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.
British Paralympic champion Josef Craig was disqualified from a race because he didn’t cover up an Olympic rings tattoo on his chest at the IPC European Championships on Sunday.
Craig, 19, was disqualified because of an International Paralympic Committee swimming rule that states, “body advertisements are not allowed in any way whatsoever (this includes tattoos and symbols).”
Craig, who did not have the tattoo when he took gold at London 2012, has since competed at the European Championships with the Olympic rings tattoo covered.
If people attend the Paralympics, which are held weeks after the Olympics at the same venues, they will very often see the Paralympic Agitos logo where the Olympic logo once appeared.
It is visual proof that the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee are separate entities.
At the London Paralympics, American Rudy Garcia-Tolson earned silver in a 200m individual medley with an Olympic rings tattoo visible near his left shoulder-blade.
An IPC spokesperson said the rule pertaining to the Paralympics — which covers all sports — was new going into 2012 and will be fully enforced for the first time in Rio.
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Missy Franklin broke into tears reading a letter to her parents in a mock press conference in a spot for Minute Maid, one of the four-time Olympic champion’s sponsors since turning professional a year ago.
It was filmed in April near her home in Denver.
Franklin has split time training and competing and working with companies including GoPro, Laureus, Minute Maid, Speedo, United Airlines, Visa and Wheaties.
Franklin has said the sponsor commitments will curtail in the middle of May, when she starts a blackout period to focus on training for the U.S. Olympic Trials, which are June 26-July 3 in Omaha and air on NBC Sports.
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