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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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Dirk Nowitzki: harassment and assault claims against Mavericks are 'heartbreaking'

  • SI report details allegations of violence within franchise
  • Owner Mark Cuban has launched independent investigation

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki has expressed his dismay after a Sports Illustrated investigation alleged the franchise is a hostile workplace for women.

The story detailed how one team employee had a history of violence against women within the organization while former CEO Terdema Ussery was alleged to have sexually harassed a number of colleagues. One former department head said there was “built-in protection for a lot of men” within the team. None of the allegations were against the playing staff.

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Winter Olympics 2018: curling and biathlon on day 13 in Pyeongchang – live!

1.10pm GMT

In the other semi-final, for the first time, daylight: USA steal two in the eighth end and lead 4-2!

1.06pm GMT

Sweden qualify for the men’s curling gold medal match! At the end of the eighth end, with the Swedes holding a 9-3 lead, Switzerland accept the inevitable. They will have a chance of bronze, but still don’t know who they’ll be facing.

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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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LeBron James responds to Fox host's controversial 'shut up and dribble' comment

  • Laura Ingraham attacked NBA star for criticism of Donald Trump
  • Many saw hosts comments as filled with racist undertones

LeBron James has responded to what many perceived as racist comments from Fox News host Laura Ingraham.

After the NBA star had said Donald Trump doesn’t “give a fuck about the people” in an interview on his Uninterrupted social media channel Ingraham said athletes should stay out of politics and “shut up and dribble”. She then took James to task for his “ungrammatical” and “unintelligible” language.

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Adam Rippon, John Curry and figure skating's complex history with gay athletes

The American’s skill and charisma has been a highlight of the Games. But figure skating has not always been so supportive of its LGBT athletes

On Monday in Pyeongchang, Adam Rippon and Eric Radford posed for a photo together, Olympic medals proudly draped around their necks. Rippon had delivered a powerful, artistic performance as the United States claimed bronze in the figure skating team event. Radford, a pairs skater, played a crucial role in Canada claiming gold.

Embracing for the cameras afterwards, they were united not just by their sport but by history. No openly gay male athlete had ever reached a Winter Olympic podium before. Now, there were two.

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Winter Olympics 2018: day eight from Pyeongchang – live!

5.53am GMT

I neglected to point out that Izzy’s win is GB’s first ever skiing medal at a Winter Olympics.

5.51am GMT

Britain’s Izzy Atkin has won bronze in the women’s ski slopestyle. A full report will follow as soon as we can get it. Well done Izzy.

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Super-G: snowboarder Ledecka wins shock gold on borrowed skis with Vonn sixth

  • Czech athlete had never finished on podium in an alpine event
  • NBC already announced Anna Veith as winner before Ledecka’s run
  • Vonn’s slip costs her but still has favoured downhill to come

Ester Ledecka, the world champion snowboarder from the Czech Republic, delivered one of the biggest upsets in Winter Olympics history on Saturday afternoon, coming out of nowhere to win the women’s super-G by the slimmest of margins as Lindsey Vonn failed to deliver an expected medal in her opening race of the Pyeongchang Games.

Ledecka, who is the first ever athlete to compete in both skiing and snowboarding at the Olympics, finished with a winning time of 1min 21.12sec to pip Austria’s Anna Veith by one-hundredth of a second. Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein, who finished 0.11sec off the pace, won the bronze.

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Lindsey Jacobellis shouldn't be remembered as a serial loser but she will be

The US snowboarder doesn’t deserve to be remembered for her failure to win Olympic gold. But deserve, as they say, has nothing to do with it

The redemption arc is one of the most reliable Olympic tropes and there were few juicier ones entering these Winter Games than Lindsey Jacobellis. She is the most decorated athlete in the history of snowboard cross, a woman who has won everything except an Olympic gold medal.

Twelve years ago Jacobellis, as you may recall, was responsible for one of the most infamous gaffes in Olympic history. Five seconds clear of the pack in the first ever Olympic snowboard cross final, she went for a trick on the penultimate jump to punctuate her certain victory, only to eat it on the landing as Switzerland’s Tanja Frieden whizzed past her for the gold.

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