WATCH LIVE: Canoe/kayak, sailing and shooting continue

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Action continues Wednesday in canoe/kayak, sailing and shooting, with medals being awarded in two of those sports.

One of the two in which medals will be handed out is canoe/kayak, with the men’s kayak single slalom competition coming to an end. Fifteen men are part of the semifinal round, with American Michal Smolen among those looking to win a medal. The semifinals begin at 12:30 p.m. Eastern, with the finals scheduled to start at 2:15 p.m. Eastern.

WATCH LIVE: Men’s kayak single slalom semifinals and finals — 12:30 p.m. Eastern

While no medals will be awarded in sailing Wednesday, it will be a busy day at the Marina da Gloria as races in the men’s Finn, men’s Laser, women’s Laser Radial, mixed Nacra 17, men’s 470 and women’s 470 will be held beginning at Noon Eastern. Among the athletes competing Wednesday are Brazil’s Robert Scheidt (men’s Laser) and Americans Stu McNay and Dave Hughes (men’s 470). Also competing are Americans Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha in the women’s 470, and after winning gold in the Rio test event they’re expected to contend for a medal this week.

WATCH LIVE: Sailing, Day Five — Noon Eastern

In shooting, medals will be awarded in the 50 meter air pistol and double trap, with reigning Olympic gold medalist Jin Jong-oh of South Korea and Hoang Xuan Vinh of Vietnam among the contender in the 50 meter air pistol. Vinh won gold in the 10 meter air pistol, an event won by Jin in London four years ago. The United States will be represented in the competition by Jay Shi and Will Brown, with both looking to perform better than they did in the 10 meter air pistol as neither qualified for the final round.

WATCH LIVE: Men’s 50 meter air pistol, men’s double trap finals — 11 a.m. Eastern

In the double trap competition American Glenn Eller will look to add to the Olympic gold medal he won in Beijing in 2008, and Joshua Richmond is also expected to be a medal contender.

Mikaela Shiffrin heads to world championships with medal records in sight

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Before Mikaela Shiffrin can hold the World Cup wins record, she can become the most decorated Alpine skier in modern world championships history.

Shiffrin takes a respite from World Cup pursuits for the biennial world championships in France. She is expected to race at least four times, beginning with Monday’s combined.

Shiffrin has a tour-leading 11 World Cup victories in 23 starts this season, her best since her record 17-win 2018-19 campaign, but world championships do not count toward the World Cup.

Shiffrin remains one career victory behind Swede Ingemar Stenmark‘s record 86 World Cup wins until at least her next World Cup start in March.

Shiffrin has been more successful at worlds than at the Olympics and even on the World Cup. She has 11 medals in 13 world championships races dating to her 2013 debut, including making the podium in each of her last 10 events.

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She enters worlds one shy of the modern, post-World War II individual records for total medals (Norway’s Kjetil Andre Aamodt won 12) and gold medals (Austrian Toni Sailer, Frenchwoman Marielle Goitschel and Swede Anja Pärson won seven).

Worlds take place exactly one year after Shiffrin missed the medals in all of her Olympic races, but that’s not motivating her.

“If I learned anything last year, it’s that these big events, they can go amazing, and they can go terrible, and you’re going to survive no matter what,” she said after her most recent World Cup last Sunday. “So I kind of don’t care.”

Shiffrin ranks No. 1 in the world this season in the giant slalom (Feb. 16 at worlds) and slalom (Feb. 18).

This year’s combined is one run of super-G coupled with one run of slalom (rather than one downhill and one slalom), which also plays to her strengths. She won that event, with that format, at the last worlds in 2021. The combined isn’t contested on the World Cup, so it’s harder to project favorites.

Shiffrin is also a medal contender in the super-G (Feb. 8), despite starting just two of five World Cup super-Gs this season (winning one of them).

She is not planning to race the downhill (Feb. 11), which she often skips on the World Cup and has never contested at a worlds. Nor is she expected for the individual parallel (Feb. 15), a discipline she hasn’t raced in three years in part due to the strain it puts on her back with the format being several runs for the medalists.

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Lucas Braathen, world’s top male slalom skier, in doubt for world championships

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Norway’s Lucas Braathen, the world’s top male slalom skier this season, is doubtful to compete in the world championships slalom on Feb. 19 after appendix surgery on Tuesday.

“It’s been a tough couple of days fighting after surprisingly finding out about quite an intense infection on my appendix,” Braathen, a 22-year-old soccer convert with a Brazilian mom, posted on social media. “I’ve been through surgery and I’m blessed that it went successfully.”

The Norway Alpine skiing team doctor said Braathen’s recovery will take a few weeks, but there is a small possibility he can make it back for the world championships slalom, which is on the final day of the two-week competition.

Braathen has two slalom wins and one giant slalom win this World Cup season. He will miss Saturday’s slalom in Chamonix, France, the last race before worlds. Countryman Henrik Kristoffersen and Swiss Daniel Yule can overtake him atop the World Cup slalom standings in Chamonix.

Braathen entered last year’s Olympics as the World Cup slalom leader and skied out in the first run at the Games.

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