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The latest on Lindsey Vonn’s injury, surgery, return to World Cup and Winter Olympics

Vonn MugHere’s the latest news on Lindsey Vonn in the wake of her season-ending crash in the Super G at the World Championships and subsequent rehab.

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Most recently: 

  • The Daily Mail reported that Lindsey Vonn stayed with Tiger Woods on his yacht Privacy while the golfer was playing (and winning) the WGC-Cadillac Championship on March 10 in Florida.  Read more.

Previous headlines:

  • A former ski champion interviewed by the Denver Post said Vonn was injured precisely because she was being aggressive. More.
  • Everyone is wondering if Vonn can heal fast enough to be ready for the Winter Olympics. Read one doctor’s opinion.
  • Did Lindsey catch a ride home on Tiger Woods’ jet? See for yourself.
  • Vonn had successful surgery in Vail on Feb. 10. The four-time world champ posted a post-op photo and also posted an Instagram photo of herself exercising. Want to see what Lindsey’s injured knee looks like? She posted a photo.
  • Lindsey’s sister, Laura Kildow, is blogging about Lindsey’s recovery. Read about the race-day accident here.
  • Tune in to Today on Monday, Feb. 25, when Lindsey gives her first interview since the crash.
  • Lindsey told reporters on Feb. 22, in her first availability since the crash, that in some ways the injury makes her an “underdog.” Read the story in the Denver Post.
  • Lindsey told reporters on Feb. 22 that the Super G course was unsafe and the race should have been postponed and that the injury makes her an “underdog.” Read the story in the Denver Post.
  • On Feb. 25 Lindsey told Matt Lauer of Today that she never thought her career would be ended by the injury. Watch the video.

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Here’s your guide to Winter X Games in Aspen

New X_Games_LogoIt’s time for Winter X Games  in Aspen. The annual gathering of the biggest stars in winter extreme sports takes over Buttermilk this Thursday through Sunday (Jan. 24-27).

Shaun White (who will compete in pipe AND slopestyle) will be there, of course, competing with fellow snowboard stars Louie Vito, Scotty Lago and Mark McMorris. Ski stars on the invite list include Tom Wallisch, Bobby Brown and Russ Henshaw.

On the women’s side look for snowboarders Kelly Clark, Torah Bright, Hannah Teter and Gretchen Bleiler. Freestyle ski stars on hand will include Roz Grounwoud, Maddie Bowman, Keri Herman and Kaya Turski. And do NOT forget Swany-sponsored Brita Sigourney, the winner  in ski halfpipe at this year’s Winter Dew Tour.

Who better to preview the games than ESPN? See What to Watch at X Games. Here’s a story on Louie Vito from the Denver Post that also includes the daily practice, preliminaries and finals schedule at Winter X.

Are you attending? Make sure you check out this CRUCIAL parking and shuttle bus information as well as competition venue information.

Can’t attend? Here’s the TV schedule.

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Swany Gloves excited to sponsor freeski pipe star Brita Sigourney at Winter X Games in Aspen

Brita Sigourney flying to victory at Dew Tour in Breckenridge (Alli Sports)

Brita Sigourney flying to victory at Dew Tour in Breckenridge (Alli Sports)

Swany Gloves is excited to announce it will sponsor freeski pipe star Brita Sigourney at the Winter X Games in Aspen. (Here’s a guide & schedule for the competition).

Brita rocks some Toast 3N1 mitts from Swany Gloves at the Dew Tour

Brita rocks some Toast 3N1 mitts from Swany Gloves at the Dew Tour

Brita has started the season with a bang. The Californian earned a dominating win at the Dew Tour in December wearing The Claw, the official glove of the Dew Tour. She followed that up with a third-place finish (just .02 out of second) at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain.

We caught up with Brita, who will compete at 6:30 p.m. Friday (Jan. 25) in the Women’s ski superpipe final, to talk about her preparation for Winter X. Here’s what she had to say:

“I just finished up a week-long training camp in Breckenridge with the U.S. Freeskiing team, in which we had early morning sled laps at the half pipe. It was really nice to have access to an empty pipe and quick laps so we could really focus on what we wanted to accomplish before X Games.

“I have been working on cleaning up the run that has already been successful for me. I have also taken the last few days off of snow to get well rested and re-energized for next week. My knee has been a bit swollen and sore (Brita had knee surgery last spring), so I am hoping this break will help me be skiing at my top level when it comes time to throw down.

