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Sports quiz of the week: fast feet, heavy limbs and high leaps

Who lost a ball? Who lost his job? And who lost his record?Cristiano Ronaldo has now won the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A. Who else has done this as a player?Zlatan Ibrahimovic Thierry Henry Laurent Blanc No one Who reacted to a devastating defe…

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David Wise sets new highest air record in ski quarterpipe – video

Two-time olympic gold medallist David Wise has set a new world record for the highest ski air quarterpipe jump. The US skier hit a height of 11.7 metres, almost an entire metre more than the previous record set by Simon Dumont in 2008. Wise was skiing …

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Mikaela Shiffrin adds to dazzling season with first super-G crystal globe

Skier wins 10th season-long title and first in speed disciplineShiffrin, 24, locked up overall and slalom titles weeks agoItaly’s Dominik Paris captured men’s title at World Cup finalsMikaela Shiffrin won the World Cup super-G title for her 10th career…

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Mikaela Shiffrin breaks 30-year record for World Cup wins in a season – video

The American skier Mikaela Shiffrin won her 15th World Cup race of the season to rewrite history. No other skier, male or female, had ever win more than 14 times in a single World Cup season Continue reading…

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Skiing and soaring: 2019 Nordic World Ski Championships – in pictures

The best images from Austria after the biennial event’s 11 days of competition closed where athletes competed in nordic skiing’s three disciplines: cross-country skiing, ski jumping and nordic combined Continue reading…

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Five athletes arrested in anti-doping raids targeting ‘criminal organisation’

• Police make arrests at Nordic world skiing championships• One of athletes ‘caught in the act of doping’ during raidFive skiers from Austria, Kazakhstan and Estonia were arrested in anti-doping raids at the Nordic skiing world championships in the Aus…

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Lindsey Vonn’s exit shows champions don’t have to go downhill | Richard Williams

American skier who is retiring from the sport did not need to win in order to bow out in glory in her final raceAll she wanted, Lindsey Vonn said, was to stay out of the fence, get to the finish and see the green one more time. She got her wish. At the…

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Lindsey Vonn: a daredevil champion never afraid to show her scars

The 34-year-old has retired as the most successful female skier of all time. She is loved for her flaws as much as her phenomenal physical giftsOlympic athletes have an unfortunate tendency to be recognized only for what they accomplish during the Game…

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Ski president sorry for praising dictators and attacking ‘so-called’ climate change

Gian Franco Kasper said dictators make good event hosts75-year-old once said women shouldn’t ski jumpThe president of the International Ski Federation has apologised after an interview in which he questioned climate change and said he preferred countri…

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‘I lucked out a bit’ – UK skier James Woods wins first world title

Woods crowned world champion in men’s ski slopestyleBattled tough conditions in Utah to top the podiumGreat Britain’s James Woods has been crowned world champion for the first time after winning the men’s ski slopestyle competition in Utah.The 27-year-…

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Lindsey Vonn crashes out of Super-G in penultimate race of her career

American fit enough to ski down hill after treatment34-year-old set to retire at end of world championshipsLindsey Vonn has crashed in the super-G at the world championships, straddling a gate mid-air and ending up in the safety nets. Vonn, however, go…

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Matti Nykänen, Finnish ski-jumping great, dies aged 55

‘Flying Finn’ often regarded as best ski jumper everChaotic personal life meant Nykänen once worked as stripperMatti Nykänen, the Finnish ski jumping great who soared to unprecedented Olympic glory but struggled with alcohol addiction and personal chao…

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‘Every race is a fight’: Mikaela Shiffrin takes World Cup slalom for 13th win of season

American earns 13th World Cup win of the season, 56th overallShiffrin bests previous personal best of 12 victories in a seasonAfter celebrating her personal-best 13th World Cup victory of the season and 56th overall, Mikaela Shiffrin spoke out Saturday…

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‘Broken beyond repair’: Lindsey Vonn set to retire after world championships

Vonn retiring after worlds, her knees ‘broken beyond repair’American’s final downhill race is scheduled for 10 FebruarySkier reveals she had yet another surgery on her right kneeLindsey Vonn has only two races remaining on her aching knees.The women’s …

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‘It’s time to say goodbye’: Lindsey Vonn hints at immediate retirement

Injuries have taken toll on 34-year-old American skierVonn had been planning on retiring at the end of the yearLindsey Vonn may have competed in her last ski race. After failing to finish a World Cup super-G on Sunday as she battles pain in both of her…

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The incredible story of Pita Taufatofua, Tonga’s shirtless Olympic flag bearer

Years of pain and crushing disappointment have not dissuaded the Instagram sensation from becoming an Olympian in two sports – and he’s about to announce a thirdWhen Pita Taufatofua began the walk towards the stadium at the 2016 Rio Olympics opening ce…

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Mikaela Shiffrin breaks World Cup record with 36th slalom triumph

Shiffrin breaks World Cup record with 36th slalom victoryAmerican had previously shared record with Marlies RaichMikaela Shiffrin capped the best year of her career by setting yet another milestone Saturday, overtaking one of her childhood idols to bec…

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Mikaela Shiffrin equals World Cup record with 35th career win in slalom

Shiffrin matches World Cup record with 35th slalom victoryAmerican is youngest of eight skiers to reach 50 career winsMikaela Shiffrin wrote more World Cup history Saturday, winning a slalom for a women’s record-equaling 35th career victory in the disc…

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‘Parkour 3.0’: freestyle skier masters elaborate obstacle course – video

Freestyle skier Andri Ragettli has successfully completed a complex parkour obstacle course without touching the ground once – after 53 attempts.The 19-year-old athlete shared a video of the challenge, which was filmed in Switzerland on 30 Se…

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Pierra Menta ski race 2018 – in pictures

Each year since March 1986, Arêches-Beaufort in Savoie, in the heart of Beaufortain, France, has played host to the Pierra Menta, an international ski mountaineering competition for elite athletes Continue reading…