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American star seals 77th World Cup victory with thrilling downhill.
Lindsey Vonn completed her comeback from an injury plagued 2016 with a superb downhill win at Garmisch Partenkirchen on Saturday.

The American eased back into competition last weekend with 13th place in the Altenmarkt-Zauchensee downhill race, following knee and arm injuries, but stepped up a level this time around.

She soared down the icy Kandahar course in an excellent time of 1:43.41 to edge out Swiss star Lara Gut by 0.15s with German Viktoria Rebensburg rounding out the podium 0.48s back.

Only three other skiers managed to get inside one second of Vonn’s time, the 32-year-old showing there is plenty left in her legs ahead of the FIS World Championships at St. Moritz next month.

Vonn is now nine wins behind Ingemar Stenmark's all-time record of 86 World Cup wins, a mark which looks well within her reach based on this scintillating early season form.

She declared, “Words can't describe how happy I am right now!!! Hard work pays off in the end!! I did it!!”

Gut’s second place behind Vonn sees her cut into Mikaela Shiffrin’s overall World Cup lead heading into Sunday’s super G race at Garmisch Partenkirchen.
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New WRC era is ready for blast-off in Monte-Carlo.
The build-up and fever pitch expectation is almost over as this week’s Rallye Monte-Carlo (19 - 22 January) heralds the start of one of the most keenly-anticipated FIA World Rally Championship seasons in memory.

Dynamic new-look World Rally Cars will echo through the mountains of the French Alps as four of the world’s biggest automotive manufacturers begin the fight for supremacy in motorsport’s toughest championship for production-based cars.

The 13-round series spans four continents in an 11-month global tour, encompassing extreme temperatures that can reach a scorching 35°C in Sardinia and plunge to a bone-chilling -25°C in the harsh Swedish winter.

Much is new for 2017, and WRC Promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla believes the powerful and aggressive cars, developed from a blank sheet of paper to upgraded regulations, will be the stars of the show.

“Our fans are going to love the 2017 WRC! Footage from pre-season testing shows just how exciting these new cars are. A more macho appearance and increased performance will bring smiles to fans’ faces, whether they are watching stage side or on television,” he said.

“There’s a hugely positive feeling throughout the WRC family as we head into the season. The series boasts big names from the automotive industry, and it’s a compliment to the championship’s development that they have chosen to showcase their cars in an environment that offers global visibility from January to November.

“What is so great is the feeling of unpredictability about 2017 because nobody knows which teams, which cars or which drivers will shine. New rules, such as the start order and revised Power Stage points, have been put in place to ensure down-to-the-wire competition and I’m sure we will see many thrilling battles,” he said.

The Teams
Toyota, the world’s biggest selling car manufacturer, returns to the WRC after a 17-year absence. The Japanese giant is joined by multiple champion Citroën, which is back after a year’s sabbatical. Ford, in the guise of the British M-Sport team, and Hyundai, runners-up in both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ series in 2016, complete a stellar line-up.

The Cars
Aggressive, loud and moody – they are the new lightweight World Rally Cars that will battle for tenths of a second on dirt, asphalt, snow and ice.

They are bigger everywhere with larger bumpers at the front and rear and extended door sills which increase the width and provide increased safety. Larger aero devices, and more of them, including a huge spoiler and diffuser at the rear and a front splitter add to the ‘bulldog’ look.

Beneath the bonnet a wider restrictor on the turbocharger increases power from the 1600cc direct injection engine to 380PS. Electronic trickery in the form of an active central differential gives drivers a helping hand in balancing their cars.

The Drivers
The biggest news of the short end-of-year break was the decision of four-time world champion Sébastien Ogier to sign for M-Sport, for whom he will carry #1 on the doors of his Fiesta WRC. The Frenchman is joined by rising star Ott Tänak and Elfyn Evans.

Toyota has opted for an all-Finnish line-up of Jari-Matti Latvala, Juho Hänninen and Esapekka Lappi, while Citroën has chosen the youth of Craig Breen and Stéphane Lefebvre to join lead driver Kris Meeke.

There are no changes at Hyundai which has kept faith with its strong 2016 squad of Thierry Neuville, Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo.


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Standout pilots from Chile and France join 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
Two top international pilots, Cristian Bolton of Chile and Mikael “Mika” Brageot of France, will join the exclusive lineup contending for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in 2017.
The action will take off in February as the season opener in Abu Dhabi celebrates a landmark 75th race.

