Cautious Lindsey Vonn hopes to chase wins record this season

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NEW YORK — Lindsey Vonn learned from re-injuring her right knee and missing the Sochi Olympics last season and is taking a more cautious approach this year as she readies to return to ski training in Europe on Oct. 1.

But the competitive racer also has eyes on victories and a World Cup record.

Vonn, the 2010 Olympic downhill champion, still plans to make her competitive return the Dec. 5-7 weekend in Lake Louise, Alberta.

“And then see how it goes from there,” Vonn said at friend Roger Federer‘s U.S. Open quarterfinal match Thursday night.

Vonn, 29, underwent her second major right knee surgery in less than a year in January, after reinjuring it in November and aborting a comeback in December.

She had significant meniscus damage and needed an ACL reconstruction in the same knee she blew out at the World Championships on Feb. 5, 2013.

She’s now in a similar situation as this time last year, when she was skiing for the first time since the World Championships crash.

Vonn was so optimistic in October 2013 that she considered skiing in the season-opening giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, one month before her initial target date. She eventually thought better of it and hoped to return Nov. 29, 2013, before a training crash delayed it to Dec. 6. Her knee gave out in a Dec. 21 race, and she ended her Olympic bid Jan. 7.

She is adamant she will not race before December this time around.

“I feel like I need to be a little more patient,” Vonn said. “I’m really excited to be back on snow. I have to contain my excitement a little bit and take things slower than I did last year. I feel really strong, but I shouldn’t take as many risks in training as I did last year. I need to tone it down in training and then put it all together for the race.”

Vonn is taking it easy with her race workload, too. She’s known for the downhill and super-G, but she is not committing to competing in the technical event of giant slalom immediately upon her return.

“The intent is to eventually race GS,” Vonn said. “I just don’t know exactly when.”

Vonn has said she hopes to ski in the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics, but she also has a long-stated goal on the annual World Cup circuit.

Vonn has 59 career World Cup wins. She is second all-time among women behind Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell, who had 62.

“Hopefully this year I can get closer to that or break it, we’ll see,” Vonn said. “That’s definitely one of my biggest goals in my career, let alone this season.”

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Bobby Joe Morrow, triple Olympic sprint champion, dies at 84

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Bobby Joe Morrow, one of four men to win the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at one Olympics, died at age 84 on Saturday.

Morrow’s family said he died of natural causes.

Morrow swept the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, joining Jesse Owens as the only men to accomplish the feat. Later, Carl Lewis and Usain Bolt did the same.

Morrow, raised on a farm in San Benito, Texas, set 11 world records in a short career, according to World Athletics.

He competed in one Olympics, and that year was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year while a student at Abilene Christian. He beat out Mickey Mantle and Floyd Patterson.

“Bobby had a fluidity of motion like nothing I’d ever seen,” Oliver Jackson, the Abilene Christian coach, said, according to Sports Illustrated in 2000. “He could run a 220 with a root beer float on his head and never spill a drop. I made an adjustment to his start when Bobby was a freshman. After that, my only advice to him was to change his major from sciences to speech, because he’d be destined to make a bunch of them.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Johnny Gregorek runs fastest blue jeans mile in history

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Johnny Gregorek, a U.S. Olympic hopeful runner, clocked what is believed to be the fastest mile in history for somebody wearing jeans.

Gregorek recorded a reported 4 minutes, 6.25 seconds, on Saturday to break the record by more than five seconds (with a pacer for the first two-plus laps). Gregorek, after the record run streamed live on his Instagram, said he wore a pair of 100 percent cotton Levi’s.

Gregorek, the 28-year-old son of a 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic steeplechaser, finished 10th in the 2017 World Championships 1500m. He was sixth at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

He ranked No. 1 in the country for the indoor mile in 2019, clocking 3:49.98. His outdoor mile personal best is 3:52.94, ranking him 30th in American history.

Before the attempt, a fundraiser was started for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, garnering more than $29,000. Gregorek ran in memory of younger brother Patrick, who died suddenly in March 2019.

“Paddy was a fan of anything silly,” Gregorek posted. “I think an all out mile in jeans would tickle him sufficiently!”

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