Joel Embiid gains U.S. citizenship, mum on Olympic nationality – Home of the Olympic Channel

Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid said he is now a U.S. citizen and it’s way too early to think about what nation he would represent at the Olympics.
“I just want to be healthy and win a championship and go from there,” he said, according to The Associated Press.
Embiid, 28, was born in Cameroon and has never competed in a major international tournament. In July, he gained French nationality, a step toward being able to represent that nation at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
In the spring, French media reported that Embiid started the process to become eligible to represent France in international basketball, quoting national team general manager Boris Diaw.
Embiid was second in NBA MVP voting this season behind Serbian Nikola Jokic. He was the All-NBA second team center.
What nation Embiid represents could have a major impact on the Paris Games.
In Tokyo, a French team led by another center, Rudy Gobert, handed the U.S. its first Olympic defeat since 2004. That was in group play. The Americans then beat the French in the gold-medal game 87-82.
That France team had five NBA players to the U.S.’ 12: Nicolas BatumEvan FournierTimothe Luwawu-CabarrotFrank Ntilikina and Gobert.
Anthony Davis, who skipped the Tokyo Olympics, is the lone U.S. center to make an All-NBA team in the last five seasons. In that time, Embiid made four All-NBA second teams and Gobert made three All-NBA third teams.
No Olympic team other than the U.S. has ever had two reigning All-NBA players on its roster.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Kaillie Humphries earned her 30th two-women bobsled World Cup win on Sunday, sweeping the weekend races in Altenberg, Germany, to roll into the world championships that start this week.
Humphries followed a monobob victory on Saturday by taking Sunday’s two-woman event with push athlete Kaysha Love. They prevailed by two hundredths of a second over Olympic champion Laura Nolte of Germany, combining times from two runs.
That closed the gap in the World Cup season standings. German Kim Kalicki leads, followed by Nolte and then Humphries. They are separated by 10 points, less than the difference between first and second place in one race on the circuit.
Humphries has a stronger lead in the monobob standings with three wins in six races.
The world championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, start with men’s and women’s skeleton races on Thursday and Friday. The women’s monobob and two-man bobsled are next Saturday and Sunday with the two-woman and four-man events the following weekend.
Humphries swept the last monobob and two-woman world titles in 2021 when Altenberg hosted. She also won the two-woman title the last time St. Moritz hosted worlds in 2013.
Humphries is tied with retired German Sandra Kiriasis for the most world championships two-woman medals at seven.
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CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy — Mikaela Shiffrin’s pursuit of a record 83rd World Cup win will move on to the next stop on the circuit.
Shiffrin finished seventh in a super-G on Sunday, 0.62 seconds behind race winner Ragnhild Mowinckel, to mark the third straight event in Cortina this weekend that she missed the podium.
Her next chances to break a tie with former teammate Lindsey Vonn for the women’s record will come in two giant slaloms at the Kronplatz resort in nearby San Vigilio di Marebbe on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Mowinckel finished 0.30 seconds ahead of Austrian Cornelia Huetter and 0.47 seconds ahead of Italian Marta Bassino on the course that will be used for the 2026 Milan-Cortina Olympics.
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Swiss Corinne Suter and Italian Sofia Goggia, the last two Olympic downhill champions, sat out following race falls on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
Shiffrin was on pace to finish on the podium until she veered wide off the racing line toward the end of her run just before the concluding jump into the finish area. She shook her head slightly upon seeing her time, which at that point was good for second place behind Bassino.
“I made a little error with my timing on the last turn on the course,” Shiffrin said. “And of course it’s quite flat down here so you lose some speed. But it was quite a strong run.”
It was the third career victory for Mowinckel, who claimed silver medals in both downhill and giant slalom at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics before missing the entire 2019-20 season due to a serious knee injury.
“I was generally surprised when I saw my time because I knew the race was close,” Mowinckel said.
The race started directly into the Tofana Schuss, a chute between two walls of rock that is the steepest part of the course, rapidly ramping skiers’ speeds up to 70 mph as they rushed zig-zag down the mountain.
If Shiffrin doesn’t win in San Vigilio, her next races will be two slaloms — her best event, having accounted for 51 of her 82 wins — in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, next weekend. That was where Shiffrin made her World Cup debut as a 15-year-old in March, 2011.
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