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  • Kerri Walsh Jennings is ready to win Olympic gold in 2016. More than a year out, she’s already talking about it as a done deal, confident that she and her partner will stand at the top of the podium in Brazil.

    “When I started pre-season training this year, the hunger, it’s fully back,” Walsh Jennings told Yahoo Sports over lunch on Wednesday. “We want to be the best, without hesitation. We want everyone to know that we’re the best.”

    It’s easy to understand such confidence from a woman who’s claimed the last three Olympic gold medals in women's beach volleyball, a sport that has only awarded five gold medals overall since being added in 1996. What’s strange is seeing her say it while sitting next to someone other than longtime partner Misty May-Treanor.

    In 2016, for the first time, Walsh Jennings will pursue gold with a different partner, April Ross.

    LONG BEACH, CA - JULY 27: Kerri Walsh Jennings of the United States (L) with April Ross on the podium after earning the Gold Medal during the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam on July 27, 2014 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)LONG BEACH, CA - JULY 27: Kerri Walsh Jennings of the United States (L) with April Ross on the podium after earning the Gold Medal during the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam on July 27, 2014 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)Ross is one of the women Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor defeated in the gold-medal match in London. She and former partner Jen Kessy had

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  • Lindsey Vonn celebrates on the podium after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Lindsey Vonn won a super-G Monday for her record 63rd World Cup victory and celebrated with an embrace from a surprise visitor, boyfriend Tiger Woods. The American broke Annemarie Moser-Proell's 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup wins with a flawless run down the Olympia delle Tofane course, finishing 0.85 ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria. (AP Photo/Andrea Solero, Ansa)Lindsey Vonn celebrates on the podium after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Lindsey Vonn won a super-G Monday for her record 63rd World Cup victory and celebrated with an embrace from a surprise visitor, boyfriend Tiger Woods. The American broke Annemarie Moser-Proell's 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup wins with a flawless run down the Olympia delle Tofane course, finishing 0.85 ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria. (AP Photo/Andrea Solero, Ansa)Lindsey Vonn broke a 35-year-old record Monday, officially claiming the title of winningest female World Cup skier in history. And she did so with the surprise support of a guy who knows a thing or two about historic wins.

    Vonn won the super-G at Cortina D'Ampezzo in Italy on Monday, marking her 63rd World Cup victory and passing Annemarie Moser-Proell for most women's World Cup wins all-time. Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden holds the men's record with 86 World Cup wins.

    Vonn's victory comes just one day after she tied the record, and marks a triumphant return to the top of the skiing world after two injury-riddled years that cost her a berth in the Sochi Games.

    Vonn's beau, one Tiger Woods, was present in Italy, having flown in to surprise Vonn. Woods spent much of the time in "disguise" wearing a skull-decorated facemask:

    Tiger Woods, third from left, leaves the finish area of an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Lindsey Vonn won a super-G Monday for her record 63rd World Cup victory and celebrated with an embrace from a surprise visitor, boyfriend Tiger Woods. The American broke Annemarie Moser-Proell's 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup wins with a flawless run down the Olympia delle Tofane course, finishing 0.85 ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria. (AP Photo/Elvis Piazzi)Tiger Woods, third from left, leaves the finish area of an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Lindsey Vonn won a super-G Monday for her record 63rd World Cup victory and celebrated with an embrace from a surprise visitor, boyfriend Tiger Woods. The American broke Annemarie Moser-Proell's 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup wins with a flawless run down the Olympia delle Tofane course, finishing 0.85 ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria. (AP Photo/Elvis Piazzi)

    "I didn't think this could get any better than [Sunday] with my entire family here but now with Tiger here this is unbelievable," Vonn said after the race. "I said, 'I

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  • Even after career-threatening injuries and career-altering celebrity, Lindsey Vonn continues to dominate. On Sunday, Vonn notched her 62nd World Cup victory, matching the 35-year-old record set by Annemarie Moser-Proell.

    Skiing at the foggy, soft Olympia delle Tofane course in Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy in the downhill event, Vonn finished in 1 minute, 39.61 seconds to defeat Austria's Elisabeth Goergl by about one-third of a second. Check Vonn's run right here, starting at about the 9:40 mark:

    Injuries hampered Vonn for most of the last two years, keeping her out of the Sochi Olympics in 2014. But her workout routine never flagged, and neither did her spirit, according to Vonn:

    "The last two years have been pretty tough and a lot of people counted me out and thought I would never reach this record," she said. "A lot of people thought that I would never win again. I never stopped believing in myself and I think I proved everyone wrong."

    Vonn has a chance to break the record on Monday

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  • The United States Olympic Committee has named Boston as the United States' bid city for the 2024 Olympic Games.

    Boston has never hosted an Olympic Games. The city will require construction of an Olympic stadium, and projected costs run to more than $7 billion, according to the AP.

    Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington D.C. had all been seeking the opportunity to represent the United States in bidding for the 2024 Games. The International Olympic Committee is expected to name the host city in 2017. The United States has not hosted a Summer Games since Atlanta in 1996.

    Los Angeles based its bid on a series of "clusters" scattered around Southern California. San Francisco sought to make use of iconic backdrops such as the Golden Gate Bridge and the Coit Tower. Boston intended to use university facilities for a compact Olympic experience. Washington's odds for hosting seemed dubious at best because of the city's polarizing nature.

