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Lindsey Vonn wins Worlds super-G bronze behind Anna Fenninger

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Lindsey Vonn won her first major championship medal in four years, bronze in the World Championships super-G behind Austrian Anna Fenninger, who followed her Olympic title with Worlds gold.

Vonn, who crashed in the 2013 World Championships super-G, requiring the first of two right leg surgeries that forced her to miss the Sochi Olympics, was .15 of a second behind Fenninger in Beaver Creek, Colo.

Slovenia’s Tina Maze, the 2013 World champion, snagged silver in wind conditions that Vonn called “ridiculous” and forced the start to be moved down and delayed by 30 minutes.

“That’s unfortunate for a World Championship event,” Vonn said of the wind on NBCSN. “I’m disappointed, but at the same time, I’m happy. A World Championships medal is always a good thing.”

Vonn, the 2009 World super-G champion, entered as the race favorite after winning the last two World Cup super-Gs before Worlds in January.

But Vonn was the 17th fastest skier in the opening section of the course — about the first 13 seconds. Fenninger was .61 better.

And Vonn knew she was slow, perhaps held back by a wind gust.

“My mindset was that I’m screwed,” Vonn said in a press conference, adding she wished she could have a do-over. “It’s not a very positive way to start the run. … Sometimes good skiing is enough to overcome the weather, and sometimes it’s not. Today it wasn’t enough, but I have to say that Fenninger skied exceptionally well. She definitely deserved to win the gold medal today.”

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She captured her sixth career World Championships medal, breaking her tie with Bode MillerTed Ligety and Julia Mancuso for most by an American.

Vonn will next race in the downhill Friday. Again, she is the favorite.

“Hopefully have some more fair weather conditions,” Vonn said on NBCSN. “I came in here confident. I still am.”

Vonn, the 18th skier to go Tuesday, took the lead for about 2 minutes. Maze, skiing 19th, snatched it away before Fenninger, skiing 22nd, took the advantage for good.

“I didn’t know that it was so fast, so I was surprised in the finish line that the green light was on [indicating I had the lead],” Fenninger told NBC Sports’ Carolyn Manno.

Fenninger became the first woman to win back-to-back Olympic and Worlds super-G gold medals.

“It was a big dream to be a World champion in the super-G,” Fenninger said. “I had the luck that I could be an Olympic medalist in the super-G … that I can be World champion, too, is so amazing.”

Maze is expected to enter all five races at the World Championships, and she could win a medal in each of them. She owns 11 combined Olympic and Worlds medals.

Julia Mancuso, who won Worlds bronze in the super-G in 2013, finished ninth Tuesday.

The men’s super-G is on Wednesday, including defending champion Ligety and, possibly, Miller in his first race of the season following November back surgery.

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Women’s Super-G
Gold: Anna Fenninger (AUT) — 1:10.29
Silver: Tina Maze (SLO) — 1:10.32
Bronze: Lindsey Vonn (USA) — 1:10.44
9. Julia Mancuso (USA) — 1:11.94
13. Stacey Cook (USA) — 1:12.22
15. Laurenne Ross (USA) — 1:12.30

Lindsey Vonn and her dog to host Amazing Race-like series

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Lindsey Vonn and one of her three dogs, Lucy, will host “The Pack,” an “Amazing Race”-like series where dogs and their humans compete in challenges across continents.

The Amazon Prime show filmed earlier this year and will premiere later in 2020. Production included a team of veterinarians and dog experts to ensure “a positive experience for everyone.”

Twelve teams vie for a prize of $500,000, plus $250,000 for the animal charity of their choice.

Vonn, the 2010 Olympic downhill champion and female record holder with 82 World Cup wins, retired after the February 2019 World Championships, four shy of the overall victories record held by Swede Ingemar Stenmark.

She traveled the last few years of her career with Lucy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that she got in Italy in January 2016. Lucy required German, Italian and American passports to accompany Vonn on the ski circuit.

Vonn previously adopted rescue dogs Leo, a brindle boxer to help her through recovery from knee surgery that kept her out of the 2014 Olympics, and Bear.

Vonn’s previous broadcast credits included a 2010 appearance as a secretary on “Law & Order,” two judge spots on “Project Runway” and an episode of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” in 2016.

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London Marathon mass event canceled; Kipchoge, Bekele still to race

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The London Marathon will not hold a mass participation race of 40,000-plus runners, but will have an elites-only event featuring the fastest marathoners in history on a different course.

Organizers announced that the World Marathon Major, previously rescheduled for Oct. 4 from April 26, will be restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Elite runners, including world-record holders Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei and Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest man in history, will instead race but not on the usual route around London landmarks.

They will run on an enclosed looped in St. James’s Park in a “secure biosphere” without spectator access. Elite wheelchair racers, including past champions David Weir and Manuela Schar, will also compete.

Before canceling, London Marathon organizers planned to use Bluetooth and wideband ranging to monitor every participant’s distance from each other, though they did not specify if the event would have still included more than 40,000 runners.

If a participant spent more than 15 minutes within a specified distance of anyone else, and if somebody had informed organizers they contracted the virus within two weeks after the race, he or she would have been contacted.

“Despite all our efforts, the fantastic support from all of our partners and the progress that has been made on planning for the return of smaller mass participation events that are not on the roads, it has not been possible to go ahead with a mass socially distanced walk or run,” event director Hugh Brasher said in press release.

Four of the other five annual World Marathon Majors this year were canceled — Berlin, Boston, Chicago and New York City. The earliest major, Tokyo, was held March 1 with elite runners only.

Kipchoge, the Olympic marathon champion from Kenya, and Bekele, a three-time Olympic track champion from Ethiopia, were previously announced as headliners for London in the winter, before the pandemic.

Kipchoge lowered the world record to 2:01:39 at the 2018 Berlin Marathon. Bekele clocked 2:01:41 in Berlin last September. They are the only men to ever break 2:02 in a marathon. Kipchoge also clocked 1:59:40 at a non-record-eligible event in Vienna on Oct. 12 instead of racing a fall marathon.

Kipchoge has won 11 of 12 marathons since moving to road racing after failing to make Kenya’s 2012 Olympic track team.

Bekele, the more accomplished track athlete with Olympic golds and world records at 5000m and 10,000m, has been a roller-coaster road runner.

Bekele owns two of the seven fastest marathons in history, recorded three years apart in Berlin. In between, he failed to finish two marathons and, in his last London start in 2018, clocked a pedestrian 2:08:53 for sixth place.

That was more than four minutes behind Kipchoge, who is undefeated in four London starts and has beaten by Bekele by at least 100 seconds in all four of their head-to-head marathons.

The Kenyan Kosgei took 81 seconds off Paula Radcliffe‘s 16-year-old women’s marathon world record on Oct. 13, clocking 2:14:04 to win the Chicago Marathon.

The 2021 London Marathon will also be held in October to give a better chance of holding a mass race than in April.

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