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Lindsey Vonn’s knee feels ‘stable’ after downhill training run

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Lindsey Vonn is one step closer to skiing competitively for the first time in 10 months.

The Olympic downhill champion took an official downhill training run in near-zero-degree temperatures in Lake Louise, Alberta, on Wednesday afternoon, site of World Cup races this weekend.

She completed the course in 1 minute, 59.53 seconds, the 22nd fastest of 67 total skiers, according to International Ski Federation timing. She reached speeds over 75 miles per hour and said her knee felt “stable.”

“Of course I was a little nervous,” Vonn said, according to USA Today. “First training run, first kind of real race situation since February so it’s been a long time. So I’m really happy.”

A decision on her participation in Lake Louise downhills Friday and Saturday and a super-G on Sunday is expected to be made after the final official training session Thursday.

Vonn told the newspaper her decision will be based on “whether the swelling holds up, if it stays stable. Make sure there’s no swelling so the quad can react appropriately and can fire appropriately.”

“Knee feels good, it feels stable so I’m just going to play it by ear tomorrow,” she told the newspaper.

Vonn was skiing at a course nicknamed “Lake Lindsey” for her overwhelming success there. She’s won the last seven World Cup races at Lake Louise. She hasn’t finished lower than second at a Lake Louise race since 2008.

Vonn hasn’t skied competitively since blowing out her right knee at the World Championships in Schladming, Austria, in February. She reinjured her right ACL in a training crash in Copper Mountain, Colo., two weeks ago.

Vonn felt strong enough after weekend super-G training in Vail, Colo., and was cleared by a doctor and coaches to begin downhill training, the U.S. Ski Team said Tuesday.

10 months after my crash I'm back in the starting gate! I'm so happy I can't even describe it! #sochi2014 #IWILL #nevergiveup #lakelouise

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World short-track speedskating championships will be moved, postponed or canceled

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The International Skating Union announced Tuesday that the world short-track speedskating championships will not proceed as scheduled because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Seoul’s Mokdong Ice Rink, where the competition was set to be held March 13-15, held the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships earlier this month but closed on Monday.

The ISU left open the possibility that the championships will be postponed or relocated, but the window to do so may close rapidly.

“Taking into account the uncertain world-wide development of the coronavirus, the limited and uncertain available time slots during the coming weeks and the logistical challenges of potential organizers and participating teams, a postponement and/or relocation of the Championships would be difficult to achieve,” the ISU said. “Nevertheless, a postponement and/or relocation of this Championships might be considered if the circumstances would allow so in due time.”

South Korea is one of short-track speedskating’s traditional powers. Last year, the country dominated the world championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, winning both relays and taking gold in all of the men’s individual races. South Korea also led the medal count on home ice in the 2018 Olympics.

The coronavirus outbreak has forced the cancellation of many events in China, where the illness was first found. The world indoor track and field championships were pushed back a whole year.

With the virus spreading to other regions, other countries’ sports schedules are being affected. Several soccer games are proceeding in empty stadiums in Italy and Iran.

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Daniel Romanchuk’s ascent to marathon stardom accelerated at University of Illinois

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The rise of Daniel Romanchuk has been one of the major stories of this Paralympic cycle. The wheelchair racer was eliminated in the first round of all five of his races in Rio.

But now, he’s the world’s best marathoner with a 6-foot-10 wingspan, a world-record holder on the track and already qualified for the Tokyo Games.

Romanchuk, born with spina bifida, was profiled by NBC Sports Chicago as part of a series of NBC Sports Regional Networks pieces published this week — marking 150 days until the Tokyo Olympics and six months until the Tokyo Paralympics.

NBC RSN Olympic and Paralympic Profiles
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Abbey Weitzeil (Swimming) — LINK

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Margaret Bertasi (Rowing) — LINK
Abbey D’Agostino Cooper (Track and Field) — LINK

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Ryan Murphy (Swimming) — LINK

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Galen Rupp (Marathon) — LINK
Mariel Zagunis (Fencing) — LINK

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Vashti Cunningham (Track and Field) — LINK
Julie Ertz (Soccer) — LINK

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Katie Ledecky (Swimming) — LINK
Kyle Snyder (Wrestling) — LINK

Romanchuk, 21, swept the Boston, London, Chicago and New York City Marathon titles in 2019. He attributes that success to his native Baltimore and his training residence of the University of Illinois.

At age 2, he was enrolled in Baltimore’s Bennett Blazers, an adaptive sports program for children with physical disabilities. Tatyana McFadden, a 17-time Paralympic medalist who dominated women’s wheelchair marathons, planted her athletic roots there.

“Their motto is to teach kids they can before they’re told they can’t,” Romanchuk said.

Things really blossomed for Romanchuk after he moved from Baltimore to the University of Illinois. Illinois was designated a U.S. Paralympic training site in 2014 and has produced McFadden, Jean Driscoll and other U.S. Paralympic stars.

“Without this program, I certainly would not be where I am,” Romanchuk said. “It’s a very unique combination of coaching and teammates.”

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