“I think we’re seeing that in NASCAR as well.”
Rydzek was second to fellow German Eric Frenzel after the ski jumping stage, and started the cross-country with a 14-second disadvantage, but swiftly closed up to Frenzel and began to open up a lead after halfway.
“This is our first Asian Winter Games and to win the gold in our debut at the tournament is very satisfying,” Liu said. “Our coach in the U.S. has taught us so much — not least of which the importance of enjoying skating — and we were able to express that today.”
Kline, a Slovenian skier who started fourth, finished 0.19 seconds ahead of 2014 Olympic downhill champion Matthias Mayer. Jansrud was one-hundredth of a second further back in a tight race in which the top 20 finishers were all within a second of the winning time.
“For me I’ve had so many injuries, I don’t need to risk anything today,” Vonn said. “A lot of the other athletes and coaches were asking me to put pressure on everyone to try to cancel the race because it’s too dangerous and I did my best but I just pray that no one else gets hurt today. I think it was a smart decision for our team to pull out of the race.”
The phrasing of the new contracts announced Friday at Daytona International Speedway is a play on Logano’s car No. 22. His existing contract ran through 2018, and the extension is believed to be a five-year deal through 2023.
Serving as his own agent, Okung structured his contract so that only his $8 million salary in 2016 was guaranteed. He needed to have a big year to trigger the final four years and $48 million.
The Canadian finished in 1 minute, 48.01 seconds, beating Hannes Reichelt of Austria by one-hundredth of a second. Roger Brice of France was third, 0.33 seconds behind.
Jose Mourinho takes charge of United in a cup final for the first time with one eye on the more important pursuit of England’s four Champions League places. United is sixth in the Premier League and Liverpool can pull further ahead Monday by beating defending champion Leicester, which is hovering above the relegation zone.