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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’

WADA investigates report that 10,000 Chinese athletes doped

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BERLIN (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency is looking into allegations made by a German broadcaster that Chinese athletes benefited from systematic doping in the 1980s and 90s.

“The allegations were brought forward by former Chinese physician, Xue Yinxian, who is said to have looked after several national teams in China during the decades in question,” WADA said Monday.

Xue, who recently arrived in Germany and is seeking political asylum with her son, told broadcaster ARD that more than 10,000 athletes were affected, some as young as 11, and that anyone who was against doping was considered “a danger to the country. And anyone who endangered the country is now in prison.”

The 79-year-old Xue said she lost her job with the national gymnastics team after refusing to treat an athlete with doping substances before the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

She said she had not felt safe in her home city of Beijing since 2012, when she first made her allegations of doping. She first started working with China’s national teams in the 1970s.

“In the 1980s and ’90s, Chinese athletes on the national teams made extensive use of doping substances,” she told ARD. “Medals were showered in doping. Gold, silver and bronze. All international medals should be withdrawn.”

WADA said it will examine “whether such a system may have prevailed beyond these decades.”

The first step, WADA said, was for its “independent intelligence and investigations team to initiate an investigative process in order to collect and analyze available information in coordination with external partners.”

Xue, who continued to work at lower levels after being dismissed from the national team in 1988, said she was only approached afterward when athletes developed problems because of the substances they were given.

“One trainer came to me and said, ‘Doctor Xue, the boys’ breasts keep getting bigger,’” Xue said. “These boys were about 13 to 14 years old.”

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PyeongChang Olympic organizers downplay North Korea concern

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ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (AP) — PyeongChang Olympic organizers played down concern over ongoing tensions with North Korea and also say work has been completed on all venues for the Winter Games.

Lee Hee-beom, president of the PyeongChang organizing committee, said the International Olympic Committee has made it very clear that the Feb. 9-25 Winter Games will go ahead as scheduled.

Speaking at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics shortly after the last rehearsal for Tuesday’s official flame-lighting ceremony, Lee said “there is no Plan B.”

Lee said South Korean officials are working closely with all relevant parties to ensure the Winter Games are safe and secure.

He said his main concern for the Olympics is the weather.

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