Watch Lindsey Vonn, Gus Kenworthy battle on ‘Drop the Mic’

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Lindsey Vonn and Gus Kenworthy traded insults about their Olympic careers on TBS’ “Drop the Mic,” but Vonn had no answer for Kenworthy’s finale … bringing a puppy on stage.

The full transcript:

Vonn: “I was told we’d have two Winter Games champions tonight, so I’m still waiting on stage for Apolo Ohno to arrive. You love the spotlight, you must be in heaven, imagine your ego if you placed higher than seven [Note: Kenworthy was 12th in PyeongChang]. Sure, you didn’t medal, it’s OK, you fell short, because freestyle skiing isn’t even a sport. That kiss from your boyfriend made you famous at last, but now you’ll be famous for kissing my ass.”

Kenworthy: “I was thrilled to battle someone I consider a friend, but since you rap like you ski, you should retire again [Note: Vonn has never retired but plans to do so after next season]. I’ve scored perfect 10s, you’re more like a six, you somehow make me even less into chicks. And you tweeted you’re lonely on Valentine’s Day, I wonder what decisions have left you that way.”

Vonn: “Let’s talk extreme skiing, you think that it’s clever, your sport is doing what snowboarders do better. But I think you’re so brave, and I respect your career, it takes a lot of courage to be such a bad skier. Gus, I honestly feel sorry for you because, clearly, skiing is the only freestyling you should do. I’m happy young kids can look up to your image to show them they can do anything except win the Olympics.”

Kenworthy: “The way she talks about Olympics, you would never know, it’s been eight years since you brought home a gold. Keep your chin up, don’t be deterred, at least in rap battles, you can’t finish third. You’ve got so many injuries, it’s such a bad thing, I’m surprised when you’re rapping, you don’t pull your hamstring. You’re the biggest disappointment at a little girls’ party because nobody wants a knock-off Ronda Rousey Barbie.”

Vonn: “You make fun of my career, and I’m asking how, you’re an eventual subject for Where are they Now? You’re in X Games, bro, I’m known worldwide, you save all those dogs, but who’s saving your pride? Made fun of my injury, what’s up with that? You look like a whack-tattoo Spencer Pratt. I’ll give you the last word, how’s that sound, because I’m the greatest f—— skier pound for pound.”

Kenworthy: “I have Olympic silver, not as many medals as you, makes sense, I’m 26, you’re what, 62? You’re so boring and basic, both things together, the type who saw “Hamilton,” and it changed you forever. You may have sponsors, and you do a few ads, but if you want to stay on-brand you should promote trash bags. You brought back the gold, but I have my own, everybody meet Gold Medal, yes I did bring him home [handed puppy].”

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Diana Taurasi returns to U.S. national basketball team

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Diana Taurasi’s USA Basketball career isn’t done just yet.

The five-time Olympic gold medalist will take part in a national team training camp in Minnesota next month. Taurasi told The Associated Press last summer that she would consider playing with USA Basketball if she was healthy enough. She injured her quad shortly after and didn’t participate in the FIBA World Cup that the Americans won in Australia.

While Taurasi will be at the camp, Brittney Griner won’t. She is still part of the pool that the 2024 Olympic team will be chosen from, but Griner hasn’t been out in public much since a prisoner swap in December brought her home from Russia after a 10-month ordeal that captivated world attention. Griner said she plans on playing in the WNBA this year.

Taurasi is a free agent right now, but is expected to return to the Phoenix Mercury — the only team she’s played for in her WNBA career. She turns 41 in June and would be 42 at the time of the Paris Olympics in 2024. The WNBA’s all-time leading scorer and her good friend Sue Bird hold the record with five Olympic gold medals. The pair helped the U.S. win a seventh consecutive gold at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. Bird retired from playing at the end of last season.

Other players expected at the training camp that will run from Feb. 7-9 include former Olympic or World Cup gold medalists: Ariel Atkins and Elena Delle Donne of Washington; Napheesa Collier of Minnesota; Allisha Gray of Dallas; Sabrina Ionescu and Betnijah Laney of New York; Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young of Las Vegas; Kahleah Copper of Chicago and free agent Angel McCoughtry.

Natasha Howard, Marina Mabrey and Arike Ogunbowale of Dallas will also be at the camp as well as Phoenix’s Brianna Turner.

National team head coach Cheryl Reeve will run the three-day camp with Curt Miller of Los Angeles, Mike Thibault of Washington and James Wade of Chicago helping out.

Mo Farah likely to retire this year

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British track legend Mo Farah will likely retire by the end of this year.

“I’m not going to go to the Olympics, and I think 2023 will probably be my last year,” the 39-year-old Farah said, according to multiple British media reports.

Farah, who swept the 5000m and 10,000m golds at the Olympics in 2012 and 2016, was announced Tuesday as part of the field for the London Marathon on April 23.

Last May, Farah reportedly said he believed his career on the track was over, but not the roads.

London might not be his last marathon. Farah also said that if, toward the end of this year, he was capable of being picked to run for Britain again, he would “never turn that down,” according to Tuesday’s reports.

It’s not clear if Farah was referencing the world track and field championships, which include a marathon and are in Budapest in August. Or selection for the 2024 British Olympic marathon team.

The fastest British male marathoner last year ran 2:10:46, ranking outside the top 300 in the world. Farah broke 2:10 in all five marathons that he’s finished, but he hasn’t run one since October 2019 (aside from pacing the 2020 London Marathon).

Farah withdrew four days before the last London Marathon on Oct. 2, citing a right hip injury.

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’s best London Marathon finish in four starts was third place in 2018.

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

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