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Lindsey Vonn misses fifth straight win by .01

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Lindsey Vonn missed the first five-race winning streak of her career by one hundredth of a second.

Vonn took second behind Swiss Lara Gut in a World Cup super combined in Val d’Isere, France, on Friday. Full results are here.

Vonn entered the afternoon slalom run with a .38 lead over Gut with the fastest time in the morning downhill.

But Gut, better at speed events like Vonn, put down a blistering slalom — fifth-fastest of the day — to pressure Vonn, the last racer to go.

Vonn, who said before the race she would “wing it” on slalom with about two days of training in her least-favorite discipline, nonetheless had the ninth-fastest slalom run out of 33 finishers.

Vonn leaned at the finish line, saw the +.01 on the scoreboard and leaned her head back as she slowed down. She playfully jabbed third-place Austrian Michaela Kirchgasser and smiled at Gut in the finish area.

“I could analyze myself all day long, and I could find a hundredth on every single turn, but you know I gave it my best shot, and I think considering how much slalom I’ve trained, which is pretty much nothing, I think it was a really good performance,” Vonn said, according to media in Val d’Isere. “So, I’m happy with it. Maybe one hundredth faster would’ve been nice, but you know, you win and lose by hundredths all the time, so it’s just part of the sport.”

Vonn, a four-time World Cup overall champion, previously won two downhills, one super-G and one giant slalom this month. She skipped last Sunday’s World Cup slalom in Are, Sweden.

Vonn last won a super combined on Jan. 27, 2012, a little more than one year before the first of two major knee surgeries that kept her from defending her Olympic downhill title in Sochi.

Vonn will take another shot at her 72nd World Cup win in a Val d’Isere downhill on Saturday.

Vonn leads the World Cup overall standings by 102 points over Gut and is a huge favorite to take the overall title this season — the biggest prize this winter given no Olympics or World Championships.

The last two women to take the overall title — Slovenia’s Tina Maze and Austrian Anna Fenninger — are sitting out this season. Vonn’s top rival for the crown going into the season, Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin, is unlikely to race again this season after a crash Saturday.

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Canadian ice dancers overcome hair-raising wardrobe malfunction

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Ice dancer Piper Gilles‘ hair got caught in partner Paul Poirier‘s costume during the Canadian Championships rhythm dance, but the couple still posted the top score in Mississauga, Ontario, on Friday.

As they spun together, Gilles’ hair appeared to catch on one of Poirier’s shirt buttons. It stayed that way for about five seconds as the couple nearly came to a stop before Poirier untangled it. What was Gilles thinking?

“Crap, crap, crap, crap, crap, crap,” she said later. “It’s probably more swear words to that, but crap at that moment.

“It was like one of those pure panic moments, like, what do I do? Do we stop? Do we keep going? Paul’s like, just keep moving.”

Gilles and Poirier scored 88.86 points, taking an 11.6-point lead into the free dance.

The couple eyes their first national title after finishing second or third seven times in the last eight years behind Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje.

Gilles and Poirier rank fifth in the world this season.

The panicky moment Friday was reminiscent of the PyeongChang Olympics, where French ice dancer Gabriella Papadakis‘ dress strap broke, exposing her breast. Papadakis and partner Guillaume Cizeron took silver and have been undefeated since.

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Allison Schmitt opens 2020 in fast form, bidding to join U.S. Olympic legends

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Allison Schmitt, after failing to qualify for world championships teams, revealing a battle with depression and taking nearly two years off competition post-Rio, has a chance to swim at her fourth Olympics this summer. And to do it in an individual event for the first time since 2012.

Schmitt won the 200m freestyle in 1:56.01 at the Tyr Pro Swim Series stop in Knoxville, Tenn., on Friday night.

The time would have ranked second among Americans in 2019 behind Katie Ledecky. Ledecky is not swimming in Knoxville, but the 2012 Olympic champion and American record holder Schmitt beat Simone Manuel by 1.24 seconds.

“Wish I could say I was tapered, would make it feel a lot easier,” Schmitt said on NBCSN. “Getting better every time I jump in the water and swim in finals.”

Schmitt’s time marked her fastest outside of a major summer meet since the 2012 London Games. She’s bidding to become the third U.S. woman in her 30s to swim an individual event at an Olympics, joining 12-time medalists Dara Torres (who swam in her 40s) and Jenny Thompson.

Full Knoxville results are here. Broadcast coverage of the meet continues Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

Swimmers are preparing for June’s Olympic trials, where the top two per individual event qualify for the Tokyo Games, plus extra 100m and 200m free swimmers for relays.

In other events Friday, 18-year-old Carson Foster took the men’s 200m free in 1:47.74, beating the U.S.’ top 400m freestyler, Zane Grothe, by 1.33 seconds.

Foster, younger than any U.S. Olympic male swimmer since a group including Michael Phelps in 2000, is better known for his individual medleys. But the 200m free offers up to six Olympic spots when including the 4x200m free relay.

“Any event where there’s more spots on the line this summer is an event I want to train for,” said Foster, who ranked outside the top 10 in the U.S. in the 200m free in 2019 and beat a field Friday that included none of the six fastest.

Annie Lazor won the 100m breaststroke in 1:06.68, a time congruent with her No. 2 ranking in the U.S. last year behind Olympic champion and world-record holder Lilly King. King, who trains with Lazor, is not competing in Knoxville.

In the 100m butterfly, 29-year-old Amanda Kendall upset top-ranked American Kelsi Dahlia in 57.65 seconds. Regan Smith, the fastest backstroker in history, was second in a personal-best 57.86, followed by Dahlia.

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