Canadian speed skater Cindy Klassen, who won a Games-leading five medals at the Torino 2006 Winter Olympics, is expected to announce her retirement at a press conference scheduled for Saturday, according to The Associated Press.
Klassen, 35, won six Olympic medals total, highlighted by 1500m gold in 2006, and tied with fellow speed skater (and cyclist) Clara Hughes for the most Olympic medals earned by a Canadian.
She also claimed five World Allround Championships medals, including two golds, and 11 World Single Distance Championships medals.
She leads the women’s Adelskalender, a calculation averaging personal-best times over a career for all speed skaters in history, which favors more recent skaters given times are faster now than a decade or two ago. It’s arguable Klassen, whose 1500m and 3000m world records from 2005 and 2006 still stand, is the greatest female speed skater of all time. (Shani Davis, Sven Kramer and Chad Hedrick are the top three in the men’s Adelskalender)
At Torino 2006, Klassen was hailed as the “woman of the Games” by then-International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge.
She competed in her third Olympics in Vancouver in 2010 and skated internationally for the last time in 2013.
Christine Nesbitt, who won Olympic 1000m gold at Vancouver 2010, retired earlier this month.
No. 1 Iga Swiatek of Poland is favored to claim a third French Open title, a year after beating American Coco Gauff in the final. She bids to join Serena Williams and Justine Henin as the lone women to win the French Open three or more times since 2000.
Two Americans are ranked in the top six in the world — No. 3 Jessica Pegula and Gauff.
The last American to win a major singles title was Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought matches the longest in history (since 1877) for American men and women combined.
But the No. 1 seed is Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who won last year’s U.S. Open to become, at 19, the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first French Open title in 2005.
Now Alcaraz looks to become the second-youngest man to win at Roland Garros since 1989, after Nadal of course.
Alcaraz missed the Australian Open in January due to a right leg injury, but since went 30-3 with four titles. Notably, he has not faced Djokovic this year. They could meet in the semifinals.
Russian Daniil Medvedev, the No. 2 seed, was upset in the first round by 172nd-ranked Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild. It marked the first time a men’s top-two seed lost in the first round of any major since 2003 Wimbledon (Ivo Karlovic d. Lleyton Hewitt).
No. 9 Taylor Fritz, No. 12 Frances Tiafoe and No. 16 Tommy Paul are the highest-seeded Americans, all looking to become the first U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals since Andre Agassi in 2003. Since then, five different American men combined to make the fourth round on eight occasions.