“I have been spending a bit of time in the gym to substitute for missing time on snow, and I am confident my body will be feeling great for our first official X Games practice on Tuesday (Jan. 22).”

Learn more about this talented freeskier in this feature story and at the U.S. Freeskiing website (Follow her on Twitter @britasig).

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Hard work helped Swany Gloves-sponsored Brita Sigourney jump back into competition with Ski SuperPipe win at Dew Tour in Breckenridge

Brita Sigourney flying to victory at Dew Tour in Breckenridge (Alli Sports)

Brita Sigourney flying to victory at Dew Tour in Breckenridge (Alli Sports)

It’s not as if Brita Sigourney was a novice entering the recent Winter Dew Tour. After all, the skier had multiple podiums over the past two years in Dew Tour and X Games.

Then again, she was hardly a favorite, since the Breckenridge event was Brita’s first competition after tearing an ACL and undergoing months of rehab. On second thought, maybe that recovery process was an advantage for the U.S. Freeskiing team member, sponsored by Swany Gloves at Dew Tour.

“Because of all the rehab, I feel strong,” Brita said. “And people are saying I look really strong out there.”

Brita rocks some Toast 3N1 mitts from Swany Gloves at the Dew Tour

Brita rocks some Toast 3N1 mitts from Swany Gloves at the Dew Tour

That’s an understatement. The athlete won her semifinal heat in Women’s Ski Superpipe and then scorched the field in the Dec. 14 finals with a first run so strong that Brita was able to enjoy a pressure-free “victory” run the second time down the pipe.

Brita explained that how she injured the knee contributed, in its own way, to her successful comeback. “It wasn’t that hard mentally to return because I didn’t (injure myself) in the pipe, I did it freeskiing. So there really wasn’t an issue mentally getting back into the pipe.”

The California-born skier noted that she works hard not to enter events with out-sized expectations, anyway.  “I try not to put pressure on myself going into a competition. And here, I just wanted to start getting back to where I was before my injury.”

Mission accomplished.

The victory will certainly raise Brita’s profile going into the U.S. Grand Prix Jan. 9-12 in Copper Mountain and Winter X Games Jan. 24-27 in Aspen.  While Brita acknowledged the added attention coming her way, she is focused on a more distant goal: the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, where ski pipe will be included for the first time.

“The qualifying events are next year,” Brita said, when asked how much pressure she will feel at the upcoming events. “So the main goal for all of us (on U.S. Freeskiing) is to stay healthy this season“

That’s easier said than done: 11 of 22 team members had knee injuries last season. Brita, 22, has endured four operations already in her career. In addition to her ACL, she’s suffered a broken collarbone, shattered knee and a broken pelvis.

That’s the hard reality of extreme sports. But it also generates camaraderie among the competitors, since they all face the same challenge. One example of that is a tradition that those who top the podium must spend 10% of the winnings (That’s $25,000 at Dew Tour) taking the other competitors to dinner. So Brita took everyone out for sushi.

“It wasn’t too bad because Maddie Bowman (who came in second) helped out some with the check. But it was definitely the most I’ve ever paid for a dinner!”

Learn more about Brita at U.S. Freeskiing and follow her on Twitter @britasig

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Tim Ryan, the “voice” of skiing, has retired

Tim Ryan, who’s been announcing World Cup ski races since 1978, has decided to hang it up.

The Canadian-born announcer has covered racing at three Olympic Games. Learn more in this story from SkiRacing.com.

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Watch Lindsey Vonn relive her gold medal downhill run at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

With the next Winter Olympics just two years off in Sochi, it’s fun to look back two years to the 2010 Winter Games, when Lindsey Vonn became the first American woman to win gold in the downhill.

Check out this great video, which combines an interview with Lindsey with photos and video to help re-create the dramatic moment.

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It’s time to talk about 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

So now that the London Summer Olympics are over, no better time to talk about the Sochi Winter Olympics, right?

That’s what Time Magazine thought, so they tracked down Dmitry Chernyshenko, president and chief executive of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, who was in London to observe the recent Games.

Among some of his comments:

  • “The Olympic Games are …the greatest catalyst to accelerate positive change and development.”
  • “We now have more than 55,000 workers working 24/7.”
  • “Some of the venues will be dismantled (after the Games) and then moved to other regions of Russia. Others will be converted for different purposes.”

Read the entire Q&A.

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