Winter Olympics: Women’s Super-G – Preview and Live Updates

Women's Super-G at the 2022 Winter Olympics
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The women’s super-G – the third women’s alpine skiing event of the 2022 Winter Olympics – was highlighted by Mikaela Shiffrin returning to the start house after she skied out of her first two events. Shiffrin attacked the course, finishing ninth overall, and said after that the race that she feels much more optimistic heading into the final events of these 2022 Beijing Winter Games.

The final podium included Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami – who claimed the first Olympic gold medal of her career – silver medalist Mirjam Puchner (Austria), and bronze medalist Michelle Gisin (Switzerland).

See below for a preview of the women’s super-G, plus live updates On Her Turf provided as the race unfolded. A full recap of the women’s super-G can be found here.

Women’s Super-G Live Updates:

10:08pm ET: Defending Olympic champion Ester Ledecka, wearing bib number 2, skied into first place. She was quickly surpassed by Austria’s Mirjam Puchner and Michelle Gisin.

10:11pm ET: After a strong run from Austrian Tamara Tippler, Ledecka was pushed off the podium. Puchner is currently in gold-medal position, while Gisin is in second.

10:15pm ET: Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami (skiing with bib number 7) skied into first place. Gut-Behrami is the reigning world champion in this event. Four years ago in PyeongChang, she was in bronze-medal position when Ester Ledecka skied into gold-medal position, bumping Gut-Behrami from the podium.

10:17pm ET: Federica Brignone, who already owns one medal from these 2022 Beijing Winter Games, skied into sixth. Fun fact about Brignone: her mother, Maria Rosa Quario, is a two-time Olympian in alpine skiing (1980, 1984). Since retiring, Quario has attended every Olympics as a journalist, but wasn’t able to make the trip to Beijing.

10:25pm ET: Mikaela Shiffrin, leading at the first checkpoint, skied into eighth following a couple of bobbles on the slope. Still, Shiffrin skied aggressively in an event in which she has less experience, which is a great sign for the three-time Olympic medalist heading into the downhill and combined later at these Winter Olympics. Shiffrin has also said she is hoping to compete in the team event, which she has rarely ever entered before.

10:29pm ET: Elena Curtoni, one of the favorites entering Beijing, skis into ninth. Podium currently stands as Lara Gut-Behrami, Mirjam Puchner, Michelle Gisin… but they can’t relax yet.

10:35pm ET: Switzerland’s Corinne Suter skied into 11th, a surprising result. No one has surpassed Shiffrin since she finished eighth. The podium is starting to look more secure… Potential spoilers include Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel (bib 17), Italy’s Marta Bassino (bib 19), and maybe even American Isabella “Bella” Wright (bib 21).

10:37pm ET: Alice Robinson, a 19-year-old from New Zealand crashes out, but is able to ski down on her own.

10:43pm ET: Ragnhild Mowinckel, a two-time Olympic silver medalist at the PyeongChang games, skied into sixth.

10:50pm ET: Switzerland’s Jasmine Flury, wearing bib 20, skis into 12th. Because the top skiers in the world compete in the top-20, it is unlikely – but not impossible! – that the podium of Lara Gut-Behrami, Mirjam Puchner, Michelle Gisin will change… But it’s not over yet. Four years ago in PyeongChang, Ledecka won a shocking gold medal wearing bib number 26.

10:54pm ET: American Isabella “Bella” Wright makes her Olympic debut just two months after a nasty crash. The 25-year-old from Park City, Utah, skied into 19th. “First race in a while,” she said in the finish area while making a heart with her hands.

11:00pm ET: In the finish area, Mikaela Shiffrin tells NBC Olympics reporter Todd Lewis that she feels much more optimistic after her solid super-G run. “I proved to myself that I can still trust my instincts a bit,” she said.

As for the outpouring of support she has received since skiing out of both the giant slalom and slalom, Shiffrin said. “I would never have expected that humans could be so kind… How kind people could be in the face of my failure.”

Video of Mikaela Shiffrin’s interview with Todd Lewis:

Looking ahead, Shiffrin said she plans to do the downhill training runs before making the decision to compete in the event. (The downhill is the only alpine skiing discipline that has training runs; in every other event, skiers are allowed to expect the course, but not ski it.)

11:07pm ET: It’s less and less likely anyone will overtake Lara Gut-Behrami to win gold. While Gut-Behrami is one of the greatest alpine skiers of the generation – she owns one overall World Cup title and three super-G discipline titles – this will be her first Olympic gold medal. She also is the first Swiss skier (of any gender) to win super-G gold.

