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USOC set to honor top U.S. male, female, teams from Sochi Olympics

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The U.S. Olympic Committee is holding its first Best of U.S. Awards, fan voting that determines the best American men, women and teams from the Sochi Olympics and Paralympics.

The final day to vote is March 21. The awards show will air nationally on NBCSN on April 7 at 7 p.m. ET.

Voting is being held on the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team Facebook pages through Friday. The USOC has more information on the Best of U.S. Awards in its final Sochi recap here.

Here are the nominees:

Male Olympian
Joss Christensen — First Olympic champion in men’s ski slopestyle
Sage Kotsenburg — First Olympic champion in snowboard slopestyle
Ted Ligety — First U.S. Olympic champion in men’s giant slalom
David Wise — First Olympic champion in ski halfpipe

Female Olympian
Jamie Anderson — First Olympic champion in women’s snowboard slopestyle
Maddie Bowman — First Olympic champion in women’s ski halfpipe
Erin Hamlin — First U.S. Olympic singles luge medalist (bronze)
Mikaela Shiffrin — Youngest Olympic champion in women’s slalom

Team Olympians
Meryl Davis/Charlie White — First U.S. Olympic ice dance champions
Elana Meyers/Lauryn Williams — Olympic bobsled silver medalists
USA-1 — Olympic four-man bobsled bronze medalists

Olympic Moment
Bode Miller becomes oldest Alpine skiing medalist
T.J. Oshie’s shootout performance against Russia
Noelle Pikus-Pace’s skeleton celebration
Men’s ski slopestyle podium sweep
U.S. short track speed skaters’ relay bronze

Male Paralympian
Mark Bathum — Two-time Alpine skiing silver medalist
Declan Farmer — Two goals, one assist in sledge hockey team’s semi win over Canada
Andy Soule — Top five in all five Nordic skiing events entered
Evan Strong — First Paralympic men’s snowboard cross champion

Female Paralympian
Stephanie Jallen — Two-time Alpine skiing bronze medalist
Oksana Masters — Two-time cross-country skiing medalist
Tatyana McFadden — Cross-country skiing silver medalist
Laurie Stephens — Two-time Alpine skiing bronze medalist

Team Paralympians
Nordic Mixed Relay — Sixth place
Sledge Hockey — Paralympic champions
Wheelchair Curling — Fifth place

Paralympic Moment
Stephanie Jallen wins bronze in her first Paralympic skiing race
Sledge hockey’s gold-medal game win over Russia
U.S. sweeps first Paralympic men’s snowboard cross event
Oksana Masters wins first U.S. Paralympic cross-country medal in 20 years
Andy Soule goes perfect in shooting in all three biathlon events

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Jessica Kooreman, Thomas Hong, Ryan Pivirotto earn last 3 spots on U.S. Olympic short track team

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Jessica Kooreman, Thomas Hong and Ryan Pivirotto grabbed the last three spots on the U.S. Olympic short track team on Sunday as competition wrapped up at the Olympic Trials.

Kooreman survived a fall in the last women’s race of the Trials, the 1000m #2 A Final, to finish second overall in the 1000m and earn a spot on the team that will race on Olympic ice in PyeongChang.

Kooreman, a 2014 Olympian, joined Lana Gehring, a 2010 Olympian and Maame Biney, a 17-year-old who will make her Olympic debut in 2018, on the U.S. Olympic women’s short track team.

At 34 years old, Kooreman will be the veteran of the team. Four years ago, she swept all three events at the 2014 U.S. Olympic Trials and then finished fourth in the 1000m at the Sochi Winter Games.

She struggled to breakthrough to the top spots at this Trials; she finished third overall in both the 1500m on Friday and 500m on Saturday.

Left off the team is Katherine-Reutter Adamek, a two-time Olympic medalist from Vancouver who retired in 2013 due to injuries before coming back in 2016 in hopes of making another Olympic team. Reutter is the American record holder and Olympic silver medalist in the 1000m, but her Olympic aspirations ended when she didn’t qualify for the 1000m #2 A Final today.

