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Lara Gut takes early lead in slalom opener


Swiss brilliant Lara Gut has emerged arrive afterwards two arty runs in the behemothic slalom division opener in Soelden, Austria.The 25-year-old won her aboriginal Crystal Globe aftermost division and has put bottomward a brand for her rivals in the aboriginal chase of the winter.She led the acreage by 1.42 abnormal afterwards the aboriginal run and clinched the win over Mikaela Schiffrin in the second. The American accomplished 1.44 abnormal off top slot.Gut told the official International Ski Federation (FIS) website that she had been a little afraid afore the aboriginal chase as arresting champion. It s consistently appropriate in Soelden, she said. It s a admirable day. I adulation the slope. I accept to adore that. I aloof approved to ski. Schiffrin was upbeat afterwards the race, cogent the FIS site: I absolutely like second. I like aboriginal better, but it is nice to alpha off on this bottom and it was absolutely a boxy day for a lot of girls. Schiffrin is still alone 21 and is angled to be one of the capital contenders for all-embracing appellation as she adds the decline to her disciplines in an accomplishment to be as ascendant in the acceleration accident as she has been in the slalom.After one behemothic slalom race, Gut leads Schiffrin by 20 credibility with Italian Marta Bassino in third and Austrian Stephanie Brunner in fourth.Last year, Gut was complex in a abutting action with Lindsey Vonn until she suffered a backward division injury. Afterwards disturbing with three austere knee injuries in four years, Vonn absitively to sit out the behemothic slalom in Soelden and will instead focus on the acceleration events.Competitors in the women s behemothic slalom accept a breach amid races, with the abutting claiming during the US Thanksgiving weekend in Killington, Vermont. It will be the aboriginal World Cup captivated on the East Coast back 1991.Sunday sees the about-face of the men in the behemothic slalom on the Soelden course. Actual ablaze new snow is forecast.All eyes will be on Austrian Marcel Hirscher who is angled for the men s behemothic slalom title. He was actual able aftermost year but will face a claiming from American Ted Ligety whose 2015-16 division was cut abbreviate by injury. He has won the Soelden opener four times in the accomplished bristles years.

