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Olympic champion Mayer leads Austrian downhill sweep

In the space of two weeks, the Austrian downhill team has gone from “historical disaster” to a clean sweep of the podium. Olympic champion Matthias Mayer led an Austrian 1-2-3 finish in a World Cup race on home snow Saturday, marking the first such sweep in nine years for the ...

Feb 21, 2015

Ito takes silver at Nordic Worlds

Yuki Ito provided the highlight for Japan on Friday at the Nordic Skiing World Championships with a silver medal in women’s ski jumping. Sara Takanashi, was fourth, unable to overcome a poor first jump. Sochi Olympic champion Carina Vogt of Germany won with 236.9 ...

Grange grabs slalom title at worlds

Feb 16, 2015

Grange grabs slalom title at worlds

For the longest time, Jean-Baptiste Grange of France absolutely loved this course. Then, he wrecked his knee here. Now his feelings have flip-flopped again. Funny how a win — a big win at that — can change perceptions. Skiing into heavy snowfall, Grange won ...

Feb 16, 2015

Takanashi ties for first in Slovenia

Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria and Sara Takanashi tied for the win Sunday in a women’s ski jump event, meaning the two will fight for the overall World Cup title in the final competition of the season next month. The two rivals both earned a ...

Feb 15, 2015

Japan women's speedskaters earn team pursuit gold

The Japan women’s speedskating team won its first gold medal Saturday in the team pursuit at the world single distance championships. On the third day of the meet, Ayaka Kikuchi and the Takagi sisters, Nana and Miho, cut a winning time of 3 minutes, ...

Shiffrin storms to second straight world slalom title

Feb 15, 2015

Shiffrin storms to second straight world slalom title

After such a big win, Mikaela Shiffrin was at a complete loss. Her quandary? How to celebrate. Even after all her victories, she’s never really learned the art of the post-race exultation. So she simply stood there at the finish, frozen by her emotions. ...

Feb 15, 2015

Takanashi claims 28th career win

Sara Takanashi picked up her fourth World Cup win of the season with jumps of 88 meters and 90 meters for a total of 248.5 points Saturday. Takanashi won over Austrian Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, the overall leader who finished with 245.4. Sarah Hendrickson of the ...

Ligety gets three-peat in giant slalom

Feb 14, 2015

Ligety gets three-peat in giant slalom

Ted Ligety’s mood in the starting gate? Tranquil, of all things. This was his hill, after all. Didn’t matter if he trailed his main rival. Make a clean run, a Ted Ligety-esque run, and just see what transpires, he reminded himself. So Ligety did ...

Fenninger takes gold in GS

Feb 13, 2015

Fenninger takes gold in GS

Anna Fenninger’s ski tips nearly crossed going from one turn to the next late in her run, lurching her violently forward. Somehow, the Austrian recovered. Improbably, she stayed on course. Even more implausibly, she hardly lost any speed. Just that kind of world championships ...

Austria takes team gold at worlds in Colorado

Feb 11, 2015

Austria takes team gold at worlds in Colorado

Sometime soon, Austrian skier Eva-Maria Brem wants to see the team event included in the Olympics as a medal competition. Of course she does. Her country is always on the podium. Marcel Hirscher helped top-seeded Austria hold off Canada and defend its gold medal ...

Maze pockets another gold

Feb 10, 2015

Maze pockets another gold

Tina Maze pulled off an impressive feat on the soft snow — a round-house flip in ski boots. Her racing wasn’t too bad, either. Maze captured gold in the Alpine combined Monday, earning her third medal of the Beaver Creek world championships on a ...

Hirscher captures gold with strong slalom run

Feb 9, 2015

Hirscher captures gold with strong slalom run

The snow conditions were a little bit of a sticky subject for everyone other than Marcel Hirscher and Ted Ligety. Sticky, because the sun and soaring temperatures turned the slalom course into a groove-filled track that made attacking downright difficult for everyone else. Going ...

Feb 9, 2015

Takanashi ends long winless run

Two-time defending women’s World Cup champion Sara Takanashi won her third competition of the year on Sunday and her first in nearly a month. Under difficult conditions, Sunday’s event was limited to a single round of jumps, with Takanashi landing a 95-meter effort that ...