U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn, a four-time World Cup overall champion, has revealed to People magazine she struggled with depression.
Vonn reveals struggle
with depression in 2008
Lindsey Vonn, a four-time World Cup overall champion, has revealed to People magazine she struggled with depression, and was prescribed an antidepressant to treat the condition.
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In the latest issue of the magazine, the 28-year-old Vonn said that in 2008, “I couldn’t get out of bed. I felt hopeless, empty, like a zombie. I couldn’t even cry anymore.”
Her then-husband, Thomas Vonn, encouraged Lindsey to seek treatment and she went to see a doctor. She describes in the interview how it seemed her life was perfect but “behind the scenes, it was a struggle.”
Vonn, who is from Vail, Colo., told People she is happier these days. “All the parts of my life are finally in sync,” she said. “I accept who I am, and I’m moving forward.”
Vonn was not available to media after her bid for a fifth straight victory in speed events in World Cup competition ended Friday with a crash in Val d’Isere, France.
Lara Gut of Switzerland posted her first World Cup victory, beating runner-up Leanne Smith of North Conway, N.H., by 0.16 seconds.
Smith, 25, had a top-three finish for the first time in her career.
Svindal wins Super-G
Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway beat runner-up Matteo Marsaglia of Italy by 1.07 seconds in a World Cup super-giant slalom in Val Gardena, Italy, despite a seemingly major mistake three gates from the finish.
Svindal nearly went down with his legs in a split within sight of the finish line but recovered before the next-to-last gate. The overall World Cup leader’s time was 1:36.95.
Deneen makes team
Olympian Patrick Deneen of Cle Elum has been selected to the U.S. freestyle moguls team that begins the World Cup season Saturday in Ruka, Finland. Deneen, 24, is a 2009 world champion and 2011 national champion.
Canadian Kaillie Humphries raced to her eighth straight World Cup victory, edging Jamie Greubel of Newtown, Pa., by 0.27 seconds in La Plagne, France.
Two-time Olympic champion Seth Wescott won his first World Cup snowboardcross event since December 2008 in a close finish over Alex Pullin of Australia in Telluride, Colo.
Oregon seeks title
Fifth-seeded Oregon (30-4) and third-seeded Texas (28-4) meet for the NCAA women’s championship Saturday in Louisville, Ky.
Oregon senior Alaina Bergsma, an outside hitter from Chandler, Ariz., has been selected national player of the year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
League goes to court
Anticipating a possible antitrust suit, the NHL has taken its labor fight against players to court.
The league filed a class-action suit in U.S. District Court in New York, seeking to establish its 90-day lockout is legal. By filing the complaint in New York, the NHL will have the legality of the lockout decided in a court reputed to be sympathetic toward management.
In a separate move, the NHL filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board, claiming the players’ association has bargained in bad faith.
• Unranked Colorado defeated No. 8 Louisville 70-66 in a women’s basketball game. The crowd of 3,408 in Boulder rushed the court after the Buffaloes (9-0) beat a top-10 team for the first time since defeating No. 2 Stanford in the round of 16 in the 2002 NCAA tournament.
Chucky Jeffery scored 22 points for Colorado and Arielle Roberson added 13.
Antonita Slaughter paced Louisville (9-2) with 19 points.
• Northwestern basketball forward Drew Crawford, who averages 13.5 points, has a torn labrum in his right shoulder and will have season-ending surgery. The senior is eligible to seek a medical-hardship waiver.
• South African golfer Charl Schwartzel shot a second-round 64 to surge into a share of the lead at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in Malelane, South Africa. Schwartzel and Gregory Bourdy (65) were tied at 13-under 131.
• Daniel Popovic maintained a share of the lead after the second day of the Australian PGA in Coolum.
Australian Popovic shot a 2-under 70 and was tied with Zhang Xinjun (67) of China at 10 under.
• Italian brothers Francesco and Edoardo Molinari beat Japan’s Yoshinori Fujimoto and China’s Wu Ashun 2 and 1 in the Royal Trophy to help Europe take a 3 ½-1/2 lead over Asia after opening foursomes golf matches in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.
• The U.S. Open tennis tournament is moving the women’s final to Sunday and men’s final to Monday in 2013, building in a day of rest ahead of each title match for the first time. A decision about 2014 and beyond probably will come after the 2013 tournament, U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier said.
Rain forced the USTA to postpone the men’s final from its scheduled Sunday slot to Monday each of the last five years.
• The Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer traded forward Edson Buddle, 31, to Colorado in exchange for a first-round supplemental draft pick in 2013 and allocation money.
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