BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) – Dual citizen Sarah Schleper felt twice blessed at the alpine ski world championships on Thursday as she competed in the women’s giant slalom in front of her hometown crowds under the flag of Mexico.
Born in nearby Glenwood Springs and a product of Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, Schleper represented the United States at four Winter Olympics and five world championships before retiring from the sport in December 2011.
BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) – The sharp trajectory of Travis Ganong’s progress over the past year has been a mirror image of his plunging ski runs, and those arcs converged on Saturday with his first world championship medal.
The 26-year-old American produced lightning speed down the bottom portion of the challenging Birds of Prey course to win silver in the blue riband men’s downhill, finishing just 0.24 seconds behind Swiss Patrick Kueng.
BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) – Kjetil Jansrud once again fell short in his bid for a first world championship medal, placing 15th in the men’s blue riband downhill after setting off from the start hut as a heavy favorite on Saturday.
The in-form Norwegian had extra motivation to shine on the challenging Birds of Prey course following his Super-G disappointment on Thursday but, though he led briefly after the second split, he lost time over the bottom half of the course.
BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) – The spotlight at the alpine ski world championships will once again fall on in-form Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud, who is unquestionably the man to beat in the men’s blue riband downhill on Saturday.
The 29-year-old has won three times in World Cup downhill this season, most recently in Kitzbuehel last week, and will have extra motivation to shine on the Birds of Prey course at Beaver Creek after his Super-G disappointment on Thursday.
BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) – A Super-G victory at last year’s Winter Olympics freed Anna Fenninger from the shackles of self-doubt and the Austrian has gone on to claim two medals at the alpine ski world championships.
Fenninger won the championship-opening Super-G on the challenging Raptor racecourse on Tuesday, then followed up with an impressive second place in the women’s downhill on Friday when she finished just 0.02 seconds behind Slovenia’s Tina Maze.
BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) – A poignant tribute for two U.S. Ski Team development athletes who were killed in an avalanche last month was held shortly before the start of the men’s Super-G at the world championships on Thursday.
Instead of a full complement of forerunners heading down the Birds of Prey course at Beaver Creek before the first ski racer pushed out of the start hut, the clock ticked in silence in lieu of a commemorative ‘ghost forerunner.’
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Whether or not Tiger Woods is suffering from the chipping ‘yips’, several mental game experts agree that the former world number one is paying a steep price for becoming too technically focused on his swing.
Woods stunned the golfing world last week when he missed the cut at the Phoenix Open, posting the worst score of his professional career as he struggled to a mind-boggling 11-over-par 82 in the second round at the TPC Scottsdale.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Stunned golf fans at the Phoenix Open were left to ponder how the mighty have fallen after Tiger Woods plunged to new depths with the worst score of his professional career in Friday’s second round.
Looking more like a struggling amateur than the greatest player of his generation, and arguably of all time, Woods was out-of-sorts in every phase of his game as he laboured to a mind-boggling 11-over-par 82 at the TPC Scottsdale.
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, Jan 30 (Reuters) – If proof was ever needed for the average club hacker that even the very best players can struggle in golf, then look no further than at putting maestro Brandt Snedeker.
Widely viewed as one of the game’s leading putters over the past eight years, the fast-talking American has recently been struggling on the greens after clouding his mind with too much focus on technique.
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) – So far, so good for Keegan Bradley, who four months ago traded a belly putter for a conventional one in a bid to prepare himself for a major change to be implemented by golf’s rulemakers at the end of this year.
As of Jan. 1, 2016, the Royal & Ancient and United States Golf Association will ban long putters being anchored to the body, forcing Bradley to ditch a method he has employed for all three of his PGA Tour wins, including the 2011 PGA Championship.