    While hosting the Olympics has long been

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  • Bryce Astle and Ronnie Berlack. (Via CNN)Bryce Astle and Ronnie Berlack. (Via CNN)Two prospective members of the U.S. Ski Team were killed Monday during a training run in Austria when they were unable to evade an avalanche.

    Ronnie Berlack, 20, from New Hampshire, and Bryce Astle, 19, from Utah, were among a group of six skiers training near the Rettenbach glacier in preparation for the start of the World Cup season. The skiers apparently left the prepared slope, which incited the avalanche. The other four skiers were able to ski out of the slide and were not hurt. 

    The area had been on avalanche alert because of the treacherous combination of mild temperatures and heavy snowfall.

    "Ronnie and Bryce were both outstanding ski racers who were passionate about their sport, both on the race course and skiing the mountain," U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President and CEO Tiger Shaw said in a statement. "Our hearts go out to the Berlack and Astle families, as well as to their extended sport family. Both of them loved what they did and conveyed that to those around

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  • Fourth-Place Medal's most popular posts in 2014

    The world descended upon Sochi, Russia this year and Fourth-Place Medal was there to cover it all — from Shaun White's flameout to the ice dancing rivalry to all the craziness that a Vladimir Putin-led Games produced. Here are the most-clicked posts on Fourth-Place Medal this year.

    1. Racy photos of Olympic skier Jackie Chamoun cause a stir in her native Lebanon (Feb. 12) Topless pictures of the Lebanese skier raised a ruckus back home, but Chamoun received plenty of public support and a government investigation was halted. She finished 47th in the slalom.

    2. Woman who lit the Olympic flame sent a racist tweet about Barack Obama last year (Feb. 7) Global politics were front and center from the minute that Vladimir Putin was awarded these Games and they remained there as one of the cauldron-lighters was called out for sending out a racist tweet about the American president in 2013.

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  • It's only been a few months since Sochi, but it's already time to turn our attention to the Rio Olympics in 2016. We begin with the introduction of the two mascots for both the Olympic and Paralympic games.

    Per Rio's website, the yellow fellow on the left is "a mixture of different Brazilian animals, blessed with their many qualities: the agility of the cats, the sway of the monkeys, the grace of the birds. With his keen sense of smell, he can sniff out exciting adventures. His incredible hearing allows him to find the most enthusiastic fans. He can imitate the voice of any animal." It's worth noting that "he would never use them to win a sporting competition. He knows that competing on equal terms is much cooler." Sure, HE does, but do all the Olympians?

    The plantlike creature on the right "is a fusion of Brazil’s incredibly diverse plant life. His hair is made of tropical foliage and he is transforming all the time – like plants that are always moving, growing towards the sun and

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  • Yes, Sundquist, who in the past has dressed as a gingerbread man with a missing leg, the leg lamp from "A Christmas Story," and a flamingo, has honored his own inclusion on the US Amputee Soccer team by making himself into a human Foosball player.

    Sundquist lost his leg as a child due to Ewing's sarcoma. However, he became an alpine skier and also draws crowds as a motivational speaker. It's not hard to see why. On the soccer pitch, Sundquist will represent the United States at the 2014 Amputee World Cup in Mexico.

    "I’ve always dealt with the social discomfort of my disability by having a sense of humor, but I used to be much more self-conscious," Sundquist says on his website. "In high school I wore a prosthesis all the time and didn’t want anyone to find out I was missing a leg. But now I’m more comfortable with

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  • United States' team celebrates after winning the women's Volleyball World Championships final match against China in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Emilio Andreoli)United States' team celebrates after winning the women's Volleyball World Championships final match against China in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Emilio Andreoli)It took 62 years, but the U.S. women's volleyball team is finally the best in the world. The women won the FIVB World Championships on Sunday, the first time its ever claimed gold in a major international competiion, by defeating China, 3-1.

    It had been more than a decade since the team even made it to the final – it last took silver in 2002. To get to this year's gold-medal game, the U.S. had to take down perennial power Brazil, who beat the Americans in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic finals.

    “I constantly think about how this is bigger than us,” captain Christa Dietzen told Universal Sports. “I think it represents the past players of USA Volleyball and everybody that has built this program from the bottom up. And it represents the present players, and not just the 14 of us who are here, but all 25 to 40 of us who have come through the gym this summer and made each other better.”

    Coach Karch Kiraly echoed Dietzen's comments in an on-court interview after the win.

    “We came here to make

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  • Olympic swimmer Dana Vollmer has been mum about whether she'll return to her sport, but she seems to have offered fans an answer on Friday. The four-time gold medalist announced on Twitter that she is pregnant with her first child. 

    Vollmer's husband is former Stanford University swimmer Andy Grant. She set the world record in the 100m butterfly in 55.98 seconds at the London Olympics, and also won gold with the 4x200m freestyle relay teams in 2004 and 2012 and the 4x100m medley team in 2012.

    With a February 2015 due date, it's doubtful that she'll be back for next season. But don't count her out completely. 

    Several American women have returned to competitive swimming after giving birth, not to mention athletes in just about every other sport. A U.S. coach told me in 2012 that he thinks female swimmers' bodies are even better suited for competition after giving birth. I never

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