Klitschko wants back in Olympics

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Atlanta Olympics heavyweight champ, Wladimir Klitschko, says he plans to compete in 2016 and add another gold medal to his mantel if pros like he and his brother Vitali are allowed to participate.

Klitschko, the current WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO, and Ring Magazine heavyweight champion (but seriously, guys, less belts) told students at Uzhgorod University that he wants to continue boxing through the Rio Games, win, and then promptly retire, according to profi-forex.

“[Atlanta] was absolutely a highlight in my life and also a highlight for the country because Ukraine in 1996 for the first time traveled to the Olympic Games as an independent country,” the 36-year-old, who sold his 1996 medal for $1 million, told CNN back in July.

Rumors are that Olympic boxing could go pro in 2016, but might also be in jeopardy of being included at all after some matches in London could generously be described as debacles, and others, not so generously, as unmitigated disasters of epic and undeniable proportions.

By the end of the Games NBC’s commentators were expelled from the arena for criticizing refs after two Azerbaijani boxers won matches when they were clearly out-boxed, including Magomed Abdulhamidov, who was knocked down six times in the third round on his way to victory. His win was later overturned.

While waiting to hear if he’ll be heading to Brazil, Wladimir will spend time defending his numerous titles against undefeated Polish boxer Mariusz Wach on Nov. 8 in Hamburg, Germany.

Decker scores twice, U.S. women’s hockey team beats Canada 5-2

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QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Brianna Decker scored twice to help the U.S. women’s hockey team open its pre-Olympic exhibition schedule with a 5-2 victory over Canada on Sunday.

Hilary Knight, Annie Pankowski and Alex Carpenter also scored for the Americans.

Meghan Agosta and Jillian Saulnier scored for Canada.

The teams will meet again Wednesday night in Boston. Canada has won four straight Olympic titles, and the U.S. has claimed seven of the last eight world championships.

World downhill champion Ilka Stuhec tears ACL

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Lindsey Vonn’s top rival for downhill gold is in danger of missing the upcoming Olympics.

Ilka Stuhec, a world champion Alpine skier from Slovenia, suffered a torn ACL after a practice crash in Austria this weekend.

Stuhec had become a strong medal favorite for PyeongChang after winning FIS World Cup titles in downhill and Alpine combined last season. She also won a gold medal in downhill at the 2017 World Championships, where Vonn placed third.

According to a post on the FIS website, surgery is set for this Wednesday, with more information to come after that. But preliminary reports suggest that she is likely to miss the Olympics.

“For now it looks like Ilka Stuhec will have to miss a large part or maybe the whole World Cup season, including the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea,” a spokesperson for Struhec told Reuters.

In a tweet, Struhec acknowledged that she would be sidelined “for a few months.”

The Olympics start in less than four months.