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Wanted: America's next winter sports superstar

By Keith Weir SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - The absence of injured skier Lindsey Vonn and the shock dethroning of snowboarder Shaun White have created a gaping hole for a new American sporting superstar to fill and grab sponsors' gold from Sochi. The Olympics give huge exposure to athletes from beyond America's staple sports of basketball, football and baseball, but that window is open only briefly and failure means a swift return to relative obscurity.

Alpine skiing-Knee lets Vonn down again

By Manuele Lang VAL D'ISERE, France (Reuters) - Lindsey Vonn's injured knee let her down once again on Saturday, raising doubts about whether the downhill Olympic champion would be in a position to defend her title at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The American four-times World Cup champion, watched for the first time in a World Cup race by boyfriend Tiger Woods, missed a gate in the middle section of French resort Val d'Isere's OK piste and later said her knee was to blame.

Alpine skiing: Vonn's knee fails number one fan Woods

American speed queen Lindsey Vonn failed to put together a winning run for onlooking boyfriend Tiger Woods on Saturday as her unstable right knee gave way halfway down the course. Vonn insisted the incident would not have major ramifications, saying she would race a maximum of two more events before heading to Sochi to defend her Olympic downhill title in February. But the manner in which her knee failed to provide any stability on a turn coming out of a compression will have worried not only her but the US ski team.

Alpine Skiing: Pressure on Vonn as Tiger appears in Alps

Lindsey Vonn will take to the piste for Saturday's World Cup downhill in Val d'Isere under increased pressure as high-profile boyfriend Tiger Woods pitched up in the glitzy French resort. While Vonn has been a regular spectator of the world's number one golfer, it will be the first time Woods has been seen at one of his girlfriend's ski races since they confirmed in March they were a couple.

Alpine Skiing: Pressure on Vonn as Tiger appears in Alps

Lindsey Vonn will take to the piste for Saturday's World Cup downhill in Val d'Isere under increased pressure as high-profile boyfriend Tiger Woods pitched up in the glitzy French resort. While Vonn has been a regular spectator of the world's number one golfer, it will be the first time Woods has been seen at one of his girlfriend's ski races.

Alpine skiing: Hoefl-Riesch wins, Vonn returns to racing

Germany's Maria Hoefl-Reisch won the Lake Louise women's downhill Friday as Lindsey Vonn finished well back of the leaders in her return to the World Cup circuit. The 29-year-old Hoefl-Reisch stormed down the course in one minute, 56.03 seconds, beating runner-up Swiss Mariar Kaufmann-Abderhalden and third place Elena Fanchini of Italy. Vonn, who had won seven straight races at Lake Louise, saw her win streak snapped in her first race in 10 months after tearing ligaments in her right knee at the February world championships in Schladming, Austria.

Golf: Woods hasn't booked Sochi tickets yet

Tiger Woods isn't booking his tickets to the Sochi Olympics just yet, even though girlfriend Lindsey Vonn says she thinks her injured left knee will let her defend her downhill crown. "It's day to day," Woods said Wednesday when asked if he planned to attend the Winter Games in February. "We just don't know how her leg is going to be." Vonn partially tore a ligament in her surgically rebuilt right knee in training two weeks ago.

Skiing: US star Vonn happy after return to slopes

Reigning Olympic downhill ski champion Lindsey Vonn returned to the slopes Thursday for the first time since reinjuring her right knee in a crash last week and declared it "awesome". A day after saying in a television interview that she was confident she would be able to ski in February at the Sochi Winter Olympics, Vonn posted on her Facebook page that she had skiied at Vail on the US Thanksgiving holiday, her first time on snow since falling 10 days earlier.

Alpine Skiing: Vonn confident she will ski in Sochi

Reigning Winter Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn said Wednesday she is confident that she will be able to ski at the Sochi Games in February despite being injured in a crash last week. Vonn told US Olympic telecaster NBC's Today show that tearing a reconstructed ligament in her surgically repaired right knee when she fell at Colorado's Copper Mountain during a training run has not ended her hopes for a strong season and more Olympic gold.

Skiing: Reigning Olympic champ Vonn hurt in training crash

Reigning Olympic downhill champion and four-time overall World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn was injured Tuesday in a crash during a downhill training run at Copper Mountain. Vonn had spent the past few months rehabilitating her surgically repaired right knee in anticipation of a return to competition next week at Beaver Creek at a World Cup event on US snow as she prepared to defend her Olympic crown in February at Sochi.
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