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Lindsey Vonn crashes out of Super-G in penultimate race of her career

American fit enough to ski down hill after treatment34-year-old set to retire at end of world championshipsLindsey Vonn has crashed in the super-G at the world championships, straddling a gate mid-air and ending up in the safety nets. Vonn, however, go…

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Matti Nykänen, Finnish ski-jumping great, dies aged 55

‘Flying Finn’ often regarded as best ski jumper everChaotic personal life meant Nykänen once worked as stripperMatti Nykänen, the Finnish ski jumping great who soared to unprecedented Olympic glory but struggled with alcohol addiction and personal chao…

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‘Every race is a fight’: Mikaela Shiffrin takes World Cup slalom for 13th win of season

American earns 13th World Cup win of the season, 56th overallShiffrin bests previous personal best of 12 victories in a seasonAfter celebrating her personal-best 13th World Cup victory of the season and 56th overall, Mikaela Shiffrin spoke out Saturday…

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‘Broken beyond repair’: Lindsey Vonn set to retire after world championships

Vonn retiring after worlds, her knees ‘broken beyond repair’American’s final downhill race is scheduled for 10 FebruarySkier reveals she had yet another surgery on her right kneeLindsey Vonn has only two races remaining on her aching knees.The women’s …

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‘It’s time to say goodbye’: Lindsey Vonn hints at immediate retirement

Injuries have taken toll on 34-year-old American skierVonn had been planning on retiring at the end of the yearLindsey Vonn may have competed in her last ski race. After failing to finish a World Cup super-G on Sunday as she battles pain in both of her…

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The incredible story of Pita Taufatofua, Tonga’s shirtless Olympic flag bearer

Years of pain and crushing disappointment have not dissuaded the Instagram sensation from becoming an Olympian in two sports – and he’s about to announce a thirdWhen Pita Taufatofua began the walk towards the stadium at the 2016 Rio Olympics opening ce…

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Mikaela Shiffrin breaks World Cup record with 36th slalom triumph

Shiffrin breaks World Cup record with 36th slalom victoryAmerican had previously shared record with Marlies RaichMikaela Shiffrin capped the best year of her career by setting yet another milestone Saturday, overtaking one of her childhood idols to bec…

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Mikaela Shiffrin equals World Cup record with 35th career win in slalom

Shiffrin matches World Cup record with 35th slalom victoryAmerican is youngest of eight skiers to reach 50 career winsMikaela Shiffrin wrote more World Cup history Saturday, winning a slalom for a women’s record-equaling 35th career victory in the disc…

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‘Parkour 3.0’: freestyle skier masters elaborate obstacle course – video

Freestyle skier Andri Ragettli has successfully completed a complex parkour obstacle course without touching the ground once – after 53 attempts.The 19-year-old athlete shared a video of the challenge, which was filmed in Switzerland on 30 Se…

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Pierra Menta ski race 2018 – in pictures

Each year since March 1986, Arêches-Beaufort in Savoie, in the heart of Beaufortain, France, has played host to the Pierra Menta, an international ski mountaineering competition for elite athletes Continue reading…

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Oksana Masters: from Chernobyl to Pyeongchang Paralympics golds

Born with defects attributed to radiation from Chernobyl, the skier will be taking two gold medals home to the US woman who adopted herAfter finally winning a first Paralympic gold medal in Pyeongchang this week the USA’s Oksana Masters said: “I did no…

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Winter Paralympics 2018: Millie Knight wins silver for Britain on day one

Knight and guide Brett Wild secure second spot in downhillGolds for USA and Neutral Paralympic Athlete delegationParalympicsGB won their first medal at Pyeongchang 2018 as Millie Knight secured silver in the visually impaired women’s downhill category….

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Mikaela Shiffrin wraps up second consecutive overall World Cup title

American repeats as overall World Cup champ with five races to goShiffrin becomes second US woman to win multiple overall titlesMikaela Shiffrin can finally relax again.After a tense build-up to the Olympics, the American won her second straight overal…

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Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018: ‘the Games of new horizons’? | Sean Ingle

Russian scandal couldn’t overshadow spectacular sport and thawing relations between North and South KoreaMoments before the XXIII Winter Games ended amid a furious barrage of K-pop and firecrackers, the president of the International Olympic Committee,…

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Winter Olympics 2018: closing ceremony – live!

Latest updates as the curtain comes down in PyeongchangEmail nick.miller@theguardian.com | Tweet: @NickMiller79Final medal table from Pyeongchang 10.38am GMT One thing you won’t be seeing today is a Russian flag. Those plucky band of stateless warriors…

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Winter Olympics day 15 – in pictures

Ester Ledecka wins the snowboard parallel giant slalom, Billy Morgan takes bronze in big air, mass start speed skating and Ivanka Trump: all the latest pictures from the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang Continue reading…

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Winter Olympics day 14 – in pictures

Devoted fans, beauty on ice, highs and lows: all the latest pictures from the Winter Olympics in PyeongchangSee the best photography from previous days Continue reading…

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Mikaela Shiffrin never had to be the Michael Phelps of skiing

The pressure on the 22-year-old to deliver a haul of golds at these Winter Olympics was immense. But now she has time and experience on her sideBy no sane metric could Mikaela Shiffrin’s second Olympics, which concluded on Thursday afternoon with her s…

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Mikaela Shiffrin never had to be the Michael Phelps of skiing

The pressure on the 22-year-old to deliver a haul of golds at these Winter Olympics was immense. But now she has time and experience on her sideBy no sane metric could Mikaela Shiffrin’s second Olympics, which concluded on Thursday afternoon with her s…

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Winter Olympics day 13 – in pictures

Max air, troublesome equipment and a happy family: all the latest pictures from the Winter Olympics in PyeongchangSee the best photography from previous days Continue reading…