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Aksel Lund Svindal takes break from ski racing due to knee

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Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal, who won a medal of every color at the 2010 Olympics, will miss Saturday’s World Cup downhill in Wengen, Switzerland, and possibly much more time due to a persistent knee injury.

“I’ve been struggling with the knee, and didn’t know what these next days would bring,” was posted on Svindal’s Facebook page Friday. “But now I know. I will not be able to race in Wengen tomorrow. Difficult decision, but hopefully the right one. Something is not OK in my knee, and I need to figure out exactly what it is so that that I can start skiing the way I want to again. Hopefully nothing too bad. We’ll see.”

Svindal, 34, has been trying to come back this season after a brutal Jan. 23 crash, where he tore his right ACL and suffered cartilage and meniscus damage.

He made the podium in three of his first four races in December but then skipped the most recent World Cup speed weekend in Santa Caterina, Italy, two weeks ago.

Svindal returned for Wengen training runs Tuesday and Wednesday before pulling out of Saturday’s race (4:30 a.m. ET, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app).

Svindal’s countryman, Olympic super-G champion Kjetil Jansrud, became the world’s best speed racer the last few years as Svindal battled injuries.

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Caitlyn Jenner: Olympic decathlon title one half of ‘ultimate double’

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Caitlyn Jenner says she has ultimate double — winning the 1976 Olympic decathlon and 2015 Glamour “Woman of the Year.”

Jenner sat down with Seth Meyers for an interview during a media tour for her memoir, “The Secrets of My Life,” which was released Wednesday.

She briefly mentioned her Olympic experience, winning the Montreal 1976 decathlon.

Jenner related it to her current work within the transgender community, one that she said is marginalized and misunderstood with high murder and suicide rates.

“What I’m doing today is mort important than winning the Games more than 40 years ago,” Jenner said.

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Syria-born Olympian takes advocacy role at U.N. refugee agency

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GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency has chosen as a goodwill ambassador a Syrian teenage girl who helped save a boat carrying fellow refugees and later became an Olympic swimmer.

Yusra Mardini was appointed as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador on Thursday, joining other notables like actress Cate Blanchett and author Khaled Hosseini in the unpaid advocacy role.

UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said Mardini “represents the hopes, the fears and the incredible potential of the more than 10 million young refugees around the globe.”

Mardini and her sister Sarah jumped overboard and swam for hours alongside their overloaded boat to reach Greece from Turkey in 2015.

She swam on the first Refugee Olympic team in Rio last year and has discussed refugees’ challenges with leaders like Pope Francis and President Barack Obama.

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