Alpine

Swiss veteran Bruno Kernen retires at 35

By Pete Rugh

Bruno Kernen, one of the glorious veterans of the Swiss ski team, announced Friday his decision to retire after a 20-year international career on the junior and World Cup tours.     The former downhill world champion (Sestriere 1997) and Olympic bronze medalist (2006 also in Sestriere) turned 35 on July 1 and decided afterward it […]

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Miller lures McBride, Carey as personal coaches

By Pete Rugh

Bode Miller’s search for personal coaches has landed him two of the most logical choices – former U.S. Ski Team coaches Johno McBride and Forest Carey.     Miller helped lure McBride out of retirement last season for the position of World Cup men’s combined coach, and Miller has been a longtime friend of Carey.

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Frustrated Killy leaves Val d'Isere 2009 board

By Pete Rugh

Triple Olympic champion Jean-Claude Killy has stepped down from his role as executive president of the Organizing Committee for the 2009 Alpine FIS Ski World Championships, citing a lack of progress in planned construction projects. FIS President Gian-Franco Kasper said the event may be in jeopardy at Val d'Isere unless progress is made.

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Ciccone rehabbing MCL tear of right knee

By Pete Rugh

Alpine racer Caitlin Ciccone got some good news recently. It wasn’t being officially named to the U.S. B team for the 2007-08 season on June 18. It was hearing the letter “M” instead of “A” at a recent doctor’s visit.

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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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