Alpine

Reiteralm: Magic Gini: Swiss skier nabs 1st victory

By Pete Rugh

There is some global balance on the World Cup men’s tour. At least in slalom.     Swiss skier Marc Gini nailed down victory No. 1 Sunday in the opening men’s World Cup slalom of the season at Reiteralm, Austria, besting Finland’s Kalle Palander and Italy’s Manfred Moelgg. The top six finishers were from six different […]

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McDonald, Duke pace U.S. in Europa Cup slaloms

By Pete Rugh

U.S. Ski Team racer Paul McDonald finished 16th on Friday in the second of two Europa Cup slaloms run in the indoor SnowWorld in the Landgraaf, Netherlands. Hailey Duke, meanwhile, finished fifth in a Europa Cup slalom run in Germany on Friday.

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Reiteralm: Schild rules SL as Stiegler so close in 4th

By Pete Rugh

On a day when Resi Stiegler seemed destined for her first World Cup podium, defending World Cup slalom champ Marlies Schild of Austria proved her fortitude and the upstart Italian team continued its early momentum, denying Stiegler a career day. (Click here to listen to Stiegler talk about her race).         In snowy and […]

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Stellar Keystone training elicits sunny dispositions

By Pete Rugh

NFL players generally don’t smile much after grueling two-a-days. Ski racers generally don’t, either.     Thursday under blue skies and mild temperatures at Keystone, things were a bit different for the U.S. Ski Team’s first day of training at Star Fire on North Peak.     “Just look around, everyone’s smiling,” men’s World Cup GS coach […]

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Slalom standouts take aim at Reiteralm podium

By Pete Rugh

The first World Cup slalom of the year kicks off this weekend at the substitute venue of Reiteralm, Austria, after the International Ski Federation announced Sunday that the Levi, Finland, race would be canceled due to lack of snow. Austria, however, does not have that problem. 

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McDonald rolls to 2nd in Europa Cup slalom

By Pete Rugh

U.S. racer Paul McDonald finished second in the FIS Europa Cup alpine skiing opener in the indoor SnowWorld in Landgraaf, Netherlands, Thursday.

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Towlerton joins Aspen as head ability coach

By Pete Rugh

Aspen Valley Ski Club has hired Kent Towlerton as the club’s alpine head ability coach. A two-time USSA Alpine Coach of the Year award winner, Towlerton had the credentials that Alpine Program Director Jeff Kai sought.

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USA plans 7 starters for Reiteralm slaloms

By Pete Rugh

The alpine skiing World Cup competition in Levi, Finland, has been canceled due to the weather. The men’s and women’s slaloms — scheduled for next weekend — were canceled because of poor snow conditions and unfavorable forecasts, the International Ski Federation said in a statement on Sunday.     Reiteralm, Austria, will now host the Levi […]

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U.S. alpiners target exclusive training at Keystone

By Pete Rugh

Colorado’s Keystone Resort will provide exclusive training for the U.S. Ski Team beginning Nov. 3. The team returns to Keystone for the second straight year to make final preparations before the alpine ski racing season is fully under way. The team’s top stars will have exclusive access to some of the best training in the […]

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Injury-plagued Lalive is "trying to stay positive"

By Pete Rugh

“I’m doing pretty well,” said U.S. Ski Team member Caroline Lalive three weeks after tearing her right ACL and MCL, dislocating the knee and fracturing the tibial plateau in a training crash in Austria. “I’m plugging along with recovery and trying to stay positive."    It is a common experience for World Cup-level skiers to deal […]

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