Athletes

Mikaela Shiffrin makes an emotional comeback

In December 2020, Mikaela Shiffrin made an emotional return to the podium in Courchevel, France at the FIS World Cup. After heavy snowfall on the Saturday before race day, the course was watered down and deemed unfit for racers for the previous giant slalom race on the Sunday. The postponement left Monday’s giant slalom with a hard and fast track, but that didn’t stop Mikalea from taking her first World Cup win in almost a year. It was also Mikaela’s first win after her father’s sudden passing – making for a bittersweet moment. Emotions were high after Mikaela finished the race, sitting on her skis and hugging her legs until she got off the podium to run into her mother’s arms, and crying through her post-race interview. “It was a pretty incredible day, obviously,” said Mikaela through tears. “But I’m pretty sad. I mean, it’s a bit bittersweet. But it’s…

    Skiing Superstar Lucas Braathen: The New Kid on the Block

    Norwegian alpine skier Lucas Braathen is the one to watch this season. At just 20 years old, he has conquered his first World Cup victory in Soelden. While Braathen had an unconventional start to his skiing career – initially starting off playing football and starting skiing in his late teens – he has become somewhat of a rising star in the sport. He beat Swiss duo Marco Odermatt and Gino Caviezel to take out his first ever podium at a World Cup event.   “It’s a pretty good day,” Braathen told Austrian TV, “I knew that I was capable of a podium. First victory, first race of the season, it’s unbelievable.” His previous best result was coming fourth place at the slalom in Kitzbuehel in January, but he finally made it to the top in his 23rd event in a World Cup. “I went for it. I am not here for…

      UFC Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Legacy

      UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is undoubtedly considered one of the greatest fighters in MMA history. He has the record for the longest reign as UFC Lightweight Champion, having held the title since April 2018. He has an undefeated record, with 29 wins and no losses – having one of the longest winning streaks in MMA history.  The announcement of his retirement this year surprised many but has allowed Khabib to retire on his own terms. “It was my last fight,” Nurmagomedov told media, after defeating Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 254. In July 2020, Khabib’s father, Adulmanap died at just age 57 due to coronavirus-related complications. He was incredibly close to his father, who was an inspiration in his personal and professional life and taught him everything he knew. “I don’t fight for the money. I fight for my legacy. I fight for history. I fight for…

        World Champion Marcel Hirscher Retires From Alpine Skiing

        Marcel Hirscher Retires Here at Sprongo, we know a champion when we see one, and although Marcel Hirscher retires now, he’s every inch a champion. It’s not even the first time we’re talking about this skiing legend. Today, we’re going to look at his medal-littered career on the slopes as we say goodbye to one of skiing’s greats. Here’s to you, Marcel. Where did he come from? The son of a skiing instructor, Marcel started out on the slopes at just two-years-old. Right from the beginning, he was the best and went on to win several events in the Junior World Ski Championships. His specialties? Slalom and giant slalom. What else did he win? Would ‘everything’ cover it? Marcel Hirscher is one of the most prolific competitive skiing champions we can think of. He’s won: 3 Olympic medals (2 gold, 1 silver) 11 World Championship medals (7 gold and 4…

          Johannes Høsflot Klæbo wins Crystal Globe

          Norwegian cross-country skier, Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, made his mark at this season’s World Cup, winning the Crystal Globe in cross-country. The 22 year old skier holds multiple records for being the youngest male in history to win the FIS Cross-Country World Cup, the Tour de Ski, the World Championship event, and an Olympic event in cross-country skiing.

            Marcel Hirscher contemplating retirement

            Austrian skier Marcel Hirscher has had an amazing career – he is a winner of eight consecutive World Cup titles and won 11 medals at the Alpine Skiing World Championships – 7 of them being gold. Not to mention his Olympic success – Hirscher won a silver medal in slalom at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and two gold medals in the combined and giant slalom at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

              Sofia Goggia wins downhill amidst time-keeping issues

              Italy’s Sofia Goggia won her first race of the season since her comeback from an ankle injury which caused her to miss the start of the season. However, Goggia didn’t let that stop her, winning the ladies’ downhill at Crans-Montana, Switzerland, on Saturday. Sofia Goggia clocked in at one minute, 29.77 seconds. Joana Haehlen came in second place, 0.36 seconds behind the Italian. Haehlen unfortunately missed out on the typical finish line issue, due to timekeeping issues that didn’t make her run time immediately available. Nicole Schmidhofer had ‘unofficially’ rounded up the top three, while officials had to check and verify the race times for athletes who were affected by the timekeeping issues. Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami was unofficially in fourth place prior to the check, however after officials made their verifications, Gut-Behrami was then confirmed as the final podium athlete in third place, while Schmidhofer was verified in fourth place.…

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