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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.”

Simone Biles gets her own cereal box (photos)

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Simone Biles hasn’t qualified for the Olympics yet, but she’s already getting her own cereal box.

The three-time reigning World all-around champion was among five Team USA athletes announced as part of Kellogg’s pre-Rio campaign this week.

As part of it, Biles is on the cover of limited-edition Special K Red Berries and Corn Flakes cereal boxes released in June.

Biles is next expected to compete in the Secret U.S. Classic in Hartford, Conn., on June 4 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra.

After that comes the P&G Championships (June 24-26, St. Louis) and the U.S. Olympic Trials (July 8-10, San Jose), both on NBC Sports.

A full U.S. Olympic Trials schedule for all sports is available here.

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Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir visit Rio’s Carnival (video)

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Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir are used to performing in front of packed arenas, but they had never encountered anything like the Sambadrome.

NBC’s figure skating analysts visited Rio de Janeiro in February to taste the Olympic city ahead of the first Games in South America for “1st Look.”

They sampled cuisine and night life, played footvolley on one of the city’s famous beaches and took part in the famed Carnival.

They danced in costumes atop a float in front of some 100,000 people during the annual festival.

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