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2006-02-26 20:20:00

By Nelson Graves TURIN (Reuters) - Loads of medals and lots of flops. The U.S. team won more hardware at the Turin Games than at any other Winter Olympics on foreign soil. But the medal haul cannot mask a distinct bitterness that the stars, led by Alpine skier Bode Miller, did not shine. "An incredible performance," U.S. Olympic Committee chief Jim Scherr said before adding: "This team has been viewed a little bit less than that because of the high expectations." The United States ended with...

2006-02-26 15:10:26

By Clare Fallon SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - Double gold medallists Benjamin Raich and Michaela Dorfmeister led the way as Austria dominated the slopes in the Alpine skiing at the Turin Games. American Bode Miller and Croatian Janica Kostelic had been expected to be the big stories of the ski events. They were, but for the wrong reasons. Miller made more headlines for his attitude than for his results. After frequenting the bars and discotheques of Sestriere late into the night, the...

2006-02-25 14:00:07

By Clare Fallon SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - Austria swept the medals in the men's slalom which closed the Alpine skiing program at the Turin Olympics on Saturday with Benjamin Raich winning his second gold medal. Olympic rookie Reinfried Herbst took the silver with Rainer Schoenfelder adding a second bronze to the one he picked up in the combined event. Raich became the first man to win the two technical events at the same Games since Italian Alberto Tomba in Calgary in 1988....

2006-02-23 21:18:07

By Alan Baldwin SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - Giorgio Rocca can redeem a dismal Olympics for Italian Alpine skiers in Saturday's closing men's slalom. The 30-year-old is the clear favorite, leading the World Cup slalom standings after five successive wins in the run-up to the Turin Games, but he also carries a huge burden of expectation. No Italian male skier has won an Olympic Alpine medal since Alberto Tomba took silver in slalom in Lillehammer in 1994 and the women have also...

2006-02-22 18:20:41

By Elizabeth Piper TURIN (Reuters) - Sweden stamped their mark on the Winter Games on Wednesday with Alpine skier Anja Paerson winning the women's slalom and cross-country athlete Bjoern Lind helping the country equal their previous best ever medal haul. Paerson's first Olympic gold medal, won in thick fog and despite an injury, gave Sweden their fourth gold of the Games and their 10th medal in all. With a 5-4 victory over Norway to reach the women's curling final to the sound of...

2006-02-22 13:13:41

SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - Croatian Janica Kostelic says she is unlikely to race in Friday's giant slalom, the final women's event of the Olympic Alpine skiing program. "I am sick, I feel really bad. I'm done. There is very little, little chance that I'm going to ski. I have absolutely no power," she said after finishing fourth in Wednesday's slalom. "For this Games, I'm done. I really can't (race the giant slalom). It's too much for my body. I tried today and I gave it all and...

2006-02-17 09:57:30

By Ossian Shine TURIN (Reuters) - The first competitor to be expelled from the Turin Winter Games for doping was hit with a two-year ban on Friday while an African athlete made Olympic history. Grim Alpine weather caused the women's combined downhill to be called off and gold medallist figure skater Yevgeny Plushenko's good fortune continued as he walked away from a car crash unhurt. Russian Olga Pyleva, who won the silver medal in the 15-km individual biathlon at the start of the...

2006-02-15 08:27:40

By Clare Fallon SAN SICARIO, Italy (Reuters) - Michaela Dorfmeister won the one prize that has long eluded her with Olympic gold in the women's Alpine skiing downhill on Wednesday. The 32-year-old Austrian World Cup and former world champion, who will retire next month, wept in the finish area as she realized she had won the first Olympic gold of her long and distinguished career. "This was my last dream," Dorfmeister told reporters. "Now I will be able to retire with a perfect...

2006-02-15 07:16:16

SAN SICARIO, Italy (Reuters) - Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria won the women's Alpine skiing downhill gold medal at the Winter Olympics on Wednesday, according to provisional results. Martina Schild of Switzerland won silver and Anja Paerson of Sweden took the bronze, according to the provisional results.

2006-02-15 05:26:31

By Sophie Hardach SAN SICARIO, Italy (Reuters) - Croatian downhill favorite Janica Kostelic will not start in Wednesday's Olympic downhill race due to a higher than normal pulse rate, her spokesman said. "She had a higher pulse and after her thyroid operation two years ago we want to be careful and let her recover," he told Reuters. "She will start in all the other disciplines but not in today's downhill." The Croatian, a triple Olympic champion from 2002, was tipped as one of the...


Latest Alpine Reference Libraries

Alpine Ibex, Capra ibex
2012-08-24 16:23:24

The Alpine ibex (Capra ibex) can be found in the European Alps. It is locally known as the Steinbock in German, the bouquetin in French, the kozorog in Slovenian, and the stambecco in Italian. Its range was once restricted to Northern Italy in the Gran Paradiso National Park, but now comprises nearly all of the European Alps including France, Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Austria, and Switzerland. It prefers a habitat within rocky areas near the snowline on the edge of forests. It can be found at...

Mountain Goat, Oreamnos americanus
2012-05-10 05:28:07

The mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus), also called the Rocky Mountain goat is only found in North America. Even though it is a goat in name, it is not in the Capra genus of true goats. It belongs to the subfamily Caprinae, which holds goat-antelopes which holds thirty-two other species. It is in the family Bovidae that holds other creatures such as cattle, antelopes, and gazelle. It is the only species in the Oreamnos genus. The mountain goat is listed as of “least concern” by the IUCN....

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2009-06-17 13:03:39

The African Alpine Bamboo (Yushania alpina) is a species of perennial bamboo that is native to tropical Africa. It grows in dense stands on the mountains and volcanoes surrounding the Great Rift Valley between 8200 feet and 11,000 feet above sea level. The grass stems of the alpine bamboo are often used as fencing, plumbing and other building materials. Photo Copyright and Credit

Reindeer Moss, Cladonia rangiferina
2005-06-02 10:18:18

Reindeer moss is a moss belonging to the family Cladoniaceae. It grows in both temperate and cold climate areas. It has had great economical importance, since it is the main fodder for reindeers. It can also be used in the making of aquavit and is sometimes used as decoration in glass windows. Reindeer moss is actually another name for reindeer lichen. This lichen is found in the Alpine tundra and can survive in the cold. Image Caption: Reindeer Moss photographed in White Oak Mountain,...

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