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2006-02-21 06:46:10

By Simon Evans SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - Bode Miller, the most high-profile skier in the world, has been more successful at scurrying away from journalists than completing his races at the Winter Olympics. His reluctance to speak in public is symbolic of the humbling of the U.S. team at this Games. Miller, who enjoys playing the contrarian, will have his own explanation for his evasiveness but coach Phil McNichol knows what line of questioning to expect in the coming weeks after...

2006-02-20 12:59:26

By Bill Barclay SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - Bode Miller let his mediocre skiing do the talking once more on Monday when the U.S. men's team failed to win a medal in the giant slalom. Miller moved up from 12th after the first leg to finish joint sixth but is now without a medal in four events at the Games. His team mates Daron Rahlves and Ted Ligety, the surprise combined event gold medallist, fared even worse. Both skied out in the first leg. Miller did not stop to speak to...

2006-02-20 11:24:17

SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - He might not be as mighty as Hermann Maier once was or as fashionable as Bode Miller now is, but Benjamin Raich completed an impressive collection of medals by winning the Olympic gold in the men's giant slalom on Monday. "I'm not under the media spotlight because I did not crash in Nagano and I'm not American," he said after beating Maier into third place while Miller was joint 6th. Often seen as prone to crack under pressure, Benjamin Raich showed...

2006-02-20 08:24:36

SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - A group of war orphans from Sarajevo, host city of the 1984 Winter Games, were given a tour of the Olympic athletes' village on Monday before watching the men's Alpine skiing giant slalom. The visit was organized by Jure Franko, the Alpine skier whose Olympic giant slalom silver medal in 1984 was a first for the then-Yugoslavia and Slovenia, and Italy's 1976 gold medallist and Olympic village mayor, Piero Gros. Fifteen children from Sarajevo, 15 from the...

2006-02-20 06:18:22

By Clare Fallon SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - Canada's Francois Bourque surprised even himself by taking the lead after the first leg of the men's Alpine skiing giant slalom at the Turin Olympics on Monday. Bourque, who has never won a World Cup race, skied the Sises course in one minute 16.61 seconds, 0.19 seconds faster than Frenchman Joel Chenal. World champion Hermann Maier of Austria shared third place with Swede Fredrik Nyberg in 1:16.83 with World Cup holder Benjamin Raich,...

2006-02-20 04:26:03

By Clare Fallon SESTRIERE (Reuters) - The start times of Monday's two Alpine ski races at the Turin Olympics have been put back to allow workers to clear snow from the pistes, organisers said. Heavy snow had fallen all day on Sunday, forcing a postponement of the women's super-G by 24 hours. Monday dawned clear and bright but organisers said they needed time to clear the men's giant slalom piste in Sestriere and the women's super-G course in nearby San Sicario. Twenty cms of snow...

2006-02-19 19:09:49

By Steve Ginsburg TURIN (Reuters) - The focus of the Winter Games shifts to the mountains again on Monday as outspoken Bode Miller continues his quest for his first medal of the fortnight. Shut out in three Alpine events so far, the overall World Cup champion hopes the giant slalom in picturesque Sestriere will be his breakthrough discipline. The 28-year-old Miller has a rich history in giant slalom with nine World Cup victories and a silver medal from the Salt Lake City Olympics...

2006-02-19 11:22:57

By Bill Barclay SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - Zip your top up properly, leave the wig and false mustache in your chalet and, whatever you do, do not sip the wrong kind of cola. Doping aside, there are plenty of weird and wonderful ways to get yourself disqualified from the Winter Olympics and at times the rules and regulations governing each sport read like a pedants' manifesto. In ski jumping, for example, a competitor who fails to zip his suit up to the very top risks more than...

2006-02-17 16:30:27

By Alan Baldwin SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - Lindsey Kildow's Olympic agony continued on Friday. The U.S. Alpine skier, who was flown to hospital in Turin on Monday after crashing heavily in downhill training, fell painfully again in the floodlit second leg of the women's combined slalom on Friday. Hobbling away from the finish area, the pain was evident and too great for her to stop and talk to reporters. "My back, I'm in a lot of pain. I hope so," Kildow said, barely turning, as...

2006-02-17 15:06:39

By Clare Fallon SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - Defending champion Janica Kostelic battled through illness to put herself in a strong position for Olympic gold in the Alpine skiing combined event on Friday. Kostelic finished the slalom in second place, 0.46 seconds behind leader Marlies Schild of Austria, in an event that has been extended over two days because of bad weather. The Croatian is the world downhill champion and has a much stronger pedigree in the speed event than Schild,...


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