Mikaela Shiffrin joins exclusive club with first super-G win

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One of Mikaela Shiffrin‘s goals this season was to become the seventh woman to notch World Cup wins in every discipline. She accomplished that in her first opportunity.

The two-time World Cup overall champion grabbed her first super-G victory on Sunday, prevailing by .77 of a second in Lake Louise, Alberta. Shiffrin said she had not done full-length super-G training since September.

“If anything, I expected that it wouldn’t be a great race,” she said. “I never felt a super-G run like that.”

Shiffrin, whose Olympic titles are in slalom and giant slalom, now has 46 World Cup wins, matching retired Austrian Renate Götschl for fourth on the women’s list. The breakdown per discipline:

Slalom — 37 (three in parallel slalom)
Giant Slalom — 6
Downhill — 1
Super-G — 1
Combined — 1

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The six others with wins in five disciplines, all since 1982, when the super-G was introduced: Lindsey Vonn, Tina Maze, Janica Kostelic, Anja Pärson, Pernilla Wiberg and Petra Kronberger. With the combined in danger of being dropped from the program, Shiffrin could be the last addition to this club.

“It was one of my big goals to win in every discipline when I first started racing … one of those goals that you don’t think you’re ever going to achieve,” Shiffrin said, according to U.S. Ski & Snowboard.

Norwegian Raghnild Mowinckel, who earned two surprise silvers in PyeongChang, also took second on Sunday. German Viktoria Rebensburg rounded out the podium.

Nobody has been more successful at Lake Louise than Vonn, but she is likely out until January after injuring her knee in a Nov. 19 training crash.

While most of Vonn’s wins are in speed events, Shiffrin slowly expanded her repertoire in the last few years, taking care to maintain her strength in the technical events of slalom and giant slalom. Exactly one year ago at Lake Louise, Shiffrin notched her first World Cup downhill victory in just her fourth start in the discipline. Sunday marked Shiffrin’s eighth start in super-G.

Shiffrin also placed fourth and ninth in Lake Louise downhills on Friday and Saturday, despite skiing just one or two days of downhill training in the six months coming into the week.

The World Cup moves to St. Moritz, Switzerland, next weekend for a super-G and a parallel slalom.

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Tahiti chosen for Olympic surfing competition at 2024 Paris Games

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Paris 2024 Olympic organizers want the surfing competition to be held in Tahiti, an island in French Polynesia that is nearly 10,000 miles from Paris.

It would break the record for the farthest Olympic medal competition to be held outside the host. In 1956, equestrian events were moved out of Melbourne due to quarantine laws and held five months earlier in Stockholm, some 9,700 miles away.

The Paris 2024 executive board approved the site Thursday — specifically, the village of Teahupo’o — and will propose it to the IOC. It beat out other applicants Biarritz, Lacanau, Les Landes and La Torche, all part of mainland France.

Surfing will debut at the 2020 Tokyo Games but is not on the permanent Olympic program. Surfing was among sports added to the Paris 2024 program in June and could be added for the 2028 Los Angeles Games.

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Adam Jones, five-time MLB All-Star, becomes Olympic eligible

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Should the U.S. qualify for baseball’s Olympic return, a five-time MLB All-Star could be eligible for its roster in Tokyo. And he has interest.

Outfielder Adam Jones signed with the Orix Buffaloes of Japan’s domestic league, which, unlike MLB, will take an Olympic break next summer to allow players to take part in the first Olympic baseball tournament in 12 years.

Jones, 34, made no mention of Olympic eligibility in a social media post announcing the signing. His Instagram avatar is a photo of him in a Team USA jersey from the World Baseball Classic.

Jones’ agent later said that Jones does have interest in playing for the U.S. in Tokyo, should an American team qualify in the spring.

“To play over in Japan has always been a desire of Adam’s, and the timing worked out that the Olympics happens to be played in Tokyo the first year of his contract,” Jones’ agent wrote in an email. “It wasn’t one of the factors on his decision BUT more of a [sic] addition to the overall package to decide to go.”

Jones called being part of the U.S.’ 2017 WBC title, “probably the best experience of my life so far, especially with sports,” according to The Associated Press. He was one of five players to be on the U.S. team at each of the last two World Baseball Classics.

The U.S. still faces a difficult task to qualify for the Tokyo Games. It lost to Mexico last month in its first of up to three chances at qualifying tournaments, using a roster of mostly double-A and triple-A caliber players.

Major Leaguers are not expected to be made available for qualifying or for the Tokyo Games.

The next two qualifying tournaments will be in late March (an Americas qualifier in Arizona) and early April (a final, global qualifying event in Chinese Taipei). It remains to be seen how MLB clubs will go about releasing minor leaguers for a tournament that will take place during spring training.

Jones could become the third player with prior MLB All-Star experience to compete at the Olympics from any nation, joining Australian catcher Dave Nilsson and Canadian pitcher Jason Dickson.

Jones made five All-Star teams during an 11-year stint with the Baltimore Orioles from 2008-18 before playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season.

Many players competed at the Olympics before making an MLB All-Star team, including Stephen Strasburg and Jason Giambi.

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