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Bits & Bites: Dunn to Portland is Done Deal

Figure Skating

This week in Formula One, LPGA, NWSL, Skating

October 26, 2020
SOURCE: ROBIN ALAM/ISI PHOTOS
SOURCE: ROBIN ALAM/ISI PHOTOS

🏎 Formula One: As if there was ever any doubt, Lewis Hamilton has now firmly cemented his status as the greatest race car driver of all time (sorry, Ricky Bobby!). Hamilton won his 92nd career Grand Prix in Portugal yesterday, beating Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 career wins. Drive fast, sing, use his international platform to call for social equality...what can’t this man do?

⛳️LPGA: Danielle Kang almost had matching Drive On Championship trophies this year, but fellow American Ally McDonald spoiled that dream. After leading the whole weekend, McDonald notched her first ever LPGA title yesterday, finishing with a 16 under par score, just one stroke ahead of Kang. Not a bad 28th birthday for the champ!

⚽️Soccer: The NWSL offseason is proving eventful. The league announced a blockbuster trade on Thursday that saw U.S. women’s national soccer team (USWNT) star Crystal Dunn traded from the North Carolina Courage to OL Reign and finally to the Portland Thorns, where Dunn will join her World Cup–winning teammates Lindsey Horan and Becky Sauerbrunn and international goals leader, Canadian Christine Sinclair.

  • Meanwhile, across the pond, women’s league soccer is taking a break while national teams qualify for 2022’s UEFA Women’s Euro Cup (talk about getting an early start). The qualifying round continues tomorrow, so pick a European country to support and follow along here.

Skating: Move aside, Adam Rippon — America has a new sweetheart. The 2020–2021 Grand Prix of Figure Skating started this weekend with the Skate America event, and Mariah Bell stole the show. The 24-year-old won her first career top-level competition after a free skate routine to an ABBA medley, which should help her secure an elusive Olympic team spot.

  • For the first time since 1983, all four events were won by American skaters. That’s mostly due to COVID-19 travel restrictions for international competitors, but whatever, we’ll take it.