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Feb 14, 2015

Shriffin in pole position for slalom gold

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) – American Mikaela Shiffrin put herself in pole position to claim the final women’s gold medal of the alpine ski world championships, taking a commanding lead after the first leg of the slalom on Saturday.

Shiffrin, the world and Olympic champion, charged down the sun-kissed Golden Eagle track to the roar of an excited home crowd, crossing in a time of 50.47 seconds, a full 0.40 seconds in front of Frida Hansdotter, who is bidding to become the third Swede to claim the slalom crown.

Feb 14, 2015

Giant win puts Ligety in league of his own

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) – Ted Ligety does not have a headline grabbing relationship like Lindsey Vonn nor does he court controversy like showman Bode Miller.

But he does have more alpine world championship medals than any American skier after a breath-taking giant slalom win on Friday.

Feb 14, 2015

Ligety retains giant slalom title

BEAVER Creek, Colorado (Reuters) – Ted Ligety gave jittery American ski fans the gold medal they had been waiting for, out duelling Austria’s Marcel Hirscher to defend his alpine world championship giant slalom title on Friday.

Entering the final weekend of the two-week championships, the U.S. had failed to reach the top of podium.

Feb 13, 2015

No tiebreaker to determine ski queen: Fenninger

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) – Anna Fenninger and Tina Maze each have two golds and a silver from the alpine world championships and while the two have been waging there own battle there will be no tiebreaker to decide the true ski queen.

A speed specialist, Fenninger was not at all tempted to try her luck in the women’s slalom on Saturday and a chance to go head-to-head with her Slovenian rival and settle the debate on who had the best championships.

Feb 13, 2015

Alpine skiing-A Vonn-derful worlds despite only one medal

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Lindsey Vonn arrived at the alpine ski world championships as the headline act but exited on Thursday having failed to deliver the award winning performance that had been predicted.

With her model looks, famous boyfriend and a resume that includes a record 64 World Cup wins making her the most successful women’s skier of all time, Vonn commanded the spotlight at Beaver Creek but failed to shine on home snow.

Feb 9, 2015

Pyeongchang Olympic test events in doubt, FIS chief

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) – It is “almost impossible” that ski and snowboard test events for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics scheduled for next year will go ahead as planned, the president of the International Ski Federation (FIS) told Reuters on Monday.

Gian Franco-Kasper, the longtime (FIS) president and influential International Olympic Committee member, said political squabbling and proposed venue changes could result in the postponement of a number of test events.

Feb 7, 2015

Surprise package Kueng wins downhill

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) – Patrick Kueng rocketed to victory in the men’s blue riband downhill at the alpine world ski championships on Saturday, as Switzerland put an end to Austrian fun and domination.

Cowbells were clanging as 31-year-old Kueng, whose resume includes just two World Cup victories, produced a blistering run down a sun-kissed Birds of Prey track, clocking a winning time of one minute, 43.18 seconds.

Feb 7, 2015

Ligety eyes elusive U.S. gold in combined

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) – Having surrendered his Super-G crown, Ted Ligety will try to retain his super combined title and end the United States gold medal drought at the alpine ski world championships on Sunday.

Despite a stellar lineup of world and Olympic champions competing on home snow, the U.S. has yet to top the podium through the first week of the championships with Travis Ganong’s silver in the downhill and Lindsey Vonn’s bronze in the Super-G accounting for the U.S. medal haul.

Feb 7, 2015

After down years Swiss back on top of world

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) – The Swiss ski team were back at the summit on Saturday as Patrick Kueng claimed gold in the men’s blue riband downhill at the alpine world championships to end their painful title drought.

After the Swiss were shutout of gold medals at the 2011 and 2013 world championships, the cowbells were finally clanging from Zurich to Geneva as the ski-mad nation celebrated Kueng’s unexpected win and a bonus third from Beat Feuz.

Feb 7, 2015

Jansrud signals downhill ambition in final training

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) – Unheralded Frenchman Brice Roger posted the fastest time in final training on Friday for the alpine ski world championship downhill while Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud underscored his status as a gold medal favorite.

Roger, who is without a World Cup podium, topped final practise ahead of Saturday’s blue riband event, clocking a time of one minute, 44.04 seconds down the sun-bathed Birds of Prey track with Jansrud, winner of three World Cup downhills including Kitzbuehel, close behind in 1:44.25.