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Svindal sweeps Lake Louise races

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Olympic gold medal alpine skier Aksel Lund Svindal became the first man to sweep both world cup races at the Lake Louise course in Alberta Sunday since Bode Miller pulled off the same feat back in 2004.

The Norwegian won the downhill race on Saturday with a time of 1:48.31, then clocked a time of 1:34.96 in his two super-G runs Sunday to win hold off France’s Adrien Theaux and Austria’s Joachim Puchner. American Ted Ligety, who won last month’s giant slalom race in Austria, finished fourth.

“Most racers, including myself, you don’t have the chance to win World Cups every day,” Svindal told the AP. “I felt ‘This is a race I can win,’ and you’ve got to try and take advantage of those opportunities.”

American downhill gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, who has won 11 races at Lake Louise, petitioned the FIS to race the men in Alberta, but was denied. Instead, Vonn finished 21st in the women’s world cup event in Aspen after spending two nights in the hospital last week with severe intestinal pain.

2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships to be in San Jose

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The 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the final competition to determine the Pyeongchang Olympic team, will be in San Jose, California, at the SAP Center, concluding Jan. 7.

It appears to be the earliest the U.S. Figure Skating Championships will end in an Olympic year in at least 50 years.

The competition will be broadcast live on NBC and streamed live on Icenetwork.com.

San Jose previously hosted the U.S. Championships in 1996 and 2012, but it has never hosted in an Olympic year.

Sochi Olympian Polina Edmunds is from San Jose and figures to receive a boost of crowd support. Edmunds, 18, begins classes at nearby Santa Clara University next month.

The January 2017 U.S. Championships will be in Kansas City. The international figure skating season starts next month, with Skate America kicking off the Grand Prix season in October.

Recent Nationals host cities in Olympic years were Boston in 2014 and Spokane, Washington, in 2010.

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Fiji Olympic rugby coach given 3 acres of land, special name

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11:  Gold medalists Ro Dakuwaqa of Fiji and Fiji head coach Ben Ryan celebrate after the medal ceremony for the Men's Rugby Sevens on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympics at Deodoro Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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Olympic coaches don’t receive gold medals. Fiji Olympic men’s rugby coach Ben Ryan may have gotten something better anyway.

Ryan’s reward for guiding Fiji to its first Olympic medal in any sport — gold in rugby sevens’ Olympic debut — included three acres of land in Fiji and a new name, Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara, according to Fijian reports.

Ryan, a London native, is stepping down as coach of the Fijian team. The 44-year-old coached the team for three years after leading the England national sevens team for six years.

MORE: Fiji wins nation’s first Olympic medal