Mikaela Shiffrin wins another super-G, moves up World Cup all-time list

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Mikaela Shiffrin cautioned after winning her first super-G on Sunday — at her most familiar speed-race venue in Canada — that it might not augur success in speed events the rest of the season.

Well, Shiffrin won another super-G in Switzerland on Saturday.

The Olympic slalom and giant slalom champion conquered the St. Moritz course by .28 of a second over Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami. Full results are here.

“I really did not expect to win today,” Shiffrin said, adding that she’s “a little bit sick.” “I was trying to … forget that I won the [Sunday] race and forget that I had, maybe, expectations.”

It’s Shiffrin’s 47th World Cup win, breaking a tie with retired Austrian Renate Götschl for fourth on the women’s all-time list behind Lindsey Vonn (82), Annemarie Moser-Pröll (62) and Vreni Schneider (55). Götschl started a record 408 World Cups; Shiffrin passed her in her 139th start at age 23.

She joined Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso as the only U.S. women to win multiple World Cup super-Gs. Vonn is out, likely until January, with a knee injury from a November training crash and is expected to retire a year from now. Mancuso retired last season.

Shiffrin has now won half of the eight races this season, taking a 293-point standings lead as she chases a third straight World Cup overall crown. She picked up her 33rd and 34th slalom victories, plus her maiden super-G wins in her ninth and 10th starts in the discipline. She became the seventh woman to earn World Cup wins in all five disciplines over a career.

Shiffrin is a clear favorite for another win in a parallel slalom on Sunday in St. Moritz (Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, 7:30 a.m. ET).

Shiffrin, who is selective when it comes to entering speed races, will skip the following World Cup downhill and super-G in Val Gardena, Italy, according to The Associated Press.

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Watch Danell Leyva splash out of American Ninja Warrior

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Triple Olympic medalist Danell Leyva became the latest gymnast to appear on NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior,” splashing out of the “Leaps of Faith” in the latter portion of the course in the Los Angeles City Finals that aired Monday.

Leyva’s full run can be seen at the 44-minute mark here.

Leyva, a 27-year-old who took all-around bronze at the 2012 London Games and then retired with parallel bars and high bar silver in Rio, was cheered on by 2012 Olympic teammates Jonathan Horton and John Orozco. He previously completed the course at the Los Angeles City qualifier.

Horton has tackled ANW five times, according to the broadcast. Other gymnasts to appear on the show included Olympic all-around champions Nastia Liukin and Paul Hamm and, perhaps the show’s most famous competitor, former Towson University athlete Kacy Catanzaro.

Leyva could still make the Las Vegas finals, according to the broadcast.

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Chinese 13-year-olds go 1-2 at diving worlds; U.S. medal drought ends

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Reminiscent of one of its legendary divers, Chinese 13-year-olds took gold and silver in the women’s platform at the world diving championships on Wednesday. Delaney Schnell rallied for bronze, ending a 14-year U.S. medal drought.

Chen Yuxi and Lu Wei, both born in 2005, tallied 439 and 377.8 points, respectively, in Gwangju, South Korea. China is nine for nine in gold medals with four finals left this week. Schnell, who was in fifth place and 1.2 points back of third going into the last dive, ended up with 364.2.

No U.S. woman had earned an individual world platform medal since Laura Wilkinson‘s gold in 2005. Schnell, 20, was sixth at the 2016 Olympic trials and second at the 2017 World trials before placing 27th at her world debut two years ago.

Back in 1991, Chinese 12-year-old Fu Mingxia captured the world title on the platform. A year later, Fu took platform gold in Barcelona and remains the youngest Summer Olympic champion since 1960. Fu went on to win a Chinese record four individual Olympic diving titles.

Lu and Chen represent the next generation of Chinese female divers following the post-Rio retirements of their role model, Chen Ruolin, and Wu Minxia.

China is such a diving factory that it took gold and silver without the Rio Olympic platform champion, Ren Qian, who is not on this year’s world team. Ren, then 15 in Rio, became the youngest Olympic diving gold medalist since Fu.

China, two years after its least successful diving worlds since 2005, is moving closer to sweeping every gold medal at these worlds. They last accomplished the feat in 2011.

Earlier Wednesday, Chinese Xie Siyi (reigning world champion) and Cao Yuan (reigning Olympic champion) qualified first and second into Thursday’s men’s springboard final.

David Boudia, the 2012 U.S. Olympic platform champion, was a strong fourth in his first major international meet since Rio and switching to the springboard. Rio Olympian Michael Hixon also advanced in the 12th and last spot.

NBC Olympic Researcher Alex Azzi contributed to this report from Gwangju.

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