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Marcel Hirscher sets return from broken ankle

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Marcel Hirscher, the world’s best Alpine skier the last six years, will reportedly return to racing Sunday from a broken left ankle suffered in August.

Hirscher will start the first World Cup race of the season, a slalom in Levi, Finland, according to Austrian media. He indicated on Facebook that he was flying to Levi on Friday.

The Austrian made the decision after just five days of slalom training following recovery from the Aug. 17 training accident that did not require surgery, according to broadcaster ORF.

It was thought that Hirscher could have been out until December when he was first injured (video here). After Levi, the World Cup schedule is predominantly speed races (not Hirscher’s specialty) until Dec. 9.

Hirscher caught a break when the traditional season-opening race, a giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, the last Sunday of October, was canceled due to poor weather while he was still sidelined.

Hirscher is trying this season to win his first Olympic gold medal and to become the first Alpine skier to win seven World Cup overall titles.

Hirscher has won twice in Levi, where the victors traditionally receive a reindeer.

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Innsbruck residents say no to 2026 Winter Olympic bid

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Innsbruck will not bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, after voters in the Austrian province of Tyrol defeated a public referendum on Sunday.

53.35 percent of votes disapproved of the bid, InsideTheGames reported. A feasibility study suggested Innsbruck could have hosted the 2026 Winter Games on a budget of 1.175 billion euros ($1.3 billion) by utilizing existing venues in the Tyrol region and southern Germany.

Innsbruck, the host of the 1964 and 1976 Winter Games, is one of just three cities to have hosted a Winter Olympics more than once, along with St. Moritz and Lake Placid. No city has hosted the Winter Olympics three times.

Innsbruck also hosted the inaugural Winter Youth Olympics in 2012.

Sion, Switzerland, is the only city to have confirmed a bid plan for the 2026 Winter Games. Calgary and Stockholm could also bid.

U.S. Olympic Committee board members discussed the pros and cons of possible 2026 or 2030 Winter Olympic bids on Friday. The U.S. last hosted the Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002.

“I put a stake in the ground that we are interested in hosting the Winter Games,” USOC chairman Larry Probst said he told members of the U.S. Olympic community at the USOC Assembly in Colorado Springs on Thursday. “Ideally, that’s probably 2030, so that there’s no confusion with preparations for [Los Angeles] 2028 [Summer Games].”

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Marcel Hirscher set to miss start of Alpine skiing season

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Marcel Hirscher, the world’s best Alpine skier, likely will not race until December, missing the start of the World Cup schedule in the Olympic season.

The Austrian is likely out 12 to 15 weeks after breaking his left ankle Thursday, according to the Austria Press Agency, which quoted Hirscher’s doctor.

Hirscher, the winner of a record six straight World Cup overall titles, is set to miss the season-opening giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, on Oct. 29. He’s likely out of the following race, a Nov. 12 slalom in Levi, Finland, if the reported timetable holds up.

The next set of technical races — Hirscher’s favored events — are Dec. 9-10.

Hirscher still would have easily won the World Cup overall title the last two years if excluding his points from Soelden and Levi.

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