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American figure skater denied Lithuanian citizenship

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American figure skater Isabella Tobias has been denied Lithuanian citizenship by the country’s president after a Constitutional Court said they don’t hand out citizenship based on “future merit.”

President‪ Grybauskaitė‬ added that the ruling should not be second-guessed, then probably slow-clapped.

Tobias, 21, had hoped to compete with her partner, Lithuanian skater Deividas Stagniunas, at next year’s Sochi Games in Russia. The pair finished with a bronze in ice dancing at Skate America in 2011.

“We are devastated,” the pair posted on their Facebook page Monday.

Of course, it’s not unprecedented for the government to get involved in ice dancing: Tanith Belbin’s American citizenship in-time for the 2006 Games required an act of congress. But I like ‪Grybauskaitė‬’s hard and fast “no,” especially since Tobias has previously represented Georgia, but never America.

But seriously, you’re 21. Pick a country and stick with it.

Lindsey Vonn parties with Vanilla Ice, Tom Brady

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Lindsey Vonn partied with fellow Under Armour sports stars Tom Brady and Jordan Spieth as well as rapper Vanilla Ice on Wednesday.

The company held its 20th anniversary party in Baltimore, where it’s based.

Vonn is living it up in her offseason following another knee injury but is expected to be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season this fall.

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So epic! Thx @vanillaiceofficial!!😎 – Anything less than the best is a felony!

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Who is this guy in my snap?!….#tombrady @underarmour

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Marc Leishman will miss Olympics due to wife’s health, Zika

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Australian golfer Marc Leishman will miss the Rio Olympics due to his wife’s health.

“Many of you may know that last April my children and I almost lost my wife, Audrey, to toxic shock syndrome,” Leishman said in a statement. “Since then Audrey has been prone to infection and is far removed from 100 percent recovery of her immune system.

“We have consulted with Audrey’s physician and due to her ongoing recovery from toxic shock and potential risks associated with the transmission of the Zika virus, it was a difficult yet easy decision not to participate.

“I missed playing in the 2015 Masters tournament to be at her side when she was originally stricken and I cannot risk placing her health in jeopardy.

“The Masters and the Olympics are the two biggest tournaments to which a golfer can be invited; however, my family will always come before golf.”

Leishman, 32 with one PGA Tour win, joined the projected Olympic field when countryman Adam Scott said last month that he would skip Rio.

World No. 1 Jason Day is assured one of two Olympic spots for Australian men when the 60-man field is determined based on July 11 world rankings.

With No. 7 Scott and No. 35 Leishman out, the next-best Aussie is No. 63 Marcus Fraser.

Three more major champions — Vijay Singh, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel — also said in April they would not compete in Rio.

Golf returns to the Olympics for the first time since 1904.

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