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Lindsey Vonn: Record more important than Olympic gold

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If Lindsey Vonn could only reach one more goal, she would reportedly not choose the Olympics.

Vonn said the most important item left on her checklist is not to win Olympic gold in 2018, but to break the record for career World Cup wins held by Swede Ingemar Stenmark, according to German press agency DPA.

Vonn is at 77 wins, nine shy of Stenmark’s record 86 set in 1989. She has one victory in five races this season, after coming back from three fractures in her left knee and a broken upper right arm in separate crashes.

Vonn is so focused on Stenmark that she posted Instagram video of her working out with a picture of Stenmark on the nearest wall on Monday.

Vonn is prioritizing downhill and super-G on the World Cup schedule the rest of this season. There are five of those races left on the schedule, so her pursuit of Stenmark will last at least into the 2017-18 season.

Next up for Vonn are the world championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, starting with the super-G on Feb. 7.

Vonn said she plans to race the downhill, super-G and super combined at worlds and maybe the giant slalom, according to DPA.

For all of Vonn’s World Cup success, her only world championships victories came in 2009, when she swept the downhill and super-G in Val d’Isere, France.

VIDEO: Second crash for Vonn in two days

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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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