Chloe Kim, Jamie Anderson, Red Gerard lead snowboarders qualified for U.S. Olympic team

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Chloe KimJamie Anderson and Red Gerard are set to go for repeat Olympic gold in Beijing.

Shaun White hasn’t qualified yet.

The first U.S. snowboarders met Olympic selection criteria via world rankings updated Monday. U.S. Ski and Snowboard rules state that the top two riders per gender in halfpipe and slopestyle in this week’s world rankings will be nominated to the team, should they also rank in the world top six.

The full U.S. snowboard team will be announced next month and must be confirmed by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. When all is said and done, up to four riders per gender per event can be named to the team.

Kim and fellow halfpipe rider Maddie Mastro qualified as they are ranked Nos. 2 and 5 in the world. Kim is ranked below China’s Cai Xuetong, but make no mistake the American is favored to become the first woman to repeat as Olympic halfpipe champion.

Kim beat a field including Cai at Dew Tour on Sunday, running her win streak to five contests since returning from a 19-month break between riding a snowboard in 2020. Mastro, like Kim going to her second Olympics, crashed hard in the Dew Tour final after qualifying in first place.

Mastro is the last person to beat Kim in competition at the March 2019 Burton U.S. Open.

No U.S. men’s halfpipe riders are ranked in the top six in the world.

White, who finished fourth, seventh and eighth in his three starts this year after a three-year break between competitions, moved up to No. 13 in the world and third among Americans after Taylor Gold (No. 8) and Chase Josey (No. 12). He would be ranked a little higher if not for a lack of competing.

White will qualify for his fifth Olympic team if he finishes first or second at the last Olympic qualifier in Mammoth Mountain, California, in early January. It’s possible that he qualifies if he finishes third at Mammoth. If White doesn’t qualify via Mammoth podium finish, he is expected to be chosen for the team in January via coaches’ discretionary pick(s).

Anderson, who won both Olympic women’s slopestyle titles in 2014 and 2018, was bumped from No. 1 in the world to No. 2 by New Zealand’s Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, who won Dew Tour. No woman has won three Olympic snowboarding gold medals.

Gerard, who in PyeongChang became the youngest Olympic snowboarding gold medalist in history at 17, is ranked second in men’s slopestyle behind Norwegian Marcus Kleveland. On Saturday, Gerard won Dew Tour on the contest’s last run, beating a field that included Kleveland.

Dusty Henricksen grabbed the second available U.S. men’s slopestyle spot as he’s ranked third in the world, just above Chris Corning. Henricksen, an 18-year-old who won X Games Aspen last season, is going to his first Olympics.

All U.S. snowboarders who qualify via slopestyle can also compete in big air at the Olympics.

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Aksel Lund Svindal, Olympic Alpine champ, has testicular cancer, ‘prognosis good’

Aksel Lund Svindal

Aksel Lund Svindal, a retired Olympic Alpine skiing champion from Norway, said he underwent surgery for testicular cancer and the prognosis “looked very good.”

“Tests, scans and surgery all happened very quickly,” Svindal, 39, wrote on social media. “And already after the first week I knew the prognoses looked very good. All thanks to that first decision to go see a doctor as soon as I suspected something was off.”

Svindal retired in 2019 after winning the Olympic super-G in 2010 and downhill in 2018. He also won five world titles among the downhill, combined and giant slalom and two World Cup overall titles.

Svindal said he felt a change in his body that prompted him to see a doctor.

“The last few weeks have been different,” he wrote. “But I’m able to say weeks and not months because of great medical help, a little luck and a good decision.

“I wasn’t sure what it was, or if it was anything at all. … [I] was quickly transferred to the hospital where they confirmed what the doctor suspected. Testicle cancer.”

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup schedule, results

FIBA Women's World Cup

The U.S. goes for its fourth consecutive title at the FIBA World Cup in Sydney — and eighth global gold in a row overall when including the Olympics.

A’ja Wilson, a two-time WNBA MVP, and Breanna Stewart, the Tokyo Olympic MVP, headline a U.S. roster that, for the first time since 2000, includes neither Sue Bird (retired) nor Diana Taurasi (injured).

The new-look team includes nobody over the age of 30 for the first time since 1994, before the U.S. began its dynasty at the 1996 Atlanta Games. The Americans have won 52 consecutive games between worlds and the Olympics dating to the 2006 Worlds bronze-medal game.

The field also includes host Australia, the U.S.’ former primary rival, and Olympic silver medalist Japan.

Nigeria, which played the U.S. the closest of any foe in Tokyo (losing by nine points), isn’t present after its federation withdrew the team over governance issues. Spain, ranked second in the world, failed to qualify.

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Round
Wed., Sept. 21 8:30 p.m. Puerto Rico 82, Bosnia and Herzegovina 58 Group A
9:30 p.m. USA 87, Belgium 72 Group A
11 p.m. Canada 67, Serbia 60 Group B
Thurs., Sept. 22 12 a.m. Japan 89, Mali 56 Group B
3:30 a.m. China 107, South Korea 44 Group A
6:30 a.m. France 70, Australia 57 Group B
8:30 p.m. USA 106, Puerto Rico 42 Group A
10 p.m. Serbia 69, Japan 64 Group B
11 p.m. Belgium 84, South Korea 61 Group A
Fri., Sept. 23 12:30 a.m. China 98, Bosnia and Herzegovina 51 Group A
4 a.m. Canada 59, France 45 Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia 118, Mali 58 Group B
Sat., Sept. 24 12:30 a.m. USA 77, China 63 Group A
4 a.m. South Korea 99, Bosnia and Herzegovina 66 Group A
6:30 a.m. Belgium 68, Puerto Rico 65 Group A
Sun., Sept. 25 12:30 a.m. France vs. Mali Group B
4 a.m. Australia vs. Serbia Group B
6:30 a.m. Canada vs. Japan Group B
9:30 p.m. Belgium vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
11:30 p.m. Mali vs. Serbia Group B
Mon., Sept. 26 12 a.m. USA vs. South Korea Group A
2 a.m. France vs. Japan Group B
3:30 a.m. China vs. Puerto Rico Group A
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Canada Group B
9:30 p.m. Puerto Rico vs. South Korea Group A
11:30 p.m. Belgium vs. China Group A
Tues., Sept. 27 12 a.m. USA vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
2 a.m. Canada vs. Mali Group B
3:30 a.m. France vs. Serbia Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Japan Group B
Wed., Sept. 28 10 p.m. Quarterfinal
Thurs., Sept. 29 12:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
4 a.m. Quarterfinal
6:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
Fri., Sept. 30 3 .m. Semifinal
5:30 a.m. Semifinal
11 p.m. Third-Place Game
Sat., Oct. 1 2 a.m. Final