Alpine

Lenzerheide: Miller wraps up SG title; Svindal wins, but Raich holds overall lead

By Pete Rugh

Bode Miller had some lofty goals this season. Hitting double figures in victories was one of them. Thursday, he settled for a lesser goal, but it was still a cherished piece of crystal for a U.S. men's team that had been reeling post-Christmas.     While Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway and Austria's Benni Raich ratcheted […] Read more...

Masters nationals: Double win for the Lindemers

By Pete Rugh

Be careful what you wish for …      Cooler weather did indeed move in Wednesday at masters nationals as temperatures dipped into the teens at night and all that soft mushy “hero” snow turned into bulletproof conditions. One Western racer was overheard saying, “It never occurred to me that I would need to sharpen my […] Read more...

Lenzerheide: Kernen, Dalcin injured in spills

By Pete Rugh

Bruno Kernen broke his nose, tore knee ligaments and had a concussion after crashing Wednesday in the season-ending World Cup downhill. Read more...

Chevrolet JOs: Rocky J3's open with DH

By Pete Rugh

Finishing off 2 days of outstanding downhill training the Rocky/Central J3's were ready for the challenges of the Tiehack downhill on Racer's Edge at Buttermilk in Aspen, Colorado.  Junior Olympics haven't been in Aspen for over 20 years and the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, AVSC, started the event off with a bang. Read more...

Lenzerheide notebook: Is it farewell, Hermann?

By Pete Rugh

Sum up Hermann Maier’s race season: not so fast.     Sum up rumors swirling around the Swiss Alps that the Herminator is set to call it a career: not so fast.     Maier, tied for fifth in the World Cup Finals downhill, did not confirm nor deny that he is retiring following Saturday’s giant slalom. […] Read more...

Lenzerheide: Goetschl wins, Schild 2nd in DH to take command of overall chase

By Pete Rugh

Renate Goetschl won the season’s final downhill Wednesday, and Austrian teammate Marlies Schild increased her lead in the overall World Cup standings by finishing second.    Goetschl, who has already won the women’s World Cup downhill title, completed the 2,553-meter (1.6-mile) Silvano Beltrametti course in 1 minute, 22.73 seconds.    Schild, a slalom expert, was a surprising […] Read more...

Lenzerheide: Svindal wins DH, Ligety 4th

By Pete Rugh

Too many races? Aksel Lund Svindal doesn’t want to hear about it. For the big Norwegian, the current World Cup calendar is just fine — races, races, races.     Wednesday was what Svindal lives for — racing. Wednesday was what Svindal has become famous at — winning. Under seemingly scorching blue skies in postcard Lenzerheide, […] Read more...

Speed skiers: Don't scrap the super G

By Pete Rugh

Leading skiers have reacted with surprise and concern to the possible scrapping of super G races by alpine skiing’s governing body in coming years.     Speaking on the eve of the World Cup Finals on Tuesday, men’s World Cup race director Guenter Hujara said the speed discipline may be eliminated to make the season less […] Read more...

Masters nationals: Densmore, Neubauer win GS

By Pete Rugh

The group B men (Class 5-7) raced giant slalom, while group C (women) and group D (men over 60) raced super G at the U.S. masters nationals at Big Sky, Montana on Tuesday. Warm temperatures continue with the Big Sky race department doing a tremendous job of holding together a viable racing venue. Read more...

Chevrolet Eastern J3s: Bruce crowds podium

By Pete Rugh

Mikaela Bruce, a 15 year old from the Mount Mansfield Ski Club, was the most impressive skier of the Eastern JIII Junior Olympics held at Stratton, combining for a win in the slalom, a win in the super G and also collecting third in the GS. But she wasn't the only standout.    Read more...