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Please feel free to comment on the results or who you are rooting for in these events.

If anyone has any links to live video coverage to the Olympics, please post them. I only found a Eurosport 24 hour live audio Olympic link (see below).


Also go to the official Olympic website - Calendar section www.torino2006.org/ENG/IDF/AS/X05.html and click on the discipline to see actual event local start times (subtract -6 for ET, -9 for PT).

Alpine Skiing
Men's Combined (Feb. 14, 6a ET)
Men's Downhill (Feb. 12, 6a ET)
Men's Giant Slalom (Feb. 20, 3:30a ET)
Men's Slalom (Feb. 25, 9a ET)
Men's Super-G (Feb. 18, 5a ET)
Women's Combined (Feb. 17, 6a ET)
Women's Downhill (Feb. 15, 6a ET)
Women's Giant Slalom (Feb. 24, 3:30a ET)
Women's Slalom (Feb. 22, 8:45a ET)
Women's Super-G (Feb. 19, 6a ET)

Freestyle Skiing
Men's Aerials (Feb. 20, 12:30p ET)
Men's Moguls (Feb. 15, 8a ET)
Women's Aerials (Feb. 19, 12:30p ET)
Women's Moguls (Feb. 11, 9a ET)

Men's Halfpipe (Feb. 12, 4a ET)
Men's Parallel Giant Slalom (Feb. 22, 4a ET)
Men's Snowboard Cross (Feb. 16, 4a ET)
Women's Halfpipe (Feb. 13, 4a ET)
Women's Parallel Giant Slalom (Feb. 23, 5a ET)
Women's Snowboard Cross (Feb. 17, 4a ET)

Other Sports actual event times at http://www.nbcolympics.com/emailsign...?rsc=ASM020000

OLYMPICS: US TV SCHEDULE (go to www.nbcolympics.com/tv/index.html to find specific schedule for your local station, the schedule below is for PT Pacific Time)

2006 Torino Games: Primetime schedule www.nbcolympics.com/tv/index.html

Day 1: Saturday, February 11, 2006
2:00P PT Alpine Skiing - Men: Americans Bode Miller and Daron Rahlves take to the Sestriere slopes for the first time at the Games for downhill timed training runs.
8:00P PT Alpine Skiing - Men: The first Alpine event on the Sestriere slopes features Americans Bode Miller and Daron Rahlves, Austrian legend Hermann Maier, and teammate and reigning world cup champion Michael Walchhofer in the downhill.
8:00P PT Freestyle Skiing - Women: Vermont's Hannah Kearney, who won gold at the 2005 World Championships, leads the United States in moguls.

Day 2: Sunday, February 12, 2006
8:00P PT Alpine Skiing - Men: Americans Bode Miller and Daron Rahlves make their Torino debut in the men's downhill.
8:00P PT Snowboarding - Men: Crossover skateboarding star Shaun White and 2002 silver medalist Danny Kass lead a strong Team USA in men's halfpipe, an event they swept at Salt Lake.

Day 3: Monday, February 13, 2006
8:00P PT Snowboarding - Women: High-flyer Gretchen Bleiler and defending Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark lead a deep Team USA in women's halfpipe.

Day 4: Tuesday, February 14, 2006
8:00P PT Alpine Skiing - Men: New Hampshire's Bode Miller looks to improve upon his silver from 2002 in the men's combined, an event that combines the daring downhill with two runs of slalom.

Day 5: Wednesday, February 15, 2006
8:00P PT Alpine Skiing - Women: The brightest stars on the American team since Picabo Street, 21-year-olds Lindsey Kildow and Julia Mancuso look to challenge the sport's reigning superstar -- Croatia's Janica Kostelic -- in the women's downhill.
Freestyle Skiing - Men: Reigning World Cup champion Jeremy Bloom leads a strong group of American skiers in moguls.

Day 6: Thursday, February 16, 2006
8:00P PT Snowboarding - Men: American Seth Wescott looks to claim the first-ever Olympic gold in snowboard cross.

Day 7: Friday, February 17, 2006
8:00P PT Alpine Skiing - Women: Alpine queens Janica Kostelic (Croatia) and Anja Paerson (Sweden) duel in the women's combined, which will also feature American Lindsey Kildow.
8:00P PT Snowboarding - Women: World champion Lindsey Jacobellis looks to make history by winning the first ever gold medal in snowboard cross.

Day 8: Saturday, February 18, 2006
8:00P PT Alpine Skiing - Men: Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal leads a talented super-G field that includes Americans Daron Rahlves and Bode Miller and Austrians Hermann Maier and Benjamin Raich.