Salzburg, (Austria) - Looking to shake up the standings in 2017’s Red Bull Air Race World Championship will be two new Master Class pilots with exceptional experience in high-speed, low-altitude flying: Cristian Bolton of Chile and Mikael “Mika” Brageot of France. At eight stops in seven countries, Cristian Bolton Racing and Brageot’s Breitling Racing Team will face off against 12 other top teams to earn points toward the official World Championship sanctioned by the global governing body, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

Both of the newcomers hold the required Master Class Super License and have previously earned season podiums in the Challenger Class, an element of the Red Bull Air Race that gives the next generation of pilots the chance to develop their skills in actual racing conditions. Bolton marked a motorsport first when he competed in the final two Master Class races of 2016 (Indianapolis and Las Vegas, USA) as a standby pilot, making him the first ever from Chile to fly for World Championship points. The former Lieutenant Colonel in the Chilean Air Force is thrilled to now be confirmed as an official member of the Master Class going forward.



“We are really excited for 2017, though you might say that for us, our season started back in Indianapolis, because everything since then has been a good learning curve,” says Bolton, who in addition to racing is ranked as Chile’s top aerobatic pilot by the FAI and is one of the leading aerobatic performers in all of Latin America. “The way we look at it, our ‘warm-up’ races are over, and now we are focused to continue learning and win races! We are a great team and fully dedicated to eventually becoming the best, and to be the fastest adversary possible to the other teams at every race.”

Brageot, who was 2015’s Challenger Cup champion, also has valuable experience flying a Master Class raceplane, thanks to his pioneering participation in the Master Mentoring Program. Introduced in 2016, it enabled him to benefit from firsthand mentoring by former World Champion Nigel Lamb in the British pilot’s final season before retirement – including training flights in Lamb’s high-performance MXS-R through the series’ racetracks worldwide. 


“I was right there, backstage, so to speak, and able to watch the whole Master Class team process. I learned a lot, race after race,” explains Brageot, who has a stellar background as a gold-medal-winning pilot at the highest level of aerobatic competition. “I would really like to give the best first impression that I can at the season opener. My other objective is to keep learning, until someday, hopefully, I win the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.”

Bolton, Brageot and the entire Master Class field – including reigning champion Matthias Dolderer of Germany – will kick off their quest for the 2017 Red Bull Air Race title as the season opener in Abu Dhabi celebrates the landmark 75th World Championship race on 10-11 February 2017.

2017 Master Class Pilots
Cristian Bolton (CHI)
Kirby Chambliss (USA)
Mikael “Mika“ Brageot (FRA)
Matthias Dolderer (GER)
Michael Goulian (USA)
Matt Hall (AUS)
Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA)
Petr Kopfstein (CZE)
François Le Vot (FRA)
Pete McLeod (CAN)
Yoshihide Muroya (JPN)
Peter Podlunšek (SLO)
Martin Šonka (CZE)
Juan Velarde (ESP)
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MARSEILLE, France - American Cameron Naasz won the first Red Bull Crashed Ice race held on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea on Saturday after a flawless high-speed run down an artificial ice track into Marseille's old port. It was the seventh career victory for Naasz, the reigning Ice Cross Downhill World Champion who is hoping to become the first athletes to win back-to-back titles.

In the world's fastest sport on skates, fearless skaters zipped down the obstacle-filled track four-at-a-time at speeds of up to 80 km/h. The first two advanced to the next rou nd as the field was whittled down from 64 to a final 4.

In one of the most thrilling finals ever with three one-time champions battling it out down the 340-meter long track, American Maxwell Dunne finished in second place, Canada's Scott Croxall was third and Austria'a Marco Dallago was fourth. In front of an enthusiastic French crowd in the heart of Marseille, Naasz had also won the first run of the final but it had to be scrapped moments later, after a TV review, due to starting gates opening fractions of a second too soon. On an unseasonably chilly night for sun-spoiled Marseille at the start of its year as a European capital of sports, the race in France's warmest city marked a new era for the world's fastest sport on skates by proving ice tracks can be built in warm cities.

"I just really wanted it," said Naasz, who let out a loud shout for joy after winning the final a second time within moments in convincing fashion. He admitted it was a huge rel ease of emotions and that he was determined to prove he deserved to win after the final had to be repeated. "That should seal it right there," said Naasz, who became the most successful active racer in the sport with seven career wins. He has won four of the last five races going back to 2015.

