Gold medal downhill skier Lindsey Vonn is back on the slopes after spending two nights in a Vail, Colo. hospital last week with an intestinal illness. She posted on Facebook that she’s “Finally starting to get healthy again!”
The four-time world champ did a little freeskiing Saturday and went through a giant slalom training session Sunday. She hopes do some super-G work Monday and be prepared to race in her first world cup event of the season this weekend in Aspen. It will all be up to how she feels later in the week.
“Obviously she has a little lack of energy,” U.S. women’s technical coach Roland Pfiefer told the AP Sunday. “It’s just a matter of how fast she’s able to charge her battery, talking about starting in Aspen. We go day by day. She’s in a very good mood. She likes to be on the slope again. She’s so happy to be back.”
Vonn also made headlines off the course when she requested to race against them in Lake Louise, Alberta at a race this weekend, but was denied her request by the International Ski Federation early in November on the grounds that “one gender is not entitled to participate in races of the other and exceptions will not be made.”
She hasn’t given up her pursuit of racing the men and has been consulting with lawyers regarding her options.
“More Than Gold: Jesse Owens and the 1936 Berlin Olympics,” a one-hour documentary on the track and field legend, will air on NBC on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET.
Morgan Freeman narrates the film on Owens, who won four gold medals at the Berlin Games in the face of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany.
Here’s a clip from the documentary.
“’More Than Gold’ will invite viewers inside the story of a pioneering athlete, who in the face of racial discrimination at home and the horrific theories and practices of Nazi Germany, performed at his best under immense pressure,” Mark Levy, Senior Vice President, Original Productions and Creative, NBC Sports Group, said in a press release. “Viewers will experience the Games through the compelling memories of Jesse’s surviving Olympic teammates, who were eye-witnesses to those events.”
“More Than Gold” includes interviews with Owens’ 1936 Olympic teammates swimmers Adolph Kiefer and Iris Cummings Critchell and canoeist John Lysak and Owens’ three daughters.
“Jesse Owens was the hero of every member of the 1936 Olympic team,” Kiefer said in a press release. “We all wanted him to win. We wanted him to win four medals. I’m just sorry it wasn’t five. He’s No. 1 and always will be.”
The film will also feature footage from the famous 1936 Olympic film “Olympia” from German director Leni Riefenstahl.
A feature-length film on Owens, “Race,” hits theaters on Feb. 19.
VIDEO: Three clips from ‘Race’ film about Jesse Owens
LONDON (AP) — Seeking to calm fears over the Zika outbreak, the IOC medical director tells The Associated Press that “everything that can be done is being done” to combat the virus in Brazil and provide safe conditions for athletes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Dr. Richard Budgett says the International Olympic Committee is “absolutely not complacent” about the mosquito-borne virus, which has been linked to birth defects.
He says “our priority is to protect the health of the athletes, we do take it very seriously.”
Budgett says the outbreak should be kept “in perspective,” noting that world health authorities have not called for a restriction on travel to Brazil.
He says there has been no consideration of postponing or canceling the Olympics, which are scheduled from Aug. 5-21.
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