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Watch Mikaela Shiffrin try to extend historic streak Tuesday afternoon

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Mikaela Shiffrin goes for her fifth straight World Cup win — the longest streak in 20 years — live on the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and streaming on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app on Tuesday afternoon.

It’s a rare opportunity to watch Shiffrin race live during daytime hours across the U.S.

The slalom runs in Flachau, Austria, are at 12 p.m. ET (streaming) and 2:30 p.m. (Olympic Channel and streaming here for subscribers). NBCSN will air coverage at 6 p.m.

What better time to tune in than one month before the Olympics with Shiffrin on the hottest streak of her career.

The 22-year-old won seven of the last eight World Cups and is heavily favored under the lights in her patented discipline Tuesday.

The last Alpine skier to win five straight races on the World Cup calendar was German Katja Seizinger in 1997.

Shiffrin’s dominance the last three weeks has been historic. Three slalom wins, two more in parallel slaloms and another pair in giant slalom.

Four of the five non-parallel wins have been by the following time margins: .89, .99, 1.59 and 1.64 seconds.

“All of us want to ski faster than her, but she is on another level,” Swedish slalom rival Frida Hansdotter said after Shiffrin’s 40th World Cup win on Sunday, according to The Associated Press.

Shiffrin has nine wins in 16 starts this season. She became the third Alpine skier to reach 40 World Cup victories before the age of 23 (she’s 22 until March 13).

The Coloradoan can tie the record of 41 wins before the age of 23 held by Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell on Tuesday. Lindsey Vonn, the female record holder with 78 victories, had seven at this age.

All of this success made Shiffrin a favorite for three gold medals in PyeongChang, which would tie the record for Alpine golds at one Olympics.

Shiffrin is the world’s best slalom and giant slalom skier and the one to beat in super combined, given she also won a downhill in December.

She’s also leading the World Cup overall standings with 1,281 points. The second-place skier, Swiss Wendy Holdener, has 560 points.

There is talk that Shiffrin could break Slovenian Tina Maze‘s record of 2,414 points in one season, but that will have to wait until the World Cup campaign concludes after an Olympic break.

Shiffrin plans to skip four of the six remaining speed races this month to rest up for PyeongChang.

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Johnny Gregorek runs fastest blue jeans mile in history

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Johnny Gregorek, a U.S. Olympic hopeful runner, clocked what is believed to be the fastest mile in history for somebody wearing jeans.

Gregorek recorded a reported 4 minutes, 6.25 seconds, on Saturday to break the record by more than five seconds (with a pacer for the first two-plus laps). Gregorek, after the record run streamed live on his Instagram, said he wore a pair of 100 percent cotton Levi’s.

Gregorek, the 28-year-old son of a 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic steeplechaser, finished 10th in the 2017 World Championships 1500m. He was sixth at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

He ranked No. 1 in the country for the indoor mile in 2019, clocking 3:49.98. His outdoor mile personal best is 3:52.94, ranking him 30th in American history.

Before the attempt, a fundraiser was started for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, garnering more than $29,000. Gregorek ran in memory of younger brother Patrick, who died suddenly in March 2019.

“Paddy was a fan of anything silly,” Gregorek posted. “I think an all out mile in jeans would tickle him sufficiently!”

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U.S. Open mulls no fans, group flights, coronavirus tests as decision looms

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Charter flights to ferry U.S. Open tennis players and limited entourages from Europe, South America and the Middle East to New York. Negative COVID-19 tests before traveling. Centralized housing. Daily temperature checks.

No spectators. Fewer on-court officials. No locker-room access on practice days.

All are among the scenarios being considered for the 2020 U.S. Open — if it is held at all amid the coronavirus pandemic — and described to The Associated Press by a high-ranking official at the Grand Slam tournament.

“All of this is still fluid,” Stacey Allaster, the U.S. Tennis Association’s chief executive for professional tennis, said in a telephone interview Saturday. “We have made no decisions at all.”

With that caveat, Allaster added that if the USTA board does decide to go forward with the Open, she expects it to be held at its usual site and in its usual spot on the calendar. The main draw is scheduled to start Aug. 31.

“We continue to be, I would say, 150% focused on staging a safe environment for conducting a U.S. Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on our dates. It’s all I wake up — our team wakes up — thinking about,” Allaster said. “The idea of an alternative venue, an alternative date … we’ve got a responsibility to explore it, but it doesn’t have a lot of momentum.”

An announcement should come from “mid-June to end of June,” Allaster said.

All sanctioned competition has been suspended by the ATP, WTA and International Tennis Federation since March and is on hold until late July.

The French Open was postponed from May to September; Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since 1945.

There is no established COVID-19 protocol for tennis, a global sport with several governing bodies.

“Everybody would agree to the fundamental principles, I’m sure: protecting the health of participants, following the local laws and minimizing the risk of the transmission of the virus,” said Stuart Miller, who is overseeing the ITF’s return-to-tennis policy. “But then you have to get down into the specific details.”

One such detail: The USTA wants to add locker rooms — including at indoor courts that housed hundreds of temporary hospital beds at the height of New York’s coronavirus outbreak — and improve air filtration in existing spaces. Also being considered: no locker-room access until just before a match. So if anyone goes to Flushing Meadows just to train, Allaster said, “You come, you practice, and return to the hotel.”

The USTA presented its operational plan to a medical advisory group Friday; now that will be discussed with city, state and federal government officials.

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