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ARE, Sweden – Lindsey Vonn walked off with her career haul of medals in her right hand, the gold, silver and bronze clinking together almost weighing her down. Or was it the bulging knee braces and metal support rods inside her vast array of broken bones?
Legend has it that Eskimos have anywhere from 50 to 400 words for “snow.” A linguist will tell you this isn’t exactly true. But it makes sense that arctic peoples would draw upon numerous terms to specifically define their frozen environment.
The Whitefish Mountain Resort in northwestern Montana says it had more than 346,000 skier visits during the 2016-17 season, a record.
Marcel Hirscher stunned the world of Alpine skiing by locking up an unprecedented sixth straight overall World Cup title on Saturday. Two days after his 28th birthday, the Austrian won a giant slalom to give him an insurmountable lead of more than 500 points over his main rivals: Kjetil Jansrud and Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway, and Alexis Pinturault of France.
A hairline fracture in her left knee didn’t deter Lindsey Vonn. Still, she raced.
Lindsey Vonn never thought she would make it this far. Perhaps that’s why, after matching the World Cup’s all-time record for wins Sunday in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, she rated it “right below” her Olympic gold medal on her lengthy list of career achievements. “It’s hard to really compare the two,” Vonn said. “It’s one race over the span of my career. (Olympic gold) means a lot to me because it was a childhood dream. I never thought that I would make it this far as far as World Cup wins. This is kind of uncharted territory for me.” Vonn skied through thick fog and soft snow to win a demanding downhill and tie Annemarie Moser-Proell’s 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup victories, capping a comeback from two knee surgeries that kept her out of last year’s Sochi Olympics. – AP