Vonn wins giant slalom in Slovenia

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Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn scored her 59th career World Cup victory Saturday, spoiling the homecoming for overall points leader Tina Maze by winning only her third career giant slalom.

Vonn, who’s missed a large chunk of the season with health issues, finished in 2:22.20 to hold off Maze by only 0.08 seconds and Austria’s Anna Fenninger, who finished third, by 0.57 seconds.

“I had not skied a giant slalom for a month,” Vonn told the AP. “I was hoping for a good result but not to win but this course perfectly suits my style.

“The timing for the world championships could not be more perfect. This is a highlight after a tough moment. It also convinced me I could do well in giant slalom and I will race in four events at the worlds.”

Maze was still pretty happy with her second place finish after earning the season championship in the giant slalom. Maze is also 748 points ahead in the overall race, and within shouting distance of both the record for podiums in a season and the 2,000 point mark with 13 races to go.

Team USA Opening Ceremony uniforms have heaters

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The U.S. Olympic team uniforms for the PyeongChang Opening Ceremony contain heating components that will last up to 11 hours.

Ice dancers Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani and bobsledder Aja Evans wore the uniforms on TODAY on Monday.

The heat technology will come in handy.

The PyeongChang Opening Ceremony on Feb. 9 (live streaming on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app) will be in an outdoor stadium, likely in below-freezing temperatures.

From USA Today:

“The athletes can set the temperature (there are three settings) via their cellphones. The heat can last up to five hours on the high setting and 11 hours on the low setting, fully charged.”

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Jamaica misses Olympic men’s bobsled by one spot

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The only Jamaican bobsled team in PyeongChang will be its women’s bobsled team.

Jamaica missed qualifying a two-man bobsled team for the Olympics by one spot in rankings finalized last week.

Jamaica still had a chance to sneak into the 30-sled Olympic field if one of the qualified nations declined a spot, but that didn’t happen.

The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation made it official Monday, publishing the Olympic fields for each event.

At least one Jamaican men’s sled competed in every Olympics from 1988 through 2002, then again in 2014.

Sochi driver Winston Watts retired, but a new team was formed in this Olympic cycle that included former Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals running back Michael Blair.

New driver Seldwyn Morgan competed on the lower-level North American Cup the last three seasons with a top finish of seventh.

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