Alpine

WC Notebook: Maier not ready to hang 'em up

By Pete Rugh

Four-time overall World Cup champion Hermann Maier has apparently decided to keep on racing.     The 34-year-old Austrian, who finished a disappointing 19th in the 2006-07 overall standings after losing his first-seed positions in both downhill and giant slalom, is in negotiations with equipment suppliers.     Atomic seems ready to continue supplying the Herminator, who […]

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Whistler Cup: Christianson wins J3 GS

By Pete Rugh

Kieffer Christianson’s terrific season got a bit more terrific Sunday, as the Alaskan standout scored gold in the J3 giant slalom at the Whistler Cup. In foggy conditions, he skied the GS course in 54.33 seconds, with Canadian Richard Long second and Austria’s Christian Feiersinger third.

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Haskell, Boardman podium at Whistler Cup

By Pete Rugh

Mardi Haskell and Michael Boardman gave the Franconia Ski Club two podium finishers Friday as the 2007 Whistler Cup for J3 and J4 racers kicked off at Canada’s Whistler-Blackcomb Resort.

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Alpine nationals: Ligety wins GS; Miller MIA

By Pete Rugh

Maybe the U.S. men’s team has found the key to winning — burning the thighs and enduring face shot after face shot of Chugach Range powder before getting into the start house.     One day after amassing some major vertical on a heli-skiing trip in the Alaskan high country, Ted Ligety sizzled two runs to […]

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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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