Bode Miller’s ‘dream of returning’ this season ‘quashed’

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Bode Miller‘s “dream of returning” to Alpine skiing competition this season was “quashed” by his former ski company, one of the six-time Olympic medalist’s representatives said.

On Friday, a judge dismissed Miller’s lawsuit against Head skis. Miller was seeking to get out of the remainder of a contract with Head that prevented him from competing this season with his new ski brand, Bomber.

On Monday, Miller’s rep said the skier will evaluate in one year “whether he still feels that he can physically return to his old form,” months before the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

“If Head had not won on a legal technicality, Bode would have returned to the racing circuit shortly after the court’s decision,” the representative said in an email. “Rather than compete against Bode and Head on the slopes, Head spent a small fortune to block Bode from returning to ski racing where it would be man and his equipment against the elements and other skiers, Head, unfortunately, chose to spend a small fortune to compete in the courtroom so as to deprive Bode and his fans from watching his return to the sport where he brought a certain enthusiasm, innovation and excitement to the sport. Bode will be turning 40 next year and he will evaluate a year from now whether he still feels that he can physically return to his old form. As of now, Head has quashed Bode’s dream of returning this year.”

On Friday, U.S. Ski Team head coach Sasha Rearick said Miller could “possibly” return in January, according to The Associated Press.

Miller, the most decorated U.S. Olympic skier of all time, trained in Chile in September and Colorado in November and was planning to train again in Italy.

He last competed at on Feb. 5, 2015, when he severed a right hamstring tendon in his world championships super-G crash.

Miller is already the oldest U.S. Olympic Alpine skier in history. In 2018, he will be 40 years old, which is seven years older than the next-oldest U.S. Olympic Alpine skier in history.

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Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

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Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

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British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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