At the 2014 Sochi Games, Gut-Behrami won bronze in downhill, sharing the podium with co-gold medalists Tina Maze and Dominique Gisin (older sister of current bronze medalist Michelle). One year removed from a major knee injury, she struggled at the 2018 Winter Olympics, DNF’ing in two events and finishing fourth in super-G after Ledecka’s surprise win.

11:31pm ET: Only eight competitors remaining and the podium hasn’t changed.

11:34pm ET: Sarah Schleper is on course! Schleper, a dual U.S.-Mexico citizen, competed for Team USA at four Olympics: beginning in Nagano in 1998 and concluding at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. She initially retired in 2011 before returning to the sport – this time competing for Mexico. Schleper became a citizen of Mexico after marrying her husband, Federico Gaxiola, in 2007. By competing in Beijing, Schleper becomes the first female alpine skier to compete at six Olympics. The mother-of-two (son Lasse, daughter Resi) skied into 35th.

11:40pm ET: The final skier – Ireland’s Tess Arbez – has crossed the finish line and it’s official: Lara Gut-Behrami claims super-G gold, Mirjam Puchner takes the silver, Michelle Gisin the bronze. Shiffrin places ninth, a promising result for the three-time Olympic medalist ahead of the final events of these 2022 Winter Olympics.

11:41pm ET: Time to switch over to the USA-CZE women’s hockey quarterfinal… It’s currently airing live on USA Network, or you can watch on Peacock or Tied 0-0 after one period.

What is the super-G?

Super-g stands for “super giant slalom.” The event combines the speed of downhill with the precision of giant slalom. One run determines the winner.

How to watch the women’s super-G:

Event Date/Time (U.S. Eastern) Date/Time (Beijing, China) How to Watch 
Alpine Skiing Women’s Super-G 2/10/22 10:00 PM 2/11/22 11:00 AM NBC | Peacock |

Who are the super-G medal favorites at the 2022 Winter Olympics?

After skiing out of her first two events (giant slalom and slalom), Mikaela Shiffrin is slated to compete in super-G tonight (bib #11). Beijing will mark her first time competing the event at the Winter Olympics. She has won a medal in the event at the last two world championships (gold in 2019, bronze in 2021), but she isn’t necessarily a favorite for Beijing, especially after failing to finish her first two events.

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The Czech Republic’s Ester Ledecka enters as the defending Olympic champion after an improbable 2018 gold medal. Ledecka, who competes in both alpine skiing and snowboarding, already owns one medal from these Beijing Winter Games: on Tuesday, she won her second straight gold medal in snowboarding’s parallel giant slalom event. After that win, Ledecka joked that the move between villages was more daunting than competing in two sports. (The 2022 Winter Olympics are split between three zones; Ledecka was based out of Zhangjiakou zone during the snowboarding competition, but alpine skiing is being contested in the Yanqing zone.)

“The hardest part is to take all the stuff and take it to the other village,” she said. “I’m very messy and I have stuff everywhere.”

Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami is the reigning super-G world champion and should be in the mix to win her first ever Olympic gold. Earlier this week, the 30-year-old claimed her second career Olympic medal – a bronze – in the women’s giant slalom.

Other top contenders include Italy’s Federica Brignone and Elena Curtoni, Austria’s Tamara Tippler and Mirjam Puchner, and Switzerland’s Corinne Suter. (Full start list is below.)

It’s also possible there could be another surprise winner, like 2018. In alpine skiing’s speed events (which includes super-G) it is rare for less-established skiers to have success on the World Cup circuit, given that veterans gain experience competing at the same venues year-after-year. But every top skier in today’s super-G field will be competing on this slope for the first time in their career.

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Women’s Super-G – Beijing Olympic Course Stats:

  • Course Name: Rock
  • Vertical Drop: 540 meters
  • Course Length: 1984 meters
  • Course Setter: Florian Scheiber

