Reddit hosts AMAs with Tokyo Olympic, Paralympic hopefuls

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Reddit is hosting Ask Me Anything (AMA) events every Thursday with U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls for the Tokyo Games.

Each AMA will be here from 1-2 p.m. ET.

It’s a chance for fans and Games followers to ask the nation’s top athletes about their events and their preparations for the world’s biggest sporting events.

Allyson Felix, the most decorated female Olympic track and field champion with nine medals and six golds, kicked off the series in January 2020, before the Games were postponed by one year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Among the 2021 AMA headliners before the July 23 Olympic Opening Ceremony: basketball player A’ja Wilson, high jumper Vashti Cunningham, Paralympic swimmer Jessica Long and gymnast Morgan Hurd.

Reddit hosted its first Olympic AMA series leading up to the PyeongChang Winter Games, featuring figure skater Adam Rippon, hockey player Hilary Knight and cross-country skier Jessie Diggins, among others.

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Reddit Olympic and Paralympic AMA Schedule

Day Athlete(s) Sport Transcript
Jan. 28, 2020 Allyson Felix Track and Field AMA Link
Feb. 4, 2020 Haley Anderson Open-Water Swimming AMA Link
Feb. 11, 2020 Katie Nye Weightlifting AMA Link
Feb. 18, 2020 Naya Tapper Rugby AMA Link
Feb. 25, 2020 Brady Ellison Archery AMA Link
March 3, 2020 Elena Della Donne Basketball AMA Link
March 10, 2020 Heimana Reynolds Skateboarding AMA Link
Feb. 11, 2021 Melissa Stockwell Paralympic Triathlon AMA Link
Feb. 18, 2021 Rai Benjamin Track and Field AMA Link
Feb. 25, 2021 Nicky Nieves Sitting Volleyball AMA Link
March 4, 2021 Mallory Weggemann Paralympic Swimming AMA Link
March 11, 2021 Roderick Townsend Paralympic Track and Field AMA Link
March 18, 2021 Johnny Hooper Water Polo AMA Link
March 25, 2021 Haylie McCleney
Amanda Chidester
Cat Osterman
Softball AMA Link
April 1, 2021 MyKayla Skinner Gymnastics AMA Link
April 8, 2021 A’ja Wilson Basketball AMA Link
April 15, 2021 Sakura Kokumai Karate AMA Link
April 22, 2021 Vashti Cunningham Track and Field AMA Link
April 29, 2021 Jessica Long Paralympic Swimming AMA Link
May 6, 2021 Morgan Hurd Gymnastics AMA Link
May 13, 2021 Nathaniel Coleman
Colin Duffy
Kyra Condie
Sport Climbing AMA Link
May 20, 2021 Robbie Hummel 3×3 Basketball AMA Link
May 27, 2021 Colleen Quigley Track and Field AMA Link
June 3, 2021 Hunter Woodhall Paralympic Track and Field AMA Link

 

Mikaela Shiffrin heads to world championships with medal records in sight

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Before Mikaela Shiffrin can hold the World Cup wins record, she can become the most decorated Alpine skier in modern world championships history.

Shiffrin takes a respite from World Cup pursuits for the biennial world championships in France. She is expected to race at least four times, beginning with Monday’s combined.

Shiffrin has a tour-leading 11 World Cup victories in 23 starts this season, her best since her record 17-win 2018-19 campaign, but world championships do not count toward the World Cup.

Shiffrin remains one career victory behind Swede Ingemar Stenmark‘s record 86 World Cup wins until at least her next World Cup start in March.

Shiffrin has been more successful at worlds than at the Olympics and even on the World Cup. She has 11 medals in 13 world championships races dating to her 2013 debut, including making the podium in each of her last 10 events.

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She enters worlds one shy of the modern, post-World War II individual records for total medals (Norway’s Kjetil Andre Aamodt won 12) and gold medals (Austrian Toni Sailer, Frenchwoman Marielle Goitschel and Swede Anja Pärson won seven).

Worlds take place exactly one year after Shiffrin missed the medals in all of her Olympic races, but that’s not motivating her.

“If I learned anything last year, it’s that these big events, they can go amazing, and they can go terrible, and you’re going to survive no matter what,” she said after her most recent World Cup last Sunday. “So I kind of don’t care.”

Shiffrin ranks No. 1 in the world this season in the giant slalom (Feb. 16 at worlds) and slalom (Feb. 18).

This year’s combined is one run of super-G coupled with one run of slalom (rather than one downhill and one slalom), which also plays to her strengths. She won that event, with that format, at the last worlds in 2021. The combined isn’t contested on the World Cup, so it’s harder to project favorites.

Shiffrin is also a medal contender in the super-G (Feb. 8), despite starting just two of five World Cup super-Gs this season (winning one of them).

She is not planning to race the downhill (Feb. 11), which she often skips on the World Cup and has never contested at a worlds. Nor is she expected for the individual parallel (Feb. 15), a discipline she hasn’t raced in three years in part due to the strain it puts on her back with the format being several runs for the medalists.

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Lucas Braathen, world’s top male slalom skier, in doubt for world championships

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Norway’s Lucas Braathen, the world’s top male slalom skier this season, is doubtful to compete in the world championships slalom on Feb. 19 after appendix surgery on Tuesday.

“It’s been a tough couple of days fighting after surprisingly finding out about quite an intense infection on my appendix,” Braathen, a 22-year-old soccer convert with a Brazilian mom, posted on social media. “I’ve been through surgery and I’m blessed that it went successfully.”

The Norway Alpine skiing team doctor said Braathen’s recovery will take a few weeks, but there is a small possibility he can make it back for the world championships slalom, which is on the final day of the two-week competition.

Braathen has two slalom wins and one giant slalom win this World Cup season. He will miss Saturday’s slalom in Chamonix, France, the last race before worlds. Countryman Henrik Kristoffersen and Swiss Daniel Yule can overtake him atop the World Cup slalom standings in Chamonix.

Braathen entered last year’s Olympics as the World Cup slalom leader and skied out in the first run at the Games.

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