Lindsey Vonn, Tiger Woods

Will Tiger Woods accompany Lindsey Vonn at Sochi Olympics?


Lindsey Vonn‘s expected return to skiing on snow next week has many looking forward about six months to her appearance at the Sochi Olympics. One associated question: Will Tiger Woods be there, too?

People Magazine asked Vonn and published her response Thursday.

“We’re going to see how his schedule goes, but he’s hoping to come,” Vonn said. “He’s kind of a fish out of water in the cold weather. It’s going to be really cute!”

The PGA Tour’s schedule for 2014 has not been released yet. In the past, it has come out in October.

Woods would seem to be free from PGA Tour play while Vonn competes in her best events in Sochi (downhill, super-G), if you go by his and the PGA Tour’s normal schedules.

The early February events on the West Coast Swing are the Waste Management Open at TPC Scottsdale, the AT&T Pebble Peach National Pro-Am and the Northern Trust Open at Riviera. Woods has played Pebble Beach once since 2002 and hasn’t played in Scottsdale since 2002 or Riviera since 2006.

Woods may have a conflict if Vonn enters the later technical events of giant slalom (Feb. 18) and slalom (Feb. 21), where she has never won a world or Olympic medal.

The Accenture Match Play Championship, generally a late February event, is a Woods staple.

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Hamburg withdraws 2024 Olympic bid after referendum

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Hamburg will not continue its bid to host the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics, withdrawing from the race after a public referendum was held.

If over 50% of the voters in Hamburg had voted in support of the Olympic bid they would have stayed in race. However, the New York Times reported that of the 650,000 votes that were cast, 51.7% were against the bid.

Olaf Scholz, the mayor of Hamburg, said, “This is a decision that we did not have liked but it is clear.”

A public referendum also ended Munich’s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Germany has not hosted a Games since 1972.

The cities that remain in contention to host the 2024 Olympics are Los Angeles, Budapest, Paris and Rome. None of these plan to hold public referendums.

The 2024 host city will be selected on September 13th, 2017 at the International Olympic Committee meeting in Lima, Peru.


WATCH LIVE: Mikaela Shiffrin at Aspen World Cup at 3:00 P.M. ET

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Mikaela Shiffrin will look for another win on the final day of the Aspen World Cup. After yesterday’s historic slalom victory, Shiffrin will race slalom again at 3:00 P.M. ET, airing live on NBC and streaming on NBC Sports Live Extra.

Slovakia’s Veronika Velez Zuzulova and Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter, who took second and third behind Shiffrin yesterday, will also be racing again.

The World Cup organizers typically do not schedule slalom races on consecutive days, but a canceled event earlier in the season caused the extra slalom to be added to the Aspen event.