Hong, a native of South Korea who moved to the U.S. at 4 years old, finished fourth in the men’s 1000m #2 A Final, and fourth overall. Pivirotto didn’t qualify for that A Final, and had to watch from the sidelines as his Olympic fate was decided. Pivirotto clinched the fifth and final spot by finishing fifth overall across all distances.

The overall winner on the men’s side was John-Henry Krueger, who was nearly undefeated over the three days of racing and won four of six A Finals: both 1000m finals today, the 500m #2 final yesterday and the 1500m #2 final on Friday. 22-year-old Krueger was expected to make the Olympic team four years ago, but had to withdraw from some races at the 2014 U.S. Olympic Trials when he was diagnosed with swine flu.

J.R. Celski, the only member of the team with prior Olympic experience, had an uncharacteristically rough Trials with four falls in three days. However his results when he did stay on his skates were good enough to put him into second-place overall. The third overall men’s skater was Aaron Tran, who also make the Olympic team.

The U.S. Olympic short track team:

Lana Gehring
Maame Biney
Jessica Kooreman
John-Henry Krueger
J.R. Celski
Aaron Tran
Thomas Hong
Ryan Pivirotto

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Olympic super-G champion Anna Veith wins first World Cup race in two years

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VAL D’ISERE, France (AP) — Olympic champion Anna Veith won a World Cup super-G race on Sunday, more than two years after her last win.

The 28-year-old Austrian has been battling back from injury. She went to hospital in March to have the patellar tendon in her left knee surgically repaired. She had returned in December 2016, after more than one year out after heavily damaging her right knee in a training crash.

“It was a pretty emotional day for me. When I stopped in the finish I didn’t know what was going on,” she said. “It’s important for me to know I can do it in a race, trust myself. I didn’t race so much the last two years.”

She profited from an early bib number to clock 1 minute, 5.77 seconds on the Oreiller-Killy course.

It was her 15th World Cup win and first podium since third place in super-G at the Italian resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo in January. Her previous win came in giant slalom at the French resort of Meribel in March 2015.

Victory came as a huge psychological relief to Veith who, before injury, was one of the world’s best. She won the overall World Cup title in 2014 and 2015 and also took silver in giant slalom at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

“After my surgery I knew that the most important thing was to be in good shape and get my strength back,” Veith said. “My injury was a very tough injury. All the girls know it’s pretty hard to get over it.”

Tina Weirather of Lichtenstein was second in 1:06.25 — her 35th World Cup podium — with Italian Sofia Goggia third in 1:06.28.

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Remarkably, Weirather raced despite fearing she has broken her left hand.

“Yesterday, when i crashed I went with my hand in the snow and it hurt my hand and my shoulder,” she said. “I haven’t been to the doctor yet. I’m not sure what it is right now, but for sure not very good because it’s black and blue.”

She also knows a thing or two about courage.

“I could have just have thought “I can’t do it and given up” but I really wanted to do well today,” Weirather said. “In the warmup it hurt really badly. I thought that with the adrenalin I’d forget about it.”

One race is enough, though, and she won’t be taking part in Tuesday’s giant slalom in nearby Courchevel.

“I can’t, because I can’t hold my pole and I have to get an X-ray on my hand,” she said. “I’m not sure if it’s broken or not.”

Goggia, second in Saturday’s super-G behind Lindsey Vonn, has 15 World Cup podiums.

But only two wins.

Goggia knows what she must do to improve her conversion rate.

“Do most of the turning in the correct way. Sometimes I make mistakes in my performance,” she said. “I have to put that off and just ski right and I think it will come.”

Vonn pulled out of Sunday’s race because of soreness in her knee. Having done the morning’s inspection, the 33-year-old American decided against racing as a precautionary measure. The four-time World Cup winner is flying home.

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