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‘Lindsey Vonn: The Climb’ documentary coming to NBC (video)

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“Lindsey Vonn: The Climb,” a one-hour special chronicling the 2010 Olympic downhill champion’s comeback from two major knee surgeries, will premiere on NBC on Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. ET.

“This is the most inside look I’ve ever given to my world,” Vonn said, “and I hope it inspires others who are going through challenges to keep getting back up when they are down.”

On Feb. 5, 2013, Vonn crashed in the World Championships super-G in Schladming, Austria. She suffered complete MCL and ACL tears in her right knee, was airlifted off the course and needed season-ending surgery.

Vonn reinjured the knee in a training crash Nov. 20, 2013, re-tearing her right ACL. She attempted a comeback for the Sochi Olympics, but her knee gave out in a race in Val d’Isere, France, one month later. She withdrew from Sochi and had another surgery.

source:  Vonn returned to skiing in competition last month and won two of her first four races, moving within one victory of the all-time women’s World Cup record. She can match the record at this weekend’s races in Austria.

“Lindsey Vonn: The Climb” features never-before-seen video of Vonn’s Nov. 20 crash and operating-room footage as renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews repaired her knee.

The documentary also follows Vonn’s physical and emotional struggles over a two-year journey back to the top of her sport, including having to watch the Sochi Olympics with her family at home.

“’Lindsey Vonn: The Climb’ will invite viewers inside Lindsey’s journey and a very personal part her life rarely seen by the public,” said Joe Gesue, Senior Vice President, Production, NBC Olympics and Executive Editor, NBC Sports Group. “This film is a compelling and very human portrait of an extraordinary athlete fighting pain and uncertainty to regain her place as the dominant figure in one of the most demanding and dangerous sports in the Olympic world.”

Vonn will return to the World Championships near her home in Vail/Beaver Creek, Colo., next month, with unprecedented coverage from NBC Sports and Universal Sports.

Encore presentations of “Lindsey Vonn: The Climb” will air on NBCSN beginning in February. The film will be available digitally on Red Bull TV starting Jan. 28.

The film was produced by Red Bull Media House, in association with NFL Films and NBC Olympics.

“Films like this don’t work without transparency, and Lindsey was on board from day one,” said Steve Trout, Director, NFL Films. “She knew for us to tell her story that she had to let us in – and she did. In ‘The Climb,’ you’ll see Lindsey the daughter, the sister, the friend. And in the roller-coaster ride of her comeback, you’ll see Lindsey in pain, at rock bottom, and her triumphant return to racing.”

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2020 French Open women’s singles draw, bracket

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If Serena Williams is to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, she may have to go through her older sister in the fourth round.

Williams, the sixth seed, could play Venus Williams in the round of 16 at Roland Garros, which begins Sunday.

Serena opens against countrywoman Kristie Ahn, whom she beat in the first round at the U.S. Open. Serena could then get her U.S. Open quarterfinal opponent, fellow mom Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, in the second round.

If Venus is to reach the fourth round, she must potentially get past U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka in the second round. Azarenka beat Serena in the U.S. Open semifinals, ending the American’s latest bid to tie Margaret Court‘s major titles record.

Venus lost in the French Open first round the last two years.

The French Open top seed is 2018 champion Simona Halep, who could play 2019 semifinalist Amanda Anisimova in the third round.

Coco Gauff, the rising 16-year-old American, gets 2019 semifinalist Jo Konta of Great Britain in the first round in the same quarter of the draw as Halep.

The field lacks defending champion Ash Barty of Australia, not traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Also out: U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka, citing a sore hamstring and tight turnaround from prevailing in New York two weeks ago.

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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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