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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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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Sifan Hassan sets marathon debut

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Sifan Hassan, who won 5000m and 10,000m gold and 1500m bronze at the Tokyo Olympics in an unprecedented triple, will make her 26.2-mile debut at the London Marathon on April 23.

Hassan, a 30-year-old Dutchwoman, said she will return to the track after the race, but how the London Marathon goes will play into whether she bids for the Olympic marathon in 2024.

“I want to see what I can do on the marathon distance, to make future decisions,” she posted on social media. “We’ll see if I will finish the distance or if the distance will finish me.”

Exhausted by her Olympic feat, Hassan reportedly went at least seven months after the Tokyo Games between training in track spikes. She finished fourth in the 10,000m and sixth in the 5000m at last July’s world championships in Eugene, Oregon.

“I really needed a break after the Tokyo Olympics,” Hassan said at worlds. “I was mentally crashed. I didn’t even care about running.”

London, billed as the best women’s marathon field in history, also boasts Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya, world record holder Brigid Kosgei of Kenya, 2016 Olympic 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, 1500m world record holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia and the two fastest Americans in history, Emily Sisson and Keira D’Amato.

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