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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 23:59:49

YONGPYONG, South Korea (Reuters) - Italy's Davide Simoncelli won the men's World Cup giant slalom in Yongpyong on Saturday with a time of two minutes, 13.63 seconds, according to provisional results. Compatriot Massimiliano Blardone finished 0.08 behind in second place, after finishing in a dead heat with Simoncelli in the second leg. Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, who led after the first run, finished third 0.20 seconds adrift.

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...

2006-03-03 11:25:56

MILAN (Reuters) - An avalanche swept down a mountain in the western Italian Alps during an international ski competition on Friday, injuring at least seven people and leaving one person missing, officials said. Two paralympic athletes, one from Austria and another from Japan, also needed treatment at a nearby hospital but it was not immediately clear if they were caught up in the avalanche, a hospital official said. Italy will host the Winter Paralympic Games later this month and...

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...

2006-02-26 21:35:34

By Alan Baldwin TURIN (Reuters) - Hermann Maier was billed as Austria's headline maker at the Turin Olympics. Nobody bargained for Walter Mayer. As at the Athens summer Games two years ago, an extraordinary saga straight from the pages of a crime thriller distracted attention from the sporting spectacle. While the world's winter athletes played out their dreams on snow and ice, the unwelcome presence of banned Austrian cross-country coach Mayer triggered a doping furor that refused...

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....

2006-02-25 11:14:20

By Clare Fallon SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - Austrian Benjamin Raich set the fastest time on Saturday in an eventful first leg of the Turin Olympic men's Alpine skiing slalom which neither Bode Miller nor crowd favorite Giorgio Rocca completed. Italian Rocca, first out of the start hut, lasted 34 seconds before getting his skis tangled and falling in front of thousands of disappointed home fans. Miller fared even worse, straddling a gate after 18 seconds to kiss goodbye to his final...

2006-02-25 12:17:51

By Simon Evans SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - U.S. skier Bode Miller's Olympics ended on Saturday without a medal and without a word. The U.S. team's top performer, who arrived with medal hopes in all five disciplines, failed to finish the slalom after straddling a gate, meaning he has completed just two of his races. Miller, the defending overall World Cup champion, has had a disappointing Olympics after attracting plenty of attention for his off-piste activities. The 28-year-old...


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