The best moments in women’s sport including ‘hug an athlete’

Shiffrin

Mikaela Shiffrin shares the podium with a young fan recovering from cancer

Skier makes room on the podium for the real winner

Despite being on the verge of becoming the first woman in 20 years to win three straight World Cup slalom season titles, American skier Mikaela Shiffrin had more on her mind at Saturday’s slalom race in Are, Sweden.

The world champion skier had been approached by an 11-year-old Are resident in 2012 after her maiden World Cup win who asked, ‘Can I have a picture? I have cancer’.

There’s been a bond between the two ever since culminating in Shiffrin sharing the podium on Saturday with the now 13-year-old Emma Lundell.
For the full story on this weekend’s podium go to nbcsports.com 
For the full-on weep-fest read the brilliant @olliew piece on the first meeting plus a heartrending video played to Shiffrin from Lundell. Go to cnn.com

Tennis star’s emotional return

An emotional Serena Williams received a standing ovation as she returned to the court at Indian Wells, 14 years after boycotting the event due to alleged racist heckling from some of the crowd.

The 19-time Grand Slam winner won her match despite a nervous start beating Romania’s Monica Niculescu 7-5, 7-5 and said afterwards it was one of her proudest moments.

“It feels overwhelming, walking out and having everyone here cheering me,” she said. “It’s been really worth it, coming back here.”
For the full story go to The Guardian

Sailors create a storm in a port

All-female sailing crew Team SCA won their second in-port race at the Volvo Ocean Race, becoming the only team to have won two in-port races in the nine-month race. Have a little smile watching them celebrate below after the race in Auckland, New Zealand below.

Grief stricken skater wins double silver

British short track speed skater Elise Christie makes history by becoming the first British skater to claim two medals at the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Moscow over the weekend but thinks she could have gone one better if her “head had been in a different place”. The 24-year-old competed despite a recent family bereavement.

Heather Watson

After years of battling health problems Britain’s Heather Watson has had one of her best results in beating her first ever top-10 seeded player. Watson beat world number eight, Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-4 6-4 in the third round of the the unofficial fifth Grand Slam, Indian Wells. Even before the win the 22-year-old posted this on Twitter. She’ll be loving it even more now!

Give an athlete a hug

British gymnast Gabby Jupp has torn her ACL for the second time in two years.

It took 16 months for the 17-year-old to return to elite competition after the first injury in 2013, and she was so excited to return to the fray and help the British team to a sixth place in the 2014 World Championships.

Send your support to Gabby at @gabbyjupp
For the full story go to the very good www.fulltwist.net.

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