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  • Olympic alpine ski champion Maze announces one-year break

    Two-time Olympic ski champion Tina Maze of Slovenia announced on Thursday she was taking a year off to consider the next step in her sporting career. A four-time world champion, Maze has established herself as one of the world's top skiers and as Slovenia's most successful female athlete of all…

    AFP
  • Olympic ski champ Tina Maze takes year off, considers future

    LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) -- Two-time Olympic champion Tina Maze of Slovenia has announced a one-year break from ski racing before deciding about continuing her career.

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  • Beijing snuffs out suburban BBQs in pre-Olympic smog fight

    Beijing has extended a ban on outdoor barbecues to restaurants operating in some suburban areas as it tries to improve its notoriously poor air quality in case it wins the 2022 Winter Olympics, state news agency Xinhua reported. The government blames them for contributing to smog, despite much…

    Reuters
  • Downhill champion Defago to help design Olympic ski courses

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Olympic downhill gold medalist Didier Defago is starting a new career helping to design Alpine ski courses for the Winter Games.

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  • Lindsey Vonn brushes off Tiger Woods split, targets gold

    American ski queen Lindsey Vonn ducked questions Wednesday about her split from Tiger Woods and said she was firmly focused on reclaiming her Olympic downhill crown at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games. The 2010 downhill gold medallist and the former world number one golfer had become the golden…

    AFP
  • Vonn named honorary ambassador for Pyeongchang Olympics

    South Korean Olympic organizers have appointed U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn as an honorary ambassador for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. Vonn is the first foreign individual selected for the role and she joins a list of high-profile South Korean sports stars including former Olympic…

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  • Five cities 'interested' in hosting 2024 Games

    Five cities - Boston, Hamburg, Rome, Paris and Budapest - "are interested" in hosting the 2024 Olympic Games, IOC executive director Christophe Dubi disclosed on Tuesday. Cities have until September 15 to enter bids and the International Olympic Committee will make a decision in mid-2017. Paris…

    AFP
  • Year of adventure gives Patrick Chan perspective

    Falling to Earth from 13,000 feet helped Patrick Chan put life in perspective. ''You pull the chute and, oh my gosh, the view is amazing,'' Chan said. ''It just makes you realize how small I am and how small the figure skating world is.'' Chan was set to go sky diving again Tuesday in Montreal…

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  • IOC chief: Small nations like New Zealand could host games

    International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach says there's no reason a small nation such as New Zealand shouldn't aspire to host the Olympics. Bach, who is on a tour through the South Pacific, received a powhiri - or traditional welcome - from indigenous Maori in Auckland on Tuesday…

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  • IOC president Bach visits cyclone-hit facilities on Vanuatu

    PORT VILA, Vanuatu (AP) -- International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach visited cyclone-damaged sporting facilities on Vanuatu and discussed with officials how some of the $500,000 aid money pledged by the IOC might be spent to repair the venues.

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  • US Ski Team will manage NASTAR program

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The U.S. Ski Team says it will take over operational control of NASTAR, a recreational racing program that's in place at more than 100 resorts around the nation.

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  • Italian resort Cortina set to host 2021 Alpine ski worlds

    OBERHOFEN, Switzerland (AP) -- The Italian ski resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo is set to host the Alpine world championships again after four successive losing bids.

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  • American Vonn named Pyeongchang honorary ambassador

    SEOUL (Reuters) - United States Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn has been named as an honorary ambassador for the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea's Pyeongchang, organizers (POCOG) said on Monday. Vonn, an Olympic gold medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Games, becomes the first international honorary…

    Reuters
  • Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn break up

    By Ben Everill SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Pro golfer Tiger Woods and U.S. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn have broken up after a nearly three-year relationship, the pair said on Sunday. Vonn, 30, used her Facebook page to announce the split before Woods confirmed it on his website. "After nearly three…

    Reuters
  • Snow, cold keep New England skiers, riders stoked into May

    Skiers and snowboarders at Vermont's Sugarbush resort right now can spend the morning on the slopes and play golf in the afternoon - testament to the abundance of snow that extended the season at many northern New England ski areas. Sugarbush is one of more than half dozen areas in Vermont, New…

    The Associated Press
  • IOC president lobbies for sport to be part of UN plan

    SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has urged national and regional Olympic bodies to lobby their governments to back his plan to have sport included in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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  • Rio Games ticket sales extended

    Rio Olympics organisers said they are extending the current round of ticket sales beyond Friday's original deadline to next Thursday as Brazil residents flock to make purchases. Organizers also confirmed that Sao Paulo's Corinthians Arena will host football matches as one of seven venues in six…

    AFP
  • US pairs skater Haven Denney out after knee surgery

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- U.S. pairs skater Haven Denney has undergone knee surgery.

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  • Corinthians Arena to be used in Olympic Games: reports

    Sao Paulo's Corinthians Arena will host football at next year's Olympics, media reported Thursday, after weeks of wrangling over who must foot the bill for adapting the stadium. The initial sales phase for Olympics tickets was due to end at midnight Friday (0300 GMT Saturday), ahead of a second…

    AFP
  • Sao Paulo confirmed as football host in 2016 Olympics

    Olympic organizers have confirmed Sao Paulo as one of the host cities of the football tournament at the 2016 Rio Games. The announcement came after a meeting between the local organizing committee and the city government Thursday. In addition to Rio, the other Brazilian cities hosting the…

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