Alpine

Aspen: Hosp blows away field for slalom win

By Pete Rugh

ASPEN, Colo. — Austria’s Nicole Hosp laid down a sizzling second run, surviving ever-diminishing light and a rutted-out course to win the World Cup women’s slalom event Sunday as the Aspen Winternational came to a close.     Hosp, second to Finland’s Tanja Poutiainen after the first run but only a miniscule 0.03 seconds back, attacked […] Read more...

Aspen: Poutiainen leads slalom after first run

By Pete Rugh

ASPEN, Colo. — Finland’s Tanja Poutiainen raced into position for the second World Cup slalom win of her career here Sunday, taking a slim lead over Austrian Nicole Hosp after the first run on a sun-splashed day.     Poutiainen, who won both the slalom and GS races in Aspen back in 2004, started No. 2 […] Read more...

Bad K: Raich gets slalom win; no U.S. finishers

By Pete Rugh

Benjamin Raich got his first win of the season — and the landmark 30th World Cup win of his career — in taking the Bad Kleinkirchheim slalom Sunday, Dec. 9, with a solid 0.66-second margin over Swede Jens Byggmark. Italians took the next three spots in the finish order with Manfred Moelgg achieving his third […] Read more...

Bad K: Raich wins first run slalom

By Pete Rugh

Defending World Cup slalom champion Benjamin Raich leads at the halfway turn in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, Sunday, Dec. 9.    Raich maintains a .24 of a second first run lead over Swede Jens Byggmark who roared into the slalom limelight with back to back slalom wins at Kitzbuehel a season ago. German Felix Neureuther was third […] Read more...

Paerson: "I've never seen the Tour so tight"

By Pete Rugh

For veteran champions, those athletes who have won perhaps more than their fair share, it is all about re-inventing motivation. With 35 World Cup wins, six World Cup titles, 10 World Championship medals, five Olympic medals and national athlete of the year awards from her home country, Sweden’s Anja Paerson fits the “more than fair […] Read more...

PHOTO GALLERY: ASPEN DOWNHILL

By Pete Rugh

Photographer Barrie Fisher gives you a glimpse of the action in and around the women's World Cup downhill race at Aspen. Click here to view her photo gallery . Read more...

Svindal arrives back in Norway in good spirits

By Pete Rugh

More than a week after his horrendous crash on the demanding “Birds of Prey” downhill course in Beaver Creek, Aksel Lund Svindal flew back home in a private jet organized for him by a wealthy Norwegian businessman. Read more...

Podium Profile: Hello Canadian Cowgirl

By Pete Rugh

The Canadian Cowboys aren’t the only ones getting results these days. Hello Canadian Cowgirls. Read more...

Soft snow, aggressive skiing a dangerous mix

By Pete Rugh

ASPEN, Colo. — Saturday’s foggy and warm weather conditions combined with the soft snow proved disastrous for racers Alexandra Meissnitzer of Austria and Anne-Sophie Barthet of France, who both were injured after skiing off-course and into deep snow.     In fact, the soft snow and slow course conditions may have forced those racers who started […] Read more...

Aspen: Janyk tops DH held in controversial conditions

By Pete Rugh

ASPEN, Colo. — The first World Cup women's downhill here since 1988 went off under a cloud of controversy. After two major crashes, bad visibility, soft snow and only 37 women down the course, the race was called.     America’s Lindsey Vonn, the hands-down favorite after winning two training runs this week, struggled in the […] Read more...