Lindsey Vonn grabs 70th World Cup win with weekend sweep

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Lindsey Vonn completed a weekend sweep of races in Lake Louise, Alberta, and reached 70 career World Cup wins with a historically dominant super-G performance Sunday.

Vonn prevailed on her favorite course, where she’s now won 18 times in 41 starts, by 1.32 seconds. It’s the largest margin of victory in a women’s World Cup super-G anywhere since March 7, 1997, according to ski-db.com.

Austrians Tamara Tippler and Cornelia Huetter were second and third. Full results are here.

“I feel like there were some people that doubted whether I could win today, and especially because Lara [Gut] had won the last couple races here in super-G,” Vonn said, according to media in Lake Louise. “And also my technician made some bets with people, so I felt a little bit like I had to come through.”

Vonn, the 2010 Olympic downhill champion, also grabbed downhills Friday and Saturday in Lake Louise. She’s closer to the overall World Cup wins record of 86 held by retired Swede Ingemar Stenmark. Vonn also broke the record for most World Cup super-G wins with her 25th, passing retired Austrian Hermann Maier.

Vonn has swept the three weekend Lake Louise races three times in the last five seasons, though this three-peat was her first since season-ending knee surgeries in 2013 and 2014 that kept her from the Sochi Olympics.

Countrywoman Mikaela Shiffrin finished 15th, 2.29 seconds behind, in her World Cup speed event debut. She shrugged after her time came up in the finish area.

“Mission accomplished,” Shiffrin said, according to media in Lake Louise. “In the back of my head I was thinking, I’ll get points [top 30], but maybe a top 15. So by holding in 15th, that’s a really good day.

“First time on that hill ever, and I don’t ever want to leave,” said Shiffrin, who received a course report from Vonn before taking her run 17 minutes after Vonn. “I can see why Lindsey loves this place.”

Shiffrin, the Olympic slalom champion and World Cup giant slalom winner, ceded her World Cup overall standings lead to Vonn by four points. Vonn entered the weekend with zero World Cup points.

Shiffrin and Vonn are expected to have a close race for the overall title, the largest prize in the sport this season with no Olympics or World Championships.

The women’s World Cup season continues with a giant slalom and slalom in Are, Sweden, next weekend.

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IOC pledges €500,000 to help restore Notre Dame ahead of 2024 Olympics

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The International Olympic Committee plans to donate €500,000 ($562,000) to the restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral in the 2024 Olympic host city.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday that he wants to see Notre Dame restored within five years.

“The aim of completing the reconstruction in time for Paris 2024 will be an extra motivation for all of us,” IOC president Thomas Bach wrote in a Wednesday letter to Paris 2024 chief Tony Estanguet, according to a translation by Agence France-Presse, which reported Notre Dame is on the planned marathon and road cycling routes. “All the Olympic Movement and in particular the IOC have been extremely touched by the instantaneous connection the French have made between Notre Dame cathedral and the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.”

More than $500 million has been pledged overall from around the globe after a fire ravaged the 850-year-old cathedral on Monday.

NBC News has more on the Notre Dame fire here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Patrick Kane joined by NHL All-Stars on world championship roster

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NHL All-Stars Jack EichelRyan Suter and Cory Schneider join previously named captain Patrick Kane to lead the U.S. at next month’s world hockey championship in Slovakia, seeking the nation’s first title at a standalone worlds since 1933.

Sixteen players were added to the roster in Thursday’s announcement with more to come before worlds open May 10 and more teams get eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, making more players available. The IIHF allows up to 25 players per nation.

Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill will be the U.S. head coach for a third straight worlds. The Americans lost in the quarterfinals in 2017 and earned bronze in 2018, sandwiching an Olympic quarterfinal exit in PyeongChang without NHL players.

Sweden is trying to become the first nation to three-peat at worlds since the Czech Republic in 2001.

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Preliminary IIHF World Championship Roster
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Alex DeBrincat (Chicago Blackhawks)
Jack Eichel (Buffalo Sabres)
Luke Glendening (Detroit Red Wings)
Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks)
Clayton Keller (Arizona Coyotes)
Chris Kreider (New York Rangers)
Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings)
James van Riemsdyk (Philadelphia Flyers)
Frank Vatrano (Florida Panthers)
Colin White (Ottawa Senators)

Defensemen
Quinn Hughes (Vancouver Canucks)
Alec Martinez (Los Angeles Kings)
Brady Skjei (New York Rangers)
Ryan Suter (Minnesota Wild)

Goalies
Thatcher Demko (Vancouver Canucks)
Cayden Primeau (Laval (AHL))
Cory Schneider (New Jersey Devils)