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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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U.S. Olympic, USA Gymnastics leaders set for another Senate hearing

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Recently replaced U.S. Olympic Committee acting CEO Susanne Lyons, USA Gymnastics President and CEO Kerry Perry and Michigan State interim president John Engler are scheduled witnesses for a Senate subcommittee hearing next Tuesday on reforms following the Larry Nassar sexual-abuse crimes.

The hearing is titled, “Strengthening and Empowering U.S. Amateur Athletes: Moving Forward with Solutions” and will stream live at https://www.commerce.senate.gov/ on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

“The hearing will focus on changes made by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Gymnastics (USAG), and Michigan State University (MSU) to protect Olympic and amateur athletes from abuse,” according to the subcommittee’s website. “It will examine recent reforms to provide safe environments for athletes and how these reforms are being implemented.”

The subcommittee held hearings April 18 and June 5 with testimonies from gymnasts and other athletes who were abused, former Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon and former senior vice president of USA Gymnastics Rhonda Faehn. Former USA Gymnastics CEO Steve Penny also attended the June 5 hearing but refused to answer questions.

Lyons and Perry were questioned at a House subcommittee hearing May 23.

The USOC last Thursday named Sarah Hirshland its new CEO, replacing Lyons, who had been in the role on an interim basis since Scott Blackmun resigned in February. Blackmun, who had been CEO since January 2010, left citing prostate cancer and the USOC’s need to immediately address the USA Gymnastics sexual-abuse scandal.

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Annemiek van Vleuten wins La Course with epic comeback (video)

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Annemiek van Vleuten, the cyclist who returned from a horrific Rio Olympic road race crash to become world champion, repeated as La Course winner with an epic last-kilometer comeback on Tuesday.

Van Vleuten sprinted from several seconds behind countrywoman Anna van der Breggen to win the one-day race, including four categorized climbs, contested on part of the Tour de France stage 10 course later that day.

“With 300 meters to go, I still thought I got second, and then I saw her dying,” Van Vleuten said, adding later, according to Cyclingnews.com, “With 500 meters to go my team director in the car gave up and stopped cheering for me.”

In Rio, van Vleuten suffered three small spine fractures and a concussion when her brakes appeared to lock, and she flipped over into a ditch during the road race. Van Vleuten was alone in the lead at the time with about seven miles to go of the 87-mile course.

She was eventually hospitalized in intensive care.

Van der Breggen went on to win the Olympic title, while van Vleuten returned quick enough to race at the October 2016 World Championships.

Van Vleuten, 35, won her first world title 13 months after the Rio Games, taking the time trial crown ahead of van der Breggen by 12 seconds. She also won the 10-stage Giro Rosa that concluded on Sunday.

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