Five things to know from what happened in the world of sport. January 5-11, 2021.
- English, Champion among Champions. Harris English (USA) had not won an official individual PGA tournament since 2013 but he got an invite to the Sentry Tournament of Champions because the pandemic would have made this year’s field quite small. He beat Joaquín Niemann (CHL) in a playoff to win. (The Sportspedia)
- SK respawns as PK to win SMITE. The 2020 SMITE (a very popular esport) World Champion tea, SK Gaming, disbanded. Three of their members formed the Pittsburgh Knights and they now won the World Championship against #1 seed, Ghost Gaming. (The Sportspedia)
- The best and worst of Eckoff and Bø. Karil Eckoff (NOR) and Johannes Thingnes Bø (NOR) took two and one golds respectively on their individual IBU Biathlon World Cup competitions in Oberhof. Bø would have won two but he made a shooting mistake under pressure. This was the “dream team” for the Individual Relay gold, yet Eckoff missed various shots. France and Sweden beat them. (Watch the highlights – IBU)
- Giant Slalom. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) won both FIS World Cup Giant Slalom meets at Adelboden (SUI). He was now won three Giant Slalom World Cup race wins in a row.(Watch the run 2 – FIS)
- German sliders. Felix Loch (DEU) won his 46th Luge World Cup gold, in Sigulda (LVA) but again Germany did not win the Mixed Realy. This time it was won by Russia, over Latvia and Germany. Latvia won in Doubles, breaking a 4-race win streak for Germany. Tatiana Ivanova (RUS) also broke a 4-race win streak for Germany in Women’s Singles. In Bobsleigh, Francesco Friedrich (DEU) took both the 2-Man and the 4-Man World Cup golds in Winterberg and Laura Nolte (DEU) won her fourth straight 2-woman Bob race, this time with Deborah Levi (DEU). Watch the IBSF Winterberg highlights magazine