Day 9: Sunday, February 19, 2006
7:00P PT Alpine Skiing - Women: Americans Lindsey Kildow and Julia Mancuso go for gold against superstars Anja Paerson of Sweden and Janica Kostelic of Croatia in the super-G.
7:00P PT Freestyle Skiing - Women: World champion Li Nina of China headlines the aerials field.

Day 10: Monday, February 20, 2006
8:00P PT Alpine Skiing - Men: Americans Bode Miller and Daron Rahlves and Austrains Hermann Maier and Benjamin Raich headline the field in the giant slalom.
8:00P PT Freestyle Skiing - Men: The American powerhouse team of Jeret "Speedy" Peterson, Ryan St. Onge and Joe Pack go for gold in aerials.

Day 12: Wednesday, February 22, 2006
8:00P PT Alpine Skiing - Women: Superstars Anja Paerson of Sweden and Janica Kostelic of Croatia lead the competitors in the the slalom.
8:00P PT Freestyle Skiing - Women: China's Li Nina, a former competitive acrobat, attempts to become China's first ever Olympic champion in a skiing event when she competes in aerials.
8:00P PT Snowboarding - Men: American Tyler Jewell competes in parallel giant slalom as Team USA's only medal hope for the event.

Day 13: Thursday, February 23, 2006
8:00P PT Freestyle Skiing - Men: Americans Jeret "Speedy" Peterson, Joe Pack and Ryan St. Onge go for gold in aerials.

Day 14: Friday, February 24, 2006
8:00P PT Alpine Skiing - Women: Croatia's Janica Kostelic and Sweden's Anja Paerson duel in the giant slalom to determine who is Queen of the Mountains. Americans Lindey Kildow and Julia Mancuso represent the USA's best hopes.

Day 15: Saturday, February 25, 2006
8:00P PT Alpine Skiing - Men: Hometown hero Giorgio Rocca leads a slalom field that includes American Bode Miller and Austrian Benjamin Raich.

OLYMPICS: CANADIAN TV SCHEDULE www.cbc.ca/olympics/broadcastschedules/

Free Olympics Video On Demand coverage on Rogers Channel 100 about 24 hours after live coverage if you have a Rogers Personal TV digital box http://www.shoprogers.com/store/cabl...bcolympics.asp

See Olympics US tv schedule above for prime time event coverage details. However, CBC will be broadcasting its prime time coverage at 6 pm ET and PT.

LIVE full network coverage for the following selected events as they happen in most cases (Please note these are all ET below).

These times are all subject to change if the actual event start time changes. A ? before the time indicates that CBC did not have a time listed for the event so check back with the CBC website closer to the event (The time in parentheses indicates current best estimate based on the times listed from the official Olympic website - Calendar section www.torino2006.org/ENG/IDF/AS/X05.html and click on the discipline to see actual event local start times (subtract -6 for ET, -9 for PT)). Also, I would recommend that you sign up for Event Alerts & TV Alerts http://www.nbcolympics.com/emailsign...?rsc=ASM020000 as a way to keep track of actual event start times.

CBC event coverage may change as the website listings initially seem to be missing Alpine - Men's Combined Downhill 2/14 6a, Alpine - Men's Slalom Run 2 2/25 12.30p, Freestyle Skiing - Men's Moguls Final 2/15 11.30a, Snowboard Men's PGS 2/22 4a & 7a, Snowboard Women's Half Pipe 2/13 4a & 8a.

Saturday, February 11, 2006,
13:00 Freestyle Skiing - Women's Moguls Final

Sunday, February 12, 2006
04:00 Snowboard - Men's Half Pipe Qualifying
06:00 Alpine Skiing - Men's Downhill
08:00 Snowboard - Men's Half Pipe Final

Tuesday, February 14, 2006
13:30 - Alpine - Men's Combined - Slalom - Final

Wednesday, February 15, 2006
06:00 Alpine - Women's Downhill - Final

Thursday, February 16, 2006
? (04:00) & (08:00) Snowboard - Men's SBX

Friday, February 17, 2006
? (04:00) & (08:00) Snowboard - Women's SBX - Qualifying and Final
? (06:00) Alpine - Women's Combined - Downhill
? (13:30) Alpine - Women's Combined - Slalom - Run 2 - Final 9a

Saturday, February 18, 2006
? (05:00) Alpine - Men's Super G - Final

Sunday, February 19, 2006
? (06:00) Alpine Skiing - Women's Super G - Final

Monday, February 20, 2006
? (07:00) Alpine Skiing - Men's Giant Slalom - Final

Wednesday, February 22, 2006
? (11:45) Alpine Skiing - Women's Slalom - Final
? (12:45) Freestyle Skiing - Women's Aerials - Final (HD where available)

