Lara Gut-Behrami wins world championships super-G; Mikaela Shiffrin bronze to tie record


Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami won her first world Alpine skiing title after a late mistake from bronze medalist Mikaela Shiffrin may have cost the American a repeat gold in her first super-G in 382 days.

Gut-Behrami prevailed by .34 of a second over countrywoman Corinne Suter for her first world title in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, after the start of the championships was delayed by three days due to weather.

Shiffrin finished .47 behind in third to collect her eighth world championships medal, tying Lindsey Vonn for the most for an American.

Later Thursday, Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr, the most successful active male World Cup racer without a major title, picked up his first gold in the men’s super-G. More on that here.

Worlds continue Saturday with the women’s downhill.

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Shiffrin looked golden at the last intermediate split, where she was .36 faster than the favorite Gut-Behrami. Soon after, Shiffrin was late on her line and had to correct to make a gate, losing considerable speed for the final six gates and 15 seconds of the course.

“That looks like a mistake someone would make who hasn’t skied a lot of super-G recently,” she said on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.

The result was primarily uplifting for Shiffrin, who had about four days of super-G training leading into worlds.

She went one full year without putting on super-G skis after her last race in the discipline in January 2020, followed by her father’s death Feb. 2, the coronavirus pandemic curtailing offseason snow opportunities and a back injury last autumn.

“I am 98% satisfied, and I’m 2% a little motivated,” said Shiffrin, who is expected to race three more times at worlds — the combined on Monday, then her Olympic gold-medal events — the giant slalom next Thursday and the slalom on Feb. 20.

Gut-Behrami, who arrived at age 17 with a pair of world silver medals in 2009, notched the biggest race victory of an undulating career. Gut-Behrami, the world’s best skier in 2016 before tearing her left knee at the 2017 Worlds, won the four most recent super-Gs on the World Cup.

She was the most successful World Cup skier (30 victories) without an Olympic or world title.

“My career should not be judged by the fact whether I won one gold medal or not,” said Gut, who earned five previous world silver or bronze medals. “Today, sure I was nervous … You can sometimes have too much pressure, but it was the first time that I knew that my life wouldn’t change if I would win or not. I didn’t ski to win the gold medal. I just skied to try to do what I can. This was the big difference if I compare this year and the previous editions.”

A Swiss won the women’s super-G for the first time since its worlds debut in 1987, when the nation also went one-two with Maria Walliser and Michela Figini.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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2023 French Open men’s singles draw, scores

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The French Open men’s singles draw is missing injured 14-time champion Rafael Nadal for the first time since 2004, leaving the Coupe des Mousquetaires ripe for the taking.

Main draw play began Sunday, live on Peacock.

Novak Djokovic is not only bidding for a third crown at Roland Garros, but also to lift a 23rd Grand Slam singles trophy to break his tie with Nadal for the most in men’s history.

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But the No. 1 seed is Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who won last year’s U.S. Open to become, at 19, the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first French Open title in 2005.

Now Alcaraz looks to become the second-youngest man to win at Roland Garros since 1989, after Nadal of course.

Alcaraz missed the Australian Open in January due to a right leg injury, but since went 30-3 with four titles. Notably, he has not faced Djokovic this year. They could meet in the semifinals.

Russian Daniil Medvedev, who lost in the French Open first round in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, is improved on clay. He won the Italian Open, the last top-level clay event before the French Open, and is the No. 2 seed ahead of Djokovic.

No. 9 Taylor Fritz, No. 12 Frances Tiafoe and No. 16 Tommy Paul are the highest-seeded Americans, all looking to become the first U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals since Andre Agassi in 2003. Since then, five different American men combined to make the fourth round on eight occasions.

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Canada wins men’s hockey world title; Latvia wins first medal

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TAMPERE, Finland — Samuel Blais scored two goals to rally Canada to a 5-2 victory over Germany in the final of the ice hockey world championship on Sunday.

It’s a record 28th world title for Canada, and its second in three years. Russia has 27 while Germany has never won the trophy.

Blais netted with a backhand 4:51 into the final period for a 3-2 lead for Canada, which was playing in its fourth straight final.

Lawson Crouse, Tylor Toffoli and Scott Laughton also scored for Canada, Peyton Krebs had two assists and goaltender Samuel Montembeault stopped 21 shots.

Toffoli stretched the lead to 4-2 from the left circle with 8:09 remaining and Laughton made it 5-2 with an empty net goal.

Canada had to come back twice in the final.

John Peterka wristed a shot past Montembeault from the left circle 7:44 into the game. It was the sixth goal for the Buffalo Sabres forward at the tournament.

Blais was fed by Krebs to beat goaltender Mathias Niederberger and tie it 1-1 at 10:47.

Daniel Fischbuch put the Germans ahead again with a one-timer with 6:13 to go in the middle period.

Crouse equalized on a power play with 2:32 remaining in the frame.

It was the first medal for Germany since 1953 when it was second behind Sweden.

The two previously met just once in the final with Canada winning 6-1 in 1930.


Defenseman Kristian Rubins scored his second goal 1:22 into overtime to lead Latvia to a 4-3 victory over the United States and earn a bronze medal earlier Sunday.

It’s the first top-three finish for Latvia at the tournament. Its previous best was a seventh place it managed three times.

The U.S. lost in the bronze medal game for the second straight year. The U.S. team was cruising through the tournament with eight straight wins until it was defeated by Germany in the semifinal 4-3 in overtime.

Rubins rallied Latvia with his first with 5:39 to go in the final period to tie the game at 3 to force overtime.

Roberts Bukarts and Janis Jaks also scored for Latvia.

Rocco Grimaldi scored twice for the U.S. in the opening period to negate Latvia’s 1-0 and 2-1 leads.

Matt Coronato had put the U.S. 3-2 ahead 6:19 into the final period.

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