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Alpine skiing: Shiffrin wins fourth successive world slalom gold

Alpine Skiing – FIS Alpine World Ski Championships – Women’s Slalom – Are, Sweden – February 16, 2019 – Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener in action. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann ARE, Sweden (Reuters) – American Mikaela Shiffrin became the first Alpine skier to win the same event at four successive world championships with a thrilling victory in the slalom on Saturday. Shiffrin, 23, was only third after the first run but produced an electrifying second leg to claim victory by 0.58 seconds from Swede Anna Swenn Larsson. Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova, who won the giant…

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Alpine skiing: Kristoffersen stuns Hirscher to claim thrilling GS gold

ARE, Sweden (Reuters) – Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen produced a scintillating second run to snatch gold in the giant slalom at the Alpine skiing world championships on Friday. Alpine Skiing – FIS Alpine World Ski Championships – Men’s Giant Slalom – Are, Sweden – February 15, 2019 – Norway’s Rasmus Windingstad in action. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann The 24-year-old trailed favorites Alexis Pinturault and Marcel Hirscher after the first run but carved his way down the rutted course in spectacular style to win by 0.20 seconds. Olympic champion Hirscher had to settle for…

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Diplomatic gold? Joint North Korea-South Korea Olympic bid faces long odds

SEOUL/BERLIN (Reuters) – If North and South Korea succeed in their long-shot bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympics, any athletic feats at the Games may be overshadowed by the political achievements needed to make it happen. FILE PHOTO: Participants form a message during Mass Games in May Day stadium marking the 70th anniversary of North Korea’s foundation in Pyongyang, North Korea, September 9, 2018. Picture taken September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File photo Buoyed by the role the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics played in easing tensions last year, South Korean…

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Alpine skiing: Jansrud denies Svindal dream finale to win downhill gold

Are, Sweden (Reuters) – Kjetil Jansrud led a Norwegian one-two to win gold in a weather-hit men’s downhill at the Alpine skiing world championships on Saturday, denying team mate Aksel Lund Svindal a fairytale finish to his career by the narrowest of margins. Alpine Skiing – FIS Alpine World Ski Championships – Men’s Downhill – Are, Sweden – February 9, 2019 – Silver medalist Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal and gold medalist Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud celebrate. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger Jansrud, 33, made light of the falling snow and poor visibility to win…

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Venezuela’s gold diplomacy gamble – BBC News

As Venezuela’s oil industry has plummeted with sanctions and economic collapse, President Nicolas Maduro has turned to his country’s other mineral wealth: gold. He’s used it to win allies and raise money. But the US, which has urged Mr Maduro to stand down, has warned those profiting from what it calls Venezuela’s illegitimate gold trade. The BBC’s Mark Lowen takes a look at Venezuela’s gold diplomacy gamble. Camera and editing by Lee Durant. Source link

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James Woods: British skier wins gold in slopestyle world championships in Utah

Woods finished fourth at the Winter Olympics last year British skier James Woods won gold in the men’s slopestyle event at the World Championships in Park City, Utah. Woods won with a score of 86.68 on his second run in difficult, windy conditions in the US. The gold is Woods’ first at the World Championships, following on from a silver he won in 2013 and bronze in 2017. Norway’s Birk Russ took silver while American Nicholas Goepper finished third. More to follow. Source link

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Alpine skiing: Paris strikes Super-G gold for Italy

ARE, Sweden (Reuters) – Italy’s Dominik Paris won men’s Super-G gold at the Alpine skiing world championships on Wednesday, bagging the first major title of his career. Alpine Skiing – FIS Alpine World Ski Championships – Men’s Super G – Are, Sweden – February 6, 2019 – Italy’s Dominik Paris in action. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann Norwegian great Aksel Lund Svindal, the reigning Olympic downhill champion who has said he will retire after the championships in Are, finished outside the top 15. Paris, wearing bib number three on a bright afternoon, crossed…

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Wrestling – Triple Olympic gold medalist Yoshida retires

FILE PHOTO: Japan’s Saori Yoshida reacts after defeating Canada’s Tonya Lynn Verbeek on the final of the Women’s 55Kg Freestyle wrestling at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 9, 2012. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem/File Photo TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s three-times Olympic wrestling champion Saori Yoshida announced her retirement on Tuesday at the age of 36. Yoshida, who also won silver at Rio 2016, made the announcement on Twitter. “I have decided to end the 33 years of being a wrestler,” she said. “Thanks to all your encouragement and…

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World Taekwondo Grand Slam: Bianca Walkden & Lauren Williams win gold for GB

Walkden’s contest went to three rounds in wuxi before she won Bianca Walkden and Lauren Williams both won gold for Great Britain at the World Taekwondo Grand Slam finals in China. Walkden beat American Madelynn Gorman-Shore to defend her +67kg title, while Williams beat Turkey’s Nur Tatar Askari in the -67kg class. Jade Jones lost her -57kg final to China’s Lijun Zhou, while Rebecca McGowan missed out on +67kg bronze. Bradley Sinden was the only British men’s finalist and lost to home fighter Shuai Zhao in the -68kg category. Find…

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