Thursday, February 23, 2006
? (08:00) Snowboard - Women's PGS - Final
? (12:30) Freestyle Skiing - Men's Aerials - Finals (HD where available)

Friday, February 24, 2006
? (07:00) Alpine - Women's Giant Slalom - Final

Saturday, February 25, 2006
? (09:00) Alpine - Mn's Slalom Run 1


NBC Email and/or SMS alerts of Events/Results/TV schedule changes/Breaking news/Athletes http://www.nbcolympics.com/emailsign...?rsc=ASM020000
USSA news bulletins, tv update http://fanmail.ussa.org/clients/ussa/ski.htm


Olympic http://www.torino2006.org/ENG/Olympi.../realtime.html
NBC www.nbcolympics.com/results/index.html


Eurosport 24 hour coverage http://www.eurosport.com/olympicgame...vid23430.shtml

LIVE VIDEO (Please note that your IP address must appear to be from the geographic area of these websites i.e. UK, Europe, etc. when you click on the Live Video links on these pages)




Alpine Skiing www.nbcolympics.com/alpine/index.html http://www.usskiteam.com/public/news...A=2&dId=2&sN=1

Freestyle www.nbcolympics.com/freestyle/index.html http://www.usskiteam.com/public/news...N=1&pF=1&dId=1

Snowboarding www.nbcolympics.com/snowboarding/index.html http://www.ussnowboarding.com/public...hp?&dId=7&sN=1


Alpine Skiing www.nbcolympics.com/alpine/slideshow.html http://www.torino2006.org/ENG/Olympi...lery_26_1.html

Freestyle www.nbcolympics.com/freestyle/slideshow.html http://www.torino2006.org/ENG/Olympi...lery_79_1.html

Snowboarding www.nbcolympics.com/snowboarding/slideshow.html http://www.torino2006.org/ENG/Olympi...lery_65_1.html
post #2 of 21
Hey thanks! Trying to decipher what is on when was getting a little scary. Ah, NBC Olympics coverage. You know, in Canada they play the Olympics pretty much all day, like when we were kids. None of this three hours at prime time (with all focus on Americans) stuff.

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US Olympic Team Members

It is great to see the wide variety of towns represented by the athletes: AK - Anchorage, Girdwood; CA - Carlsbad, Fresno, Olympic Valley, Sierraville, South Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl, Tahoe City, Truckee; CO - Aspen/Snowmass Village, Basalt, Denver, Gunnison, Loveland, Steamboat Springs, Vail; ID - Boise; MA - Belmont, Sudbury; ME: Kingfield, Raymond; MN - Duluth, Eagan, Edina, Hastings, Mahtomedi; MT - Bozeman, Missoula; NH - Andover, Bretton Woods, Keene, Webster; NJ - Hamburg; NV - Zephyr Cove; NY - Ellicotville, Vermontville; SD - Black Hawk; UT - Orem, Park City; VT - Belmont, Greensboro, Mount Snow, Norwich, Shaftsbury, Stowe, Stratton; WA - Bellevue, Leavenworth, Redmond; WI - Rhinelander; WY - Jackson Hole, Laramie.

Are there any Olympic athletes from near where you grew up, lived or are currently living? Who are you rooting for in which event(s)?



LAS VEGAS (Jan. 25) - Defending World Cup and world champion Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH), three-event star Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA) and emerging talents Lindsey Kildow (Vail, CO) and Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) are part of a 19-member U.S. Olympic Alpine Team announced Wednesday, subject to approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Bill Marolt, president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, the national governing body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding, said the team will include nine men and 10 women. Fourteen of the athletes have been to previous Olympics, nine are three-time Olympians.

The Ski Team was announced at the SIA.06 Snowsports trade show in Las Vegas. All Olympic nominations submitted by the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding are subject to the approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Miller, who skied to two silver medals at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, became the first American since 1983 to win the overall alpine World Cup title last season; he also was gold medalist in downhill and super G at the World Championships. Rahlves, the most successful U.S. male speed skier, has won 11 World Cup races, including three this season, and had two medals at the 2005 Worlds. Kildow, a four-event skier, has won two downhills this season while Mancuso collected two bronze medals at the '05 Worlds.

