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Lindsey Vonn on TODAY: I’m healthy

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Lindsey Vonn is coming off three knee injuries in four years, but she does not believe that will slow her down this season.

“I’m healthy,” she said to Matt Lauer this morning on TODAY. “I’ve been working out really hard. I just got back from Chile, and I’m skiing really fast.”

In Chile, she was training with male skiers from the United States and Norway. She was the only woman in the training group.

“I like training with guys because they push me to ski faster and be a better skier,” Vonn said.

Vonn would eventually like to do more than just train with men. She is hoping to convince the International Ski Federation (FIS) to let her race against men in the year after the 2018 Olympics.

“I think it’d be good for the sport and it’s an ambition of mine that I’ve always wanted to do,” Vonn said in a recent interview with the Denver Post. “I train with (men) all the time and I feel like I push myself harder when I ski with them. I just want to see where I stack up. It’s just something I want to do before I retire. I just don’t know if the FIS will let it happen before I retire. Nothing moves very fast when it comes to changing rules and allowing this sort of thing to take place.”

Vonn appeared on TODAY to promote her new book, “Strong is the New Beautiful.” She admitted that she has “insecurities like everyone else.”

“Being on the mountain is the only time I feel 100 percent sure of myself,” Vonn said.

Read an excerpt from Vonn’s new book here.

Yuzuru Hanyu to miss Japan Figure Skating Championships

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Yuzuru Hanyu, the reigning Olympic and world figure skating champion, will miss his national championships this week after suffering ankle and knee injuries this fall, according to Japanese media citing the Japan Skating Federation.

Hanyu can (and very likely will) be named to Japan’s three-man Olympic team despite missing nationals.

Hanyu has reportedly been off the ice for more than one month since a Nov. 9 practice fall.

“It is an important selection competition, and the Olympics are a big goal, so with that in mind we would like to think things through together,” Japan Skating Federation director Yoshiko Kobayashi said last week, according to Kyodo News.

Hanyu, who turned 23 on Dec. 7, fell on a quadruple Lutz attempted and then favored his right ankle in a Nov. 9 practice at a Grand Prix event (video here).

He skated the run-through for his free skate, although he elected not to do any more jumps.

“I have been told by the doctor that I need 10 days of complete rest,” Hanyu said in a statement on Nov. 12, according to Kyodo. “Following that, it will take three to four weeks to return and get back to where I was.”

Hanyu and world silver medalist Shoma Uno are favored to lead Japan’s Olympic men’s figure skating team. The third spot is likely to go to Takahito Mura or Keiji Tanaka.

Hanyu competed twice this season.

He posted a world-record short program score in his debut at a small September event in Canada, but struggled to fifth place in the free skate and finished second overall behind two-time world champion Javier Fernandez of Spain.

He then finished second to U.S. champion Nathan Chen at the first Grand Prix event of the season in Moscow in October.

Chen is the only undefeated male singles skater this season.

Hanyu won four straight national titles before missing last season’s event with the flu.

He was still named to Japan’s team for worlds, where he won his second title in four years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Green Bay Packers pull another Olympic sport TD celebration

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We’re halfway to a decathlon of Olympic sport touchdown celebrations over the last two seasons.

After the hurdles, the long jump, the bobsled and the relay came the race walk on Sunday.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams, once part of a three-man bobsled team, led three other teammates in a race walk after scoring in Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers. (Adams later left the game with a concussion.)

Adams won the race walk, which was much, much shorter than the standard Olympic distances of 20km and 50km, over teammates Jordy NelsonRandall Cobb and Geronimo Allison.

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