Canada Olympic women’s hockey roster led by Marie-Philip Poulin

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Forward Marie-Philip Poulin leads a Canadian Olympic women’s hockey roster that, for the first time since 2006, will not include goalie Shannon Szabados.

Poulin, the 30-year-old team captain, and fellow forward Rebecca Johnston are each going to a fourth Olympics after winning gold in 2010 and 2014 and silver in 2018.

Szabados, 35, started all three of those Olympic finals against the U.S. but in May was not named to Canada’s centralization roster to train for the Games.

“I am still training, working out etc but my little one [daughter Shaylyn] is only 8 months so between having her and covid severely limiting any real opportunities to compete I knew I was no where near where i needed to be to be at Olympic level,” Szabados wrote in an email then. “That coupled with just wanting to be a mom right now, that little girl is my #1 priority at the moment and it wasn’t the right time to make a comeback.”

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Canada may have lost the 2018 Olympic final to the U.S. in a shootout, but last August at the world championship, it beat the U.S. in a major final for the first time in seven years. Poulin scored the golden goal in overtime in Calgary, the latest in a string of clutch goals in 13 years with the national team.

Canada also boasts the MVP from the 2018 Olympics and 2021 Worlds, forward Mélodie Daoust, and veteran forwards Brianne Jenner and Natalie Spooner.

Ann-Renée Desbiens succeeded Szabados as the No. 1 goalie, playing in the medal round at the world championship tournament.

Notable skaters not on the Olympic team include forward Meghan Agosta, who played in the last four Olympics but neither world championship in this cycle, and defender Laura Fortino, who led the team in ice time at the 2018 Olympics and 2019 Worlds. Neither Agosta nor Fortino was named to the national team pool last year.

Defender Meaghan Mikkelson, a three-time Olympian, is the most notable cut from the 2021 national team pool. She missed the world championship after June knee surgery, returning in November.

In Beijing, the U.S. and Canada will play in the last game of pool play. If each team wins the rest of its games, they would play again in the Olympic final.

• Goaltenders: Kristen Campbell (Brandon, Man.)Ann-Renée Desbiens (La Malbaie, Que.) and Emerance Maschmeyer (Bruderheim, Alta.)

• Defence: Erin Ambrose (Keswick, Ont.)Ashton Bell (Deloraine, Man./University of Minnesota Duluth, WCHA)Renata Fast (Burlington, Ont.)Jocelyne Larocque (Ste. Anne, Man.)Ella Shelton (Ingersoll, Ont.)Claire Thompson (Toronto, Ont.) and Micah Zandee-Hart (Saanichton, B.C.)

• Forwards: Emily Clark (Saskatoon, Sask.),Mélodie Daoust (Valleyfield, Que.),Sarah Fillier (Georgetown, Ont./Princeton University, ECAC)Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont.)Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont.)Emma Maltais (Burlington, Ont./Ohio State University, WCHA)Sarah Nurse (Hamilton, Ont.)Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que.)Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, Ont.), Jill Saulnier (Halifax, N.S.)Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont.)Laura Stacey (Kleinburg, Ont.) and Blayre Turnbull (Stellarton, N.S.)

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In a tie, Wendy Holdener puts to rest a remarkable stat in Alpine skiing

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Swiss Wendy Holdener ended one of the most remarkable victory droughts in sports by tying for the win with Swede Anna Swenn Larsson in a World Cup slalom in Killington, Vermont, on Sunday.

Holdener, after 15 second-place finishes and 15 third-place finishes in her career, stood on the top step of a World Cup slalom podium for the first time. She shared it with Swenn Larsson, who had six World Cup slalom podiums before Sunday and also earned her first win.

They beat Austrian Katharina Truppe by .22 of a second combining times from two runs.

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Holdener, 29, previously won three World Cups in other disciplines, plus two world championships in the combined and Olympic and world titles in the team event.

“To be tied first when I came into the finish was such a relief,” Holdener said while shoulder to shoulder with Swenn Larsson. “On the end, it’s perfect, because now we can share our first win together.”

Mikaela Shiffrin had the best first-run time but lost her lead midway through the second run and finished fifth. Shiffrin, who won the first two slaloms this season last weekend, was bidding for a 50th World Cup slalom victory and a sixth win in six slaloms in Killington.

“I fought. I think some spots I got a little bit off my timing, but I was pushing, and that’s slalom,” she said before turning her attention to Holdener and Swenn Larsson. “It’s a pretty special day, actually.”

The women’s Alpine skiing World Cup moves next weekend to Lake Louise, Alberta, with two downhills and a super-G.

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Injured Ilia Malinin wins Grand Prix Finland, qualifies for Grand Prix Final

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Ilia Malinin, competing “a little bit injured” this week, still won Grand Prix Finland and goes into the Grand Prix Final in two weeks as the world’s top-ranked male singles skater.

Malinin, who was second after Friday’s short program, landed four clean quadruple jumps in Saturday’s free skate to overtake Frenchman Kevin Aymoz.

Malinin, who landed a quad flip in competition for the first time, according to SkatingScores.com, also attempted a quad Axel to open his program, but spun out of the landing and put his hand down on the ice.

Malinin also won his previous two starts this season in come-from-behind fashion. The 17-year-old world junior champion became the first skater to land a clean, fully rotated quad Axel in September, then did it again in October at Skate America, where he posted the world’s top overall score this season.

Next, Malinin can become the second-youngest man to win the Grand Prix Final after Russian Yevgeny Plushenko. His biggest competition is likely to be world champion Shoma Uno of Japan, who like Malinin won both of his Grand Prix starts this fall. Malinin and Uno have not gone head-to-head this season.

Grand Prix Finland highlights air on NBC, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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Earlier, Japan’s Mai Mihara overtook world silver medalist Loena Hendrickx of Belgium to become the only woman to win both of her Grand Prix starts this season. Mihara prevailed by .23 of a point. The top three women this season by best total score are Japanese, led by a junior skater, 14-year-old Mao Shimada, who isn’t Olympic age-eligible until 2030.

Mihara and Hendrickx qualified for the Grand Prix Final, joining world champion Kaori Sakamoto and Rinka Watanabe, both of Japan, South Korean Yelim Kim and American Isabeau Levito, the world junior champion.

Italians Rebecca Ghilardi and Filippo Ambrosini won both pairs’ programs and qualified for their first Grand Prix Final.

Japan’s Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara and Americans Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier headline the Final. Both pairs won each of their Grand Prix starts earlier this fall. The Japanese have the world’s two best scores this season. The Americans are reigning world champions.

At least one Russian or Chinese pair made every Grand Prix Final podium — usually pairs from both countries — but neither nation competed in pairs this Grand Prix season. All Russian skaters are banned due to the war in Ukraine. China’s lone entry on the Grand Prix across all disciplines was an ice dance couple.

Canadians Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier improved on their world-leading score for this season in winning the ice dance by 17.03 points over Americans Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker. Both couples qualified for the Grand Prix Final in the absence of all three Olympic medalists this fall.

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