The 2006 Olympic Alpine Team (including age, hometown, previous Olympics)

Jimmy Cochran, 24, Keene, N.H.
Chip Knight, 31, Stowe, Vt. (1998, 2002 Olympics)
Ted Ligety, 21, Park City, Utah
Scott Macartney, 28, Redmond, Wash. (2002)
Bode Miller, 28, Bretton Woods, N.H. (1998, 2002)
Steve Nyman, 23, Orem, Utah
Daron Rahlves, 32, Sugar Bowl, Calif. (1998, 2002)
Erik Schlopy, 33, Park City, Utah (1994, 2002)
Marco Sullivan, 25, Squaw Valley, Calif. (2002)

Kirsten Clark, 28, Raymond, Maine (1998, 2002)
Stacey Cook, 21, Truckee, Calif.
Lindsey Kildow, 21, Vail, Colo. (2002)
Kristina Koznick, 30, Eagan, Minn. (1998, 2002)
Caroline Lalive, 26, Steamboat Springs, Colo. (1998, 2002) Libby Ludlow, 24, Bellevue, Wash. Julia Mancuso, 21, Olympic Valley, Calif. (2002)
Kaylin Richardson, 21, Edina, Minn.
Sarah Schleper, 26, Vail, Colo. (1998, 2002)
Resi Stiegler, 20, Jackson Hole, Wyo.

"This is an incredibly talented group of athletes. We've never had such a wealth of experience at this level," said U.S. Alpine Director Jesse Hunt. "Not only do we have more than a dozen Olympians from previous Games, but eight of them have won World Cup races or medaled at the World Championships."

The Olympians will continue with World Cup races this weekend - the men in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and the women in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. Depending on their racing schedule for the Olympics, Hunt said, some will take some down time to rest and relax before things heat up in Torino Feb. 10-26.



PARK CITY, Utah (Jan. 25) - Defending World Cup champions Jeret "Speedy" Peterson (Boise, ID) and Jeremy Bloom (Loveland, CO) and reigning moguls world champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) plus four former Olympic medal winners are among 14 athletes nominated Wednesday for the 2006 Olympic Freestyle Team at an announcement at Deer Valley Resort in Park City.

Bill Marolt, president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, the national governing body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding, said the team will include eight men and six women. Seven of the athletes have been to previous Olympics.

The Ski Team was announced at Deer Valley resort, the 2002 Olympic freestyle venue and host of the 2003 World Freestyle Ski Championships; all Olympic nominations submitted by the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding are subject to the approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

The 2006 U.S. Olympic Freestyle Team (age, hometown, previous Olympics):

Jeremy Bloom, 23, Loveland, Colo. (2002 Olympics)
Travis Cabral, 22, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Toby Dawson, 27, Vail, Colo.
Travis Mayer, 23, Steamboat Springs, Colo. (2002 Olympics - moguls silver medalist)

Shannon Bahrke, 25, Tahoe City, Calif. (2002 Olympics - moguls silver medalist) Hannah Kearney, 19, Norwich, Vt. (2005 moguls world champion) Michelle Roark, 31, Denver Jillian Vogtli, 32, Ellicotville, N.Y. (2002)

Eric Bergoust, 36, Missoula, Mont (1994, '98, 2002 - '98 aerials champion) Joe Pack, 27, Park City, Utah (2002 - aerials silver medalist) Jeret Peterson, 24, Boise, Idaho (2002) Ryan St. Onge, 22 (23 on Feb. 7), Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Emily Cook, 26, Belmont, Mass.
Jana Lindsey, 21, Black Hawk, S.D.

"This is our strongest Olympic Freestyle Team, across the board," said Program Director Polly-Jo Clark. "I'm especially pleased with the mix of experience and depth...and proud of the intensity these athletes brought to the World Cup competitions to make this Olympic Team.

Aerialists will begin a pre-Olympic training camp at Utah Olympic Park by the end of the week, Clark said, while most moguls skiers will continue World Cup competitions in Europe before heading to Torino for the Winter Games, which run Feb. 10-26.


2006 Nordic Olympic Team Named

PARK CITY, Utah (Jan. 16) - Six-time nordic combined World Cup winner Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) and former sprint world champion Johnny Spillane (Steamboat Springs, CO) were named Monday to the 2006 Olympic Team for the Winter Games next month in Torino, Italy. Four of the six combiners and three of the five jumpers have been to previous Olympics.

