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Eugene to host the 2016 Track Trials

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The U.S. Olympic Track and Field trials are returning to Eugene, Oregon in 2016 to decide who will represent the country in the Rio.

“We believe bringing the trials back to Track Town will prepare the team for an equally impressive performance in Rio,” USA Track & Field CEO Max Siegel said at a news conference. “In 2012, the trials were nothing short of spectacular.”

They were, mostly due to Ashton Eaton’s incredible and emotional decathlon world record, for Galen Rupp breaking the legendary Steve Prefontaine’s 40-year-old meet record in the 5000m, and for the bizarre 100m runoff between Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarhmoh that, unfortunately, never actually happened.

Eugene, which hosted the trials in 1972, 1976, 1980, 2008, and 2012, is the famous home of both the University of Oregon and of Nike, due to the fact that former Oregon track coach Bill Bowerman innovated the history athletic footwear with just some hot rubber and his wife’s waffle iron. Memories…

Watch NBC Sports’ Alpine skiing World Cup preview video

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NBC Sports will air coverage of 87 Alpine skiing races at 22 resorts across the globe this fall and winter, from October through March, in the final full season before the 2018 Olympics.

Highlights include fall and winter stops in the U.S. with races in Killington, Vt.; Beaver Creek, Colo.; Squaw Valley, Calif.; and the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colo., in March.

Lindsey Vonn‘s highlighted World Cup stop will be downhill and super-G races in Lake Louise, Canada, the first weekend of December.

The world championships in February will be in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin will look to defend titles.


Skier goes airborne in World Cup opener (video)

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Canadian skier Phil Brown was fortunate to walk away from an airborne crash at the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, on Sunday.

Brown failed to finish his first run, losing contact with the snow early on and falling hard onto his side.

He tweeted a video of the crash, with slow-motion replays, with a soundtrack of Irish singer Enya‘s “Only Time.”

The World Cup season continues with men’s and women’s slaloms in Levi, Finland, in three weeks.

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