Sports News Roundup: Exclusive Belarusian skier flees country after ban for political views; Tennis-Tearful Del Potro loses on comeback as retirement nears & more

Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Exclusive Belarusian skier flees country after ban for political opinions

A Belarusian cross-country skier has fled the country with her family for fear of reprisals from the authorities after she was barred from the competition for the family’s political views, she and her father have said. Darya Dolidovich and her family are now in Poland, where she hopes to continue training, Sergei Dolidovich, a seven-time Olympian cross-country skier who also coaches Darya, told Reuters in a video call interview with his daughter on Tuesday.

Tennis-Tearful Del Potro loses comeback as retirement nears

Injured Juan Martin del Potro bid an emotional farewell to his fans while casting doubt on plans to play next week in Brazil after losing 6-1 6-3 to fellow Argentine Federico Delbonis in the first round of the ‘Argentina Open. The 33-year-old former US Open champion suffered a knee injury and told fans on Saturday that this month’s tournaments in Argentina and Brazil would be his last.

NFL-Texans general manager says Flores lawsuit didn’t impact head coach’s decision

The Houston Texans general manager said Tuesday that Brian Flores’ lawsuit against the National Football League and three teams over alleged racial bias in hiring practices did not affect his team’s decision to appoint Lovie Smith as the new head coach. Flores, who is black, was fired as head coach of the Miami Dolphins in January and filed a lawsuit last week alleging discrimination against black applicants for top coaching and management positions. level.

Olympics-Alpine Skiing-Vlhova wins Slovakia’s first alpine gold with victory in slalom

Petra Vlhova won Slovakia’s first Olympic gold medal in alpine skiing on Wednesday in a tight women’s slalom race on the “Ice River” course at the Beijing Games. Vlhova had a 0.08 advantage over silver medalist Katharina Liensberger of Austria with Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener in bronze medal position just four hundredths clearer.

Olympics-Snowboarding-Japan’s Hirano roars in halfpipe final, White advances

Japan’s two-time silver medalist Ayumu Hirano easily led Wednesday’s halfpipe snowboard qualifier at the Beijing Games, while American Shaun White kept his Olympic dreams alive by qualifying after a wobbly first run . Three-time gold medalist White, competing in his fifth Games, missed a jump and crashed in his first run but recovered with 86.25 points in the second run, securing him a spot in Friday’s final as that he finished fourth in qualifying.

Olympics-Alpine Skiing-Shiffrin Olympics reminiscent of Biles and Osaka flop in Tokyo

Mikaela Shiffrin was expected to cement her position at the top of her sport at the Beijing Games, but after not being able to complete any of her races so far, her story echoes that of fellow elite athletes Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka at the Tokyo Games. . But while gymnast Biles and tennis player Osaka said the pressure and media attention had gotten too much and was taking a toll on their ability to perform at the top of their game, Shiffrin said she could handle the pressure and that she had reason to be optimistic.

Olympics-Cross-Country Skiing-Diggins and Brennan Keep American Skiing Success On

Bronze medalist Jessica Diggins got help in her crusade to keep US Olympic cross-country skiing relevant on Tuesday as teammate Rosie Brennan finished fourth in a fiercely competitive field just outside the podium. Diggins, who along with Kikkan Randall ended a more than four-decade U.S. cross-country medal drought when she won team sprint gold in 2018, was thrilled to have a another American by her side as they battled three Swedes and a Swiss rider in the women’s six-final.

Olympics-Alpine skiing-More bad luck for Shiffrin as she fails to finish slalom

Mikaela Shiffrin’s nightmarish debut at the Beijing Olympics continued on Wednesday as the American jumped on the first run of the slalom, failing to finish for the second race in a row. The 26-year-old, who has dominated technical events in recent years, was knocked out of the competition after missing an early gate just five seconds into her run. She also fell in the first run of the giant slalom on Monday.

Olympiques-Geisenberger chooses to talk about China after returning to Germany

German luge gold medalist Natalie Geisenberger, who strongly criticized China ahead of the Beijing Olympics, said she would not comment on China until after she left the country. The 34-year-old, who in November criticized conditions at test events in China and also wondered at the time whether she would fly to Beijing, said on Wednesday she would not comment on China while she was still in the country.

Olympics-Freestyle Skiing-Ruud remembers his late father after his dominant victory in Big Air

Norwegian freestyle skier Birk Ruud dreamed of winning Olympic gold in Big Air at the age of 13 before the discipline was even included in the Games. Eight years later, he became the first Olympic Freeski Big Air champion after a dominating performance at the Shougang venue in Beijing on Wednesday.

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