Mikaela Shiffrin begins Olympic season this weekend on Peacock

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Mikaela Shiffrin‘s campaign for a third Olympic Winter Games begins bright and early Saturday morning.

Shiffrin will take to the hills of the Rettenbach glacier in Austria to kick off the 2021-2022 FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup season.

The two-run women’s giant slalom race in Soelden starts at 4 a.m. Eastern; the second run is at 7:15 a.m. Both runs will be streamed live on Peacock.

The men’s giant slalom races will be streamed live at 4 and 7:30 a.m. ET on Sunday.

Shiffrin, now 26, has accomplished what only few in the sport have: three Olympic medals, eight world championship medals, three overall World Cup crystal globes and 69 World Cup victories.

As the technical specialist starts to accumulate points that will qualify her for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, she hopes to again make a potential run at the overall globe – plus the slalom one.

After winning the slalom title in six of the previous seven seasons, Shiffrin finished second last season. She was also second for the overall, which she held from 2017-2019.

She only amassed three victories last season – her fewest since she started winning races in the 2012-2013 season – but was on the world championship podium in all four races she entered.

This season, Shiffrin has her sights set on returning to the top of the World Cup podium more often and, ideally, entering all five Olympic races come February.

In Sochi at age 18, Shiffrin won the slalom Olympic gold and was fifth in giant slalom; in PyeongChang, she won giant slalom gold, combined silver and was fourth in slalom.

She will be joined by teammates Keely CashmanAJ HurtPaula Moltzan and Nina O’Brien in Soelden.

The men’s giant slalom race features U.S. Olympian Ryan Cochran-Siegle in his return from a broken neck last season plus Bridger Gile, River RadamusPatrick Kenney and George Steffey.

FIS Alpine Ski Soelden World Cup Streaming Schedule:

Saturday, Oct. 23: Women’s Giant Slalom Run 1, 4 a.m. – 6 .a.m. ET, Peacock

Saturday, Oct. 23: Women’s Giant Slalom Run 2, 7:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. ET, Peacock

Sunday, Oct. 24: Men’s Giant Slalom Run 1, 4 a.m. – 6 a.m. ET, Peacock

Sunday, Oct. 24: Men’s Giant Slalom Run 2, 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. ET, Peacock

Eliud Kipchoge breaks marathon world record in Berlin

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Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge broke his own world record in winning the Berlin Marathon, clocking 2:01:09 to lower the previous record time of 2:01:39 he set in the German capital in 2018.

Kipchoge, 37 and a two-time Olympic champion, earned his 15th win in 17 career marathons to bolster his claim as the greatest runner in history over 26.2 miles.

His pacing was not ideal. Kipchoge slowed over the second half, running 61:18 for the second half after going out in 59:51 for the first 13.1 miles. He still won by 4:49 over Kenyan Mark Korir.

Ethiopian Tigist Assefa won the women’s race in 2:15:37, the third-fastest time in history. Only Brigid Kosgei (2:14:14 in Chicago in 2019) and Paula Radcliffe (2:15:25 in London in 2003) have gone faster.

American record holder Keira D’Amato, who entered as the top seed, was sixth in 2:21:48.

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The last eight instances the men’s marathon world record has been broken, it has come on the pancake-flat roads of Berlin. It began in 2003, when Kenyan Paul Tergat became the first man to break 2:05.

The world record was 2:02:57 — set by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014 — until Kipchoge broke it for the first time four years ago. The following year, Kipchoge became the first person to cover 26.2 miles in under two hours, doing so in a non-record-eligible showcase rather than a race.

Kipchoge’s focus going forward is trying to become the first runner to win three Olympic marathon titles in Paris in 2024. He also wants to win all six annual World Marathon Majors. He’s checked off four of them, only missing Boston (run in April) and New York City (run every November).

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2022 Berlin Marathon Results

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2022 Berlin Marathon top-10 results and notable finishers from men’s and women’s elite and wheelchair races. Full searchable results are here. ..

Men
1. Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) — 2:01:09 WORLD RECORD
2. Mark Korir (KEN) — 2:05:58
3. Tadu Abate (ETH) — 2:06:28
4. Andamiak Belihu (ETH) — 2:06:40
5. Abel Kipchumba (ETH) — 2:06:40
6. Limenih Getachew (ETH) — 2:07:07
7. Kenya Sonota (JPN) — 2:07:14
8. Tatsuya Maruyama (JPN) — 2:07:50
9. Kento Kikutani (JPN) — 2:07:56
10. Zablon Chumba (KEN) — 2:08:01
DNF. Guye Adola (ETH)

Women
1. Tigist Assefa (ETH) — 2:15:37
2. Rosemary Wanjiru (KEN) — 2:18:00
3. Tigist Abayechew (ETH) — 2:18:03
4. Workenesh Edesa (ETH) — 2:18:51
5. Meseret Sisay Gola (ETH) — 2:20:58
6. Keira D’Amato (USA) — 2:21:48
7. Rika Kaseda (JPN) — 2:21:55
8. Ayuko Suzuki (JPN) — 2:22:02
9. Sayaka Sato (JPN) — 2:22:13
10. Vibian Chepkirui (KEN) — 2:22:21

Wheelchair Men
1. Marcel Hug (SUI) — 1:24:56
2. Daniel Romanchuk (USA) — 1:28:54
3. David Weir (GBR) — 1:29:02
4. Jetze Plat (NED) — 1:29:06
5. Sho Watanabe (JPN) — 1:32:44
6. Patrick Monahan (IRL) — 1:32:46
7. Jake Lappin (AUS) — 1:32:50
8. Kota Hokinoue (JPN) — 1:33:45
9. Rafael Botello Jimenez (ESP) — 1:36:49
10. Jordie Madera Jimenez (ESP) — 1:36:50

Wheelchair Women
1. Catherine Debrunner (SUI) — 1:36:47
2. Manuela Schar (SUI) — 1:36:50
3. Susannah Scaroni (USA) — 1:36:51
4. Merle Menje (GER) — 1:43:34
5. Aline dos Santos Rocha (BRA) — 1:43:35
6. Madison de Rozario (BRA) — 1:43:35
7. Patricia Eachus (SUI) — 1:44:15
8. Vanessa De Souza (BRA) — 1:48:37
9. Alexandra Helbling (SUI) — 1:51:47
10. Natalie Simanowski (GER) — 2:05:09

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