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Feb 14, 2014

Olympics-Alpine skiing-Headliners put in shade by funky outsiders

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Two events into the men’s Olympic Alpine skiing programme and some of the sport’s biggest names are yet to join the party.

Sunday’s downhill was won by Austrian Matthias Mayer, who had never previously topped a World Cup podium, and the pattern continued in Friday’s super combined when the favourites were left in the shade by Swiss outsider Sandro Viletta.

Feb 14, 2014

Viletta shines on another golden day for Swiss underdogs

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – The warm mountain air of the Caucusus must agree with Swiss underdogs as, for the second time this week, one burst from obscurity to win Olympic gold, this time in the form of Friday’s super combined winner Sandro Viletta.

Just as Dominique Gisin did in the women’s downhill when involved in a momentous tie with Tina Maze, the 28-year-old Viletta upset the odds to become Switzerland’s first champion in skiing’s oldest Olympic discipline.

Feb 14, 2014

Swiss Viletta wins surprise super combined gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Unfancied Swiss Sandro Viletta stunned the favorites to win the men’s Olympic super combined gold medal on Friday.

The 28-year-old was 1.64 seconds behind after the morning’s downhill run but produced a superb slalom leg to edge out Croatian veteran Ivica Kostelic who had to settle for Olympic silver for the fourth time in his career.

Feb 14, 2014

Alpine skiing-Swiss Viletta wins surprise super combined gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Unfancied Swiss Sandro Viletta stunned the favourites to win the men’s Olympic super combined gold medal on Friday.

The 28-year-old was 1.64 seconds behind after the morning’s downhill run but produced a superb slalom leg to edge out Croatian veteran Ivica Kostelic who had to settle for Olympic silver for the fourth time in his career.

Feb 14, 2014

Kostelic eyes medal after strong downhill run

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Croatian veteran Ivica Kostelic and Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal put themselves in a strong position for medals in the Olympic Alpine skiing men’s super combined with a solid downhill section on Friday.

Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud, a bronze medalist in the showpiece downhill last weekend, topped the time charts in one minute, 53.24 seconds, although he has no form in the slalom, which will decide the podium places later.

Feb 14, 2014

Olympics-Alpine skiing-Kostelic eyes medal after strong downhill run

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Croatian veteran Ivica Kostelic and Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal put themselves in a strong position for medals in the Olympic Alpine skiing men’s super combined with a solid downhill section on Friday.

Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud, a bronze medallist in the showpiece downhill last weekend, topped the time charts in one minute, 53.24 seconds, although he has no form in the slalom, which will decide the podium places later.

Feb 13, 2014

U.S. luger Niccum slides off to do his homework

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – American luger Christian Niccum could not even head off for a consolation beer after missing his last chance at an Olympic medal in the team relay on Thursday – he had homework to do.

The 36-year-old three-times Olympian was sliding the doubles leg with partner Jayson Terdiman as part of the U.S. team which finished sixth behind Germany, who claimed gold ahead of Russia and Latvia, in the newly introduced event.

Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-Luge-U.S. luger Niccum slides off to do his homework

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 13 (Reuters) – American luger Christian Niccum could not even head off for a consolation beer after missing his last chance at an Olympic medal in the team relay on Thursday – he had homework to do.

The 36-year-old three-times Olympian was sliding the doubles leg with partner Jayson Terdiman as part of the U.S. team which finished sixth behind Germany, who claimed gold ahead of Russia and Latvia, in the newly introduced event.

Feb 13, 2014

Super combined starts early, should suit Miller

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Reigning men’s super combined champion Bode Miller got his wish on Thursday when the start time for Friday’s race was brought forward an hour because of expected warm weather conditions.

The American feared a soft downhill course would seriously undermine his chances of successfully defending the title he won in Vancouver four years ago, as it did in Sunday’s downhill.

Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-Alpine skiing-Super combined starts early, should suit Miller

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Reigning men’s super combined champion Bode Miller got his wish on Thursday when the start time for Friday’s race was brought forward an hour because of expected warm weather conditions.

The American feared a soft downhill course would seriously undermine his chances of successfully defending the title he won in Vancouver four years ago, as it did in Sunday’s downhill.