Bill Marolt, president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, announced the teams, the first of six to be named for the Olympics Feb. 10-26 in Torino. All Olympic nominations submitted by the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding are subject to the approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Lodwick, in his 13th season with the U.S. Ski Team, will be competing in his fourth Olympics, only the second nordic combined skier in U.S. history to accomplish that feat (Mike Devecka, 1968-80). Johnson, the son of former U.S. Jumping Program Director Alan Johnson, will be 16 years and seven months old during the Olympics; the youngest mark was set by then-Andrea Mead, who was 15 years and nine months during the 1948 Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

The Olympic Nordic Combined Team (with previous Olympics):
Brett Camerota, 21, Park City, Utah Eric Camerota, 21, Park City, Utah Bill Demong, 25, Vermontville, N.Y. (1998, 2002) Todd Lodwick, 29, Steamboat Springs, Colo. (1994, '98, 2002) Johnny Spillane, 25, Steamboat Springs, Colo. (2002) Carl Van Loan, 25, Webster, N.H. (2002)

The Olympic Ski Jumping Team:
Alan Alborn, 25, Anchorage, Alaska (1998, 2002)
Jim Denney, 22, Duluth, Minn.
Anders Johnson, 16, Park City, Utah
Clint Jones, 21, Steamboat Springs, Colo. (2002)
Tommy Schwall, 22, Steamboat Springs, Colo. (2002)

"This team includes top international skiers - Todd's won a half-dozen World Cup events, Johnny's a former world champion, Billy is a World Cup winner, and Alan holds the U.S. distance mark in jumping," said Luke Bodensteiner, U.S. nordic director. "And now we've added some young skiers into this team who are extremely driven to make their contribution in Torino. This is an exciting mix."

The U.S. Championships for both nordic combined and jumping will held Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20-21, in Steamboat Springs as part of USSA's 10 Weeks to Torino series of major pre-Olympic competitions. After some down time to relax, the two Olympic squads will head to Europe for final pre-Olympic training camps. The nordic combined team will arrive in Torino Feb. 6 and ski jumpers will arrive Feb. 8.


Olympic Cross Country Team Announced

PARK CITY, Utah (Jan. 17) - Kris Freeman (Andover, NH), who has posted the best U.S. cross country skiing results since the Bill Koch era two decades ago, and three-time Olympian Carl Swenson (Park City, UT) headline a group of 17 cross country skiers named Tuesday to the 2006 U.S. Olympic Team.

Bill Marolt, president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, the national governing body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding, said the team will include 10 men and seven women. Five of the men and three of the women were on the 2002 Olympic Team. All Olympic nominations submitted by the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding are subject to the approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Freeman, a diabetic who self-injects insulin six or eight times a day, is a former University of Vermont skier who won the first Under-23 championship in Italy in 2003, finished fourth in the World Championships two weeks later, and since then has produced a pair of top-6 results. Swenson, a Dartmouth College graduate, anchored the men's relay team, which finished a U.S.-record fifth at the 2002 Olympics and was fifth a year later in the 50K freestyle race at the World Championships.

The 2006 U.S. Olympic Cross Country Team (previous Olympic experience included):
Chris Cook, 25, Rhinelander, Wis. Justin Freeman, 29, Andover, N.H. Kris Freeman, 25, Andover, N.H. (2002) Lars Flora, 28, Anchorage, Alaska (2002) Andrew Johnson, 28, Greensboro, Vt. (2002) Torin Koos, 25, Leavenworth, Wash. (2002) Andy Newell, 22, Shaftsbury, Vt. James Southam, 27, Anchorage, Alaska Carl Swenson, 35, Park City, Utah (1994, 2002) Leif Zimmermann, 22, Bozeman, Mont.
Rebecca Dussault, 25, Gunnison, Colo.
Sarah Konrad, 38, Laramie, Wyo.
Abigail Larson, 26, Bozeman, Mont.
Kikkan Randall, 23, Anchorage, Alaska (2002)
Wendy Wagner, 32, Park City, Utah (2002)
Lindsey Weier, 21, Mahtomedi, Minn. (2002)
Lindsay Williams, 21, Hastings, Minn.

"This is a strong team, even stronger than we had four years ago," Bodensteiner said. "Those who were rookies in Salt Lake have developed into real performers now, and our first-timers in 2006 are poised for some very noteworthy results themselves, which we can continue to build from.

"We had a great group of Americans who did not make the team, but who poured their guts out in their effort to earn a spot. They really pushed each other over the last 12 months and by doing so, raised the level of all our skiers."

The U.S. Olympic Cross Country Team will arrive in Torino to begin training Feb. 6.


16 Nominated to 2006 U.S. Snowboard Olympic Team

MOUNTAIN CREEK, N.J. (Jan. 22) – Teen halfpipe superstar Shaun White (Carlsbad, CA) and snowboardcross world champions Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton, VT) and Seth Wescott (Kingfield, ME) lead a 16-member U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team announced Sunday, subject to U.S. Olympic Commitee approval, following the last Chevrolet U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix qualifier.

