Mikaela Shiffrin DNFs in World Cup slalom for first time in four years


Mikaela Shiffrin straddled a gate while en route to a podium, and potentially a victory, failing to finish a World Cup slalom for the first time in four years.

Shiffrin straddled with about 15 seconds left on the second-run course in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, on Sunday. Before that, she had an intermediate split that was .05 slower than Wendy Holdener, who ended up second, and .02 faster than Petra Vlhova, who won.

“Straddling is just … it’s twisting the knife when it’s stuck in your heart, except you’re the one who stuck it in and you’re also the one doing the twisting,” Shiffrin said, according to U.S. Ski and Snowboard. “Yes, it happens, but it shouldn’t. It’s a very slight silver lining that my skiing up to that point felt very good, but that doesn’t take away any of the frustration, especially after a challenging day yesterday, too [seventh place in a giant slalom]. But it happened and I can’t change it, I can just try harder next time.”

Vlhova, Shiffrin’s rival from Slovakia, prevailed by .23 of a second, overtaking first-run leader Holdener of Switzerland. Anna Swenn-Larsson of Sweden was third.

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Vlhova has won five of the six World Cup slaloms this season and is the clear favorite for Olympic gold in Shiffrin’s trademark event. Shiffrin won the other slalom, in Killington, Vermont, on Thanksgiving weekend, after Vlhova made a significant mistake early in her second run after posting the fastest first run.

Holdener, in her 100th World Cup slalom start, earned her 29th podium in the discipline — all second- and third-place finishes.

The last time Shiffrin DNFed in a slalom was Jan. 28, 2018, the last one before the PyeongChang Olympics. Then in South Korea, she was shockingly fourth in the Olympic slalom, tired a bit from winning the giant slalom the previous day in a schedule condensed due to weather.

The World Cup moves to Schladming, Austria, on Tuesday for the last women’s slalom before the Olympics.

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Wimbledon reverses ban on Russia, Belarus tennis players

Wimbledon Russia

Russian and Belarusian players will be able to compete at Wimbledon as neutral athletes after the All England Club on Friday reversed its ban from last year.

The players must comply with “appropriate conditions,” including not expressing support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

They also must not receive funding “from the Russian and/or Belarusian states (including sponsorship from companies operated or controlled by the states) in relation to their participation in The Championships,” the All England Club said in a statement.

Other tennis tournaments have allowed Russian and Belarusian players to compete as neutral athletes.

“We also consider alignment between the Grand Slams to be increasingly important in the current tennis environment,” the club said. “There was a strong and very disappointing reaction from some governing bodies in tennis to the position taken by the All England Club and the LTA last year with consequences which, if continued, would be damaging to the interests of players, fans, The Championships and British tennis.”

This year’s Wimbledon tournament will start on July 3. The women’s final is scheduled for July 15 and the men’s final on July 16.

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2023 World Junior Gymnastics Championships live stream schedule

World Junior Gymnastics Championships

The world junior gymnastics championships individual finals stream live on the International Gymnastics Federation YouTube channel from Friday through Sunday.

Already this week, Japan swept the men’s and women’s team titles in Antalya, Turkey. The U.S. women took silver.

The U.S. women in Friday’s all-around final are Izzy Stassi (qualified fourth) and Jayla Hang (qualified 22nd). The U.S. men in Friday’s all-around final are Kai Uemura (qualified 11th) and David Shamah (qualified 14th).

Americans also advanced to four of this weekend’s apparatus finals: women’s vault (Stassi, Hang), uneven bars (Hezly Rivera) and floor exercise (Rivera, Hang) and men’s still rings (Uemura).

Gymnastics added a biennial junior worlds starting in 2019. The 2021 edition was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Women ages 14 or 15 and men ages 15 through 18 compete.

The U.S. team in 2019 included future senior world team members Skye Blakely, Kayla DiCello and Konnor McClain.

2023 World Junior Gymnastics Championships Live Stream Schedule

Day Competition Time (ET) Platform
Friday Men’s All-Around 7:30 a.m. FIG YouTube | LIVE STREAM LINK
Women’s All-Around 12 p.m. FIG YouTube | LIVE STREAM LINK
Saturday Apparatus Finals 7 a.m. FIG YouTube | LIVE STREAM LINK
Sunday Apparatus Finals 7 a.m. FIG YouTube | LIVE STREAM LINK

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