Alpine

Lienz: Italy's Costazza gets first win

By Pete Rugh

Italian Chiara Costazza held her nerve against a charge of veteran forces at Lienz, Austria Saturday, Dec. 29, to claim the World Cup slalom and her first career victory. Defending Cup champion Nicole Hosp was second and the 2005 slalom champion Tanja Poutainen got third.    The win for Costazza gave Italy her fifth win of […] Read more...

Bormio: Miller wins first as independent

By Pete Rugh

BORMIO, Italy — Bode Miller won the men's World Cup downhill on the rugged Stelvio course Saturday.     Miller covered the 3,270-kilometer (2.03-mile) layout in 2 minutes, 0.57 seconds, for his first World Cup win since breaking away from the U.S. Ski Team during the offseason to train and race on his own.     Andreas […] Read more...

Bormio: Racing's greats gush over Stelvio track

By Pete Rugh

FIS president Gian-Franco Kasper calls the Stelvio course the ''Scala of skiing" after Milan's famous opera house.     At just more than 2 miles, the Stelvio trails only Wengen, Switzerland, for the longest course on the World Cup circuit.     Unlike Wengen, though, the Stelvio bumps and jerks skiers from start to finish. … It's […] Read more...

Grugger to miss rest of season after knee surgery

By Pete Rugh

INNSBRUCK, Austria — Austrian skier Hans Grugger will miss the rest of the World Cup season after undergoing surgery on a damaged left knee on Friday. Read more...

Bormio: Jerman wins 2nd trainer; Guay third

By Pete Rugh

Slovenia’s Andrej Jerman topped the second downhill training run Friday in Bormio, clipping Austria’s Klaus Kroell and Erik Guay, who won Thursday’s opening trainer. Read more...

Lienz: Karbon wins third GS, Mancuso second

By Pete Rugh

Italian Denise Karbon collected her third World Cup Giant Slalom of the season in as many chances Friday, Dec. 28, at Lienz, Austria.    The often injured Karbon claimed both runs readily for a margin of more than a full second over runner-up Julia Mancuso. Italian Nicole Gius was another .34 back.It was the second time […] Read more...

Bormio: Guay wins opening training run

By Pete Rugh

Canada’s Erik Guay paced the field during Thursday’s initial downhill training run in Bormio, edging Marco Buechel by a slim 0.05 seconds with a clocking of 2 minutes, 3.44 seconds.     Buechel, the veteran from Liechtenstein, finished at 2:03.49, while Swiss Tobias Gruenenfelder was third in 2:03.66. Read more...

Monster weekend in Lienz; Men brace for Bormio

By Pete Rugh

Lienz has hosted World Cup races for a long time, but it has hosted wild and fast events for much longer. This season’s poster shows a ski racer being followed — for a lack of a better word — by monsters. Krampusnacht is part of a Tyrolian custom where men of the villages dress in […] Read more...

St Anton: Vonn wins combined, Mancuso third

By Pete Rugh

Lindsey Vonn claimed her second win in two days Saturday Dec. 22 in a World Cup super combined at St. Anton, Austria. German Maria Riesch took second place 0.63 of a second back while Julia Mancuso earned third, getting her second podium placing in two days.    Held in near ideal conditions, the race features a […] Read more...

'Crazy ride' carries Vonn to ninth win

By Pete Rugh

Lindsey Vonn skied "on the edge" and nailed the bottom of a women's downhill run Friday to win the ninth race of her World Cup career, extending her downhill points lead. The victory ties her with Picabo Street for second among U.S. women behind Tamara McKinney.     "I don't know what happened at the top, just […] Read more...