From Lindsey Vonn to Aksel Lund Svindal; eight skiers to watch


London With snow already falling in the Alps, get accessible for one of the best agitative ski antagonism seasons in years as some of the better names will be authoritative a acknowledgment to the slopes.Olympic gold medallists Lindsey Vonn, Aksel Lund Svindal, Julia Mancuso and possibly Bode Miller are all assertive to accomplish their comebacks from either abrasion or retirement. The circuit, which campaign to 31 venues beyond three continents, begins in Soelden, Austria, this weekend area altitude on the Rettenbach Glacier are perfect , according to International Ski Federation (FIS) chase administrator Markus Mayr. With a Apple Championships in St. Moritz abutting February and the Olympic Winter Games demography abode in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February 2018, the 50th Apple Cup division will booty on added significance. Here s a attending at the eight better names to watch:Lindsey VonnJust like her idol Roger Federer, there is almost an accident area Vonn doesn t breach yet addition record.The best acknowledged changeable ski racer of all time with 76 Apple Cup titles, Vonn is alone 11 wins abroad from breaking the best almanac set by Swedish fable Ingemar Stenmark in 1989.Having struggled with three austere knee injuries in four years — one of which affected her out of the 2014 Sochi Olympics — Vonn will be attractive to accomplish up for absent time.Currently on a bout to advance her book about aliment and fitness, Vonn will sit out the behemothic slalom in Soelden and focus on the acceleration contest instead as she chases Stenmark s recordIf she stays healthy, the 32-year-old American has every adventitious of catastrophe her career as the greatest ski racer of all time. READ: What Vonn did during the off-seasonAksel Lund SvindalOne of the best agitative skiers to watch on the men s bout acknowledgment to his able athleticism, Svindal had been arch the all-embracing Apple Cup standings aback his division came to an brusque end in a awful blast in bad acclimate in Kitzbuehel in January. Afterwards knee anaplasty for a broken antecedent cruciate bond (ACL) and six months of accelerated rehab, he fabricated his aboriginal turns on skis alone aftermost ages and accordingly won t be aggressive on the abrupt slopes in Soelden. READ: Decline charlatan to Silicon Valley virginBut the aerial Norwegian, 33, has appear aback able from connected abrasion break in the accomplished and there is no acumen why he wouldn t be able to animation aback this time around. Lara GutWidely apparent as the abutting big affair in ski antagonism back acceptable her aboriginal Apple Cup chase at 17, Gut assuredly came of age as she clinched her aboriginal all-embracing Crystal Globe aftermost season.Having generally alloyed accuracy with aberrant performances in the past, the 25-year-old Swiss put bottomward a appreciably constant division that included 13 podiums including six victories. Gut had been complex in a abutting activity for the all-embracing appellation with Vonn until the American got side-lined by a late-season injury.Not that that should booty annihilation abroad from Gut s achievements as she denticulate victories in downhill, super-G, behemothic slalom and aerial combined. The aboriginal Swiss woman to assure the all-embracing appellation back Vreni Schneider in 1995, the burden will be on to bear already afresh this season. Marcel Hirscher Virtually angry aftermost division in the abstruse contest as he mopped up a record-tying fifth afterwards all-embracing title, the world s arch macho skier was about felled by a bombinate during a chase in Italy.But Hirscher remained a archetypal of consistency, catastrophe the division with 19 podiums and eight victories. Although alone 27 years old, Hirscher can almost airing the streets of his built-in Austria and aftermost division he appear his superstar cachet fabricated him accede retirement. Provided he s committed mentally, it s adamantine to bet adjoin him acceptable a sixth all-embracing title. READ: How a bombinate absent Marcel Hirscher by inchesMikaela ShiffrinOnly 21 and already an Olympic and back-to-back apple best in the slalom, Shiffrin could be one of the capital contenders for the all-embracing appellation as she adds the decline and the super-G to her disciplines this season.Shiffrin s attack to able the acceleration contest started a year ago, but got batty by a knee abrasion in December that alone her for nine weeks.Level-headed, air-conditioned beneath burden and technically gifted, it will be absorbing to see if Shiffrin can be as ascendant in the acceleration contest as she has been in the slalom. Ted LigetyLigety lit up the Apple Cup in 2013-14 with his different axis appearance — complete with his achievement on the arena — in the behemothic slalom.His abstraction address was so near-perfect, he was acceptable contest by abounding seconds, instead of the accepted tenths or alike hundredths of a second.An Olympic best in the accumulated in Turin in 2006, Ligety clinched the behemothic slalom gold badge at the Sochi Games in 2014. A five-time apple champion, his 2015-16 division concluded anon afterwards he tore his ACL in training in Germany in January.The 32-year-old American, who runs a biking and skiing accessories business in his additional time, has won the opener in Soelden four times in the accomplished bristles years. Julia MancusoAs abundant at home on a cream lath during the summer in Hawaii as she is on skis during the winter, Mancuso absent the absolute 2015-16 division afterwards opting for hip anaplasty afterward years of pain.A adept of the US ski aggregation alongside Vonn, Mancuso s four medals in the aftermost three Winter Olympics are attestation to her adeptness to bear aback it absolutely matters.Now 32 and the best busy American woman in Olympic aerial history, she has set the 2018 Winter Games as her ultimate goal. Special mention: Bode MillerWhether six-time Olympic champ Bode Miller allotment to the slopes this division afterwards two years off will abundantly depend on the aftereffect of a lawsuit.The now 39-year-old American sued ski accessories maker Head NV aftermost ages because he capital to accomplish his improvement on New York-based high-end ski brand, Bomber.When Miller retired from antagonism in 2015, he agreed with Head he wouldn t use any added cast until the end of the 2016-17 division if he afflicted his mind.After Head administrator and arch controlling Johan Eliasch said on the company s Facebook folio the aggregation would booty every activity to accomplish our rights, Miller asked a cloister to abandoned his agreement.To be continued, no doubt.

WTA Finals: No Serena Williams so who will win season finale?


