Alpine

Wilhelmsen, Nordhoy secure masters world titles

By Pete Rugh

Dennis Wilhelmsen (NO) traveled twice to Europe in the last month to hold his lead in the FIS Masters World Cup Class 4.     The world tour hosted events on three continents in the 2006-07 season and it all came down to the last day of competition in Austria, where Wilhelmsen tied with Austrians Paul […]

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Racers savor season-ending Loveland Derby

By Pete Rugh

Racers gathered April 14-15 for one last chance to bash some gates at the 47th annual Loveland Derby.     Overall, the races went well, said Loveland race director C.B. Bechtel. The resort received 40 inches of snow during the week before the race, but the course crew was able to clear it off. “We have […]

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Women's champ Kostelic: I'm done ski racing

By Pete Rugh

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Janica Kostelic retired from alpine skiing Thursday, saying she is enjoying life off the slopes more than winning medals.     The 25-year-old Croatian, who took the past World Cup season off due to chronic back and knee injuries, wants to spend more time with her boyfriend and at the beauty salon […]

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Macartney to have hip surgery in Colorado

By Pete Rugh

Scott Macartney, fresh off winning his second straight Arctic Man title last week in Alaska, traveled to Colorado this week to have surgery on a torn labrum in his right hip at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail.     Macartney arrived at the clinic on Tuesday after driving up from Denver. He expects to stay […]

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Top juniors soar in Mammoth spring series

By Pete Rugh

The annual FIS Spring Series at California’s Mammoth Mountain saw consistent performances from a number of different racers, with newly crowned Ski Racing Junior of the Year award winners Leanne Smith and Will Brandenburg leading the way on the top step of the podium.

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Macartney rips off record time to win Arctic Man

By Pete Rugh

U.S. Ski Teamer Scott Macartney held off teammate Marco Sullivan to win his second consecutive Arctic Man Ski and Sno-Go Classic title in record time over the weekend in rural Alaska.

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Bode Miller: 2010 Olympics? Not likely

By Pete Rugh

Even if he still is skiing World Cup in 2010, Bode Miller says he won’t be skiing in another Olympics, not after his “terrible” experience in the last one.     “It’s highly doubtful that I’ll be racing in 2010,” America’s top skier said in an interview Friday, “and even if I am racing in World […]

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Morin leaves U.S. Ski Team; Rearick promoted

By Pete Rugh

Mike Morin, U.S. men’s slalom and giant slalom head coach since the 2004 season and a U.S. coach for nearly 10 years, has resigned and will be replaced by Sasha Rearick, the ski team announced.    Morin is leaving to become alpine director at Vermont’s Stratton Mountain School, where he coached in the mid-nineties, U.S. Alpine […]

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WC Notebook: Maier not ready to hang 'em up

By Pete Rugh

Four-time overall World Cup champion Hermann Maier has apparently decided to keep on racing.     The 34-year-old Austrian, who finished a disappointing 19th in the 2006-07 overall standings after losing his first-seed positions in both downhill and giant slalom, is in negotiations with equipment suppliers.     Atomic seems ready to continue supplying the Herminator, who […]

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Whistler Cup: Christianson wins J3 GS

By Pete Rugh

Kieffer Christianson’s terrific season got a bit more terrific Sunday, as the Alaskan standout scored gold in the J3 giant slalom at the Whistler Cup. In foggy conditions, he skied the GS course in 54.33 seconds, with Canadian Richard Long second and Austria’s Christian Feiersinger third.

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