ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 22) – The dramatic conclusion of alpine skiing at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games Saturday featured an impressive 13th by USA’s Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT) to top the results for Team USA during an incredibly difficult slalom finale.
Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) skied into sixth place in his first run and put forth a heroic effort to tame the wild course, but he missed a gate and went out halfway through his second run. Five of the top eight skiers did not finish their second run on the deteriorating snow, while Austria’s Mario Matt was able to piece together a gold medal run.
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Photo: Nolan Kasper at Kitzbuhel slalom (Doug Haney/USST)
Sochi, Russia (special to SnoCountry.com): After finally winning a medal on a warm Sunday afternoon in Sochi, the greatest Olympic skier in United States history was reduced to tears.
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 18) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) skied to fifth Tuesday during her first-ever Olympic appearance at the women’s giant slalom of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Heavy rain pelted the 18-year-old World Champion during her second run, but she reigned in a world-class performance to land in the top five behind gold winner Tina Maze of Slovenia. Shiffrin, a slalom specialist, goes for a medal in that discipline Friday.
TUESDAY UPDATE: Thick fog obscured the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park Monday, forcing officials to move the men’s snowboardcross event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games to Tuesday morning.
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 16) - In an historic and seemingly improbable finish, Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) took silver and Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) tied for bronze in the men's Olympic super G at Rosa Khotur Sunday.
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 15) – USA alpine skiers continue to struggle in Russia — one medal. But, Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) led Team USA once again Saturday, posting the best American finish in eighth at a rough and unforgiving super G, the final women’s speed event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 14) – Five-time Olympian Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) skied into sixth at a particularly tricky slalom race Friday during the super combined event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 13) – It was a U.S. podium sweep at the historic debut of men’s slopestyle skiing in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games Thursday, when Joss Christensen (Park City, UT) took the sport’s first-ever gold medal with Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, CO) and Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, IN) earning silver and bronze.
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 12) - Super combined bronze medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) led the U.S. Ski Team with eighth in Thursday's Olympic downhill as Dominique Gisin of Switzerland and Tina Maze of Slovenia made history with a tie for gold.
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 9) – Jamie Anderson (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) cleaned up her second run to earn the first-ever women’s slopestyle snowboarding gold medal Sunday at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Her smooth style during her final run secured her the gold with a score of 95.25, putting her on top of the podium.
Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) skied a fast and tight line but plowed through a panel and lost time, finishing eighth in the men’s downhill. Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) was fifth in his first Olympic appearance.
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Photo: Jamie Anderson in Cadrona World Cup (USST.Oliver Kraus)
ROSA KHOTUR, Russia (Feb. 8) - Sage Kotsenburg (Park City, UT) scored an historic victory to open the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, winning the first ever slopestyle snowboarding gold medal.
A visit to Lake Placid, N.Y. can certainly put you in the Olympic spirit. The vibe is alive every day at the site of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games.
With the Sochi Olympics less than a month away, the best jumpers and bumpers on the FIS World Cup freestyle tour come to Deer Valley, Utah. Olympic spots are on the line for dozens of national teams – including three spots in moguls and aerials on the U.S. Freestyle squad.
Unlike four years ago when hundreds of thousands of North American spectators could easily attend the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, the 2014 spectacle in Sochi, Russia represents a veritable trek.
Sochi’s Olympic Winter Games are still five months away, but the run-up to the competitions in Russia starts next month for many American athletes. Not in Russia, but at Lake Placid, N.Y.