Some of women s tennis best performers in contempo years are missing from the anniversary championships at the WTA finals in Singapore.Serena Williams — the almanac 22-time admirable blast best — continues to assistant a accept injury, Maria Sharapova is confined a biologic suspension, Victoria Azarenka is abundant and Petra Kvitova aloof didn t do abundant to qualify. That may not agree to the tournament, which begins Sunday, actuality avant-garde accessible but anniversary of the seven accepted qualifiers complex — Svetlana Kuznetsova needs to win the Kremlin Cup to abjure Johanna Konta the eighth atom — has a astute befalling of advancing accomplished the annular robin stage. Read: Sharapova ban bargain And afterwards that, who knows? Accustomed she is the apple No. 1, Angelique Kerber charge be the favorite, admitting a collapse back replacing Williams aloft the standings. Here s a afterpiece attending at the seven accepted players, alpha with the abandoned changeable this year to win two majors. If Konta secures the eighth atom there will be four debutantes at this year s finale. Angelique Kerber: By acceptable those two admirable blast titles, those who would accomplish Kerber amateur of the year behindhand of what happens in Singapore accept a able case. The awkward German absitively to animate assailment into her counter-punching appearance in the off-season and it paid burning dividends: The 28-year-old agitated Williams in January s affecting Australian Accessible final. Injuries and ambidextrous with the burden of actuality a admirable blast champ took their assessment for a while, but Kerber recovered by extensive the Wimbledon final — falling to Williams in a accomplished bound — and acceptable the US Accessible two canicule afterwards accepting the No. 1 ranking. The WTA Finals mark a cogent analysis for Kerber, accustomed that in three antecedent appearances she has never fabricated it accomplished the accumulation stage, announcement a 2-7 record. How the year could accept angry out abnormally had Kerber not adored a bout point adjoin Misaki Doi in the aboriginal annular of the Australian Open. Garbine Muguruza: Muguruza threatened to win a admirable blast appellation above-mentioned to 2016 — ousted by Williams in the 2015 Wimbledon final — and appropriately prevailed at the French Accessible by acquisition the adolescent Williams sister. Her accent bold from the baseline can overpower about anyone back the Spaniard is in form. Unfortunately for the Venezuelan-born Muguruza, it hasn t happened a accomplished lot back Roland Garros. Back the French Accessible through aboriginal October, the 23-year-old aggregate a characterless 10-8 record. All eight defeats came to players lower ranked. Agnieszka Radwanska: A agent who eschews ability for acumen and placement, Radwanska has been voted Fan Admired by the accessible bristles times in a row, as appear by the WTA. For abundant of aftermost year, it looked like Radwanska wouldn t authorize for the 2015 edition. Yet the 27-year-old Pole acceptable a atom acknowledgment to a backward curl and again won the title, acceptable the aboriginal amateur back Amelie Mauresmo in 2005 to booty the acme afterwards yet capturing a admirable slam. Radwanska still hasn t won a above but she able for Singapore this year with affluence of allowance to spare. Simona Halep: On the accountable of accepted players, Halep has been the best clicked amateur on the WTA s website the accomplished two seasons. Read: Want your kid to become a tennis player?One of tennis top movers with a affection for acceptable highlight-reel rallies — agnate to Radwanska — the Romanian started the division with an underwhelming 3-5 record. The 25-year-old acquired drive in March in Indian Wells and won a big appellation on adobe in Madrid in May, although she has been at her best constant back the end of June. Halep absent the 2014 final to Williams 6-3 6-0 — but did duke the American one of the affliction losses of her career in the round-robin portion, prevailing 6-0 6-2. New to the WTA FinalsKarolina Pliskova: Not alone is Pliskova the delinquent baton in aces on the women s bout with 508, but her boilerplate per bout exceeds that of Williams. The 6-foot-1 Czech accustomed herself on the bout the antecedent two seasons, finishing at 24th in 2014 and 11th aftermost year but alone fabricated her aboriginal admirable blast quarterfinal at this year s US Open. The 24-year-old did it, though, with a bang, extenuative a bout point to exhausted Venus Williams afore eliminating Serena in the semifinals. Read: Serena agitated by PliskovaPliskova so about downed Kerber in the final, too, captivation a breach advantage in the third set. Pliskova is the sole adumbrative from the Czech Republic afterwards Kvitova bootless to authorize for the aboriginal time back 2010. Madison Keys: Labeled as the abutting big affair in US tennis, Keys enjoyed a constant season.The 21-year-old American didn t accomplish the semifinals of a above — clashing in 2015 — but was solid nonetheless, extensive the fourth annular at all four of the admirable slams.Away from the admirable slams, her booming serve and forehand propelled Keys to celebrated finals in Rome and Montreal; she additionally won the additional appellation of her career in Birmingham. The year could accept been alike bigger if not for a abiding adductor abrasion that afflicted Keys at the Australian Open. Again at Wimbledon, leg cramps alike in a defeat to Halep. Dominika Cibulkova: Listed at 5-foot-3, Cibulkova isn t one of tennis taller players. And nowadays it seems like alpine ability players are the barometer in the women s game.But don t let the Slovakian s acme fool you. She is able to accomplish abundant clip off both the forehand and backhand and is one of the tour s top competitors. Cibulkova alone avant-garde to one admirable blast quarterfinal — at Wimbledon canicule afore she got affiliated — but best up affluence of credibility at WTA tournaments, acceptable three titles and extensive three added finals. Who will win in Singapore? Accept your say on s Sport Facebook pageThe 27-year-old is a above admirable blast finalist, accepting fabricated the Australian Accessible afterpiece in 2014.