Injured Vonn wins World Cup downhill title

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Despite missing a significant portion of the season with an intestinal illness and an injured knee, Lindsey Vonn managed to win her sixth straight World Cup downhill title earlier this week after the finale was canceled due to fog.

“Coming back from that and then going to Lake Louise and pulling off those wins was very, very impressive,” U.S. women’s coach Alex Hoedlmoser told the Associated Press. “It’s really cool to see actually that she’s going to get the reward with the globe.”

Vonn hadn’t raced since blowing out her knee at the world championships five weeks ago, but still retained her downhill title by a single point over Tina Maze after winning three of the season’s seven downhill races. Maze, who won the overall title and broke the season points record, was likely frustrated after the weather ended her chances at becoming the first woman to sweep all five season disciplines, but she still saluted Lindsey on Twitter:

“I guess the DH globe belongs to someone else,” Maze wrote. “Congratulation Lindsey!”

Vonn’s victory earned her a 17th Crystal Globe, evening her up with all-time great Annemarie Moser-Proell of Austria, who won four overall titles, 13 discipline titles, and an Olympic gold in her eleven-year career. Vonn now sits only three victories behind Moser-Proell’s career wins record of 62.

Ugandan Olympian’s body shuts down at World Cross-Country Champs (video)

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Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei went from leading the race to finishing 30th in the final kilometer at the World Cross-Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda, on Sunday.

Cheptegei, a 20-year-old Olympian, saw his body shut down in the last four minutes of his race.

His stride shortened. His pace slowed. Cheptegei appeared on the verge of falling. At one point, a teammate deliberately pushed him from behind to keep going.

Cheptegei led by 12 seconds going into the final two-kilometer lap. He would finish 1 minute, 44 seconds behind Kenyan winner Geoffrey Kamworor, with 28 other runners separating them after the 10km race that took about a half-hour.

Cheptegei’s body movement looked similar to that of British triathlete Jonny Brownlee, who had to be helped to the finish line by brother Alistair Brownlee at the World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Cozumel, Mexico, in September.

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Mark McMorris hospitalized after snowboarding accident

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Olympic bronze medalist Mark McMorris suffered several injuries including a fractured jaw, fractured left arm, ruptured spleen, stable pelvic fracture, rib fractures and a collapsed left lung during a backcountry snowboarding trip Saturday, according to Canada Snowboard.

McMorris underwent surgery to control bleeding from the spleen on Saturday. He underwent another surgery to repair the jaw and arm fractures Sunday and was resting in Vancouver General Hospital on Monday morning.

“While both the mandible and humerus fractures were complicated injuries, the surgeries went very well, and both fractures are now stabilized to heal in excellent position,” Canada Snowboard team physician Dr. Rodney J. French said, according to the press release. “It is too early to speculate on a timeline for Mark’s recovery.”

McMorris, 23, won bronze in the first Olympic snowboard slopestyle event in Sochi, competing 12 days after breaking a rib.

McMorris has been considered a threat for two gold medals in PyeongChang, with the addition of big air. He earned Winter X Games medals in both slopestyle and big air in 2015, 2016 and 2017, including double gold in 2015.

He has already come back in this Olympic cycle from breaking his right femur in an Air and Style big air run in Los Angeles on Feb. 21, 2016 (video here). His rehab has been extensively documented by Canadian media.

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