Tiger Woods plans on attending World Alpine Skiing Championships

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Best to anyone’s knowledge, Tiger Woods has been on hand for one of Lindsey Vonn‘s races since it became public they were a couple.

Woods stood with other spectators near the finish of a World Cup race in Val d’Isere, France, on Dec. 21, 2013. It was not a good day, as Vonn skied off the course in her final race before deciding on another knee surgery that would keep her out of the Sochi Olympics.

Woods will hope the next time he sees Vonn in competition will be a drastically different type of day to remember.

Vonn, after tying the women’s World Cup wins record in Italy on Sunday, said Woods is planning to attend some of her races at the World Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, Colo., next month, according to The Associated Press.

”It’s tough to have two athletes competing at the same time, but he’s definitely going to make something work,” she said, according to the AP, adding that Woods watched Sunday’s race on the Internet in Florida at 5 a.m. with daughter Sam.

Vonn’s races at the World Championships are scheduled for Feb. 3 (super-G), Feb. 6 (downhill) and, possibly, Feb. 9 (super combined), Feb. 10 (team event) and Feb. 12 (giant slalom).

Woods is slated to play the PGA Tour event the weekend before the World Championships and the following week during Worlds at Torrey Pines in California.

The World Championships super-G will be on the Tuesday practice round day of Torrey Pines week, and the downhill will run during the second round of Torrey Pines.

The following week, the PGA Tour heads to Pebble Beach, where Woods has not played since 2012. However, it’s possible Vonn might not race at Worlds that week.

Vonn has said she is unlikely to race slalom again, which casts doubt over whether she would race the super combined at Worlds, given that event is a combination of one downhill run and one slalom run.

Vonn also did not race in the team event at the 2011 World Championships, pulling out of the competition after the downhill and super-G due to a previous concussion. The team event was in giant slalom format.

Vonn hasn’t raced a giant slalom since before her crash at the 2013 World Championships, which casts doubt that she will be in that event at Worlds.

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Elena Fanchini, medal-winning Alpine skier, dies at 37

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Italian skier Elena Fanchini, whose career was cut short by a tumor, has died. She was 37.

Fanchini passed away Wednesday at her home in Solato, near Brescia, the Italian Winter Sports Federation announced.

Fanchini died on the same day that fellow Italian Marta Bassino won the super-G at the world championships in Meribel, France; and two days after Federica Brignone — another former teammate — claimed gold in combined.

Sofia Goggia, who is the favorite for Saturday’s downhill, dedicated her win in Cortina d’Ampezzo last month to Fanchini.

Fanchini last raced in December 2017. She was cleared to return to train nearly a year later but never made it fully back, and her condition grew worse in recent months.

Fanchini won a silver medal in downhill at the 2005 World Championships and also won two World Cup races in her career — both in downhill.

She missed the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics because of her condition.

Fanchini’s younger sisters Nadia and Sabrina were also World Cup racers.

USA Boxing to skip world championships

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USA Boxing will not send boxers to this year’s men’s and women’s world championships, citing “the ongoing failures” of the IBA, the sport’s international governing body, that put boxing’s place on the Olympic program at risk.

The Washington Post first reported the decision.

In a letter to its members, USA Boxing Executive Director Mike McAtee listed many factors that led to the decision, including IBA governance issues, financial irregularities and transparency and that Russian and Belarusian boxers are allowed to compete with their flags.

IBA lifted its ban on Russian and Belarusian boxers in October and said it would allow their flags and anthems to return, too.

The IOC has not shifted from its recommendation to international sports federations last February that Russian and Belarusian athletes be barred, though the IOC and Olympic sports officials have been exploring whether those athletes could return without national symbols.

USA Boxing said that Russian boxers have competed at an IBA event in Morocco this month with their flags and are expected to compete at this year’s world championships under their flags.

“While sport is intended to be politically neutral, many boxers, coaches and other representatives of the Ukrainian boxing community were killed as a result of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, including coach Mykhaylo Korenovsky who was killed when a Russian missile hit an apartment block in January 2023,” according to the USA Boxing letter. “Ukraine’s sports infrastructure, including numerous boxing gyms, has been devastated by Russian aggression.”

McAtee added later that USA Boxing would still not send athletes to worlds even if Russians and Belarusians were competing as neutrals and without their flags.

“USA Boxing’s decision is based on the ‘totality of all of the factors,'” he said in an emailed response. “Third party oversite and fairness in the field of play is the most important factor.”

A message has been sent to the IBA seeking comment on USA Boxing’s decision.

The women’s world championships are in March in India. The men’s world championships are in May in Uzbekistan. They do not count toward 2024 Olympic qualifying.

In December, the IOC said recent IBA decisions could lead to “the cancellation of boxing” for the 2024 Paris Games.

Some of the already reported governance issues led to the IOC stripping IBA — then known as AIBA — of its Olympic recognition in 2019. AIBA had suspended all 36 referees and judges used at the 2016 Rio Olympics pending an investigation into a possible judging scandal, one that found that some medal bouts were fixed by “complicit and compliant” referees and judges.

The IOC ran the Tokyo Olympic boxing competition.

Boxing was not included on the initial program for the 2028 Los Angeles Games announced in December 2021, though it could still be added. The IBA must address concerns “around its governance, its financial transparency and sustainability and the integrity of its refereeing and judging processes,” IOC President Thomas Bach said then.

This past June, the IOC said IBA would not run qualifying competitions for the 2024 Paris Games.

In September, the IOC said it was “extremely concerned” about the Olympic future of boxing after an IBA extraordinary congress overwhelmingly backed Russian Umar Kremlev to remain as its president rather than hold an election.

Kremlev was re-elected in May after an opponent, Boris van der Vorst of the Netherlands, was barred from running against him. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled in June that van der Vorst should have been eligible to run against Kremlev, but the IBA group still decided not to hold a new election.

Last May, Rashida Ellis became the first U.S. woman to win a world boxing title at an Olympic weight since Claressa Shields in 2016, taking the 60kg lightweight crown in Istanbul. In Tokyo, Ellis lost 3-0 in her opening bout in her Olympic debut.

At the last men’s worlds in 2021, Robby Gonzales and Jahmal Harvey became the first U.S. men to win an Olympic or world title since 2007, ending the longest American men’s drought since World War II.

The Associated Press and NBC Olympic research contributed to this report.

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