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New overall World Cup leader as Canadian wins in Kvitfjell; Americans in top 10

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Canadian Erik Guay won a World Cup downhill in Kvitfjell, Norway, on Saturday while Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal‘s sixth-place finish was enough to move into the overall World Cup lead.

Americans Travis Ganong and Bode Miller were fourth and eighth, respectively. Ganong, 25, scored his first career World Cup podium in Friday’s downhill. Miller, 36, improved from 16th on Friday.

“It’s really fun skiing right now,” Ganong said. “I’m having a good time, and the results are coming. Hopefully in Lenzerheide [Switzerland at World Cup Finals in two weeks] I can make that one last little step up to the top of the podium and then just carry all this momentum towards the World Champs in Beaver Creek [in 2015]. I’d like to continue on this streak, it’s really nice right now.”

The World Cup tour continues with a super-G in Kvitfjell on Sunday. The women’s World Cup downhill scheduled for Saturday in Switzerland was canceled due to fog.

Guay, the 2011 world downhill champion, won his fifth career World Cup race and second this season in 1 minute, 22.17 seconds. France’s Johan Clarey was second, .35 behind, followed by Austrian Matthias Mayer, the Olympic downhill champion.

Ganong missed his second straight podium by .05.

Svindal, who went medal-less in Sochi while ill, moved ahead of Austrian Marcel Hirscher for the overall World Cup lead. Svindal specializes in speed events downhill and super-G, while Hirscher concentrates on technical events slalom and giant slalom.

Hirscher is trying to become the third man to win the overall World Cup title three straight years and the first since American Phil Mahre from 1981-83.

There are seven races left this season — four technical events and three speed events.

Kvitfjell Downhill No. 2
1. Erik Guay (CAN) 1:22.17
2. Johan Clarey (FRA) 1:22.52
3. Matthias Mayer (AUT) 1:22.74
4. Travis Ganong (USA) 1:22.79
5. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) 1:22.80
6. Silvan Zurbriggen (SUI) 1:22.82
6. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) 1:22.82
8. Bode Miller (USA) 1:22.89
9. Dominik Paris (ITA) 1:23.02
10. Werner Heel (ITA) 1:23.04
24. Marco Sullivan (USA) 1:23.44
25. Steven Nyman (USA) 1:23.45
32. Erik Fisher (USA) 1:23.79
38. Andrew Weibrecht (USA) 1:23.85
46. Jared Goldberg (USA) 1:24.28

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Elana Meyers Taylor crashes, brakewoman ejected (video)

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Two-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor‘s start to the World Cup bobsled season was both record-breaking and painful.

Meyers Taylor and brakewoman Kehri Jones had the fastest women’s start time ever recorded on the 2010 Olympic track in Whistler, B.C., on Saturday.

But only one of them made it to the finish.

Meyers Taylor crashed the sled during their first run, with the impact causing Jones to eject out the back and slide along the chute before coming to a stop.

Both athletes were able to walk off the track, according to U.S. Bobsled.

Meyers Taylor missed four races last season while receiving treatment for long-term effects from a January 2015 concussion. She returned to win at the last two stops.

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Diver Sammy Lee, first Asian-American male gold medalist, dies at 96

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18:  1948 and 1952 Olympic platform diving gold medalist Dr. Sammy Lee and Olympic diving hopeful Brittany Viola of the United States attend the Team USA Road to London 100 Days Out Celebration in Times Square on April 18, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for USOC)
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Dr. Sammy Lee, the first Asian-American man to win an Olympic gold medal and first male diver to repeat as Olympic champion, died of pneumonia at age 96 on Friday, according to the University of Southern California.

Lee was born in Fresno, Calif., of Korean parents.

He unretired from a medical career to compete in his first Olympics in London in 1948, after the Games took a 12-year break due to World War II.

Lee earned platform gold and springboard bronze in 1948 and then retired, unretired and defended his platform title in 1952. Lee and another Asian-American, Victoria Manolo-Draves, who had a Filipino father and English mother, both won diving titles in 1948, with Draves’ springboard gold coming first.

Lee also served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during the Korean War.

He succeeded despite facing racial discrimination. From TeamUSA.org:

When Sammy was growing up, non-whites could use the pool where he practiced one day a week, on Wednesdays only. And then, as he has told it, the pool would be emptied after the non-whites used it, and fresh water was brought in the next day.

When the pool was off-limits, Sammy practiced by jumping into a sand pile.

Lee went on to coach divers, including Greg Louganis, after his competitive career, and continued his medical work. He graduated from USC’s medical school in 1947.

He is a member of the U.S. Olympic and International Swimming Halls of Fame.

*Correction: An earlier version of this post erroneously reported Lee was the first Asian-American Olympic champion. He was the second.