last December, plus her second world title in the event last February, lowering track records at each stop.

She ended last season by breaking the world record by .48 of a second on the fast ice of the 2002 Olympic oval in Kearns, Utah. That time — 1:11.61 — would have been the men’s world record as recently as 1997.

Bowe, a former Florida Atlantic point guard who missed all of 2016-17 with a concussion, is up to 23 career World Cup wins. That’s fifth on the U.S. all-time list behind Bonnie Blair (69), Shani Davis (58), Dan Jansen (46) and Heather Bergsma (34), according to schaatsstatistieken.nl.

The World Cup moves to Poland next week.

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