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Lindsey Vonn: I won’t get married again

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Lindsey Vonn opened up about her relationship with Tiger Woods, her rehab from knee surgery and more in a Vogue magazine story published online Wednesday.

“Off to the Races: Olympic Skier” includes images of Vonn from famous photographer Annie Leibovitz at a June interview and photo shoot in New York City.

Vonn grimaced when asked if she would get married again.

“No, thanks!” she said. “I am definitely not getting married. To anyone.”

She also recounted her first meeting with Woods at a charity event in 2012.

“We immediately clicked, you know?” she said. “It was just one of those things.

“We talked a lot, corresponded a lot, and he was a good friend who was always there. And then it became more.”

She pauses for a moment and smiles. “It’s amazing. Life changes very quickly, in a very positive way, if you let it.” She laughs. “I am a little bit of a late bloomer. I’m delayed. Having a delayed reaction here! But I figured it out.”

Vonn, 28, said she no longer talks to her former husband and coach, Thomas Vonn

“Honestly, I wouldn’t take anything back,” she said. “I wouldn’t change being married. It was good for me and I was happy for a period of time, and I learned a lot about myself.”

Vonn’s rehab training has increased to playing tennis and “doing jump progressions into a pool,” according to the article. She still expects to get back on skis again in September with her first race in Beaver Creek, Colo., after Thanksgiving.

Will the memories of her crash weigh on her in future races?

“I don’t know,” said Vonn, who hopes to defend her Olympic downhill title in Sochi in February. “I mean, I’m hoping that it won’t affect me. But I foresee that maybe if conditions are bad, like they were when I crashed, I might have more hesitation than I normally would. And you can’t really have that if you’re trying to be the fastest. I’m someone who can watch my crash a million times and it doesn’t bother me. I don’t really get afraid. Maybe I’m crazy. Maybe I’m missing that part.”

Asked about her future in skiing, the three-time Olympian reiterated she plans on competing through the 2015 world championships in Vail, Colo.

“You can compete till about 34,” said Vonn, who turns 29 in October. “Or even longer. But most women retire because they want to have kids. If you’re successful and your body’s holding up, you could keep going, but most women don’t. But I don’t know: I said I’m going to ski through the 2015 world championships in Vail and then … assess the situation.”

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Russian who beat Simone Biles at 2015 Worlds injured before Olympics

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Russian Maria Paseka, who beat Simone Biles on vault at the 2015 World Championships, is not certain to compete in the Olympics due to a back injury, according to Russian news agency TASS.

Biles is considered a clear favorite for four gold medals — not done by a female gymnast since Romanian Ecaterina Szabo in 1984 — and could win five golds — never done by an American woman or a female gymnast.

Biles captured gold medals at the last two World Championships in the team event, all-around, balance beam and floor exercise.

Vault is her fifth and most questionable event. Biles took silver, silver and bronze on vault at the last three world championships.

Paseka is the only returning vault medalist from the 2012 Olympics (she took bronze) in addition to being the reigning world champion.

Regardless of Paseka, Biles’ primary competition in the vault final may be the 2008 Olympic champion, North Korea’s Hong Un-Jong, who could not compete in London due to North Korea’s ban for age falsification.

Like Biles, Hong earned vault medals at the last three world championships, including gold in 2014.

Biles’ vaults at worlds were less difficult than Paseka and Hong, causing her to lose eight tenths in start value. Biles has since upgraded her weaker vault, increasing her start value.

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Vladimir Putin: Olympic medals to have ‘different or no taste’ without Russia

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Russian president Vladimir Putin said Olympic medals won in events lacking Russian contenders will be devalued, speaking to athletes who will be going to Rio at the Kremlin on Wednesday.

Russia is set to send just one track and field athlete, plus fewer athletes in many sports, to Rio amid its doping scandal.

It could significantly alter the Rio Olympic medal standings, as Russia finished third in overall medals at the 2012 London Games with 79 — behind the U.S.’ 103 and China’s 88.

“It is obvious that the absence of Russian athletes, the leaders in many sports events, significantly reduces the intensity of the competition, and hence makes the upcoming events less spectacular” Putin told the Russian team Wednesday, according to Russian news agency TASS. “I think that your colleagues from other world’s leading sports powers also understand that the quality of their medals will be different, because it’s one thing to defeat an equal, strong opponent, and quite another – to compete with obviously weaker opponents. Such victory has a very different taste or maybe bad taste.”

Also at the event, two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva broke down while addressing the Olympic team (video here). Isinbayeva was barred from the Rio Games due to Russia’s track and field ban, though she has never failed a drug test.

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