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.
Bob Costas reported from Rio de Janeiro for NBC News on Wednesday, 100 days out from the Opening Ceremony.
In the clip below, Michael Phelps, Simone Biles and even Brazil soccer legend Pelé comment on preparing for the first Games in South America.
Costas finished the clip with a stand-up from Copacabana Beach, where beach volleyball will take place in August.
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NBC Olympics will partner with Snapchat for daily “Live Stories” and an NBC Rio Olympic Discover channel (co-produced with Buzzfeed) during the U.S. Olympic Trials and the Rio Games.
The Live Stories allows Snapchatters attending select U.S. Olympic Trials events and the Rio Games to contribute photo and video Snaps to the Snapchat-curated story.
The Live Stories will include behind-the-scenes and fan moments, and Snapchat will feature NBC’s Rio Olympic brand marks, logos and more.
The Discover channel will be live from Aug. 4 (one day before the Opening Ceremony) through Aug. 22 (one day after the Closing Ceremony).
From NBC Sports Group:
Buzzfeed will leverage NBC’s access to athletes, as well as clips and shots from inside and outside Rio Olympic venues, to bring Snapchatters a fresh, mobile-first look at the Games.
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