Mikaela Shiffrin plans to race Lake Louise super-G

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Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin said she plans to make her World Cup speed event debut in the season’s first super-G in Lake Louise, Alberta, on Dec. 6, according to The Associated Press.

Shiffrin has captured every major slalom title and is a World Cup race winner in giant slalom. She hoped last season to make her World Cup super-G debut (downhill is the other, faster speed event) but delayed it due to a fall slalom slump.

Shiffrin’s addition of super-G (and possibly super combined) could help her in the chase for this season’s biggest prize, the World Cup overall title. That, coupled with the absence of last season’s top two overall skiers — Austrian Anna Fenninger (injury) and Slovenian Tina Maze (break from skiing).

Shiffrin finished fourth in last season’s overall standings, behind Fenninger, Maze and Lindsey Vonn.

Vonn and Shiffrin pointed to each other when asked who this season’s overall favorite should be.

Shiffrin did race lower-level super-Gs in Copper Mountain, Colo., last November and finished 15th and 16th in fields not as strong as on the World Cup.

Vonn owns Lake Louise so much that the course is nicknamed “Lake Lindsey.” She won seven straight World Cup races in Lake Louise from 2010 to 2012 and has 15 victories there overall.

Vonn and Shiffrin are expected to both compete in the next World Cup race in Aspen, Colo., a giant slalom on Nov. 27. Shiffrin would then race in Aspen slaloms the next two days (Vonn is not expected to race slalom again).

Lake Louise is the following weekend, with downhills that Friday and Saturday and the super-G on Sunday.

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Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

Derrick Mein

Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

Mo Farah

British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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