Shiffrin widens lead in pur­suit of World Cup ti­tle

The Washington Post Sunday - - PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL -

Mikaela Shiffrin shook her head after a fi­nal run that fea­tured plenty of mis­takes fol­lowed by some re­mark­able re­cov­er­ies.

She left the door open, she feared. Turns out, not so much. Not the way she’s rac­ing.

The Amer­i­can stand­out all but clinched her fourth slalom ti­tle in five sea­sons be­fore she took her first run and then capped off an elec­tric day with the win at a World Cup race in Squaw Val­ley on a warm Satur­day in Olympic Val­ley, Calif.

“I’m not proud of my ski­ing. I think it was very scrappy, and I’m proud of the fight,” Shiffrin said. “But it’s not my best ski­ing. To fight my way to the fin­ish and come away with an­other win to­day, some­times it’s bet­ter to do that than to feel like I skied un­be­liev­able.”

Trail­ing go­ing into the fi­nal run, Shiffrin over­came some early slip-ups to turn in a com­bined time of 1:39.48. Then she anx­iously waited to see whether it was good enough.

Shiffrin, who turns 22 on Mon­day, com­pleted the Squaw Val­ley sweep, win­ning the gi­ant slalom Fri­day as the World Cup re­turned to hill for the first time since 1969.

She leads the race for the over­all ti­tle by a com­mand­ing 378 points over Ilka Stuhec of Slove­nia head­ing into the fi­nal four com­pe­ti­tions at the World Cup fi­nals in Aspen.

BIATHLON: Ger­many’s Laura Dahlmeier won the women’s biathlon World Cup over­all ti­tle after a vic­tory in a pur­suit race in Kon­ti­o­lahti, Fin­land.

Dahlmeier has won 10 races this sea­son, dou­ble the num­ber for clos­est ri­val Gabriela Koukalova, in­clud­ing six of the past seven events for an in­sur­mount­able lead.

Dahlmeier took the lead at the third shoot­ing stage of Satur­day’s race as her key ri­vals missed shots. She won by 16.5 sec­onds over French ath­lete Marie Dorin Habert, with Lisa Vi­tozzi of Italy tak­ing her first ca­reer World Cup podium in third, 3.4 sec­onds fur­ther back.

SPEED SKAT­ING: U.S. speed skater Heather Bergsma won the women’s 1,000-me­ter World Cup ti­tle and closed in on the over­all race in Sta­vanger, Nor­way.

Bergsma beat Ja­panese ri­val Nao Ko­daira by 0.05 sec­onds to se­cure the dis­tance ti­tle, with a per­fect record in her World Cup 1,000 races this sea­son.

The Amer­i­can skater is the fa­vorite to se­cure the over­all ti­tle in Sun­day’s races.

Czech skater Martina Sab­likova se­cured the women’s long-dis­tance ti­tle for the 11th straight sea­son after win­ning the 3,000 . . . .

With a dar­ing race, Elise Christie of Bri­tain claimed an up­set vic­tory in the women’s 1,500 short track race for her first world championships gold medal in Rot­ter­dam.

CROSS-COUN­TRY SKI­ING: Nor­way’s Martin John­srud Sundby won the cross-coun­try ski­ing World Cup ti­tle with a vic­tory in a 50-kilo­me­ter clas­si­cal race in Nor­way.

Sundby served a two-month dop­ing ban last year for ex­ceed­ing the per­mit­ted dose of asthma med­i­ca­tion.

Satur­day’s win gives Sundby an in­sur­mount­able lead in the stand­ings for his third ca­reer World Cup ti­tle. He was stripped of an­other ti­tle from the 2014-15 sea­son as part of the dop­ing sanc­tion.

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