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Mar 1, 2015

Onozuka gets first halfpipe victory

Ayana Onozuka claimed her first championship on the World Cup circuit after winning a women’s freestyle halfpipe competition in Park City, Utah, on Saturday. Onozuka scored 83.60 points in the final for the top podium spot ahead of Germany’s Sabrina Cakmakli (79.80) and Janina ...

Feb 28, 2015

Hoshino places second in moguls

Junko Hoshino produced a career high when she placed second in a women’s freestyle moguls World Cup competition at Tazawako ski resort on Saturday. Hoshino was runnerup to 2010 Vancouver Olympic champion Hannah Kearney of the United States. Canada’s Audrey Robichaud was third. Until ...

Feb 23, 2015

Japanese jumpers third at worlds

Japan’s mixed ski jumping team, led by two-time women’s world champion Sara Takanashi and Noriaki Kasai, the oldest winner on the men’s World Cup circuit, took bronze on Sunday, the fifth day of the Nordic World Ski Championships. The Japan team also included Yuki ...

Olympic champion Mayer leads Austrian downhill sweep

Feb 22, 2015

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 ...

Feb 22, 2015

Kasai fails to advance at worlds

Noriaki Kasai tasted defeat after he failed to advance to the second round of jumps in the men’s normal hill event at the world ski championships in Falun, Sweden, on Saturday. The 42-year-old Kasai, who won the silver medal in the men’s large hill ...

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 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 ...