Mikaela Shiffrin just misses fourth straight World Cup win (video)

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Mikaela Shiffrin nearly won her fourth straight World Cup race on Friday. She’ll go into the new year with another podium, though, and a hefty overall standings lead.

Italian Federica Brignone won a giant slalom in Lienz, Austria, by .04 over German Viktoria Rebensburg. Shiffrin was third, .08 behind.

Full results are here.

Shiffrin trailed Rebensburg by .05 after the first run in the morning. The American then had the eighth-fastest run in the afternoon.

Shiffrin went into the race having won the last three World Cup events — a giant slalom and parallel slalom in Courchevel, France, and a slalom in Lienz on Thursday.

Lindsey Vonn remains the only skier since 1998 to win four straight World Cup races, doing so in 2011 and 2015.

In 12 starts this season, Shiffrin has five wins and nine podium finishes. She leads Rebensburg by 371 points in the overall standings through 14 of a scheduled 38 races.

The women’s World Cup continues with a city event slalom in Oslo on Monday, expected to be headlined by Shiffrin.

That race will air live on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and stream on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app at 10 a.m. ET.

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Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone appears in ‘This is SportsCenter’ commercial

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Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone appears in an ESPN “This is SportsCenter” commercial that was published Friday and debuts on the network on Saturday night, after she races for the first time this year at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on NBC.

In the commercial, ESPN (and former NBC Sports) anchor Hannah Storm asks McLaughlin-Levrone if she has a minute to catch up.

McLaughlin-Levrone replies by saying she has 51.46 seconds right after lunch, 51.41 seconds later in the afternoon or 50.68 seconds right now. The numbers represent the last three times that McLaughlin-Levrone clocked when breaking the 400m hurdles world record.

McLaughlin-Levrone is scheduled to race the 60m at the New Balance meet in Boston, which airs on NBC, NBCSports.com/live, the NBC Sports app and Peacock from 4-6 p.m. ET on Saturday.

The commercial first airs during the North Carolina-Duke men’s basketball game that starts at 6:30 on ESPN.

In the last two years, McLaughlin-Levrone lowered the 400m hurdles world record four times, winning the Tokyo Olympics and last July’s world championships in Eugene, Oregon. She brought the record down from countrywoman Dalilah Muhammad‘s 52.16 from 2019 to 50.68 at July’s worlds.

The 23-year-old said after last season that she wants to expand by adding the flat 400m to the 400m hurdles, but she has not yet publicly committed to racing it at the next major outdoor meet, the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Eugene in July.

For the first time, McLaughlin-Levrone has a bye into the 400m hurdles at the world championships in August, meaning she does not have to race it at USATF Outdoors. That could make the flat 400m more appealing.

Past “This is SportsCenter” spots included Olympians Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt and Kerri Strug,

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Olympic flame to travel by sea for Paris 2024, welcomed by armada

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The Olympic flame will travel from Athens to Marseille by ship in spring 2024 to begin the France portion of the torch relay that ends in Paris on July 26, 2024.

The torch relay always begins in the ancient Olympic site of Olympia, Greece, where the sun’s rays light the flame. It will be passed by torch until it reaches Athens.

It will then cross the Mediterranean Sea aboard the Belem, a three-masted ship, “reminiscent of a true Homeric epic,” according to Paris 2024. It will arrive at the Old Port of Marseille, welcomed by an armada of boats.

Marseille is a former Greek colony and the oldest city in France. It will host sailing and some soccer matches during the Paris Olympics.

The full 2024 Olympic torch relay route will be unveiled in May.

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