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Feb 10, 2014

Hoefl-Riesch storms to gold in super combined

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Maria Hoefl-Riesch proved she is still the world’s best all-round woman skier when she retained her Olympic super combined title on Monday with a thrilling surge in the slalom.

Only fifth following the earlier downhill section, the German laid down a tremendous run through the 59 tricky gates on the Rosa Khutor course to win with a combined time of 2:34.62.

Feb 10, 2014

Olympics-Alpine skiing-Hoefl-Riesch storms to gold in super combined

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Maria Hoefl-Riesch proved she is still the world’s best all-round woman skier when she retained her Olympic super combined title on Monday with a thrilling surge in the slalom.

Only fifth following the earlier downhill section, the German laid down a tremendous run through the 59 tricky gates on the Rosa Khutor course to win with a combined time of 2:34.62.

Feb 10, 2014

Alpine skiing-Mancuso halfway to super combined gold, now the hard part

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – American Julia Mancuso threw down the gauntlet to reigning Olympic super combined champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch by building a healthy advantage in the downhill run on Monday.

With the slalom part of the event to come later, Mancuso put 1.04 seconds between herself and her German rival for the first women’s Alpine skiing title at the Sochi Games, slicing down a sunlit Rosa Khutor in 1:42.68 to top the leaderboard.

Feb 10, 2014

Mancuso halfway to super combined gold, now the hard part

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – American Julia Mancuso threw down the gauntlet to reigning Olympic super combined champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch by building a healthy advantage in the downhill run on Monday.

With the slalom part of the event to come later, Mancuso put 1.04 seconds between herself and her German rival for the first women’s Alpine skiing title at the Sochi Games, slicing down a sunlit Rosa Khutor in 1:42.68 to top the leaderboard.

Feb 10, 2014

Alpine skiing: Mancuso halfway to gold in super combined

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – American Julia Mancuso threw down the gauntlet to reigning Olympic super combined champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch with the quickest downhill run on Monday.

With the slalom part of the event still to come, Mancuso put 1.04 seconds between herself and her German rival for the first women’s Alpine skiing title at the Sochi Games with an impressive descent down a sunlit Rosa Khutor piste.

Feb 10, 2014

Olympics-Alpine skiing-Mancuso halfway to gold in super combined

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 10 (Reuters) – American Julia Mancuso threw down the gauntlet to reigning Olympic super combined champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch with the quickest downhill run on Monday.

With the slalom part of the event still to come, Mancuso put 1.04 seconds between herself and her German rival for the first women’s Alpine skiing title at the Sochi Games with an impressive descent down a sunlit Rosa Khutor piste.

Feb 9, 2014

Jansrud raids the podium in true Viking style

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – It was no surprise a Norwegian was among the downhill medals on Sunday but not many would have predicted the latest raid on an Olympic podium by an Attacking Viking would come from the bearded Kjetil Jansrud.

The 28-year-old eclipsed downhill world champion Aksel Lund Svindal by taking the bronze medal – his first podium finish at a major championship – leaving his illustrious team mate in fourth.

Feb 9, 2014

Pride restored as Austria finds new king of speed

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Shamed four years ago after failing to deliver an Olympic medal of any color, the Austrian men’s ski team made a flying start to the Sochi Games when young gun Matthias Mayer blasted down the Rosa Khutor course to win the downhill on Sunday.

Those bitter Vancouver memories were erased in the two minutes, six seconds it took the 23-year-old to reach the bottom and claim Austria’s first men’s downhill Olympic gold since Fritz Strobl set the cowbells ringing in 2002.

Feb 9, 2014

Alpine skiing-Pride restored as Austria finds new king of speed

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Shamed four years ago after failing to deliver an Olympic medal of any colour, the Austrian men’s ski team made a flying start to the Sochi Games when young gun Matthias Mayer blasted down the Rosa Khutor course to win the downhill on Sunday.

Those bitter Vancouver memories were erased in the two minutes, six seconds it took the 23-year-old to reach the bottom and claim Austria’s first men’s downhill Olympic gold since Fritz Strobl set the cowbells ringing in 2002.

Feb 9, 2014

Miller’s golden dream obscured by the clouds

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Bode Miller’s dream of adding Olympic downhill gold to his chest of medals was obscured by the clouds on Sunday with the American cursing Mother Nature for his disappointing eighth place.

Hoping to win Alpine skiing’s most coveted prize before hanging up his race boots, the 36-year-old American began as favorite after setting the pace in two of the three training runs under dazzling blue skies.