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Winter Olympics 2010
Originally posted 11/28/2011 04:00PM
Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn and husband Thomas Vonn are calling it quits after four years of marriage.
"It is with great sadness that I announce that Thomas and I have begun divorce proceedings," Lindsey, 27, says in a statement to The Denver Post.
"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. I will continue to be coached by the U.S. Ski Team and look forward to competing the rest of the season."
Originally posted 07/27/2011 08:30AM
Jeret "Speedy" Peterson, the American freestyle skier who famously battled demons throughout his life but rose above them to win silver at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 29.
Peterson shot himself in the head outside his car off Interstate 80 in Lambs Canyon, Utah, east of Salt Lake City, on Monday night, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. He left a suicide note and had called 911 before shooting himself to tell police of his location.
He had long fought depression, gambling and alcoholism, and once told Men's Journal, "Things have been going wrong for me since the day I was born."
Originally posted 04/27/2010 05:55PM
Olympic medalist Lindsey Vonn has traded in her downhill skis for high heels, with a schedule packed with one formal event after another, from the Academy of Country Music Awards earlier this month to the upcoming White House Correspondents dinner.
"I've been enjoying life since the Olympics," says Vonn, in an interview while shooting a commercial for Under Armour. "I'm just doing fun things now. No workouts, no training. I'm just enjoying the time away from skiing after a lot of years of grinding it out."
Saying, "I love getting dressed up," she's attended the U.S. ski team fundraiser in Denver and will be at the White House Correspondents dinner as NBC's guest and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art gala in New York with designer Tory Burch.
Originally posted 02/27/2010 08:00PM
"I think it's okay for women to pose if they want to, but it's not my thing. But it is nice to be recognized for what you do in your sport and for our fitness level, but I don't pay attention to the other stuff."
Canadian curler Cheryl Bernard, 44, to PEOPLE on Saturday about the false rumor she posed nude for a calendar called The Women of Curling, and adding that posing in the altogether is "not … necessary in my life. It's not on my Bucket List."
– Lorenzo Benet
Originally posted 02/27/2010 12:00PM
On Friday night, short-track speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno ended his phenomenal Vancouver run with his third Olympic medal. This time, it was a bronze, in the 5,000-meter relay – his having been disqualified from the 500-meter finals, where he had won gold in Torino.
The American team helped Ohno, 27, make history as he added to his distinction of being the most decorated U.S. Winter Games athlete of all time. "It was really a team effort," a grateful Ohno said after the race. "Without these guys, I wouldn't be able to skate individually."
And individually, Ohno has credited his intense and disciplined training for his successful outcomes, including his come-from-behind bronze in the 1,000-meter on Feb. 20, which earned him his seventh medal, surpassing Bonnie Blair's previous record of six career medals. Smiling broadly, Ohno said, "We've left no stone unturned in my preparation and there really is no better feeling in the world than knowing I came 100 percent all that I can be … I have no regrets."
Originally posted 02/27/2010 08:50AM
In the hours since Canada's Joannie Rochette won the bronze medal in the ladies' figure skating competition at the Vancouver Olympics, the 24-year-old, whose mother died of a heart attack Sunday has been navigating a maze of mixed emotions.
"I miss my mom," Rochette, who is skating in Saturday's exhibition of Olympic champions, told PEOPLE on Friday. "But I want to enjoy the moment. I'm happy with what I accomplished, but it's tragic she wasn't here to see it. But wherever she is right now, she's smiling at me."
Rochette also said she has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from skating fans around the world. Calls came in from American speed skater Dan Jansen, who lost his sister the morning before he competed in the 1988 Calgary Olympics, and from Canadian singer Céline Dion.
Originally posted 02/26/2010 08:20AM
When the final group of six Olympic skaters stepped onto the ice in Thursday's ladies' free-skate competition before a capacity crowd at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, there were more plot lines brewing than in an episode of Modern Family:
Would either of the Americans, Rachael Flatt and Mirai Nagasu, the youngest skaters in the final group, topple one of the three veterans occupying the top three places? (The last Olympic year an American female didn't take a medal was 1964, and that was four years after a tragic plane crash wiped out the U.S. World team.)
Could Korean Kim Yu-Na fend off the triple Axel queen, Japan's Mao Asada, one last time to win the gold?
Would Canadian champion Joannie Rochette – who lost her mother to a heart attack only four days before – be able to skate an error-free 4-minute program and earn a spot on the podium – and keep Japan's Mike Ando, the former world champion sitting in 4th place, from spoiling her dream?
Originally posted 02/25/2010 06:15PM
Johnny Weir is fired up over comments by a pair of Canadian broadcasters who suggested his costumes and "body language" set a bad example for male skaters and joked he may have to take a gender test.
"I'm not somebody to cry about something or to be weak about something," Weir, 25, told a press conference in Vancouver on Wednesday. "I felt very defiant when I saw these comments."
Last week, broadcasters Claude Mailhot and Alain Goldberg of RDS, a French-language sports channel in Quebec, mused on air if Weir was unfavorably judged during one of his typically flamboyant routines because he wore a semi-see-through pink and black outfit.
Originally posted 02/25/2010 02:10PM
Hockey goalie Ryan Miller seemingly came out of nowhere to become the unexpected American hero of the winter Games with his amazing performance during the upset of Canada.
But the 29-year-old Michigan native who plays professionally in Buffalo was well known before his Olympic heroics in one unlikely place: Hollywood.
Miller got a congratulatory Tweet from Alyssa Milano after the U.S. beat heavily favored Canada, 5-3 (Miller made a staggering 42 saves). He's also dating actress Noureen DeWulf, Matthew McConaughey's costar in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. His love life has even piqued the interest of a certain L.A. radio host who also stars on American Idol.
"Ryan Seacrest has called me about this," Miller says with a laugh, noting DeWulf came to Vancouver to watch him play last week. "She's special and she's learning to love hockey, but when I visit her in L.A., I watch her do her thing and hang in the background."
Originally posted 02/24/2010 03:55PM
Rachael Flatt and Mirai Nagasu remain in the medal hunt after finishing fifth and sixth, respectively, in Tuesday's ladies' short program at the Vancouver Olympics, but here are 10 things you likely don't know the American teenage figure-skating tandem.
1. Think the free-skater Rachael Flatt, 17, has delicate footwork on the ice? Well, her coach Tom Zakrajsek says she's a demon when it comes to playing the Dance Dance Revolution video game. "She is really good at it," he says.
2. Before competing, she makes a habit of eating a couple of M&Ms that match the colors of her dress.
3. The daughter of Jim, a chemical engineer, and Jody, a retired biotech scientist, Flatt's academic load includes four Advanced Placement classes at Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs. "My parents joke that I learned to walk when I was 10 months old, and I walked only for a week and then ran everywhere else – that's how I do stuff," she says. "I run everywhere."
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