The race results were disappointing for French fans, who came to the venue in large numbers to cheer Tristan Dugerdil and Pacôme Schmitt, two of the bright young stars in the sport after finishing fourth and sixth overall last year. But Dugerdil and Schmitt were eliminated in separate quarter-final battles.

But on the bright side, the fans in Marseille were treated to the first-ever freestyle competition, which was won by France's Martin Barrau. The 18-year-old newcomer to the sport also took second place in Friday's first-ever Junior World Championship race for 16- to 20-year-olds.

In the increasingly competitive women's competition, last year' s champion Jacqueline Legère of Canada also got her title defense off to a flying start with a comfortable victory down the track kept frozen thanks to three powerful container-sized chillers. American Amanda Trunzo took second place with Sydney O'Keefe, also of the United States, in third.

Results men: 1. Cameron Naasz (USA), 2. Maxwell Dunne (USA), 3. Scott Croxall (CAN), 4. Marco Dallago (AUT), 5. Guillaume Bouvet-Morrissette (CAN), 6. Dan Witty (CAN), 7. Luca Dallago 8. Daniel Bergeson (USA), 9. Tommy Mertz (USA) 10. Jim Di Paoli (SUI).

Results women: Jacqueline Legere (CAN), Amanda Trunzo (USA), Sydney O'Keefe (USA), 4. Myriam Trepanier (CAN), 5. Elaine Topolnisky (CAN), 6. Tamara Kajah (CAN), 7. Veronika Windisch (AUT), 8. Maxie Plante (CAN), 9. Amandine Condroyer (FRA), 10. Sendrine Rangeon (FRA)

World Championship standings men: 1. Naasz 1,000 points, 2. Dunne 800, 3. Marco Dallago 750, 4. Croxall 600, 5. Bouv et-Morrissette 450, 6. Luca Dallago 425, 7. Witty 400, 8. Dugerdil (FRA) 350, 9. De Paoli 340, 10. Bergeson 320.

World Championship standings women: 1. Legère 1,000 points, 2. Trunzo 800, 3. Windisch 610, 4. O'Keefe 600, 5. Trepanier 500, 6. Topolnisky 450, 7. Noe (NED) 420, 8. Kajah 400, 9. Yamamoto (JPN) 365, 10. Morand (SUI) 330).
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Peterhansel’s roller coaster.
Collision caused Dakar legend to lose Stage 10 before getting time back to take overall lead.

Racing resumed on Thursday at Dakar Rally 2017 with a 449-kilometre stage from Chilecito to San Juan in Argentina.

And it wasn’t plain racing: Stéphane Peterhansel’s collision with another competitor temporally upset the car rankings, biker Stefan Svitko fell of exhaustion just after taking third, and Eduard Nikolaev became the new truck leader.

Car

Stéphane Peterhansel led the race early on, before his collision with biker Simon Marčič forced him to stop. The 12-time Dakar winner waited for the medical team with him before resuming the stage.

Because of the time Peterhansel lost assisting the biker, it was Cyril Despres who finished the first section the fastest, with Sébastien Loeb trailing him by 6'28.

Nine-time WRC champion Loeb then picked up the pace in the last part of the Special and took what was thought to be his fourth stage victory this year. Provisional results in San Juan said Despres finished in second place (+2'33) and Peterhansel in third (6'45).

But their Team Peugeot Total teammate was given back the time lost in the accident, officially winning Stage 10 ahead of Loeb (+ 07’28) and Despres (+ 10’01).

“There was a biker in front of me reversing and when he saw me he hit the brakes but we collided," said Peterhansel. "His leg was broken but he was still conscious. We stayed with him until the medical helicopter arrived. After that, it was difficult to drive with a good speed.

"The main thing I’m interested in is getting news to know how the biker is doing.”

With two stages left, Peterhansel is now 5’50 ahead of Loeb and 25’40 ahead of former bike winner Despres in the overall standings.

"I think it was impossible to go any faster," added Loeb. "I tried all I could. We'll see."

Bike

A tricky stage in terms of navigation, and one that saw many favourites drive in the wrong direction.

Frenchman Michael Metge and Spaniard Joan Barreda took the first two spots, followed by Slovakian Stefan Svitko who collapsed of exhaustion shortly after the finish line. He’s now been taken to San Juan hospital.