2022 Winter Olympics: Women’s Super-G – Start Order:

1 – AUT – Ariane RAEDLER
2 – CZE – Ester LEDECKA
3 – AUT – Mirjam PUCHNER
4 – SUI – Michelle GISIN
5 – AUT – Tamara TIPPLER
6 – FRA – Tessa WORLEY
8 – AUT – Cornelia HUETTER
9 – ITA – Federica BRIGNONE
10 – FRA – Laura GAUCHE
11 – USA – Mikaela SHIFFRIN
12 – FRA – Romane MIRADOLI
13 – ITA – Elena CURTONI
14 – CAN – Marie-Michele GAGNON
15 – SUI – Corinne SUTER
16 – NZL – Alice ROBINSON
17 – NOR – Ragnhild MOWINCKEL
18 – ITA – Francesca MARSAGLIA
19 – ITA – Marta BASSINO
20 – SUI – Jasmine FLURY
21 – USA – Isabella WRIGHT
22 – ROC – Julia PLESHKOVA
24 – CAN – Roni REMME
25 – BIH – Elvedina MUZAFERIJA
26 – GER – Kira WEIDLE
29 – FRA – Tiffany GAUTHIER
30 – USA – Keely CASHMAN
31 – CZE – Tereza NOVA
32 – AND – Cande MORENO
33 – CZE – Barbora NOVAKOVA
34 – AUS – Greta SMALL
35 – CHN – Yueming NI
36 – ISR – Noa SZOLLOS
37 – SVK – Rebeka JANCOVA
40 – MEX – Sarah SCHLEPER
41 – SVK – Petra HROMCOVA
42 – CHN – Fanying KONG
43 – UKR – Anastasiia SHEPILENKO
44 – IRL – Tess ARBEZ

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2023 March Madness: Utah Utes engineer dramatic turnaround for third-ever Sweet Sixteen appearance

Members of the Utah Utes celebrate their win over the Princeton Tigers in the second round of the NCAA Womens Basketball Tournament.
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The No. 2-seeded Utah (27-4) women’s basketball team held off a pesky 10th-seeded Princeton squad on Sunday, winning 63-56 to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championships for the first time since 2005-06 and just the third time in the program’s history.

“I’m proud of our team,” said eighth-year head coach Lynne Roberts after the second-round win at Utah’s Hunstman Center. “We set out to do this a year ago. We lost in this game at University of Texas and the goal was to be able to host (this year) so that we could have that home-court advantage and it made a difference.”

Utah’s fourth-year junior Alissa Pili backed up her recent second-team All-American honor with another 20-plus-point performance, scoring 28 on 8-for 13 shooting with 10 rebounds and going 11-for 13 on free throws. Sophomore forward Jenna Johnson added 15 points and six rebounds.

There’s been a lot of talk this weekend about how the Utes’ previous few seasons have ended – beginning with a rough 14-17 season that was cut short in 2020 due to the pandemic, followed by an abysmal 5-16 record in 2020-21. But the tide turned last year, as Utah rebounded with a 21-12 season that ended with a 78-56 loss to Texas in Austin in the second round of the NCAA tournament one year ago.

So, what changed?

“Last year, everyone was new to the NCAA tournament, so I think everyone was just experiencing it for the first time,” mused Johnson. “Losing in the second round last year, we’re definitely a lot hungrier this year, and then obviously hosting in Salt Lake, it’s fun just being in your own environment, to be around your own fans. I think it gives us an elevated level of confidence, both knowing what it’s like it play in this tournament and also getting to be at home.”

“Yeah, freshman year was kind of rough,” added third-year sophomore Kennady McQueen, who chipped in nine points Sunday. “We did experience losing a lot. … Coach Roberts, she said we are not going to have another season like that. We all stood behind her — the people that stayed — and brought in great people like starting last year with Jenna and Gi (Gianna Kneepkens) and people like that who have had a huge impact in helping us to where we are today. …

“When you get together a group of people that have the same goal in mind and will do make anything to make it happen, I think that’s where we have seen our success rate going up. This past offseason, we just kept getting better, and of course, the addition of the Alissa Pili really helped. When you bring a group of girls that have the same dream and same goal at the end of the year and doesn’t care about personal stats more than winning, I think we get the season that we have today, and it prepares us for deep run in March.”

In particular, McQueen believe it was Utah’s improvement in their defense that was crucial to the turnaround. “Everyone knows how good we are on offense, but if we can’t get stops, it doesn’t matter how good you are on offense,” she said. “So that’s just been a key the whole past off-season and all of this season — just getting better on defense.”

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Roberts credits their defensive improvement with a “philosophical mindset change,” explaining, “We worked on [defense] a lot differently, a lot more intentionally. Strategically we made some changes of how we are going to defend, and I won’t bore you with that. But there was a lot, just different things because you have to play to your strengths. You can’t be a run-and-jump pressing team if you don’t have the depth and athletes to do it. You can’t be a zone team if you are not super big. You have to figure out what fits your personnel, and so that’s what we did.”

