Ted Ligety’s goggles company assisting in PPE shortage

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With personal protective equipment (PPE) in short supply at hospitals across the country, many people have been looking for creative ways to help those on the front lines. Among those finding a way to contribute: skiers and snowboarders.

Ted Ligety, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in alpine skiing, joined Mike Tirico during Wednesday’s episode of “Lunch Talk Live” on NBCSN to discuss the grassroots “Goggles for Docs” program, which has been providing hospital staff with new and used ski goggles.

“In this pandemic, there’s a huge shortage of PPE, especially on the eyewear side of things,” Ligety told Tirico. “And it just so happens that ski and mountain bike and motorcross goggles work as a good eyewear protection for those frontline workers.”

Ligety told Tirico that he has donated all of his ski goggles (made by his own company, Shred Optics) to the program. According to the Goggles for Doc website, over 38,000 pairs of goggles have been donated so far.

“It’s a really neat way for the ski community and the snow sports community to give back and help during this pandemic,” Ligety told Tirico.

The website walks people through how to donate their own new or used goggles, and where to send them in order to have the greatest impact.

Ligety also talked with Tirico about his own future in the sport. At the beginning of the 2019-20 season, the four-time Olympian announced that he would be scaling back his racing schedule and focusing primarily on giant slalom, the event in which he won Olympic gold in 2014.

“The way my body’s been feeling, I feel like I’m starting to progress again to the point where I feel like I can start winning races,” Ligety said. “I’m looking to do two final years and finish it off at the Olympics.”

Ligety also noted he and his wife Mia, who already have two-year-old son Jax, are expecting twins. “The family life is about to get exponentially more hectic.”

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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