KTM riders Matthias Walkner and Sam Sunderland finished respectively in 11th and 13th place, 13'48 and 18'01 behind Metge. Despite a result due to a navigation mistake at the 39th km, Sunderland is still leading overall.

“With so many riverbeds at the beginning it was tough to follow the correct one,” explained the British rider. “I made a few mistakes before the refuel and that got me stressed out because I didn’t know where the other bikes were. Then at the refuel there were only three bikes there so I knew my mistakes hadn’t been too costly.”

Pablo Quintanilla, who was second overall at the start of Stage 10, fell off his bike and has been diagnosed with a head trauma. As a result, Walkner climbs to second place in the general rankings, just under 30 minutes behind Sunderland.

“I’ve never finished the Dakar so to be here on Day 11 and to be leading is a dream come true,” added Sunderland. “To have my friend Matthias here with me as well is great because we have both worked hard and been through it a bit to get here.”

Quad

Chilean Ignacio Casale continued to fight his category leader Sergey Karyakin. The Russian set the pace today, but Casale hung on to eventually concede a little more than 10 minutes to his rival. There’s now 21’05 separating runner-up Casale and Karyakin.

Truck

Having won the truck title in 2013, Eduard Nikolaev of Team Kamaz Master proved he still got it after setting Thursday’s fastest time. The result sees Nikolaev leapfrog his Kamaz teammate Dmitry Sotnikov who finished second and now holds the runners-up spot in the general classification. Ayrat Mardeev came home third to give Kamaz a 1-2-3 result.
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Neymar Jr's Five returns in 2017
The road to Neymar Jr's Five World Final starts here - as the Brazilian talks about his own American Dream.
Neymar Jr launched the second edition of his signature five-a-side tournament on Wednesday and spoke about his own hopes and dreams - including a future playing in the United States.

Neymar Jr's Five made an instant impact in its debut year in 2016, with more than 10,000 teams and 65,000 players in 47 countries vying for overall victory in the world's biggest five-a-side football tournament. This time it will be bigger than ever, with regional qualifiers in 53 countries and a rule change giving more players the chance to compete. The 2017 tournament is again open to teams of five to seven players aged 16 to 25, but for the first time two over-aged players are allowed as part of each squad. Tens of thousands of players will set out with the hope of making it all the way from regional qualifiers to their national final and on to the World Final at the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in Praia Grande, Brazil.

Neymar Jr himself is dreaming too - of more success with FC Barcelona and Brazil in 2017, and a long-term future in the country that excites him most.

"I will always continue to wish peace, health and joy to my family and friends," Neymar Jr said when asked about his hopes for the future. "On the field, I want to continue having fun as always and as long as I can do that, my year will be good.

"In 2017, I hope to win more games, more titles and to score many more goals - as always. I want to continue evolving as an athlete and to help my team mates on the pitch, both for Barcelona and the Brazilian national team.

"Long term, if I could choose any other country to play in it would be the United States. The culture in the US is incredible, and that really attracts me - as do the amazing cities. It would be a great place to play one day."

Neymar Jr's Five provides a unique challenge to players the world over, as every time one team scores, the opposition loses a player. It's inspired by the street football Neymar Jr himself grew up playing and the Barcelona and Brazil forward cannot wait to see a new season of this remarkable tournament kick off.

"I always played with my friends, using small goals." he said. "The tournament reminds me of my childhood and I am very proud of it. To win the five-a-side games and outplay them all, you need strategy and a good understanding of what the best moment is to attack and defend. A good defence is very important as well and can bring your team very far in the tournament."

Brazil's Anjos da Bola, the 2016 World Champions, were rewarded with a VIP trip to Barcelona, where they got to spend time with Neymar Jr himself at the FC Barcelona training ground. "Meeting the winners was incredible!" said Neymar Jr. "Now I can't wait to see who makes it through to the 2017 World Final at my Instituto in Brazil."

Neymar Jr's Five factfile:

- 10,000 teams took part in the first edition in 2016.

- Altogether, more than 65,000 players were registered

- Tournaments took place in a total of 47 countries in 6 continents

- Regional winners go through to their national final. National winners go through to the Neymar Jr's Five World Final.

