Gracie Gold bounced back from a shaky short program with a virtually flawless free skate to win her second U.S. figure-skating title.
Gold wins 2nd U.S. title
Gracie Gold bounced back from a shaky short program with a virtually flawless free skate to win her second U.S. championship.
Gold trailed Polina Edmunds by 7.69 points coming into Saturday’s long program in St. Paul, Minn., but she landed seven triple jumps cleanly and earned high artistic marks.
Gold, a 20-year-old from Redondo Beach, Calif., scored 147.96 points for a total of 210.46. Edmunds, 17, had 207.51 points.
Ashley Wagner, 24, who while growing up spent her summers in Seabeck, placed third.
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Other national champions: siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani in ice dance and Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea in pairs.
Vonn sets Cup record
Lindsey Vonn of Vail, Colo., surpassed Annemarie Moser-Proell’s record for most World Cup downhill victories with her 37th.
Vonn beat Larisa Yurkiw of Canada by 0.28 seconds in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy — the same place where she surpassed Moser-Proell’s overall women’s record of 62 Cup victories a year ago — with a solid run amid windy conditions.
“The more people talk about records, the harder it is to break them,” said Vonn, 31, admitting she was nervous before the event.
Austrian legend Moser-Proell set her record from 1971 to 1980. Vonn won her first downhill in 2004.
Vonn revealed her recent purchase of a puppy was made to combat depression.
Having split with boyfriend Tiger Woods last year and previously divorced from her husband of four years, Thomas Vonn, Lindsey Vonn has found it challenging to keep her spirits up between races.
“I’m pretty lonely, to be honest, and it’s been nice to have my dog,” she said. “That’s what I needed.”
West wins Shrine Game
Vernon Adams Jr. threw for 191 yards and three touchdowns, leading the West to a 29-9 victory in the 91st East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Former Eastern Washington standout Adams, who transferred to Oregon to finish his college career, tossed scoring passes of 93 yards to Purdue’s Danny Anthrop, 11 yards to Colorado State’s Kivon Cartwright’s and 10 yards to Illinois’ Geronimo Allison as the West built a 23-9 halftime lead.
Florida cornerback Brian Poole returned an interception 98 yards for the East’s only touchdown.
• Andrew Baggett of Missouri kicked six field goals, including a 22-yarder early in the fourth quarter, to lift the National team to an 18-17 victory over the American in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Carson, Calif.
Mike Martz coached the National team and former Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren guided the American squad.
• Dual-threat quarterback Seth Collins, who passed for 936 yards last year as a freshman, is transferring from Oregon State.
Collins, who started seven games, threw six touchdown passes and was intercepted four times.
He led the Beavers in rushing with 380 yards and scored eight touchdowns.
Collins did not disclose the school he plans to attend.
5 join NASCAR Hall
Bruton Smith, the chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., was among five inductees to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Charlotte, N.C.
Joining Smith were two-time champion driver Terry Labonte, Jerry Cook, Bobby Isaac and Curtis Turner.