Alpine

Koz knows the challenge Bode Miller faces

By Pete Rugh

One former top-notch racer has some insight on what life might be like this season for the enigmatic Bode Miller, who is embarking on a career independent of the U.S. Ski Team. Kristina Koznick split from the national team in 2001, largely due to her romantic involvement with her coach, Dan Stripp. The two are […]

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Hermann Maier shifts from Atomic to Head

By Pete Rugh

Austrian ski racing legend Hermann Maier is leaving Atomic – the company with which he has grown to prominence – for Head.     “Hermann Maier has always been an absolute superstar,” said Johan Eliasch, CEO of Head NV. “When we decided one year ago to give elite sports as the main driver of innovation an […]

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Schlopy, Schleper back as U.S. alpine team named

By Pete Rugh

World Championships medalists Julia Mancuso and Lindsey Kildow plus Olympic champion Ted Ligety and first-time World Cup winner Steven Nyman headline the 2008 U.S. Alpine Ski Team, which was named Monday.     U.S. Alpine Director Jesse Hunt said the group, from the A team through the development team, includes 27 men and 27 women; 15 […]

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FIS to build alpine-only training center in Italy

By Pete Rugh

At its Portoroz meeting, the FIS Council approved the designation of Sella Nevea, Italy, as an official FIS training center. The resort is constructing a new course that will be reserved exclusively for training in all alpine skiing events, with a focus on the speed events. The new course will have a dedicated lift, top-to-bottom […]

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Top juniors carve spring snow at elite NDS camp

By Pete Rugh

Winter sports are winter in name only. With the Stanley Cup Finals pushing into June, hockey tackles the warm weather. Ski racing won’t bend to the North American climate, either. Even in June, there are race lanes, there are eager athletes, there are coaches with that burning desire to teach.     The USSA’s National Development […]

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FIS confirms 4 races at Beaver Creek for 2007

By Pete Rugh

The Vail Valley will again have a strong platform to make its case for the 2013 World Alpine Ski Championships when the world’s top men’s racers return to Beaver Creek for a rare four-race event during the 2007 Birds of Prey World Cup stop.

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Men's World Cup eyes new bib draw scenario

By Pete Rugh

PORTOROZ, Slovenia — After three seasons of wrangling and growling, the FIS Council approved what amounts to a three-draw process for speed events involving the top 30 athletes in the World Cup points rankings.

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Hardgoods suppliers urge FIS to make financial support of alpine World Cup viable

By Pete Rugh

FIS World Cup hardgoods suppliers sounded an anxious alarm at the international governing body’s spring meeting, saying the FIS must increase the value of its World Cup competitions or the industry may elect to not support competition in the future. The hardgoods association, known as Ski Racing Suppliers — or SRS — spent 40 minutes […]

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USSA nominates athletes for 2007-08 alpine team

By Pete Rugh

The United States Ski and Snowboard Association on Wednesday released a list of 42 nominated athletes for the 2007-08 alpine ski team, a list headlined by World Championships medalists Julia Mancuso and Lindsey Kildow and absent of Bode Miller for the first time in 11 seasons.

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Alpine champ Saubert leaves a legacy of dedication

By Pete Rugh

The United States Ski and Snowboard Association launched an ambitious alumni campaign this season with the rallying cry “We want you!” People such as Jean Saubert offer prime motivation.     Saubert, double alpine medalist at the 1964 Olympic Winter Games, died Tuesday in Bigfork, Montana, at age 65. She was a gem of the USSA […]

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