Vancouver gold medal downhill skier Lindsey Vonn spent the night in a Colorado hospital with “severe intestinal pain” that has been affecting her for two weeks. She’s awaiting diagnostic testing.
Vonn hoped to compete against the men next weekend at the World Cup downhill race in Alberta, but after her request denied by the International Ski Federation, the four-time world champ decided to skip the slalom opener in Finland to focus on upcoming races in Aspen following Thanksgiving.
Vonn’s ski technician, Heinz Haemmerle, told the Associated Press that she’s been hospitalized “two or three times” for the pain since arriving for training in Colorado, but that this was the first time she had stayed overnight.
“She told me she feels bad and has pain all over her body and that her bones are hurting,” Haemmerle said, while confirming that Vonn was not suffering from ski-related injuries. “The coaches also don’t know. First they told me we would train again Monday, then Wednesday, now the end of the week.”
Steve Langton, who was described by driver Steven Holcomb as the “best push athlete in the world,” announced his retirement today.
A collegiate sprinter and jumper at Northeastern University, Langton decided to try bobsledding after watching the 2006 Winter Olympics. He filled out an online athlete resume, and, by the 2010 Games, he was an Olympian.
At the Sochi 2014 Games, Langton teamed with Holcomb to win a bronze medal in the two-man race. It was the first Olympic medal in the event by American sled since 1952. He claimed another bronze medal as a member of Holcomb’s four-man “Night Train.”
“In Sochi I competed on the world’s biggest stage, I won two medals for my country and I did so along not only the best teammates but best friends anyone could ever ask for,” Langton told USA Bobsled.
Langton, who has a 62-inch standing box jump and can squat more than 500 pounds, was described by Men’s Health as “the most powerful winter Olympian” in the lead-up to 2014 Games.
“[Langton’s] work ethic and discipline rubbed off on the other athletes and made everyone better,” said USA Bobsled & Skeleton Chief Executive Officer Darrin Steele. “I have no doubt that he’ll find success in the next chapter of his life as well.”
Langton appeared on “The Amazing Race” in 2015 with his girlfriend, Aly Dudek, an Olympic short track speedskater.
None of the push athletes on the current U.S. roster have Olympic experience. Holcomb will compete in the World Cup opener this Saturday with Sam McGuffie, a former University of Michigan football player. The race will be McGuffie’s World Cup debut.