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Lindsey Vonn feels fine after first day of downhill training

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Lindsey Vonn called her first downhill training since her February crash “awesome” and that her knee felt “really good” at Copper Mountain, Colo., on Wednesday.

The Olympic downhill champion took five runs at the U.S. Ski Team’s speed center, cruising along the course to get used to that kind of speed again, according to The Associated Press.

But by her final run, she was moving faster.

Here’s how the AP described it:

“charging so hard through the two-mile course that she bent over in exhaustion soon after finishing, trying to catch her breath.”

“Everything is good,” Vonn said, according to the AP. “I feel fresh and training hard. Everything is perfect.

“My skiing in general is really, really good right now, especially in super-G. I just need to get a couple of more miles on the downhill.”

Vonn, who blew out her knee at the World Championships in February, is expected to make her season debut at the Beaver Creek, Colo., stop on the World Cup tour later this month.

There will be a downhill (Nov. 29), super-G (Nov. 30) and a giant slalom (Dec. 1) at Beaver Creek. Vonn trained in Austria last month but decided not to enter the season-opening giant slalom in Soelden on Oct. 26.

Asked if boyfriend Tiger Woods would be in Beaver Creek, Vonn told the AP, “We’ll see.”

Video: Vonn calls Tiger Woods ‘dorky-goofy’

Mikaela Shiffrin wins back-to-back slalom races at Aspen World Cup

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“I think there’s something special about Aspen,” Mikaela Shiffrin told NBC after winning two slalom races in as many days.

After Saturday’s history-making win, when Shiffrin won her first World Cup race in the U.S. and was the first American woman to win a slalom race at the Aspen World Cup stop, the twenty-year-old won again by a large margin. After winning by 3:07 seconds on Saturday, Shiffrin told reporters, “I don’t think [my competitors] are going to let me get away with three seconds ever again.”

But on Sunday her lead over the second place finisher, Frida Hansdotter of Sweden, wasn’t much shorter: 2:65 seconds. And this was with an early mistake that left her off balance for a moment in her final run.

In third place was Sarka Strachova of the Czech Republic.

This weekend also saw a podium finish for American Travis Ganong. Racing the downhill event at Lake Louise yesterday, Ganong finished third behind Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, who is recovering from an Achilles injury that prevented him from competing the majority of the last season, and Peter Fill of Norway. Ganong cAksel Lund Svindal of Norwayouldn’t quite repeat his success in the Super G event on Sunday, finishing fourth.

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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.