November 28, 2011

Lindsey Vonn     Photo: U.S. Ski Team/Flickr

Lindsey Vonn Set to Divorce Husband

Thomas Vonn was also skier's manager

Skier Lindsey Vonn and her husband Thomas have filed for divorce after four years of marriage. Vonn, 27, won a gold medal in super-G at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Canada and with 42 world cup victories is the most decorated women's alpine skier in U.S. history. Thomas Vonn, a former U.S. Ski Team racer, had acted as her manager and sometimes coach since the couple began dating in 2006. In October, Vonn became only the second American to win a World Cup title in all five skiing disciplines when she took first in October's opening giant slalom race in Austria. She will next compete in Tuesday's downhill in Alberta, Canada. "This is an extremely difficult time in my personal life and I hope the media and my fans can respect my need for privacy on this matter," Vonn said in a statement on Sunday.

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Drug screen     Photo: Francis Storr/Flickr

Spain Complies with WADA Code

As Olympic bid looms, test hours approved

Spain will allow drug testers wider access to Spanish athletes, bringing the country into compliance with World Anti-Doping regulations as it prepares to bid for the 2020 Olympic Games. The ruling will allow testers to collect out of competition samples between 6 A.M. and 11 P.M. A 2009 ruling limited the out-of-competition window to between 8 A.M. and 11 P.M. Authorities believe that athletes can pass drug screens within hours of injection if they take microdoses of certain drugs, including EPO. Countries seeking IOC bids must comply with WADA's drug testing code. 

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Dane Searls     Photo: Courtesy of Dane Searls Fan Page

Dane Searls Dies After Nightclub Accident

BMX rider was one of world's top dirt jumpers

Australian BMX rider Dane Searls died on Friday from injuries sustained in an accident at a nightclub. Searls, 23, suffered severe head and spine injuries on November 20 after attempting to jump into a pool from the balcony of a nightclub in Surfers Paradise, Queensland. Considered one of BMX's best dirt jumpers, Searls was the driving force behind the Giants of Dirt project, a super-sized BMX course constructed west of Brisbane. Searls reportedly managed to ride the entire set of jumps, which features ramps up to 60 feet high, just before his accident.

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Aksel Lund Svindal     Photo: Kevin Pedraja/Flickr

Svindal Wins World Cup Super-G Opener

Ski racing season in full swing

Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal won the first World Cup super-G of the season in Alberta, Canada on Sunday, edging out Didier Cuche of Switzerland by 0.23 seconds. Cuche, who will look to defend his 2010-2011 overall World Cup title, also took first in Saturday's downhill. In Aspen, Colorado, Austrian Marlies Schild beat Maria Pietilae-Holmner of Sweden by 1.19 seconds to win the women's slalom. American Lindsey Vonn withdrew from the race moments before the start with back pain. Sixteen-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin was the only American to advance to the second run and managed an impressive eight-place finish.

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Missy Giove in 2001     Photo: James F. Perry/Wikimedia

Missy Giove Sentenced in Pot Bust

MTB champion gets time served, house arrest

Former world champion mountain biker Missy Giove was sentenced on Wednesday for her part in a 2009 scheme to transport 350 pounds of marijuana across the United States. Giove, who pleaded guilty shortly after her arrest in 2009, was credited for time served and sentenced to six months of house arrest and five years of probation. Giove retired from mountain biking in 2003. She won 11 world cups races and was crowned world downhill champion in 1994.

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