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2006-03-19 12:44:10

ARE, Sweden (Reuters) - Overall champion and double Olympic gold medallist Benjamin Raich helped Austria to victory in the first ever mixed team event at the World Cup finals on Sunday. The United States were second and Sweden third in the competition which comprised of four super-G heats followed by four in the slalom. Austria's team, which also included Nicole Hosp, won two heats, had top three finishes in three and were never lower than sixth of the eight-team field in the...

2006-03-19 10:58:46

ARE, Sweden (Reuters) - Overall champion and double Olympic gold medallist Benjamin Raich helped Austria to victory in the first ever mixed team event at the World Cup finals on Sunday. The United States were second and Sweden third in the competition which comprised of four super-G heats followed by four in the slalom. Austria's team, which also included Nicole Hosp, won two heats, had top three finishes in three and were never lower than sixth of the eight-team field in the...

2006-03-18 09:52:55

By Oliver Grassman ARE, Sweden (Reuters) - Italian Giorgio Rocca celebrated winning the World Cup men's slalom title on Saturday despite skiing out when leading on the second run in the final race of the season. Rocca's mistake handed victory to Sweden's Markus Larsson who finished in one minute 41.35 seconds, 0.82 ahead of second-placed Frenchman Stephane Tissot and 0.93 ahead of third-placed Thomas Grandi of Canada. Rocca, who clocked the fastest time in the first run, was handed...

2006-03-18 09:11:34

By Oliver Grassman ARE, Sweden (Reuters) - Croatian Janica Kostelic won the final women's giant slalom race of the season on Saturday to set a World Cup points record. The 24-year-old, a double World Cup champion after securing the overall and slalom titles, beat Canada's Genevieve Simard by 0.61 seconds with her time of two minutes and 6.41 seconds. Finland's Tanja Poutiainen and Austria's Nicole Hosp tied for third, 1.54 behind the winner. Her win, the 30th of her career, put her...

2006-03-14 13:38:00

By Patrick Lang ARE, Sweden (Reuters) - Michael Walchhofer looks more than ready to capture his second consecutive World Cup downhill title on Wednesday in the opening competition of the 2006 finals. Austria's Olympic silver medallist clocked the fastest time in the only training run held on Tuesday afternoon in excellent weather conditions on a demanding 2,922-meter course. Walchhofer sped down the challenging "Olympia" run in one minute, 44.56 seconds, a mere 0.08 seconds faster...

2006-03-10 04:10:25

SHIGA KOGEN (Reuters) - Double Olympic champion Benjamin Raich all but secured his first overall World Cup title with slalom victory in Japan on Friday. Raich clocked a total time of one minute 36.66 seconds to virtually ensure the overall title will go to an Austrian for the sixth time in seven years. Only Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal can now catch Raich -- the Norwegian is 482 points behind with 500 to race for, 100 for each of the remaining five races. Skiers score 100 points for...

2006-03-05 06:22:47

By Patrick Lang YONGPYONG, South Korea (Reuters) - A well-rested American Olympic combined champion Ted Ligety continued his run of good form with a first World Cup victory after a storming second run in the weather-delayed giant slalom event on Sunday. The 22-year-old from Park City, Utah, was nearly denied his maiden win after heavy winds forced organisers to postpone the first run on several occasions before eventually letting the contest begin four hours later than originally...

2006-03-04 02:47:13

By Patrick Lang YONGPYONG, South Korea (Reuters) - Italy's Davide Simoncelli celebrated the second World Cup win of his career with victory in the giant slalom on Saturday. Simoncelli, sitting second after the first leg, pipped compatriot Massimiliano Blardone by 0.08 seconds after the two had raced to a dead heat in the second run. Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, who clocked the fastest time in the first run, finished 0.20 seconds behind the winner. Simoncelli, who finished runner-up...

2006-03-03 22:12:02

By Patrick Lang YONGPYONG, South Korea (Reuters) - Norway's super-G specialist Aksel Lund Svindal took a surprise lead in the first leg of a World Cup giant slalom race in Yongpyong on Saturday. The 24-year-old Svindal, who finished sixth in the Olympic giant slalom event at Sestriere, clocked a time of 1 minute 06.33 seconds, 0.24 seconds ahead of Italy's Davide Simmoncelli. Italian Massimiliano Blardone, the winner in Alta Badia earlier this season, clocked the third best time...

2006-02-28 20:45:00

By Lindsay Beck HONGHUALIANG, China (Reuters) - Li Chenlong learned to ski the hard way, by climbing a mountain, strapping on his skis, and figuring out for himself how best to get down. Ten years on, the 26-year-old is decked out in the latest snow-boarding gear and greeting pals as he clomps through the lodge at Wanlong Ski Resort in north China's Hebei province. Chen Hua got the bug after trying out skiing on an indoor slope in Shanghai. "The first time I skied on real snow I was on a...


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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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