- The 2016 final took place at the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in Praia Grande, Brazil

- The 2016 World Champions were 'Anjos da Bola' - Angels of the Ball - aged 20-22 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

- The 2017 final will again be played at the home of the Neymar Jr at Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in July

About Neymar Jr's Five

Neymar Jr's Five is the Brazilian forward's signature football tournament - and a truly global phenomenon. Across six continents and more than 50 countries, five-a-side teams battle it out in 10-minute matches with a twist. Every time one team scores, the opposition loses a player, which makes it fast, technical, tactical - and unique in the world of football. More than 65,000 players from 47 countries signed up to play in the first year of Neymar Jr's Five and 2017 promises to be even bigger. This year's tournament is open to teams of five to seven players aged 16 to 25, and for the first time two over-aged players are allowed in the squad. The teams will set out with the hope of making it all the way from the qualifiers, to their national final and on to the World Final in July 2017, at the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in Praia Grande, Brazil. Sign your team up now - and who knows, you could soon be playing on Neymar Jr's home turf. Dare to dream.
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Paris edges French in Kitzbuehel.
Italian holds off Giraud Moine and Clarey for FIS World Cup downhill win.

Dominik Paris produced an excellent run on Saturday to claim another FIS World Cup downhill victory in Austria.

The 27-year-old from Merano won downhills at Chamonix and Kvitfjell last season, and was feared going into the morning’s run in testing conditions after his sixth place in Friday’s super G race that Austrian Matthias Mayer won.

Both Paris and compatriot Peter Fill, who took this classic in 2016, made good use of their early runs on the bumpy and icy Streif course to put pressure on the later competitors.

Paris’ time of 1:55.01 looked like being threatened by Switzerland’s Beat Feuz however, after going 0.72s up, he lost control near the finish and skied into the safety netting.

Beat’s compatriot Carlo Janka and Canadian Erik Guay both got within half a second of Paris, but Johan Clarey and Valentin Giraud Moine both went better to seal third and second respectively.

Paris’ triumph makes it three Italian winners in the last five years with his own Hahnenkamm career win total now three after 2013 downhill and 2015 super G wins.
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RED BULL AIR RACE ANNOUNCES CALENDAR FOR 2017.
The announcement of the 2017 Red Bull Air Race season reveals a long-anticipated return to one of the most memorable stops in the 10-year history of the World Championship, plus a debut at a new venue in Russia.
SALZBURG (AUT) - The 2017 season of the Red Bull Air Race will begin with its diamond 75th race and conclude at the motorsport mecca; Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Along the way, the official World Championship will celebrate its tenth season with a long-awaited return to San Diego, USA as well as a premier in Kazan, Russia.

The eight-race calendar takes off on February 10-11, 2017 with the celebration of a double anniversary: UAE will mark the 75th Red Bull Air Race of the World Championship and the 10th consecutive season opener in Abu Dhabi. Then on April 15-16, the raceplanes will return to San Diego, USA, which became a favorite over three consecutive seasons from 2007-2009.

Next: A third stop in Chiba, Japan on June 3-4. 90,000 fans cheered home hero Yoshihide Muroya to his first race win last year, and his triumph only fueled their passion. The exhilaration will continue on July 1-2, as the raceplanes dart under the Chain Bridge in Budapest, Hungary, the spiritual home of the sport.
As the summer continues, the Red Bull Air Race will write a new chapter in its history. A July debut in the Sports Capital of Russia, Kazan, with its rich 1,000-year-old culture and colorful skyline then the fight for the championship will move to two more locations in Europe which will be announced later.

The season finale will rev up back in the USA on October 14-15, with the second consecutive race at the epic motorsport track of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Champion will be crowned.

"I can't remember when I've been so excited about a season. The calendar goes from strength to strength, with every stop holding special significance as either a landmark location in the sport's history or a premiere in a dramatic new setting. We're especially thrilled to bring high-speed, low-altitude racing to a new audience in Russia," said Erich Wolf, General Manager of Red Bull Air Race GmbH. "Each pilot and team is keen to clinch the honor of winning the 75th Red Bull Air Race at the opener in Abu Dhabi just a few weeks from now, and the pace and intensity will only build throughout the season. What a year it's going to be."
Red Bull Air Race 2017 Calendar

February 10-11: Abu Dhabi, UAE)
April 15-16: San Diego, USA
June 3-4: Chiba, Japan
July 1-2: Budapest, Hungary
July 22-23: Kazan, Russia
August 12-13: TBA, Europe
September 2-3: TBA, Europe
October 14-15: Indianapolis, USA

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Created in 2003, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship will celebrate its landmark 75th race at the 2017 season opener in Abu Dhabi. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world’s best race pilots in a pure motorsport competition that combines speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile, lightweight racing planes, pilots hit speeds of 370kmh while enduring forces of up to 10G as they navigate a low-level slalom track marked by 25-meter-high, air-filled pylons. In 2014, the Challenger Cup was conceived to help the next generation of pilots develop the skills needed for potential advancement to the Master Class that vies for the World Championship.
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Teams unveiled for Bermuda.
The 2017 edition of the Red Bull Youth America's Cup is set to be the best yet with 12 teams fighting it out on the water in Bermuda for the coveted June title.

