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Top U.S. downhiller Steven Nyman to miss Olympics

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Steven Nyman was named to his fourth Olympic team last week, but he won’t be competing in PyeongChang.

The 35-year-old tore his right ACL in downhill training in Germany last week, according to U.S. Ski & Snowboard.

Nyman blew out his left knee in a downhill race crash at the same track one year ago today (video here).

“I was really looking forward to not only representing our country at my fourth Olympics but trying to contend for a medal,” Nyman said in a press release. “The good news is that this injury is much more straightforward than last year, and will be much easier to come back from.

“If all goes well I should be back on snow for regular summer training camps, and in full form by the start of next season. My focus is now on next year’s World Cup season and the 2019 World Championships [in Are, Sweden].”

Nyman joins fellow World Cup downhill winner Travis Ganong in missing PyeongChang due to a torn ACL. Ganong suffered his injury last month.

Nyman and Ganong have combined for 15 World Cup downhill podiums. The only other active U.S. man with a Word Cup downhill podium is Sochi giant slalom champion Ted Ligety with one.

The last time the U.S. Olympic roster had zero men with a World Cup downhill podium was 1980.

Nyman’s best Olympic finish was a tie for 19th in the Torino 2006 downhill.

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Well, that didn’t go as planned. After an uneventful fall in Garmisch three days ago my knee hurt but I thought I would be fine. I later learned I tore my ACL on my right leg! It was 364 days from my big crash last year. I have already gone under surgery and am on the mend and will miss the Olympics. At least I have this little one with me. I first and foremost want to thank my lady @ccmoats for being by my side. Dr. Fink, Orr, Viola, Cooley, @thekneedoc , Evans. @tundra_runner @_katie_pt_ for all the help. I also want to thank my partners/sponsors for their support. I have all intention to race in the 2019 World Champs in Sweden. And lastly I want to wish all my #teamUSA and fellow athletes good luck at the Games! I wish I could compete by your side. #AmericanDownhiller like to the story in my bio.

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Eddy Alvarez, Olympic short track medalist, to play for Miami Marlins

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Eddy Alvarez realized his MLB dream, six years after earning a Winter Olympic medal, and during a global pandemic that affected his club more than any other U.S. professional sports franchise.

Alvarez, a 2014 U.S. Olympic short track speed skating medalist, is being added to the Miami Marlins roster for Tuesday’s restart of their abbreviated season, president of baseball operations Mike Hill said Monday, according to Marlins beat reporters.

The 30-year-old was among a group added after as many as 18 Marlins tested positive for the coronavirus last week, forcing the club to cancel seven games.

Alvarez is believed to be the first U.S. Winter Olympian to become a Major League Baseball player.

He may be the second Olympic medalist in a sport other than baseball to make it to the majors, joining Jim Thorpe. (Michael Jordan tried to do so with the Chicago White Sox, playing Double-A in 1994, but returned to the Chicago Bulls in 1995.)

Alvarez, a Miami native, played baseball in high school and at Salt Lake Community College before focusing on short track in 2012 for a 2014 Olympic run.

He came back from missing the 2010 Olympic team and surgeries on both knees, reportedly leaving him immobile and bedpan dependent for four to six weeks, to make the Sochi Winter Games. Eddy the Jet earned a silver medal in the 5000m relay.

Then Alvarez returned to baseball after three years away. He signed a minor-league contract with the Chicago White Sox in June 2014. He worked his way through the minors between that franchise and the Marlins system.

Alvarez was a Kannapolis Intimidator, a New Orleans Baby Cake and a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

Now, he’s a big leaguer.

“It definitely was a chance, picking up a kid who hasn’t played in three years who is starting at the age of 24,” Alvarez said in 2014. “It’s not your typical story, but I play like a 17-year-old kid. I’m running around everywhere. I’m diving around everywhere. I’m full of life. I definitely see my progression moving at a rapid pace.”

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Katie Ledecky balances glass of chocolate milk on her head while swimming

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Katie Ledecky will always remember Aug. 3 as the date she won her first Olympic gold medal, at age 15 in 2012.

Now, she can also associate it with the time she created another kind of buzz on social media.

The five-time Olympic champion posted video of her swimming the length of a pool while balancing a glass of chocolate milk on her head. Barely any, if any, milk spilled into the pool.

Ledecky swam as part of a new got milk? ad campaign.

“Hoooowww nervous were you when you did this?!” fellow Olympic champion and training partner Simone Manuel asked Ledecky on Instagram.

“I have never braced my core so hard,” Ledecky wrote. “It’s a great drill!”

“Try doing it breaststroke,” British Olympic 100m breaststroke champion and world-record holder Adam Peaty wrote.

“Is it wrong of me to think this is even more impressive than a few of your WR’s?!!!” wrote 1992 Olympic champion Summer Sanders.

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