Category Archives: Skiing

Mikaela Shiffrin wraps up second consecutive overall World Cup title

  • American repeats as overall World Cup champ with five races to go
  • Shiffrin becomes second US woman to win multiple overall titles

Mikaela Shiffrin can finally relax again.

After a tense build-up to the Olympics, the American won her second straight overall World Cup title on Friday, five races before the end of the season.

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Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018: 'the Games of new horizons'? | Sean Ingle

Russian scandal couldn’t overshadow spectacular sport and thawing relations between North and South Korea

Moments before the XXIII Winter Games ended amid a furious barrage of K-pop and firecrackers, the president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, insisted: “We have seen here how sport can make the world a better place … these are the Games of new horizons.”

Watching athletes from North and South Korea strolling happily together, for once separated by centimetres rather than 73 years’ antipathy, it was entirely possible to be swept along by waves of sentiment and hope.

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Winter Olympics 2018: closing ceremony – live!

12.22pm GMT

Just to briefly return to CL, the Korean rapper with the American accent, here’s an explanation that obviously I should’ve thought of earlier.

@NickMiller79 CL didn’t grow up in Seoul, she went to international schools in France and Japan and she now spends most of her time in America

12.21pm GMT

The Chinese bit of the ceremony now, which looks a little like a budget version of Tron, but with – for reasons someone smarter than me might be able to explain – a giant whale projected across the arena. Rollerbladers stand in for ice skaters.

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Mikaela Shiffrin never had to be the Michael Phelps of skiing

The pressure on the 22-year-old to deliver a haul of golds at these Winter Olympics was immense. But now she has time and experience on her side

By no sane metric could Mikaela Shiffrin’s second Olympics, which concluded on Thursday afternoon with her silver medal in the alpine combined to go with last week’s giant slalom gold, be fairly assessed as anything but a success.

She competed in three events in Pyeongchang after the weather conspired to spoil her ambitious bid for a record-breaking five medals in five events. Expectations were warped by months of hype which could only be characterized as unrealistic in the notoriously volatile trade of alpine skiing, where the margins that separate triumph and disaster come down to the most innocuous variables.

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Table tennis trickery, Bobby Moore on street football and showboating | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features Elizabeth Swaney’s dreams coming true and Fabio Fognini dropping some magic

1) It is the League Cup final on Sunday. Let’s harp back to 1988 and Arsenal v Luton: “Oh Dear, it’s Gus Caesar”. Also of yesteryear, Obafemi Martins in 2011. For fonder Arsenal League Cup final memories, here’s their win over Liverpool in 1987, which brought their first trophy under George Graham. And for Manchester City fans, here’s Peter Barnes and Dennis Tueart delivering Wembley glory in 1976.

Related: Futsal finals, muddy faceplants and Luís Boa Morte on MTV Cribs

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Mikaela Shiffrin takes silver in alpine combined as Lindsey Vonn skis off

  • Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin wins the gold in alpine combined
  • Shiffrin takes silver as Vonn skis off course in afternoon slalom

Mikaela Shiffrin added another Olympic medal to her growing haul with a silver in Thursday’s women’s alpine combined as Lindsey Vonn, who led the field after the morning’s downhill portion, made an early mistake in the afternoon slalom and skied out near the top of the course in what’s likely the final race of a storied Winter Games career.

Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin won the gold, following the third-fastest downhill with the fourth-fastest slalom for a combined time of 2 min 20.90 sec, overtaking the lead briefly held by Shiffrin, who finished 0.97 seconds off the pace. Another Swiss skier, Wendy Holdener, earned the bronze.

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