Bill Marolt, president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, the national governing body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding, said the team – introduced following completion of the final Grand Prix halfpipe contest at Mountain Creek resort – will include nine men and seven women.

Three riders competed in previous Olympics (defending 2002 halfpipe gold medalist Kelly Clark, 2002 Olympic silver medalist Danny Kass and Rosey Fletcher, the first American named to the first U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team in 1998). All Olympic nominations submitted by the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding are subject to the approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

White, 19, swept the five Grand Prix halfpipe contests and has energized his sport in recent seasons with his creativity and dynamic rides. Jacobellis and Wescott were SBX gold medalists at the 2005 World Championships.

The 2006 U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team (age, hometown, previous Olympics):

Jayson Hale, 20, Sierraville, Calif.
Nate Holland, 27, Olympic Valley, Calif.
Jason Smith, 24, Basalt, Colo.
Seth Wescott, 29, Kingfield, Maine
Lindsey Jacobellis, 20, Stratton, Vt.

Mason Aguirre, 18, Duluth, Minn.
Andy Finch, 24, Fresno, Calif.
Danny Kass, 23, Hamburg, N.J. (2002 Olympics)
Shaun White, 19, Carlsbad, Calif.
Gretchen Bleiler, 24, Aspen/Snowmass Village, Colo.
Kelly Clark, 22, Mount Snow, Vt. (2002)
Elena Hight, 16, Zephyr Cove, Nev.
Hannah Teter, 18, Belmont, Vt.

Tyler Jewell, 28, Sudbury, Mass.
Rosey Fletcher, 30, Girdwood, Alaska (1998, 2002)
Michelle Gorgone, 22, Sudbury, Mass.

Kass and Finch each clinched Olympic Team spots with second-place finishes in Mountain Creek on Friday night and Sunday, respectively. White and Bleiler, who led men’s and women’s qualifiers, narrowly missed selection in 2002.

"Adding snowboardcross brings an incredibly exciting event to the Olympics, and fortunately, we have many of the best riders the world," said U.S. Snowboarding Program Director Jeremy Forster. "This is certainly not a one-dimensional Olympic Team. We have a huge legacy to live up to from our success in 2002, but I think everyone will see next month that this team is certainly as strong, maybe even stronger.”

Shaun Palmer (South Lake Tahoe, CA) would have qualified for the Olympic team with a second place in a World Cup, but suffered an injury earlier this month in training in Europe that will keep him out of competition.

Most riders will head to Aspen, Colo., this week for the Winter X Games before heading to Torino in early February for a pre-Olympic training camp.
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WOW, and thanks.

It looks like I'll be catching some of the races before work, lucky for me I'm a home office worker!


post #5 of 21
Isn't there a channel in the states that does 24 hour coverage anymore? With all the cable channels owned by NBC, it's hard to believe they don't have a channel with full coverage. How sad.
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Freestyle W Moguls: Heil (CAN) Wins Gold

"Heil wins gold, Americans go home empty" http://www.nbcolympics.com/freestyle...54/detail.html


...Heil's jumps -- a 360-degree spin and a backflip with her skis crossed - weren't as difficult as those that Traa performed. But the Canadian, the World Cup champion the last two years and leading the standings again this season, gets down the hill faster than most and handles the moguls better.

Speed and form on the moguls count for 75 percent, which outweighed Traa's "D-Spin" on the top ramp - a double-twisting jump in which her body goes nearly parallel to the mountain.

"I just felt so well-prepared," Heil said. "I was more relaxed than I've ever been in the start gate, which actually surprised me. But I knew it was just a sign I was ready to go out."

With Heil standing atop the winner's platform for the ceremony, the announcer introduced the winner as being from the United States. The Canadian's mouth went agape, and the crowd booed and groaned before the mistake was quickly corrected - a final twist of the knife for the United States women on a day when nearly everyone expected them to perform much better.

"Heil Wins Moguls, Bahrke 10th" http://www.usskiteam.com/public/news...&sN=1&aId=1943

SAUZE d'OULX, Italy (Feb. 11) - Canadian Jennifer Heil out-skied defending Olympic gold medalist Kari Traa of Norway to win gold in the Olympic Women's Moguls finals Saturday night in Sauze d'Oulx. The top U.S. finisher was Shannon Bahrke (Tahoe City, CA) in 10th with Jillian Vogtli (Ellicotville, NY) just behind in 11th.

Heil ripped up the bumps on her run and took gold with a score of 26.50. Traa followed with a 25.65 and Sandra Laoura of France was third with a score of 25.37.