Founders Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher have now confirmed the final fleet of 12 national teams made up of sailors all aged between 19-25.

The Olympic legends announced that Austria and Spain will make their debuts in the event, while the sailors will utilise AC45F foiling catamarans for the first time just like the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series.

With the sleek catamarans capable of reaching speeds of up to 50 knots, it promises to be an exciting spectacle on the Great Sound once the six-person rosters are locked in May.

Qualification commences between June 12-16 with Pools A and B comprising a maximum of six boats each competing for eight Finals spots starting on June 20-21.

Reigning America's Cup champions ORACLE TEAM USA will support and mentor both Team BDA, the Bermudian challengers, and Next Generation USA, the American representatives.

Steinacher declared, "The Red Bull Youth America's Cup has changed the America's Cup world - the teams saw that the new boats fit the young generation, who are very good at handling the speed.

"The sailing leaders are picking younger sailors than before."

Hagara added, "So far, eight sailors from the 2013 Red Bull Youth America's Cup have found positions on America's Cup boats, including Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, who were on the Kiwi team that won the first Red Bull Youth America's Cup.

"They went on to become Olympic Champions and earn positions on Emirates Team New Zealand in the America's Cup.

"It's going to be exciting to see the racing this time around with the added dimension and speed of foiling."

Teams

Candidate Sailing Team, Austria
Team BDA, Bermuda
Youth Viking Denmark, Denmark
Team France Jeune, France
Next Generation - Team Germany, Germany
Land Rover BAR Academy, Great Britain
Kaijin Team Japan, Japan
NZL Sailing Team, New Zealand
Spanish Impulse Team, Spain
Artemis Racing Youth, Sweden
Team Tilt, Switzerland
Next Generation USA, USA
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Peterhansel wins 13th Dakar title.
Rally legend defeats Loeb while Sunderland takes UK’s first win.
Saturday’s 64km timed special stage between Rio Cuarto and Buenos Aires concluded Dakar Rally 2017 and its 9,000km route through South America.

Car

Stéphane Peterhansel edged Sebastien Loeb overall (+5'13) to take his Dakar victory No 13 with their Team Peugeot Total teammate Cyril Despres in third (+33'28). Three Frenchmen and three Peugeot 3008 DKRs occupy the podium*, with only Carlos Sainz missing after he crashed and was forced to retire during the first week of racing.

Loeb did win Saturday’s short stage 19 seconds ahead of the overall leader, with Giniel de Villiers, Toyota’s South African driver, in third place (+0’30).

“We were fighting with six or seven drivers at the beginning of the race and after a while, they were only four,” said Peterhansel at the finish line. “And during the last week, we were only two – just Seb and I. We fought really strongly and I am the winner in the end – but it’s a small detail. This is the victory of experience."

Bike

Sam Sunderland made history by finishing the last special in sixth place to take the overall win. The first Briton to win the Dakar, he claims the rally ahead of KTM teammate Matthias Walkner (+32'00") and Gerard Farrés (+35'40).

Both Sunderland and Walkner had never finished the infamous rally before. The duo made up for Toby Price's abandon, their teammate and defending champion who retired after crashing and breaking his leg on Stage 4.

“It’s overwhelming,” admitted Sunderland. “When I crossed the line, the emotion really took over.

“It’s taken some time to change [from his motocross background], I’ve learned the hard way like everybody. I kept fighting and never gave up and I’m really grateful for all the people I have around me that have guided me. Everybody in the team has worked so hard, they all deserve this victory.”

Quad

Chilean rider Ignacio Casale claimed the closing stage, beating local boy Santiago Hansen by 52 seconds. This enables him to take second place in the final general classification (+1h14'51) behind Sergey Karyakin, the dominant winner of the race, with Pablo Copetti in third (+4h20'19).

