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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.

Feb 6, 2015

No sharing world downhill gold for Maze

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) – Tina Maze had to share Olympic downhill gold but top spot at the alpine ski world championships was hers alone on Friday, as the Slovenian speedster outraced Anna Fenninger in the blue riband event.

Maze, who tied with Switzerland’s Dominique Gisin at the Sochi Winter Games, was virtually in a class of her own on a sun-kissed day as she shot down a challenging Raptor track in one minute, 45.89 seconds.

Feb 6, 2015

Miracle now needed to win gold, says Vonn

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) – Denied gold medals in her best events, American ski queen Lindsey Vonn admitted on Friday that it will take a miracle for her to leave the alpine ski world championships with a title.

With the most successful women’s skier of all-time with a record 64 World Cup wins competing on home snow, these were supposed to be the Lindsey Vonn world championships.

Feb 6, 2015

Miller crashes out of worlds

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) – American showman Bode Miller, one of the greatest and most controversial skiers of all-time, crashed out of the alpine ski world championships on Thursday, tearing his hamstring tendon after a nasty fall in the Super-G.

Taking the most direct line to the finish as always, Miller clipped a flag with his arm as he neared the bottom of the course and flew into the air before hitting the snow hard.

Feb 2, 2015

Patriots euphoric after Super Bowl despite ‘Deflategate’

GLENDALE, Arizona (Reuters) – The New England Patriots rallied to beat the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in what will go down as one of the greatest Super Bowls of all-time but who the real winner is could well be debated for decades to come.

The buildup to the Super Bowl had been dominated by a controversy over deflated footballs used by the Patriots in a blowout win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC title game that earned them a trip to Arizona.

Feb 2, 2015

Patriots beat Seahawks for first Super Bowl win in 10 years

GLENDALE, Arizona (Reuters) – Tom Brady cemented his legacy as one of the all-time quarterback greats, firing four touchdown passes in the New England Patriots’ dramatic 28-24 comeback win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

The victory earned the Patriots their first Super Bowl title in 10 years and put them alongside five other teams with at least four wins.