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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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  • 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.

    Other popular posts in the Yahoo Sports Blog family
    Ball Don't Lie (NBA) • Big League Stew (MLB) •

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  • Why some athletes might not want to qualify for the 2016 Olympics

    Here's an interesting question: If you're a sailor, do you really want to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics?

    Monday, scientists in Brazil released a report indicating a drug-resistant "super-bacteria" had been found in the Rio de Janeiro waters where the 2016 Olympic sailing events are scheduled to take place.

    It's no secret that the water around Rio is, in a 

    A drug-resistant “super bacteria” has been discovered in the waters where Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic sailing events will be held. (AP)A drug-resistant “super bacteria” has been discovered in the waters where Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic sailing events will be held. (AP)

    word, nasty. According to the Associated Press, 70 percent of the city's sewage flows untreated into Guanabara Bay, which is shocking to anyone but those who've been to Rio, a stunningly picturesque locale that's been treated like a trash can.

    "It's just a huge bay of sewage," Leona Deckelbaum, an environment protester, told NBC News.

    If Olympic organizers are following through on their pledge to clean up the city (and by extension the water around it) prior to the 2016 Games, it's not entirely evident yet. According to the AP:

    The Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Brazil's most respected health
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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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