Ryan Cochran-Siegle, top U.S. Alpine skier, may miss world championships


Ryan Cochran-Siegle, the U.S.’ top male Alpine skier, said it would be “pushing it” to return from a neck injury in time for next month’s world championships.

Cochran-Siegle, who suffered what he called “a minor broken neck” in a Friday race crash, said while wearing a neck brace on Sunday that his timetable is six weeks to three months, according to U.S. Ski and Snowboard.

On Saturday, Cochran-Siegle said he didn’t know whether he will be able to race at worlds in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. His best events — super-G and downhill — are Feb. 9 and Feb. 14.

“I’m guessing that’s kind of pushing it, but I do hope to be back by the end of the season,” he said in a Saturday interview with ORF.

Cochran-Siegle said he was lucky to not suffer more serious injury in his Friday crash in the famed Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzbuehel, Austria.

“I’m really not in pain,” he said. “It’s just my neck that is going to require some time to heal.”

Cochran-Siegle plans to fly back to the U.S. on Monday for further treatment.

In December, Cochran-Siegle ended the longest U.S. men’s speed race droughts this millennium.

The 28-year-old finished second in a downhill and won a super-G in his 101st career start, giving hope he could become the first U.S. gold-medal male speed racer since Bode Miller last competed in 2015.

The U.S.’ other top male Alpine skier in this Olympic cycle, giant slalom specialist Tommy Ford, suffered a knee injury in a Jan. 9 crash. An update on his status for worlds is expected Monday.

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Coco Gauff into French Open quarterfinals, where Iga Swiatek may await

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Coco Gauff swept into the French Open quarterfinals, where she could play Iga Swiatek in a rematch of last year’s final.

Gauff, the sixth seed, beat 100th-ranked Slovakian Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 7-5, 6-2 in the fourth round. She next plays Swiatek or 66th-ranked Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko, who meet later Monday.

Gauff earned a 37th consecutive win over a player ranked outside the top 50, dating to February 2022. She hasn’t faced a player in the world top 60 in four matches at Roland Garros, but the degree of difficulty is likely to ratchet up in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.

Swiatek won all 12 sets she’s played against Gauff, who at 19 is the only teenager in the top 49 in the world.

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Also Monday, No. 7 seed Ons Jabeur of Tunisia dispatched 36th-ranked American Bernarda Pera 6-3, 6-1, breaking all eight of Pera’s service games.

Jabeur, runner-up at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last year, has now reached the quarterfinals of all four majors.

Jabeur next faces 14th-seeded Beatriz Haddad Maia, who won 6-7 (3), 6-3, 7-5 over Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo, who played on a protected ranking of 68. Haddad Maia became the second Brazilian woman to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal in the Open Era (since 1968) after Maria Bueno, who won seven majors from 1959-1966.

Pera, a 28 year-old born in Croatia, was the oldest U.S. singles player to make the fourth round of a major for the first time since Jill Craybas at 2005 Wimbledon. Her defeat left Gauff as the lone American singles player remaining out of the 35 entered in the main draws.

The last American to win a major singles title was Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought matches the longest in history (since 1877) for American men and women combined.

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U.S. earns first three-peat in Para hockey world championship history

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The U.S. trounced rival Canada 6-1 to become the first nation to three-peat in world Para hockey championship history.

Tournament MVP Declan Farmer scored twice, and Josh Misiewicz, David Eustace, Jack Wallace and Kevin McKee added goals. Jen Lee made eight saves in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, on Sunday.

Farmer, who had nine goals in five games for the tournament, also scored twice in Paralympic final wins over Canada in 2018 and 2022 and the last world championship final against Canada in 2021. Farmer, 25, already owns the career national team record of more than 250 points.

The U.S. beat Canada in a third consecutive world final dating to 2019, but this was the most lopsided gold-medal game in championship history. The U.S. also won the last four Paralympic titles dating to 2010.

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