Ellen van Dijk, world time trial champion, announces pregnancy Tyreek Hill races in first track meet since 2014 Mikaela Shiffrin breaks Alpine skiing World Cup wins record

dutch Ellen van DyckThe two-time reigning world time trial champion in road cycling will give birth to her first child in September and plans to return to competition in 2024.

“We’ve always wanted to start a family, and so to make that wish come true still seems a little unrealistic right now,” van Dijk said. according to her professional cycling team. “Together with the team and unwavering support [partner] BenjaminI have achieved my biggest goals in the last two years. When discussions began last year around renewing my contract, we talked about my seemingly conflicting ambitions: I want to win a medal at the 2024 Olympics, but I would also like to start a family. Right away the team was open to both scenarios and it was incredibly satisfying.”

Last year, van Dijk became the second woman to win her third world time trial title after the Frenchwoman. Jeannie Longo. She won her first gold in 2013 and then back-to-back crowns in 2021 and 2022.

At the Olympics, van Dijk’s best result was fourth in the 2016 time trial when he missed the medal by 11 seconds after crashing in the 44-minute time trial.

She was not selected for the Tokyo Olympic team. The Netherlands had a maximum of two places in the women’s time trial which were given to other stars. Anna van der Breggen And Annemiek van Vleuten. Van der Breggen has retired and van Fluiten plans to retire after the 2023 season.

Van Dijk will turn 37 next February. The last three Olympic women’s time trial champions were older than this age.

“I definitely have unfinished business with the Olympics,” she said. “We have already started pre-drafting a structured plan for my return in 2024 for Paris as well.”

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Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreke Hill ran 6.70 seconds in his first track race since 2014 at the U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky.

Time puts Hill out of the top 200 men in the world this year. That’s six hundredths short of his personal best since 2014, when he finished second at the Big 12 Indoor Championships in Oklahoma State. The fastest men in the world run from 6.40 to 6.50 seconds.

“Never raced again and I looked wild,” Hill tweeted with a crying laugh emoji minutes after Saturday’s race.

Hill, 29, became a world-class 200m runner in 2012 and has focused on football for the past nine years.

Masters competitions generally do not include Olympic-level active athletes and are reserved for athletes aged 25 and over, divided by age group and including those over 100 years of age.

Earlier this week, Hill shared a video on social media of himself practicing a block start at a track that appeared to be at the University of Miami.

“It’s nice to put on the spikes again!!!” was the caption.

In January 2020, Hill said he was serious about trying to qualify for the US Olympic track and field team after he was scheduled to play in that year’s Super Bowl. The pandemic then postponed the Tokyo Games for a year, and Hill never raced.

Hill was a world class sprinter in high school. He ran the 200m in 20.14 seconds at the age of 18, finishing sixth in the US in 2012.

Hill easily qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials (automatic qualifying time was 20.55) and 20.14 would have made the 2012 Olympic team. But Hill didn’t race. Instead, he managed the junior national championships and junior world championships.

His personal best for the 100m is 10.19 seconds. He also ran 9.98 but with a tailwind of 5.0 m/s, 2.5 times the maximum tailwind for record goals.

Two years ago, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalfewho rivaled Hill for the title of fastest man in the NFL, ran the 100 m in 10.37 seconds, finishing last in a group of nine otherwise elite but non-Olympic medal sprinters.

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Michaela Shiffrin admitted that Saturday’s slalom might not excite her at all. Her focus was on Friday’s giant slalom and winning the season title in that discipline.

However, as she approached the starting gate in the early afternoon in Åre, Sweden, a familiar, uncomfortable nervousness gripped her heart.

Shiffrin focused, moved forward and in 50 precise seconds broke the Alpine skiing World Cup record with her 87th win.

“At the start of this run, I still had the same feeling as every race,” she told Austrian TV channel ORF.

With wins on consecutive days, Shiffrin drew and then overtook the Swede. Ingemar StenmarkRussian record: 86 victories at world championships. Stenmark was the slalom and giant slalom star of the 1970s and 80s and has held the record since January 1982.

On Saturday, Shiffrin beat the Swiss by 92 hundredths of a second. Wendy Holdener overlapping times from two runs. Shiffrin raced on the 12th anniversary of her World Cup debut at the age of 15.

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Her celebration was low key. She took a deep breath, sat down and buried her head in her knees. A few moments later the Swede Anna Svenn Larssonthe third-place finisher congratulated her.

“You’re fucking crazy,” said Svenn Larsson.

Later on the podium, Holdener joked that she had placed second “because of you 25 times”. Holdener actually finished second to Shiffrin in 12 World Cup races, but she summed up the reputation of many excellent technical skiers over the past decade.

Shiffrin then looked at her mom and coach. Eileen, who was with two at first unrecognizable people wrapped in winter clothes. It took Shiffrin a moment to realize that this was her own brother. Taylorand his wife, Christian Åslundwho flew to Sweden to surprise her.

Only recently has Stenmark’s record become a target. Breaking a record is great, but the dream did not come true. She said that her family made this day one of the most memorable in her career.

“It’s kind of funny how something I never thought about can become important because of who’s talking about it,” she told Swiss broadcaster SRF. “Everyone talks about it and it becomes important for the sport, or for the people around me, so it becomes important for me as well. I don’t think it’s bad.”

Shiffrin has to 13 World Championship wins this season, more than any man or woman in a single season since her record-setting 17-win campaign in 2018/19. She is expected to take part three more times in the World Cup final next week in Andorra. peacock.

On Saturday, she became the third skier to reach 2,000 points in a single World Cup season (Tina Maze scored 2414 in 2013 and Shiffrin scored 2204 in 2019). Each race winner receives 100 points on a decreasing scale to one point for the skier finishing 30th.

There is always another number to chase and for Shiffrin, the obvious number is 100. She is expected to be racing until at least the next Winter Olympics in 2026, giving her at least three more World Cup seasons. She has averaged eight wins per season since her first World Championship win in December 2012.

Apart from this round number, these are the athletes with the most World Cup wins in Olympic Winter Sports: Marit Bjorgen (114, cross-country skiing), Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann (98, speed skating) and Be Einar…


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