Alpine

Paralympic great Michael Milton battling cancer

By Pete Rugh

One of Australia's most successful sportsmen, Paralympic alpine champion Michael Milton, announced Thursday that he has been diagnosed with a squamous cell tumor in his oesophagus (oesophageal cancer). Read more...

Alpine nationals return to Sugarloaf for 2008

By Pete Rugh

Olympic champions Ted Ligety and Julia Mancuso, World Championships double medalist Lindsey Kildow and emerging star Steven Nyman will be looking to hold off challengers when the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships return to the East for the second time in three seasons with title races March 22-26 at Sugarloaf/USA. Read more...

Masters: Summer Fun Nationals on deck

By Pete Rugh

Summer Fun Nationals are on the horizon for masters racers. The 19th annual Rooly Summer Fun Nationals is at Mount Hood, Oregon, from July 20-22. Soak up lots of sun and enjoy the snow. Government Camp is hopping with ski and equipment companies offering their latest gear. Read more...

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 […] Read more...

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. Read more...

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. Read more...

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. Read more...

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 […] Read more...

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 […] Read more...

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 […] Read more...