Truck

Eduard Nikolaev was already assured of winning his second Dakar but the Kamaz driver confirmed his domination with another victory on Saturday. His teammate and fellow Russian Dmitry Sotnikov (+18'58) gives Kamaz the runner-up position in the general. Gerard de Rooy takes the third overall spot (+41'19).

* All results are subject to change until final technical verifications and podium in Buenos Aires.
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Lindsey Vonn returns from broken arm at Altenmarkt-Zauchensee this weekend. The American superstar badly broke her right arm training in Colorado in November which has been delaying the start of her season.

Her long-awaited return will now take place in Austria with a downhill race on Saturday and a combined on Sunday.

Vonn, who has 76 World Cup wins, is this season bidding to become the record holder for the most in history, which is currently held by Swedish skier Ingemar Stenmark.

After her three-month rehabilitation programme, Vonn said: “Words cannot describe how excited I am to be returning to the slopes this week.

"It’s been a tough three months with over 300 hours of rehabilitation but being able to go fast and compete again makes all of the hard work with it.”
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Your 2017 media calendar. Don’t miss the best upcoming moments.
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WRC
- Rally, Off-Road
January 19-22, Monte Carlo
February 9-12, Sweden
March 9-12, Mexico
April 6-9, France
April 27-30, Argentina
May 18-21, Portugal
June 8-11, Italy
June 29-July 2, Poland
July 27-30, Finland
August 17-20, Germany
October 5-8, Spain
October 26-29, Great Britain
November 16-19, Australia

F1
- Car, Track
Red Bull Racing & Scuderia Toro Rosso
March 24-26: Melbourne, Australia
April 7-9: Shanghai, China
April 14-16: Bahrain, Bahrain
April 28-30: Sochi, Russia
May 12-14: Barcelona, Spain
May 25-28: Monte Carlo, Monaco
June 9-11: Montreal, Canada
June 23-25: Baku, Azerbaijan
July 7-9: Spielberg, Austria
July 14-16: Silverstone, United Kingdom
July 28-30: Budapest, Hungary
August 25-27: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
September 1-3: Monza, Italy
September 15-17: Singapore, Singapore
September 29-October 1: Sepang, Malaysia
October 6-8: Suzuka, Japan
October 20-22: Austin, USA
October 27-29: Mexico City, Mexico
November 10-12: Sao Paolo, Brazil
November 24-26: Abu Dhabi, UAE

MotoGP & Red Bull Rookies Cup
- Motorbike, Track
March 23-26: Losail, Qatar
April 7-9: Termas de Río Hondo, Argentina
April 21-23: Austin, USA
May 5-7: Jerez, Spain
May 19-21: Le Mans, France
June 2-4: Mugello, Italy
June 9-11: Barcelona, Spain
June 23-25: Assen, Netherlands
June 30-July 2: Sachsenring, Germany
August 4-6: Brno, Czech Republic
August 11-13: Red Bull Ring-Spielberg, Austria
August 25-27: Silverstone, Great Britain
September 8-10: Misano, Italy
September 22-24: Aragon, Spain
October 13-15: Motegi, Japan
October 20-22: Phillip Island, Australia
October 27-29: Sepang, Malaysia
November 10-12: Valencia, Spain

Hard Enduro
- Motorbike, Off-Road
March 25-26: Rotorua, New Zealand
April 8-9: Tasmania, Australia
May 13-14: Madeira, Portugal
May 28: Wicklow, Ireland
June 30-July 1: Millau, France
July 29-30: Aspen, USA
August 13: Whistler, Canada
September 30-October 1: Finale Ligure, Italy

Red Bull X-Fighters
- Motocross, Freestyle
July 7: Madrid, Spain

BIKE

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup
- Mountain Bike, Off-Road
(DHI/Downhill + XCO/Cross Country + XCE/Cross-country eliminator)
April 29-30: (DHI) Lourdes, France
May 20-21: (XCO) Nové Mesto, Czech Republic
May 27-28: (XCO) Albstadt, Germany
June 3-4: (DHI) Fort William, Scotland
June 10-11: (DHI) Leogang, Austria
July 1-2 (XCO/DHI) Vallnord, Andorra
July 8-9: (XCO/DHI) Lenzerheide, Switzerland
August 5-6: (XCO/DHI) Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada
August 26-27: (XCO/DHI) Val di Sole, Italy
September 5-10: (XCO/XCE/DHI) UCI World Championships, Cairns, Australia