Bahrke's run featured a D spin off the first jump and a back flip cross with a stomped landing on the second.

"To make this team of four is what dreams are made of," said Bahrke. "I looked back (from the start) and saw the full moon. I looked down and saw my family, and just went for it. It's what I had to do."

Bahrke won a silver medal in moguls at the 2002 Olympics in Utah.

"I am very excited to be here, today it just wasn't my day," said Bahrke. "But, 2002 was my day."

Vogtli started out with a backflip cross and then threw a solid corked 720 on her second jump.

"I got to do my off-axis 720," said Vogtli. "I didn't want to stick to my same tricks."

Roark was fourth in the afternoon qualifiers. Bahrke was 18th, Vogtli was 20th and Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) was 22nd. The top-20 skiers from qualifications advanced to the finals under the lights.

Roark did a backflip on the first kicker and a heli spread on the second.

"I really went for it, but I didn't have it," said Roark, competing in her first Olympics. "I was long with the landing path."

This is the first Olympics in which inverted aerials (skier's feet above their head) have been allowed. Backflips are the norm now, but a few mogul skiers are actually throwing front flips as well.

The men's moguls event takes place Wed., Feb. 15. Competing for the U.S. will be Jeremy Bloom (Loveland, CO), Travis Cabral (South Lake Tahoe, CA), Toby Dawson (Vail, CO), Travis Mayer (Steamboat Springs, CO).

Sauze d'Oulx, ITA - Feb. 11, 2006
Women's Moguls Finals

1. Jennifer Heil, Canada, 26.50
2. Kari Traa, Norway, 25.65
3. Sandra Laoura, France, 25.37
4. Sara Kjellin, Sweden, 24.74
5. Aiko Uemura, Japan, 24.01
10. Shannon Bahrke, Tahoe City, Calif., 22.82
11. Jillian Vogtli, Ellicotville, N.Y., 22.72
18. Michelle Roark, Winter Park, Colo., 20.04
Did not qualify for finals:
Hannah Kearney, Norwich, Vt. (22nd in qualifications, 20.80)


Results from the Final - Sat 11 February 2006

1*HEIL Jennifer**CAN*26.50*
2*TRAA Kari**NOR*25.65*
3*LAOURA Sandra**FRA*25.37*
4*KJELLIN Sara**SWE*24.74*
5*UEMURA Aiko**JPN*24.01*
6*SUDOVA Nikola**CZE*23.58*
7*RICHARDS Kristi**CAN*23.30*
8*ROBICHAUD Audrey**CAN*23.10*
9*SCANZIO Deborah**ITA*23.00*
10*BAHRKE Shannon**USA*22.82*
11*VOGTLI Jillian**USA*22.72*
12*ST. PIERRE Stephanie**CAN*22.52*
13*SEROVA Daria**RUS*22.44*
14*BERCHTOLD Manuela**AUS*22.21*
15*SATOYA Tae**JPN*22.12*
16*CHERKASOVA Marina**RUS*22.05*
17*MARBLER Margarita**AUT*20.79*
18*ROARK Michelle**USA*20.04*
19*BERNTSEN Ingrid**NOR*19.84*
20*ITO Miki**JPN*17.78*
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US Medal Winners - Running Total

Team USA Medal Winners www.nbcolympics.com/teamusa/results.html
All Medal Winners From All Countries www.nbcolympics.com/medals/index.html

2006 Torino Olympics Medals Through Day 8: Total Medals 13 (7 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze)

2002 Salt Lake Olympics Total Medals 34 (10 gold, 13 silver, 11 bronze) http://www.olympic.org/uk/games/past...GT=2&OLGY=2002

1998 Nagano Olympics Total Medals 13 (6 gold, 3 silver, 4 bronze) http://www.olympic.org/uk/games/past...GT=2&OLGY=1998

Day 1 2/11
Gold Speed Skating M 5000m Chad Hedrick from Spring, TX www.nbcolympics.com/teamusa/5100190/detail.html

Day 2 2/12
Gold Snowboarding M Halfpipe Shaun White from Carlsbad, CA www.nbcolympics.com/teamusa/5101691/detail.html
Silver Snowboarding M Halfpipe Daniel Kass from Hamburg, NJ www.nbcolympics.com/teamusa/5101691/detail.html

Day 3 2/13
Gold Snowboarding W Halfpipe Hannah Teter from Belmont, VT http://www.nbcolympics.com/snowboard...80/detail.html
Silver Snowboarding W Halfpipe Gretchen Bleiler from Aspen, CO http://www.nbcolympics.com/snowboard...80/detail.html
Gold Speed Skating M 500m Joey Cheek from Greensboro, NC http://www.nbcolympics.com/speedskat...90/detail.html

