Alpine

Alpine nationals: Ligety leads Miller in GS 1st run

By Pete Rugh

Ted Ligety, seeking his fifth national title but first in giant slalom, scorched the first run of GS on Tuesday, the final day of the 2007 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships.     Ligety, the combined winner from 2007 nationals, was fastest in the first run with a time of 1 minute, 8.98 seconds, .49 ahead […]

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Alpine nationals: Nerves don't derail Ciccone

By Pete Rugh

Caitlin Ciccone admitted to battling a case of nerves entering Monday’s giant slalom at the U.S. Alpine Championships.     Just how much did the 22-year-old New Hampshire native yearn to defend the GS title she had won last season close to her home turf at Sugarloaf?

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Will Brandenburg, Leanne Smith named Ski Racing Juniors of the Year

By Pete Rugh

Two rising stars on the national and international racing circuit — Will Brandenburg and Leanne Smth — have earned one of the most prestigious honors for a domestic racer. This marks the 32nd time Ski Racing has presented a U.S. Junior Alpine Skier of the Year award, the first pair going to Steve Mahre and […]

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Alpine nationals: Stiegler rips 2nd run, wins GS

By Pete Rugh

Olympian and newly crowned national slalom champion Resi Stiegler laid down the fastest second run Monday and earned her second U.S. championship in 24 hours, winning the giant slalom on the final day of women’s racing at the 2007 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships.     Defending champion Caitlin Ciccone was silver medalist and Olympic GS […]

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Alpine nationals: Mancuso leads halfway through GS

By Pete Rugh

Julia Mancuso moved into position for the ninth national title of her career Monday, taking the lead after the first run of the women’s giant slalom at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships.     Mancuso, who already captured the super G crown earlier at nationals, timed 1 minute, 6.24 seconds on a tricky course set by […]

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Alpine nationals: Grant rebounds strong from injury

By Pete Rugh

Sterling Grant had reason to smile Sunday at beautiful Alyeska. It has been a trying season for the Wisconsin racer, but she’s emerging as a potent force on the technical side.     “I was in the lead the first run and just gave it my all the second run,” Grant said Sunday after placing second […]

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Alpine nationals: Cochran, Stiegler win slalom titles

By Pete Rugh

Jimmy Cochran, returning to the venue where he won two gold medals three years ago, collected his third U.S. title on Sunday as he won the men's slalom at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships. Ted Ligety was second while Bode Miller finished third.     For the women, Jackson Hole's Resi Stiegler captured the first […]

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Alpine nationals: Cochran: This win's for Grandma

By Pete Rugh

It is pretty easy, looking at the glorious mountains surrounding this Alaska resort, to imagine convening with the spirit world. When Grandma is, perhaps, the matriarch of alpine ski racing in this nation and you are about to kick out of the start of a national championship race, it is even easier.     Jimmy Cochran […]

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Alpine nationals: Ligety, Cochran tied halfway through men's slalom; Grant leads women

By Pete Rugh

Ted Ligety and Jimmy Cochran are tied at the top after the first run of the men’s slalom Sunday at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships.     Cochran, the first skier out of the gate, clocked 51.91 seconds on the Racing Trail course that drops 200 meters from start to finish. Ligety, the two-time defending […]

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Alpine nationals: Mancuso, Cook, Hitchcock top SG

By Pete Rugh

Fresh off a spectacular World Cup season, Julia Mancuso soared to the super G victory Saturday at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships.    Mancuso, who just completed the best U.S. women’s World Cup overall season since 1984, earned the eighth national title of her career, with Stacey Cook second and Katie Hitchcock third for a […]

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