There’s also the undeniable impact of Pili, a transfer from USC who has found her stride as a Ute, where she recently was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year.

“She kind of is the straw that stirs the drink for us right now,” said Roberts of the 21-year-old Alaska native. “She’s a nightmare to defend because she can shoot the three, and she’s also really athletic and mobile, so it doesn’t matter who we are playing. I think you have to gameplan for her. But then with her three-point shooting, you know, you have to pick your poison.”

But Roberts also gave plenty of kudos to Johnson, whom she describes as “phenomenal.”

“She’s 19 going on 40,” Roberts said of Johnson. “She’s the most mature, even-keeled consistent player we have. What I love about her is she is who she is. She’s confident in who she is. She knows who she is. She also is incredibly busy off the court.

“We were talking as we were getting ready to watch film, just shooting the breeze a bunch of us, we were talking about movies. And she was like, Oh, I don’t watch movies. Why not? I don’t have time. I get bored. What do you mean you don’t have time? Do you watch shows? No, I don’t ever watch TV. It is because she is doing all of these other extracurricular activities.”

As for guiding to the Utes to becoming a championship program, Roberts still sees it as an uphill battle – but one that she and her players are ready for.

“I always use the analogy of pushing the boulder up the hill,” she said. “And doing things for the first time, you have to have that mindset. You have to keep pushing. It’s been incredibly fun to see the support, and I think the swell is a perfect word for it. Most importantly, our players feel it.

“This is why you play, right? And it means so much. I know I say it over and over, but this is not going to be a flash-in-the-pan [season]. This isn’t going to be a ‘Oh, remember that year they had such an incredible year?’ We are going to keep doing it.”

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2023 March Madness: Updated bracket, scores and schedule for NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship


Editor’s note: We’ll keep this page updated, so be sure to check back here for winners, scores and next-round details as the tournament progresses.

The bracket for 2023 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship is officially set and defending champion South Carolina earned the No. 1 overall seed for the second straight season. A total of 68 teams will see tournament action, beginning with the “First Four” games on Wednesday and Thursday, followed by Round 1 play kicking off on Friday.

On Her Turf has compiled the matchups, sites and schedule for the tournament, which culminates Sunday, April 2 with the title game from American Airlines Center in Dallas.

2023 tournament No. 1 seeds:

  • South Carolina Gamecocks
  • Indiana Hoosiers
  • Virginia Tech Hokies
  • Stanford Cardinal

Last four teams in the tournament:

  • Illinois
  • Mississippi State
  • Purdue
  • St. John’s

First four teams out of the tournament:

  • Columbia
  • Kansas
  • UMass
  • Oregon

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‘First Four’ game schedule

Wednesday, March 15

  • 7 p.m. ET: 11. Illinois vs. 11. Mississippi State (South Bend, Indiana)
    • Winner: Mississippi State, 70-56
  • 9 p.m. ET: 16 Southern U vs. 16 Sacred Heart (Stanford, California)
    • Winner: Sacred Heart, 57-47

Thursday, March 16

  • 7 p.m. ET: 11 Purdue vs. 11 St. John’s (Columbus, Ohio)
    • Winner: St. John’s, 66-64
  • 9 p.m. ET: 16 Tennessee Tech vs. 16 Monmouth (Greenville, S.C.)
    • Winner: Tennessee Tech, 79-69

Bracket, schedule* by region 

*Includes scores, game time and TV network, if available


Columbia, S.C.

  • Round 1 — Friday, March 17:
    • 1. South Carolina 72, 16. Norfolk State 40
    • 8. South Florida 67, 9. Marquette 65
  • Round 2 — Sunday, March 19:
    • 1. South Carolina 76, 8. South Florida, 45

Los Angeles, California

  • Round 1 — Saturday, March 18:
    • 5. Oklahoma 85, 12. Portland 63
    • 4. UCLA 67, 13. Sacramento State 45
  • Round 2 — Monday, March 20:
    • 4. UCLA vs. 5. Oklahoma, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

South Bend, Indiana

  • Round 1 — Friday, March 17:
    • 6. Creighton 66, 11. Mississippi State 81 (First Four winner)
    • 3. Notre Dame 82, 14. Southern Utah 56
  • Round 2 — Sunday, March 19:
    • 3. Notre Dame 53, 11. Mississippi State 48

