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2006-02-24 13:34:04

SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - Alpine skier Bode Miller has recovered from a twisted ankle and is ready to race in the Turin Olympic slalom on Saturday, United States team officials said on Friday. Asked how Miller's left ankle was after he injured it playing basketball with his team mates on Tuesday, U.S. men's coach Phil McNichol told Reuters: "It's good, tip-top." Earlier, U.S. Alpine director Jesse Hunt said he still had faith in Miller, who came into the Games as a favorite in...

2006-02-24 13:17:39

By Alan Baldwin SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - Winning an Olympic gold medal the Julia Mancuso way has its attractions. First of all, you stay up late watching television and eating junk food. Then, on the morning of the race, you leave your vital athletes' credential behind. Finally, you demolish your opponents. Mancuso did all that on her way to winning the women's giant slalom on Friday for the U.S. team's second Alpine skiing gold of the Turin Games. "Last night I was really into...

2006-02-24 08:12:51

By Clare Fallon SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - Julia Mancuso won the American women's first Alpine skiing medal of the Turin Games when she took gold in the giant slalom on Friday. Mancuso, who has never won a World Cup race, held on to her first-leg lead to finish 0.67 seconds ahead of Tanja Poutiainen, who became Finland's first Olympic medallist in the sport. Anna Ottosson took a surprise bronze, outclassing fellow Swede Anja Paerson, the Olympic slalom champion, who finished a...

2006-02-24 07:20:01

SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - Slalom Olympic champion Jean-Pierre Vidal said on Friday a repeat of France's one-two at the Salt Lake City Games was not impossible in the final Alpine skiing event in Sestriere on Saturday. "This team is very strong, very close. If there was a team event in Alpine skiing, I'm sure we'd win it," Vidal, who also celebrates his birthday on Friday, told reporters. In 2002, Vidal was an unexpected gold medallist in front of compatriot Sebastien Amiez and...

2006-02-24 05:30:51

By Clare Fallon SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - Julia Mancuso set out to make amends for a disappointing showing by the American Alpine ski team at the Turin Olympics with the fastest time in the first leg of the women's giant slalom on Friday. Lurking just 0.18 seconds behind her, however, was world champion Anja Paerson of Sweden who is chasing her second gold medal after victory in Wednesday's slalom. The American women have yet to win an Alpine medal at the Games. Their men's...

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 11:15:20

By Elizabeth Piper TURIN (Reuters) - Croatian Janica Kostelic, who sealed her title as the most successful woman Olympic Alpine skier in history in Turin, bids on Wednesday for her third medal at a Games marred by a doping scandal engulfing the Austrians. Despite losing pole position in the first leg of the Alpine skiing slalom to Swede Anja Paerson, Kostelic just kept alive her hopes of another medal to go with her gold and silver so far by coming fifth. The second run takes place...

2006-02-22 08:58:20

By Elizabeth Piper TURIN (Reuters) - Croatian Janica Kostelic, who sealed her title as the most successful woman Olympic Alpine skier in history in Turin, bids on Wednesday for her third medal at a Games marred by a doping scandal engulfing the Austrians. Olympic officials said 10 Austrian biathlon and cross-country skiing athletes would have to wait longer for the results of doping tests, taken during a night raid on Saturday, rowing back on earlier suggestions of a 72-hour wait....

2006-02-21 16:05:00

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wearing a helmet while skiing, as many competitive alpine skiers and snowboarders are required to do, could reduce injuries among recreational skiers, Norwegian researchers said on Tuesday. Head injuries are the most common cause of death among skiers and snowboarders, yet most ski resorts do not require helmets, according to a study from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Oslo. About one-third of U.S. skiers and snowboarders wear helmets on the slopes, according to...

2006-02-21 11:44:26

SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - The two Austrian biathletes who left the Winter Olympics at the weekend may have used illegal methods, an Austrian Ski Federation top official told a news conference on Tuesday. Markus Gandler, the federation's biathlon and cross-country skiing sporting director, said police confiscated something from the pair which "may have been illegal."

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'