BMX pioneer Bennett intoxicated at time of fatal crash

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Olympic BMX cyclist Kyle Bennett had a blood alcohol level of nearly twice the legal limit when he died in a car crash outside his home in Conroe, Texas on the morning of Oct. 14.

According to an autopsy obtained by the town’s local paper, The Courier of Conroe, a county medical examiner reported that Bennett’s blood alcohol content was 0.145 percent by volume, which is just under two times the Texas legal limit of 0.08.

Bennett was reportedly rushing to meet his fiancé, Lynsie, whose car had been broken into. The 33-year-old cyclist wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

“Kyle was a pioneer in Olympic BMX and an inspiration to those of us that knew him,” USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson said after the crash.

Bennett, the first American BMX cyclist ever to qualify for the Olympics, was a three-time champion in the National Bicycle League and won International Cycling Union world titles in 2002, ’03 and ’07.

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.