• 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
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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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  • 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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  • The U.S. women's gymnastics team is missing many of its stars at the World Championships, but that didn't stop it from dominating the team competition. The ladies won their second straight world gold medal in record fashion.

    The American women combined for 179.28 points, beating second-place China by 6.693. It was the largest margin of victory in the World Championships or Olympics since the new scoring system was implemented in 2006. Russia took home the bronze. 

    Simone Biles, Kyla Ross, Alyssa Baumann, Madison Kocian, Ashton Locklear and MyKayla Skinner competed in Nanning, China, while injuries kept many of Team USA's best gymnasts at home. As reported by NBC Sports:

    Maggie Nichols, the No. 3 all-arounder behind Biles and Ross at the P&G Championships, dislocated a kneecap. Rachel Gowey, fourth at the Secret Classic behind Biles, Ross and Nichols, broke an ankle. McKayla Maroney had knee surgery in March, and Gabby Douglas pushed back her return to next year. Olympic alternate

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  • USA Swimming has suspended Michael Phelps for six months, following Phelps' arrest last week in Baltimore for DUI.

    Phelps, suspended for violations of USA Swimming's code of conduct, will be eligible to swim again in sanctioned competition on March 6, 2015. Phelps will receive no funding during that time.

    This was Phelps' second arrest for driving while intoxicated, the first coming in 2004. Phelps announced over the weekend that he would be entering a six-week treatment program. In addition, he will not compete at next summer's FINA World Championships in Russia, the preparatory meet for the 2016 Olympics. This is also Phelps' second suspension, following a three-month suspension in 2009 when he was photographed with a marijuana pipe.

    "Membership in USA Swimming, and particularly at the National Team level, includes a clear obligation to adhere to our Code of Conduct," USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wieglus said in a statement. "Should an infraction occur, it is our

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