Austrian skier Scheyer wins downhill; Vonn 13th upon return
Christine Scheyer of Austria upset the pre-race favorites to win a women's World Cup downhill Sunday, while Lindsey Vonn placed 13th in her first race in nearly 11 months. Not being able to push out of the start gate as usual, the American was already more than half a second off the lead at the first split and finished 1.54 behind the Austrian.
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Vice President Mike Pence is getting in on the "alternative facts" fun.
Pence or his team made the claim that "well over half" of the huge crowds out protesting Trump's inauguration during Saturday's Women's March in Washington were actually fans of the new president in a Facebook post, the latest example of top Trump administration representatives choosing to misstate basic facts.
"Our Administration is proud to stand with American women and of our supporters' significant role in this cause. Despite the misleading Liberal Media's claims, we clearly saw that well over half of the participants in yesterday's march were Trump supporters," reads a post on Pence's official Facebook page posted on Sunday.
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"We do respect the rights of the minority of participants to dissent peacefully — this is what democracy looks like," Pence's post continues.
The Daily News had four reporters at Saturday's Women's March in Washington, and none saw any evidence that there was significant Trump support in a crowd that experts have estimated at close to a half-million people strong.
The crowd repeatedly chanted anti-Trump slogans, while signs criticizing the president and his policies were everywhere.
A small pro-life counter-protest did occur, though it wasn't officially pro-Trump. Daily News reporters spotted a few men in Trump hats hurriedly navigating the crowd to get into a Smithsonian museum on the national mall on Saturday. A nearby Bikers for Trump concert with a few dozen attendees was overrun by anti-Trump protestors, who for a time drowned out the show with a chant of "Three million votes," the margin that Trump lost the popular vote.
'Blood, sweat and tears': Vonn back on top with downhill win
Lindsey Vonn is back on top in just the second race of her comeback from a knee injury and a broken arm. The American edged defending overall World Cup champion Lara Gut to win a downhill event in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Saturday and claim career victory No. 77, moving her within nine wins of the record held by Ingemar Stenmark.After finishing 0.15 seconds ahead of Swiss rival Gut and 0.48 ahead of Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany, Vonn collapsed to the snow in celebration and shed tears of joy. She also grew emotional when she embraced her once-estranged father, Alan Kildow.
The post on Pence's wall drew widespread ridicule in the comments section, with many mocking them as "alternative facts," an unfortunate term coined by Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway on Sunday as she tried to defend easily disprovable claims White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had made one day earlier.
On Saturday, Spicer made multiple easily disproven comments, including the wild claim that Trump's inauguration drew "the largest audience to witness an inauguration, period."
Crowd size experts saying the women's march in Washington was roughly two to three times its size and photo evidence showing that President Obama's crowds were much more massive, possibly ten times the size. Trump's inauguration drew less than 200,000 people, according to experts.
The non-partisan fact-checker Politifact rated Spicer's claim "Pants on Fire." © Provided by New York Daily News "We do respect the rights of the minority of participants to dissent peacefully — this is what democracy looks like," Pence's post continues. - NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
On Sunday, Trump senior advisor Kellyanne Conway made the claim that Spicer was presenting "Alternative facts."
A shocked NBC host Chuck Todd responded: "Alternative facts are not facts. They're falsehoods."
Lindsey Vonn's boyfriend, an NFL coach, understands her pain .
Lindsey Vonn's new boyfriend, an NFL coach, knows what the skier feels like when she crashes. Kenan Smith, who until recently was an assistant wide receivers coach with the Los Angeles Rams, has helped Vonn lately as she fights through a series of injuries.''Definitely the injuries are very relatable - just feeling stiff and hurting is very relatable,'' Vonn said Sunday after finishing 12th in a World Cup super-G. ''In football they get hit all the time.''Smith, who is looking to sign with a new NFL team, attended his first ski races in Cortina.