Vonn still getting over illness

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Even after Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn cruised to a hat trick in Lake Louise Thanksgiving weekend, she says she’s still lacking energy. She wrote in the Denver Post Tuesday that weariness may have led to her finishing 27th in the giant slalom in Switzerland this weekend after she wore herself down winning the super-G.

“It’s definitely a struggle, not just physically but mentally,” Vonn wrote. “I can’t rely on my strength the way I have in the past, because of my illness. I have to be patient, because I know it’s going to turn around. I just have to try my best to get in some extra workouts when I feel like I have the energy.”

The four-time world champ currently sits third in the world cup standings behind Slovenia’s Tina Maze and Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch, and will need all the energy she can muster for her five races in the next two weeks, including  a downhill race on Friday, a super-G on Saturday, and a giant slalom on Sunday.

“The schedule definitely isn’t working in my favor at this point, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to recover over the Christmas break.”

Russian pairs skater slices leg in worlds practice, needs 10 stitches (video)

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Russian pairs skater Yevgenia Tarasova needed 10 stitches after her partner’s skate sliced her leg in practice Wednesday.

Hours later, Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov skated to third place in the short program at the world championships in Helsinki.

“We were thinking about withdrawing because after this incident we left the ice immediately, there was a long break off the ice, we didn’t know how I would feel in skates,” Tarasova said afterward. “But when I was asked, ‘Will you skate?’ I said, ‘I will!’ And I wasn’t thinking about the pain during our performance.”

Morozov called her “a hero.”

In Thursday’s free skate, Tarasova and Morozov will be largely tasked with keeping Russia from going three straight years without world championships pairs medalists, which would be the longest drought for Soviet and Russian pairs since their dominance began in the 1960s.

Tarasova and Morozov trail Chinese leaders Sui Wenjing and Han Cong by 1.86 points and second-place Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany by .47.

Another Russian pair is in fifth place going into the free skate (1 p.m. ET, NBCSN, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app).

Full worlds short program results are here.

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World Cup champ lands first quad cork 1800 (video)

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Switzerland’s Andri Ragettli landed what’s being touted as the first ski quad cork 1800 in a video published recently.

Ragettli, 18, is one of the leading slopestyle skiers in the world. He won the World Cup season title in 2015-16 and placed second this year, in addition to fifth- and sixth-place finishes at the last two Winter X Games.

Previously, Ragettli became the first slopestyle skier to land back-to-back triples in a full competition at the 2016 Winter X Games, according to ESPN.com.

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