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Lindsey Vonn’s return to snow ‘went well,’ U.S. coach says

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Lindsey Vonn went skiing for the first time in 10 months on Wednesday, and the report was positive from Austria.

“The conditions in Soelden are very good, but the visibility was not so easy today,” U.S. Ski Team Alpine director Patrick Riml said, according to SkiRacing.com. “Still, I am told that things went well.”

Vonn won’t be racing in the season opener in Soelden in three weeks. Instead, she hopes to debut this season in Lake Louise, Alberta, the first weekend of December.

“There is no need to hurry,” Riml told SkiRacing.com.”If she is ready, fine, but if not, better she wait.”

Vonn last raced in Val d’Isere, France, on Dec. 21, when she failed to finish a World Cup race due to right knee problems, ending her bid to make the Sochi Olympics after blowing out the knee at the 2013 World Championships. She underwent surgery again in January.

Vonn, who hopes to race at her fourth Olympics in 2018, also has a short-term goal of breaking the record for most World Cup wins by a woman. She is three wins behind Austrian leader Annemarie Moser-Proell, who had 62.

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

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Chloe Dygert crashes over guard rail at world championships, has surgery

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American Chloé Dygert crashed over a guard rail at the world road cycling championships time trial, where she appeared en route to a repeat title, and underwent leg surgery as a result.

Dygert, who last year won by the largest margin in history as the youngest-ever champion, lost control of her bike while approaching a curve to the right. Her front wheel bobbled, and she collided with the barricade, flipping over into an area with grass.

Dygert, who had a left leg laceration, was tended to by several people, put on a stretcher and taken to a hospital in Bologna, Italy, about 25 miles from the worlds host of Imola.

“We are relieved that this crash was not worse than what it could have been,” USA Cycling chief of sport performance Jim Miller said in a press release. “While this crash is distressing, Chloe is young and a fighter. With Chloe’s determination, we know she will be back riding before we know it. For now, we want her to focus on healing.”

About 10 minutes after the crash, Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen won her first time trial title.

Van der Breggen took silver the last three years behind Dygert and countrywoman Annemiek van Vleuten, who missed this year’s race after breaking her wrist last week in the Giro Rosa.

Dygert, 23, had a 26-second lead at the 14-kilometer time check of the 31-kilometer race. Full results are here.

Dygert qualified for the Tokyo Olympics when she won last year’s world time trial title. She has been bidding to make the Olympics on the road and the track.

Worlds continue Friday with the men’s time trial airing on Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold for Cycling Pass subscribers at 8:15 a.m. ET. A full TV schedule is here.

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2020 French Open men’s singles draw, bracket

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Rafael Nadal was put into the same half of the French Open draw as fellow 2018 and 2019 finalist Dominic Thiem of Austria, with top-ranked Novak Djokovic catching a break.

Nadal, trying to tie Roger Federer‘s male record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, could play sixth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals before a potential clash with Thiem, who just won the U.S. Open.

Djokovic, who is undefeated in 2020 save being defaulted out of the U.S. Open, could play No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the quarterfinals before a possible semifinal with Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Medvedev is the fourth seed but is 0-3 at the French Open. Another possible Djokovic semifinal opponent is fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who reached the fourth round last year.

The most anticipated first-round matchup is between three-time major champion Andy Murray and 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka. In Murray’s most recent French Open match, he lost in five sets to Wawrinka in the 2017 semifinals.

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