Breezy Johnson extends downhill streak into U.S. all-time greats territory

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Olympic champion Sofia Goggia won her third consecutive World Cup downhill race, while Breezy Johnson joined an exclusive group of U.S. women to make four consecutive World Cup downhill podiums.

The Italian Goggia won by two tenths of a second over Olympic super-G champion Ester Ledecká of the Czech Republic in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, on Friday. Goggia became the first woman to win three consecutive World Cup downhills since Lindsey Vonn in 2018.

Johnson was .57 behind in a race that was delayed due to overnight snowfall and had its start moved down due to winds.

Johnson, a 25-year-old who had zero World Cup podiums before this season, has finished third in all four of the downhills contested so far.

“It’s definitely getting funny. I think funny’s the proper adjective for it,” Johnson said of the streak. “I’m still very excited about the results and the third places, but I’m definitely eyeing the other positions [on the podium].”

Full results are here.

Johnson became the fourth American woman to make four World Cup downhill podiums in a row, joining Olympic gold medalists Vonn, Julia Mancuso and Picabo Street.

The Idaho native’s surge came after she fought back to return from significant leg injuries in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

“I’ve been patient about not having a podium for, like, four years on the World Cup,” Johnson said. “So now I just need to be patient about the second place and the first place.”

The women race another downhill on Saturday, with Vonn making her TV analyst debut. A full TV and live stream schedule is here.

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Wimbledon reverses ban on Russia, Belarus tennis players

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Russian and Belarusian players will be able to compete at Wimbledon as neutral athletes after the All England Club on Friday reversed its ban from last year.

The players must comply with “appropriate conditions,” including not expressing support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

They also must not receive funding “from the Russian and/or Belarusian states (including sponsorship from companies operated or controlled by the states) in relation to their participation in The Championships,” the All England Club said in a statement.

Other tennis tournaments have allowed Russian and Belarusian players to compete as neutral athletes.

“We also consider alignment between the Grand Slams to be increasingly important in the current tennis environment,” the club said. “There was a strong and very disappointing reaction from some governing bodies in tennis to the position taken by the All England Club and the LTA last year with consequences which, if continued, would be damaging to the interests of players, fans, The Championships and British tennis.”

This year’s Wimbledon tournament will start on July 3. The women’s final is scheduled for July 15 and the men’s final on July 16.

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2023 World Junior Gymnastics Championships live stream schedule

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The world junior gymnastics championships individual finals stream live on the International Gymnastics Federation YouTube channel from Friday through Sunday.

Already this week, Japan swept the men’s and women’s team titles in Antalya, Turkey. The U.S. women took silver.

The U.S. women in Friday’s all-around final are Izzy Stassi (qualified fourth) and Jayla Hang (qualified 22nd). The U.S. men in Friday’s all-around final are Kai Uemura (qualified 11th) and David Shamah (qualified 14th).

Americans also advanced to four of this weekend’s apparatus finals: women’s vault (Stassi, Hang), uneven bars (Hezly Rivera) and floor exercise (Rivera, Hang) and men’s still rings (Uemura).

Gymnastics added a biennial junior worlds starting in 2019. The 2021 edition was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Women ages 14 or 15 and men ages 15 through 18 compete.

The U.S. team in 2019 included future senior world team members Skye Blakely, Kayla DiCello and Konnor McClain.

2023 World Junior Gymnastics Championships Live Stream Schedule

Day Competition Time (ET) Platform
Friday Men’s All-Around 7:30 a.m. FIG YouTube | LIVE STREAM LINK
Women’s All-Around 12 p.m. FIG YouTube | LIVE STREAM LINK
Saturday Apparatus Finals 7 a.m. FIG YouTube | LIVE STREAM LINK
Sunday Apparatus Finals 7 a.m. FIG YouTube | LIVE STREAM LINK

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