The U.S. women’s eight extended its dominant streak, capturing its 10th straight global title at the World Rowing Championships in Lac Aiguebelette, France, on Sunday.
The Americans earned Olympic golds in 2008 and 2012 and World titles in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. The women’s eight, along with other Olympic disciplines, are not contested at World Championships in Olympic years.
This year’s U.S. crew was in second place, .02 behind, after 500 meters before making its move. The U.S. led by 1.46 seconds after 1,000 meters and 3.31 seconds after 1,500 meters. Race video is here.
The Americans ended up winning by a comfortable 2.87 seconds over New Zealand, with Canada earning bronze. Canada had won silver at the 2012 Olympics and 2014 World Championships.
This year’s U.S. women’s eight included one member of the 2012 Olympic champion team — Meghan Musnicki.
Earlier at Worlds, the U.S. earned its first ever women’s quad World title and took bronze in the women’s pair. The U.S. men earned zero medals in Olympic events at Worlds.
Mikaela Shiffrin‘s prolonged absence from the World Cup Alpine skiing circuit has opened the door for Italy’s Federica Brignone to break the American’s grip on the season title, but Brignone hopes her friend and rival will be back in competition soon.
“I really do hope that she will return soon for herself so she can do again what she loves most,” Brignone said.
Brignone took the season lead from Shiffrin, who has won the last three World Cup overall titles, on Sunday and has a 73-point advantage with 11 of the season’s 40 races remaining. She also leads Shiffrin by 74 points in the giant slalom standings.
No Italian woman has won the overall World Cup. Brignone was fifth in 2017 and won the Alpine combined discipline title last season.
Brignone will have a chance to clinch another Alpine combined discipline title and extend her overall lead in her home country this weekend. While some other sports events in Italy have been canceled or otherwise affected by the coronavirus outbreak, the host resort of La Thuile has so far been spared from the virus’ spread.
Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova, the only other skier with a realistic chance of winning the overall trophy, is dealing with a knee injury and might not be able to race this weekend. Vhlova leads Shiffrin by 20 points in the slalom standings.
Shiffrin has not competed since the death of her father Feb. 2, and she has not announced plans to return. She was not on pace to match her astounding 17-win 2018-19 season but still had six wins and had reached the podium in 13 of 19 races.
…for herself so she can do again what she loves most.” The journalist was clearly taken aback by Federica’s answer. But first, this is a family, and secondly—Federica knows the World Cup is not the same without one of her fiercest rivals and competitors.
The International Skating Union announced Tuesday that the world short-track speedskating championships will not proceed as scheduled because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Seoul’s Mokdong Ice Rink, where the competition was set to be held March 13-15, held the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships earlier this month but closed on Monday.
The ISU left open the possibility that the championships will be postponed or relocated, but the window to do so may close rapidly.
“Taking into account the uncertain world-wide development of the coronavirus, the limited and uncertain available time slots during the coming weeks and the logistical challenges of potential organizers and participating teams, a postponement and/or relocation of the Championships would be difficult to achieve,” the ISU said. “Nevertheless, a postponement and/or relocation of this Championships might be considered if the circumstances would allow so in due time.”
South Korea is one of short-track speedskating’s traditional powers. Last year, the country dominated the world championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, winning both relays and taking gold in all of the men’s individual races. South Korea also led the medal count on home ice in the 2018 Olympics.
The coronavirus outbreak has forced the cancellation of many events in China, where the illness was first found. The world indoor track and field championships were pushed back a whole year.
With the virus spreading to other regions, other countries’ sports schedules are being affected. Several soccer games are proceeding in empty stadiums in Italy and Iran.