Alpine

Q&A: Kalle Palander, Alta Badia GS winner

By Pete Rugh

Kalle Palander celebrated three of his four World Cup victories in giant slalom in Alta Badia and the fourth was in Adelboden. This season's races in Alta Badia are already history, Adelboden is on the program for the first weekend in January. In this interview, the Finn talks about his successes in Alta Badia and […] Read more...

St. Anton: Austrians sweep first trainer

By Pete Rugh

Austrians swept the first training run for a downhill scheduled at St. Anton Friday, Dec. 21, while the North American leaders of the Cup downhill standings settled comfortably into positions four (Lindsey Vonn) and five (Britt Janyk).    Maria Holaus, one day shy of her 25th birthday, had the fastest time down the course named after […] Read more...

WC Rewind: Overall races tighten as 2008 nears

By Pete Rugh

The men had four races and the women two this past week and the only country to claim more than one win was Anja Paerson. The tenacious Swede doubled up in downhill and super G at St. Moritz to find herself perched on top of the World Cup standings she won in 2004 and 2005. […] Read more...

Alta Badia: Grange gets first win, Ligety third

By Pete Rugh

Jean-Bapitiste Grange brought France its first World Cup win of the season Monday, Dec. 17 on the steep Gran Risa slope of Alta Badia, Italy winning the second slalom held at the GS classic site.     Putting up a strong first run and a stronger second, Grange powered to a three-quarters of a second margin […] Read more...

Alta Badia: Palander wins, Ligety penalized

By Pete Rugh

Finn Kalle Palander won the giant slalom at Alta Badia, Italy Sunday Dec. 16, with a decisive first run and a solid second. He topped Benjamin Raich for his 14th career victory, and third at Alta Badia. It was just his fourth win in GS, and three of those have come on this race hill. […] Read more...

St. Moritz: Paerson makes it two

By Pete Rugh

Sweden’s Anja Paerson knocked off her second win of the season in 24 hours on Sunday by edging Canada’s Emily Brydon by 0.04 and Austria's Renate Goetschl by 0.22 in the super G.     The Swede had a winning time of 1 minute, 15.06 seconds on the St. Moritz course. It was a tight race with […] Read more...

Val Gardena: Walchhofer wins, Scottie Mac third

By Pete Rugh

Michael Walchhofer excised his demons at Val Gardena by collecting his first win on the one downhill track that has eluded him. Walchhofer got his ninth World Cup DH win Saturday, Dec. 15, on Val Gardena's Saslong and can now add that to a list of conquered race courses that includes Kitzbuehel, Wengen, Val d'Isere, […] Read more...

St. Moritz: Paerson edges Vonn for DH win

By Pete Rugh

Anja Paerson claimed her 36th career World Cup win and first of the season by claiming the St Moritz downhill Saturday, Dec. 15. American Lindsey Vonn was second by eight hundredths of a second and Maria Riesch of Germany was third.    Britt Janyk was eighth for Canada and Julia Mancuso 10th for the United States.    […] Read more...

Val Gardena: Miller 'satisfied with the way I skied'

By Pete Rugh

Bode Miller was back on the World Cup podium Friday for the first time since breaking away from the U.S. Ski Team.     Miller finished second in a super-G, missing out on defending his title here by a mere two hundredths of a second to Didier Cuche of Switzerland. Miller's previous best finish in 11 […] Read more...

St. Moritz: Aufdenblatten wins final training run

By Pete Rugh

Fraenzi Aufdenblatten and Martina Schild of Switzerland led Renate Goetschl to the finish line in the final training run for a downhill at St Moritz set for Saturday Dec. 15. Emily Brydon and Britt Janyk brought Canada into the game with results of fourth and sixth respectively while the top U.S result was Julia Mancuso […] Read more...