Alpine

Sölden: Confidence builder for top U.S. racers

By Pete Rugh

The preseason is finally over as the Sölden women’s FIS World Cup opener is in the can, giving many of the girls a sigh of relief. “I am just so glad the first race is over with,” said Resi Stiegler, who placed 15th with a strong second run. “I was so nervous for the first […]

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Sölden: Karbon nips Mancuso for opening GS win

By Pete Rugh

If the rest of the World Cup season is this much fun, it will be quite a winter.     Julia Mancuso made a phenomenal leap from 12th to second Saturday in the Sölden glacier giant slalom to kick off the season, but Italy’s Denise Karbon outdid first-run leader Tanja Poutiainen of Finland for the victory. […]

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Sölden: U.S. women battle nerves, excitement

By Pete Rugh

It’s time. The first World Cup of the season is upon us, and the world’s alpiners have been training all summer to prepare for this moment. Some racers have clear heads, and others have the jitters, and it’s no wonder.

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Sölden: Miller says he's ready to race Sunday

By Pete Rugh

Just days after the revelation that Bode Miller had sustained a back injury that could keep him out of Sölden’s World Cup-opening GS race Sunday, Team America pulled into town Friday (without the busses) for a press conference organized by Head, and Miller said he'll be ready to start.         “I have seen five […]

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Sölden: World's best rarin' to attack the glacier

By Pete Rugh

The World Cup ski season kicks off this weekend with the two reigning overall champions trying to repeat their winning ways and two former champions hoping to climb back to the top.

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Bode Miller's Team America sets ambitious slate

By Pete Rugh

Bode Miller announced Thursday that his independent race team, comprised of himself, his coaching staff, technicians and support staff, will be called Team America.

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Ligety a threat as U.S. men target Sölden podium

By Pete Rugh

U.S. men’s alpine coach Phil McNichol is optimistic about the chances for his seven-man team in the glacier race at Sölden this weekend, but he is also realistic in his expectations. Although Bode Miller is not technically among his charges — racing independently of the U.S. Ski Team — McNichol knows he is always a […]

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Spencer steps back into start house this weekend

By Pete Rugh

A number of the U.S. Ski Team’s starters in Sunday’s World Cup-opening men’s GS race are making what some may call fresh starts in 2007-08 after battling injuries last season. Both Erik Schlopy and Jake Zamansky saw their campaigns end prematurely after getting hurt, but perhaps the most grateful U.S. racer to be stepping into […]

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Back injury may sideline Bode Miller for Sölden

By Pete Rugh

Bode Miller could miss the season-opening World Cup race because of a back injury.

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World Cup GS openers will include 15 U.S. racers

By Pete Rugh

The opening World Cup giant slalom races this weekend in Sölden, Austria, will include eight U.S. starters for the women and seven U.S. men. The women starters are Julia Mancuso, Lindsey (Kildow) Vonn, Resi Stiegler, Stacey Cook, Caitlin Ciccone, Katie Hitchcock, Megan McJames and Lauren Ross.

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