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Bode Miller will take at least one year off, buys barn, report says

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Six-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller said he will take at least one year off from Alpine skiing, according to BloodHorse.com, which also reported Miller bought a barn to continue his venture into horse racing.

Miller, 37 and the most decorated U.S. Olympic skier of all time, previously said on June 15 that it was unlikely he would race the full 2015-16 World Cup season, which starts in October, and agreed it was possible he would ski a partial schedule.

Miller crashed in the World Championships super-G on Feb. 5 (video here), underwent surgery to repair a severed right hamstring tendon and missed the rest of the season.

Miller finalized the purchase of a barn near Elkton, Md., on Tuesday, according to BloodHorse.com, which reported he “hopes to bring a new approach to training thoroughbreds.”

Miller is noted friends with trainer Bob Baffert, who won the Triple Crown this year with American Pharoah. Baffert named a son after Miller.

“That’s been my goal for the past five or six years,” Miller told BloodHorse.com of Baffert’s feat, the first since 1978. “Bob is a close friend of mine, and I couldn’t have been happier for him and [wife] Jill and the whole team really, but at the same time I was frustrated because I think we’re heading in that same direction. We want to reproduce that.”

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2026 Winter Olympic host: Milan-Cortina

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Italy will host the 2026 Winter Olympics, with Milan-Cortina winning an IOC vote over a Swedish-Latvian bid centered on Stockholm-Are.

After Winter Games in Vancouver (2010), Sochi (2014), PyeongChang (2018) and Beijing (2022), they return to a traditional European site for the first time since Italy hosted in Torino in 2006.

The two bids were left after five others dropped out for various reasons, all in 2018: Calgary, Canada; Erzurum, Turkey; Sapporo, Japan; Graz, Austria and Sion, Switzerland.

With the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games hosts both decided two years ago (Paris for 2024, Los Angeles for 2028), next up is the 2030 Winter Games. The U.S. has already said that if it bids, it will be with Salt Lake City, which held the 2002 Winter Olympics.

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Japan’s gymnastics worlds team: no Kohei Uchimura, Kenzo Shirai

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Not only is Kohei Uchimura going to miss the world championships, but so is 11-time world medalist Kenzo Shirai.

Japan finalized its five-man team for October’s worlds in Stuttgart, Germany, following a national-level meet this past weekend. Uchimura, arguably the greatest gymnast in history, was already out of the running, sidelined with his latest round of injuries.

Shirai, reportedly slowed by a left ankle injury this season, did compete this weekend. But he finished fifth on floor exercise and third on vault, his two best events, and did not earn one of the last two spots on the world team.

Uchimura, a two-time Olympic all-around champion with six world all-around titles, misses worlds for the first time since 2007. Shirai, a 22-year-old with four world titles between floor and vault, had competed in every worlds since debuting in 2013, just after his 17th birthday.

Without their two stars, Japan sends a relatively inexperienced team. Kazuma Kaya and Wataru Tanigawa, both 22, are the only men who have been to a worlds (and were part of the 2018 silver-medal team). The youngest member is 17-year-old Daiki Hashimoto.

Japan has earned a team medal at every Olympics and world championships since 2003, a streak bettered only by the U.S. women.

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