College Park, Maryland

  • Round 1 — Friday, March 17:
    • 7. Arizona 75, 10. West Virginia 62
    • 2. Maryland 93, 15. Holy Cross 61
  • Round 2 — Sunday, March 19:
    • 2. Maryland 77, 7. Arizona 64


Bloomington, Indiana

  • Round 1 — Saturday, March 18:
    • 1. Indiana 77, 16. Tennessee Tech 47 (First Four winner)
    • 8. Oklahoma State 61, 9. Miami 62 (FL)
  • Round 2 — Monday, March 20:
    • 1. Indiana vs. 9. Miami, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Villanova, Pennsylvania

  • Round 1 — Saturday, March 18:
    • 5. Washington State 63, 12. FGCU 74
    • 4. Villanova 76, 13. Cleveland State 59
  • Round 2 — Monday, March 20:
    • 12. FGCU vs. 4. Villanova, 7 p.m. ET (ESPNU)

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  • Round 1 — Friday, March 17:
    • 6. Michigan 71, 11. UNLV 59
    • 3. LSU 73, 14. Hawaii 50
  • Round 2 — Sunday, March 19:
    • 6. Michigan vs. 3. LSU, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Round 1 — Friday, March 17:
    • 7. N.C. State 63, 10. Princeton 64
    • 2. Utah 103, 15. Gardner-Webb 77
  • Round 2 — Sunday, March 19:
    • 2. Utah vs. 10. Princeton, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)


 Blacksburg, Virginia

  • Round 1 — Friday, March 17:
    • 1. Virginia Tech 58, 16. Chattanooga 33
    • 8. Southern California 57, 9. South Dakota State 62
  • Round 2 — Sunday, March 19:
    • 1. Virginia Tech 72, South Dakota State, 60

Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Round 1 — Saturday, March 18:
    • 5. Iowa State 73, 12. Toledo 80
    • 4. Tennessee 95, 13. Saint Louis 50
  • Round 2 — Monday, March 20:
    • 12. Toledo vs. 4. Tennessee, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

Columbus, Ohio

  • Round 1 — Saturday, March 18:
    • 6. North Carolina 61, 11. St. John’s  59 (First Four winner)
    • 3. Ohio State 80, 14. James Madison 66
  • Round 2 — Monday, March 20:
    • 3. Ohio State vs. 6. North Carolina, 4 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Storrs, Connecticut

  • Round 1 — Saturday, March 18:
    • 7. Baylor 78, 10. Alabama 74
    • 2. UConn 95, 15. Vermont 52
  • Round 2 — Monday, March 20:
    • 2. UConn vs. 7. Baylor, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN)


Stanford, California

  • Round 1 — Friday, March 17:
    • 1. Stanford 92, 16. Sacred Heart 49 (First Four winner)
    • 8. Ole Miss 71, 9. Gonzaga 48
  • Round 2 — Sunday, March 19:
    • 1. Stanford vs. 8. Ole Miss, 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Austin, Texas 

  • Round 1 — Saturday, March 18:
    • 5. Louisville 83, 12. Drake 81
    • 4. Texas 79, 13. East Carolina 40
  • Round 2 — Monday, March 20:
    • 4. Texas vs. 5. Louisville, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Durham, N.C. 

  • Round 1 — Saturday, March 18:
    • 6. Colorado 82, 11. Middle Tennessee State 60
    • 3. Duke 89, 14. Iona 49
  • Round 2 — Monday, March 20:
    • 3. Duke vs. Colorado, 9 p.m. ET (ESPNU)

Iowa City, Iowa 

  • Round 1 — Friday, March 17:
    • 7. Florida State 54, 10. Georgia 66
    • 2. Iowa 95, 15. Southeastern Louisiana 43
  • Round 2 — Sunday, March 19:
    • 2. Iowa 74, 10. Georgia 66

Regionals/Final Four schedule, how to watch

Sweet 16: Friday and Saturday, March 24-25; Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, S.C., host: Southern Conference and Furman; and Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle, hosts: Seattle and Seattle Sports Commission

Elite 8: Sunday and Monday, March 26-27; Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, S.C., host: Southern Conference and Furman; and Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle, hosts: Seattle and Seattle Sports Commission

Final 4: Friday, March 31, 7 p.m. ET and 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN); American Airlines Center, Dallas; hosts: Big 12 Conference and Dallas Sports Commission

Championship Game: Sunday, April 2, 3 p.m. ET (ABC); American Airlines Center, Dallas; hosts: Big 12 Conference and Dallas Sports Commission

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