Red Bull Valparaiso Cerro Abajo
- Mountain Bike, Downhill
February 19: Valparaiso, Chile

Red Bull Joyride
- Mountain Bike, Freeride/Slopestyle
August 20: Whistler, Canada

Red Bull Hardline
- Mountain Bike, Downhill
September 22-24: Dinas Mawddwy, Wales, UK

Red Bull Rampage
- Mountain Bike, Freeride/Slopestyle
October 27: Virgin, Utah, USA

WINTER SPORTS

FIS World Cup
- Skiing, Alpine
January 7-8: Adelboden, Switzerland
January 13-15: Wengen, Switzerland
January 20-22: Kitzbuhel, Austria
January 24: Schladming, Austria
January 28-29: Garmisch, Germany
January 31: Stockholm, Sweden
February 6-19: FIS World Championships, Saint Moritz, Switzerland
February 24-26: Kvitfjell, Norway
March 4-5: Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
March 15-19: Aspen, USA

Winter X Games
- Ski + Snowboard + Snowmobile + Snow Bike
January 26-29: Aspen, USA

Burton US Open
- Snowboarding, Halfpipe/Slopestyle
February 27-March 4: Vail, USA

SAILING

America’s Cup
- Sailing, Foiling, AC50
June: Great Sound, Hamilton, Bermuda

Red Bull Youth America’s Cup
- Sailing, Foiling, AC45
June 12-21: Great Sound, Hamilton, Bermuda

Extreme Sailing Series
- Sailing, Foiling, GC32
March 8-11: Muscat, Oman
April 28-May 1: Qingdao, China
June 29-July 2: Madeira, Portugal
July 20-23: Europe (To Be Announced)
August 10-13: Hamburg, Germany
August 25-28: Cardiff, Wales
October 19-22: San Diego, USA
November 30-December 3: Los Cabos, Mexico

Red Bull Foiling Generation
- Sailing, Foiling, Flying Phantom
Calendar TBA: Worldwide

WATER SPORTS

Red Bull Storm Chase
- Windsurfing
January 9-March 13 (Waiting period): Worldwide

Red Bull King of the Air
- Kitesurfing, Freestyle
January 21-February 5: Big Bay Blouberg, South Africa

Red Bull Cape Fear
- Surfing, Big Wave
April 1-August 31 (Waiting period): Botany Bay, Australia

SUMMER SPORTS

Neymar Jr’s Five
- Football, Five-a-side
TBA: Worldwide

Red Bull Art of Motion
- Freerunning, Parkour
October 7: Santorini, Greece

SKATEBOARD

Red Bull Hart Lines
- Skateboarding, Street
May 14: Detroit, USA

Red Bull Bowl Rippers
- Skateboarding, Bowl/Pool
June 16-18: Bowl du Prado, Marseille, France

SERIES

Red Bull Crashed Ice
- Ice Cross Downhill
January 13-14: Marseille, France
January 20-21: Jyväskylä, Finland
February 3-4: Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
March 3-4: Ottawa, Canada

Red Bull Crashed Ice Riders Cup
- Ice Cross Downhill
January 27-28: Rautalampi, Finland
February 3-4: Moscow, Russia
February 16-18: La Sarre, Canada
February 23-25: Bathhurst, Canada

Red Bull Air Race
- Air Racing
February 10-11: Abu Dhabi
Rest of the calendar TBA

Red Bull Cliff Diving
- Cliff Diving
Calendar TBA

Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series
- Beach Volleyball
February 7-12: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
June 27-July 2: Porec, Croatia
July 4-9: Gstaad, Switzerland
July 28-August 6: FIVB World Championships, Vienna, Austria
August 8-13: Hamburg, Germany
August 22-27: Swatch World Tour Finals, TBA

Wings for Life World Run
- Running
May 7: Worldwide

CULTURE

Red Bull Music Academy
- Music, Education
TBA, Worldwide

Red Bull BC One
- Breakdance, B-Boying
TBA

Season of Festivals
- Live Music
TBA, Worldwide

Red Bull Batalla de Los Gallos
- Hip Hop
TBA

Red Bull Amaphiko
- Social, Entrepreneurship
Worldwide

E-SPORTS & GAMING

Red Bull Mind Gamers
- Mind Gaming
March 25 (World Final): Budapest, Hungary

Red Bull Kumite
- Street Fighter
May 27-28: Paris, France
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