Jean-Luc Van Den Heede
The 73-year-old French sailor has won an unusual, around-the-world yacht race after 212 days alone at sea without modern instruments — his first sailing victory. Van Den Heede arrived Tuesday in the harbor of Les Sables d’Olonne in western France in his Rustler 36, the first to finish the 30,000-mile Golden Globe race. Of the 19 sailors who started in July, only five were still in the race Tuesday. Among those greeting Van Den Heede was British sailor Robin Knox-Johnston, who won the only other Golden Globe race 50 years ago. The race involves solo sailors navigating with a sextant and paper maps, and communicating only occasionally via short-wave radio.
Photo: SEBASTIEN SALOM GOMIS;Sebastien Salom Gomis / AFP / Getty Images
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The Olympic gold medalist was named to the U.S. ski team roster for next week’s world championships at Are, Sweden, paving the way for a possible return to the starting gate despite her aching knees. Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin highlight the 13-athlete American squad. Vonn, the all-time winningest female World Cup racer, contemplated retiring effective immediately after struggling to finish a super-G in Italy this month because of the severe pain in both knees. Vonn, 34, later announced on social media the pain was a result of a nerve issue. Shiffrin will be chasing her fourth straight world-championship slalom title.
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