In sport dominated by tiny, if not fierce, teenagers, British gymnast Lisa Mason is aiming to make a comeback at 31 after twelve years away from the sport. She’ll hope to qualify for Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next summer.
“I know it’s a little bit crazy. Not a lot of people can do it, but if you can, why not?” Mason told the BBC. “I think getting back into a leotard scares me more than doing a full twist on the beam.”
Mason, a two-time British national champ and Commonwealth Games gold medalist, last competed in Sydney when she qualified in the all-around. She said she didn’t consider returning until watching the other girls compete in London last summer.
“I’ve got nothing to lose. I’m enjoying it. I’m loving training again. I’m older and wiser. I’m a mum now so I’m not going out partying. I’m doing it because I want to do it and because I have faith that I can.”
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.
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.