Mi­hara wins Four Con­ti­nents via strong free skate

The Washington Post Sunday - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL -

Mai Mi­hara cap­tured the women’s ti­tle Satur­day at the Four Con­ti­nents, a test event in PyeongChang, South Korea, for the 2018 Win­ter Olympics.

The 17-year-old Ja­panese ral­lied with a strong free skate af­ter plac­ing fourth in the short pro­gram. She had a to­tal of 200.85 points at Gangne­ung Ice Arena. Skat­ing to mu­sic from Cin­derella, Mi­hara landed her jumps cleanly to earn 134.34 points in the free skate.

“I was able to achieve my goals in my first Four Con­ti­nents,” she said. “I was a lit­tle ner­vous at first.”

Gabrielle Dale­man of Canada, first af­ter the short pro­gram, stum­bled on the land­ing of a dou­ble axel and was sec­ond with Amer­i­can Mi­rai Na­gasu, who had a per­sonal best of 132.04 in the free skate, was third with 194.95.

“When these mo­ments hap­pen, it’s so ex­cit­ing and so grat­i­fy­ing,” Na­gasu said. “It just val­i­dates my rea­son for train­ing hard ev­ery day, do­ing pro­grams even when I don’t feel like it.”

Kaet­lyn Os­mond of Canada was sec­ond af­ter the short pro­gram but fin­ished fourth af­ter plac­ing sixth in the free pro­gram. Choi Dabin of South Korea was fifth, and Karen Chen of the United States was 12th.

Sui Wen­jing and Han Cong of China won the pairs gold medal af­ter plac­ing first in the free skate for a com­bined to­tal of 225.03 points.

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Rad­ford of Canada were sec­ond with 212.23 points, fol­lowed by com­pa­tri­ots Li­ubov Ilyushechk­ina and Dy­lan Moscov­itch with 205.31.

SKI­ING: Mikaela Shiffrin won a third straight slalom ti­tle at the ski world cham­pi­onships in St. Moritz, Switzer­land, to re­tain her un­beaten record at ma­jor events.

The Amer­i­can, 21, was im­pe­ri­ous in ex­tend­ing her first-run lead to fin­ish a huge 1.64 sec­onds faster than run­ner-up Wendy Hold­ener of Switzer­land.

Frida Hans­dot­ter of Swe­den was third, trail­ing by 1.75.

Shiffrin was 0.85 faster than any ri­val the sec­ond time down af­ter beat­ing Hold­ener by 0.38 in the morn­ing first run.

Shiffrin’s gold medal streak in slalom in­cludes each world cham196.91. pi­o­nships she en­tered, start­ing in 2013, and the 2014 Olympics.

Her vic­tory gave the United States its first world ti­tle at St. Moritz in the 10th of 11 events.

Shiffrin also took sil­ver in gi­ant slalom Thurs­day.

BOB­SLED: Elana Mey­ers Tay­lor of the United States edged Olympic cham­pion Kail­lie Humphries of Canada for her sec­ond world championship gold in women’s bob­sled.

Mey­ers, who won her first in 2015, and brake­woman Kehri Jones edged Humphries and Melissa Lotholz by 0.03 sec­onds af­ter four runs in Konigssee, Ger­many.

Jamie Greubel Poser of the United States was third, 0.23 sec­onds back with brake­woman Aja Evans, for her first world championship medal.

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