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BEIJING (AP) – The latest news on the Beijing Winter Olympics:

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american bobsledder Elana Meyers-Taylor is thinking of retiring after 15 years in the sport.

She has raced on at least 15 different bobsled tracks in 11 countries. She had no less than 41 different teammates in her sleds.

She has more Olympic medals than any bobsledder in US history, with a chance to win one more this weekend. She became an activist, fighting for equality for women in sport. And she became a wife and mother along the way.

Meyers Taylor hasn’t said for sure what her plans are, but she’s thinking about retirement and hinted that women’s race at the Beijing Olympics – which start on Friday and end on Saturday – could represent his last official time in sledding.

“Chances are this will be my last,” Meyers Taylor said.

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Mikaela Shiffrin was fastest in a downhill training session ahead of Thursday’s alpine combined race at the Beijing Olympics.

The American skier finished 0.93 seconds ahead of Wendy Holdener of Switzerland and 0.94 ahead of Ester Ledecka, who is trying to win a second event at a second consecutive Olympics after successfully defending her gold medal in parallel giant slalom on a snowboard.

Shiffrin finished second in the combined at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics and won the event at the world championships last year.

Defending Olympic champion Michelle Gisin was a second slower than Shiffrin.

Shiffrin, 26, is still chasing his first medal at the Beijing Games. The two-time Olympic champion did not finish the giant slalom or slalom, was ninth in the super-G and 18th in Tuesday’s downhill.

Only 14 skiers trained on Wednesday, of which 12 on the start list withdrew.

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Canada beat the United States 7-6 at the Women’s Olympics curling tournament and got ahead Americans in the race for the four-team playoffs.

The Canadian quartet of Jennifer Jones (4-3) took the lead with back-to-back two-pointers in the second and third. The Americans tied the game with two runs in the eighth and a stolen one in the ninth when Jones missed a last rock out and slammed her broom on the ice in frustration.

Canada, however, maintained the last stone advantage in the 10th and final end and scored an easy draw to win it.

The Americans (4-4) could still qualify for the semifinals with five wins, if they beat Japan on Wednesday night and get some help.

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Austria’s Johannes Strolz leads the first leg of the men’s slalom with only lower-ranked skiers as he targets a second gold medal at the Beijing Games.

Strolz will have a 0.02 second advantage over Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway in the second run. World champion Sebastian Foss-Solevaag of Norway is third, 0.06 behind.

the Strolz, 29 years old won the Alpine Combined on Thursday in his first-ever Olympic race. Ahead of a victory in Adelboden, Switzerland, last month, he achieved his best career result with a 10th-place finish in more than eight years of World Cup races and was left out of the mighty Austrian squad at the end of the season. last season.

There have been six different winners in six World Cup slaloms this season.

Lucas Braathen is leading the classification of the discipline but he straddled a gate and is out of the race. Another pre-race favorite, Manuel Feller, did the same.

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Freestyle skier Alex Hall led a 1-2 US final in the men’s Olympic slopestyle competition with a trick on his first run where he completely stopped his rotation in the air and went the other way.

Hall’s opening run scored 90.01 and he held on throughout the competition. Teammate Nick Goepper made a creative run on his second pass to take silver. Jesper Tjader of Sweden won bronze.

The Americans have now won six of nine Olympic medals since the event began in 2014. Goepper has three, including silver at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games and bronze at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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