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Jeremy Wariner, Olympic 400m champion, retires

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Jeremy Wariner, the 2004 Olympic 400m champion, has retired at age 33, according to Sports Illustrated.

The 2016 Olympic Trials were then considered the last gasp for Wariner, who won gold after his sophomore year at Baylor but struggled with injuries the last several years.

He cramped up in the Trials semifinals to miss the Rio team. Wariner raced twice in small meets this year before hanging it up.

Wariner goes out as the fourth-fastest 400m man all time with a personal best of 43.45 seconds. He last broke 45 in April 2012.

Wariner last raced at the Olympics in 2008 and worlds in 2009, taking silver behind rival LaShawn Merritt at both meets.

“Because of these injuries, toward the end of my career, running became a routine and it wasn’t fun anymore,” Wariner said, according to the report. “I knew deep down that I still had it, but I was just doing so much to try and stay healthy that I was fatiguing. My body just wasn’t recovering. That’s when I knew the 44s and 43s were long gone.”

Wariner, known for his slender build and trademark shades, is now focused on his Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches franchise in Dallas.

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World downhill champion Ilka Stuhec tears ACL

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Lindsey Vonn’s top rival for downhill gold is in danger of missing the upcoming Olympics.

Ilka Stuhec, a world champion Alpine skier from Slovenia, suffered a torn ACL after a practice crash in Austria this weekend.

Stuhec had become a strong medal favorite for PyeongChang after winning FIS World Cup titles in downhill and Alpine combined last season. She also won a gold medal in downhill at the 2017 World Championships, where Vonn placed third.

According to a post on the FIS website, surgery is set for this Wednesday, with more information to come after that. But preliminary reports suggest that she is likely to miss the Olympics.

“For now it looks like Ilka Stuhec will have to miss a large part or maybe the whole World Cup season, including the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea,” a spokesperson for Struhec told Reuters.

In a tweet, Struhec acknowledged that she would be sidelined “for a few months.”

The Olympics start in less than four months.

 

U.S. Ski & Snowboard mourns after 17-year-old aerials skier found dead

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Mikey Lillis, a 17-year-old aerials skier, died in his sleep at his home in East Rochester, N.Y., overnight Saturday, according to U.S. Ski & Snowboard.

“We are a family, and as a family our entire team grieves for Mikey, his own family and his teammates,” U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Tiger Shaw said in a statement. “We’ll remember him for the pathway he was following and the goals he was beginning to achieve. Our condolences go out to his parents Bernie and Jamie and the entire Lillis family.”

Lillis was working his way to join his two older brothers at the elite international level. He made three podiums on the Nor-Am Cup tour between the last two seasons.

Jon Lillis, 23, is the reigning world champion in aerials. Chris Lillis, 19, won the FIS Rookie of the Year award last season with four top-10 finishes on the World Cup.