German Francesco Friedrich furthered his case as the greatest bobsledder in history and one of today’s dominant athletes, winning a record-breaking 10th world championship on Sunday. Friedrich captured a seventh consecutive two-man world title in Altenberg, Germany, becoming the first bobsledder to win 10 career golds in standalone world championships (not counting mixed team events). Friedrich broke his overall tie with Italian legend Eugenio Monti, who also won seven two-man world titles along with two four-man crowns (not counting his 1968 Olympic golds, which at the time also counted as world titles). Friedrich, who won two- and four-man golds at the 2018 Olympics, prevailed by 2.05 seconds on Sunday, the largest two-man margin in at least 15 years and greater than the margin separating second place from 16th place. Countrymen Johannes Lochner took second and Hans-Peter Hannighofer third, marking the first time one nation swept the two-man medals at an Olympics or worlds. … [Read more...] about Francesco Friedrich breaks bobsled world championships record in historic rout
Amid the recent chatter about sports GOATs, German bobsledder Francesco Friedrich hones his craft in Altenberg, site of the two-week world championships that finish this weekend. Every run down an icy chute, every piece of conditioning, every second of studying tracks is a step closer to a goal that Friedrich may have already reached. “He wants to be the greatest in bobsled history,” said older brother David . David is considerably responsible for Friedrich’s success, which may have crescendoed on Super Bowl Sunday. Friedrich won a record-breaking 10th world championship, taking the two-man event by 2.05 seconds, the largest margin in at least 15 years (since times are readily available online) and greater than the margin separating second place from 16th place. This Saturday and Sunday in the prized four-man event, Friedrich bids to sweep both titles at a record-extending fifth consecutive global championship (Olympics and worlds). “Bobsledding is 99 percent doing … [Read more...] about Francesco Friedrich wants to be the best bobsledder in history. He may already be.
Bayern have stuttered domestically with a draw and defeat in their past two Bundesliga matches, but they eased to victory at the Stadio Olimpico, scoring three of their four goals in the first half. Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sane put the holders in complete control after prolific striker Lewandowski had opened the scoring with his 72nd goal in the competition, moving him behind only Cristiano Ronaldo (134) and Lionel Messi (119). 1 2180555 Francesco Acerbi's own goal early in the second half gave Lazio an even bigger mountain to climb and, while Joaquin Correa did pull one back with a fine solo goal, Hansi Flick's men are in complete control ahead of the return tie in Bavaria on March 17. RESULTS | FIXTURES The hosts, competing in the knockout stages of the competition for the first time in 21 years, gifted Bayern the lead inside nine minutes as Lewandowski pounced on Mateo Musacchio's underhit backpass and rounded Pepe Reina for a simple finish. Sergej … [Read more...] about Lazio 1-4 Bayern Munich: Lewandowski sets holders on way to emphatic victory
The world women’s curling championship was canceled for a second consecutive year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament, originally set for late March in Switzerland, could be rescheduled, according to World Curling. The world championship was to determine most of the 2022 Olympic qualifying nations, so that process must be amended. In December, USA Curling postponed its 2021 national championships until after the world championships and decided to send its 2020 champions to 2021 Worlds. The U.S. women’s team that was entered for worlds included PyeongChang Olympians Tabitha Peterson, Becca Hamilton and Aileen Geving. The men’s world championship is still scheduled for Calgary in April. The world championship for mixed doubles, an event that made its Olympic debut in 2018, is scheduled to start later in April, but a host hasn’t been announced. PyeongChang Olympic champions John Shuster, Matt Hamilton and John … [Read more...] about Women’s curling world championship canceled again
Swede Sarah Sjöström, one of the world’s top swimmers, broke her right elbow slipping and falling on ice on Saturday, requiring surgery less than six months before the Olympics. “It’s obviously very s—– timing and I feel devastated, but at the same time I’m determined and motivated to come back stronger then ever,” was posted on her Instagram. “I’ve seen athletes who come back stronger after injuries and they are my big inspiration now.” Sjöström did not mention a potential timetable for a return to swimming. A Sweden Olympic Committee doctor said there was good hope she can return before the Olympics, according to Aftonbladet. The 27-year-old is the reigning Olympic champion and world-record holder in the 100m butterfly. She also owns the fastest times in history in the 50m and 100m freestyles. She has twice won five individual medals at a world championships. Sjöström is a rival to American … [Read more...] about Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden swimming star, breaks elbow five months before Olympics