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Mikaela Shiffrin goes for Killington World Cup three-peat

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Mikaela Shiffrin shared some of her favorite racing memories with 60,000 spectators in Killington, Vt., between the last two seasons. The world’s best Alpine skier can create some more on Saturday and Sunday.

Shiffrin headlines Vermont’s third straight year hosting a World Cup weekend, the first eastern stop in the U.S. since 1991, with live coverage on NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold’s Snow Pass.

NBC Sports Alpine coverage this Saturday and Sunday also includes men’s speed races in Lake Louise, Alberta.

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Saturday 9:30 a.m. Women’s GS Run 1 Gold, NBCSports.com
1 p.m. Women’s GS Run 2 NBCSN, Gold
2 p.m. Men’s Downhill NBCSN, Gold
3 p.m. Women’s GS* NBC
Sunday 10 a.m. Women’s Slalom Run 1 Gold, NBCSports.com
1 p.m. Women’s Slalom Run 2 NBC, Gold
2 p.m. Men’s Super-G Gold, OlympicChannel.com
3 p.m. Men’s Super-G* Olympic Channel

*Delayed

Killington quickly became one of the most attended events on the World Cup — women or men — rivaling those in Austria.

Shiffrin, who has family in New England, deserves much credit. Since the first Killington races in November 2016, she has blossomed into a two-time World Cup overall champion and earned her second and third Olympic medals in PyeongChang.

In 2016 in Killington, Shiffrin matched a World Cup record with her 10th straight slalom win. It was her first time competing in front of then-95-year-old maternal grandmother, Pauline Condron, who lives in Massachusetts.

“I’ve never been prouder of doing anything than winning a race in front of my Nana,” Shiffrin said then.

In 2017, Shiffrin notched a statement victory in the Killington slalom. She came to Vermont having lost to Slovak Petra Vlhova in the previous two slaloms and her dominance in the event in question. On that Thanksgiving weekend, Shiffrin routed Vlhova by 1.64 seconds, winning the first of five straight slaloms.

This early season has gone about to plan.

Shiffrin finished third last month in the opening giant slalom, considered her second-best discipline after the slalom (though she took GS gold in PyeongChang, where she was fourth in the slalom.) Then last Saturday, Shiffrin captured the season’s first slalom in Levi, Finland, for a third time, and the reindeer prize that comes with it.

That put Shiffrin at 44 career World Cup wins. If she sweeps the Killington GS on Saturday and slalom on Sunday, she ties Austrian Renate Götschl for fourth on the women’s all-time list, trailing only Lindsey Vonn (82), Annemarie Moser-Pröll (62) and Vreni Schneider (55).

She can also move within one of Marlies Schild‘s record 35 career World Cup slalom victories if she three-peats in the Killington slalom on Sunday. Vlhova, runner-up in Levi, is among the chief rivals looking to delay Shiffrin’s pursuit.

Shiffrin is 23 years old. When Vonn was 23, she had 13 World Cup wins.

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2020 French Open women’s singles draw, results

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If Serena Williams is to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, she may have to go through her older sister in the fourth round.

Williams, the sixth seed, could play Venus Williams in the round of 16 at Roland Garros, which begins Sunday.

Serena opens against countrywoman Kristie Ahn, whom she beat in the first round at the U.S. Open. Serena could then get her U.S. Open quarterfinal opponent, fellow mom Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, in the second round.

If Venus is to reach the fourth round, she must potentially get past U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka in the second round. Azarenka beat Serena in the U.S. Open semifinals, ending the American’s latest bid to tie Margaret Court‘s major titles record.

Venus lost in the French Open first round the last two years.

The French Open top seed is 2018 champion Simona Halep, who could play 2019 semifinalist Amanda Anisimova in the third round.

Coco Gauff, the rising 16-year-old American, gets 2019 semifinalist Jo Konta of Great Britain in the first round in the same quarter of the draw as Halep.

The field lacks defending champion Ash Barty of Australia, not traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Also out: U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka, citing a sore hamstring and tight turnaround from prevailing in New York two weeks ago.

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2020 French Open men’s singles draw, results

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Rafael Nadal was put into the same half of the French Open draw as fellow 2018 and 2019 finalist Dominic Thiem of Austria, with top-ranked Novak Djokovic catching a break.

Nadal, trying to tie Roger Federer‘s male record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, could play sixth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals before a potential clash with Thiem, who just won the U.S. Open.

Djokovic, who is undefeated in 2020 save being defaulted out of the U.S. Open, could play No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the quarterfinals before a possible semifinal with Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Medvedev is the fourth seed but is 0-3 at the French Open. Another possible Djokovic semifinal opponent is fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who reached the fourth round last year.

The most anticipated first-round matchup is between three-time major champion Andy Murray and 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka. In Murray’s most recent French Open match, he lost in five sets to Wawrinka in the 2017 semifinals.

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