Day 4 2/14
Gold Alpine M Combined Ted Ligety from Park City, UT http://www.nbcolympics.com/alpine_m_...68/detail.html

Day 5 2/15
Bronze Freestyle M Moguls Toby Dawson from Vail, CO http://www.nbcolympics.com/freestyle...43/detail.html

Day 6 2/16
Gold M Snowboard Cross Seth Westcott from Farmington, ME http://www.nbcolympics.com/snowboard...39/detail.html

Day 7 2/17
Silver W Snowboard Cross Lindsey Jacobellis from Stratton, VT www.nbcolympics.com/teamusa/5113610/detail.html

Day 8 2/18
Gold Speed Skating M 1000m Shani Davis from Chicago, IL www.nbcolympics.com/teamusa/5116658/detail.html
Silver Speed Skating M 1000m Joey Cheek from Greensboro, NC www.nbcolympics.com/teamusa/5116658/detail.html
Bronze Short Track M 1000m Apolo Anton Ohno from Seattle, WA www.nbcolympics.com/teamusa/5117131/detail.html
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Alpine M Downhill: Deneriaz 1st (FRA) Miller (5) Rahlves (10)


By Don Cameron, Nathaniel Vinton
February 12, 2006

SESTRIERE, Italy - Frenchman Antoine Deneriaz stunned the world of alpine skiing Sunday, knocking Austrian Michael Walchhofer off the top step of the podium to claim the Torino Olympics downhill gold.

Downhill world champion Bode Miller had a solid run, just 0.11 seconds from a medal -- a tiny difference that will almost certainly mean the difference between success and failure for mainstream America.

''It would have taken a hurricane wind to get me into first,'' Miller said. ''The way Deneriaz skied today, he was pretty much untouchable.''

Switzerland's Bruno Kernen was third, keeping Norway's Kjetil Andre Aamodt off the podium by just .06. It would have been Aamodt's eighth Olympic medal. Kernen, skiing in his final Olympics at age 33, earned the first downhill medal for Switzerland since Pirmin Zubriggen won gold and Peter Muller silver at Calgary in 1998.

It was the largest victory margin in an Olympic downhill since Egon Zimmerman beat Leo Lacroix by .74 seconds at the 1964 Olympics in Innsbruck. And bronze medalist Kernen, at 33, becomes the oldest Olympic alpine medalist.

"Of course it was very, very suspenseful," Walchhofer said. "I think when Miller went down, my heart stopped beating."

Overall, the U.S. skiers felt they competed well technically, but just couldn't find the speed.

"Guys were making up time on the bottom and I lost four-tenths," said Miller. "I lost my grip in the last three turns and that's where I really lost speed. I was super happy with the effort. I knew I had to be 100 percent. I came out firing and didn't stop until the finish. The little mistakes usually separate the winner from the loser. The variables that go into winning a ski race are too many to count."


Men’s Olympic DH, Sestriere, Italy, Feb. 12, 2006. … It is the first race of a 10-race Olympic schedule.

It is the first win of the season for Antoine Deneriaz. … His first since winning a World Cup downhill at Val Gardena on Dec. 20, 2003. ... It is the 42nd Olympic alpine medal for France, the 15th gold. … It is the sixth Olympic DH gold for France ... the complete list:
Henri Oreiller 1948 St. Moritz; Jean Vaurnet 1960 Squaw Valley; Jean-Claude Killy 1968 Grenoble; Jean-Luc Cretier 1998 Nagano; Carole Montillet 2002 Salt Lake City; Antoine Deneriaz 2006 Torino (Sestriere). … He was 12th in DH; 21st CMB at 2002 Winter Games.

It is the sixth podium of the season for Michael Walchhofer. … The fifth in DH. … It is the 87th Olympic alpine medal for Austria, the 31st in DH.

It is the first podium of the season for Bruno Kernen. … His first since a bronze medal at the 2003 World Championships. … His only other Olympic result is 11th in SG from Nagano 1998.

It is the eighth time this season Bode Miller has been fifth or better. … It is his first Olympic DH finish. … It is his third-best Olympic result after a pair of silver medals from 2002 (giant slalom and combined). He has Olympic results in four disciplines, missing only super G. … It is the 10th top-10 result of the season for Daron Rahlves. … It is his fifth-best DH result of the season. … It is his fifth completed Olympic race, the best a seventh in SG at Nagano 1998. … It is his best Olympic DH result. … It is the second-best result of the season for Manuel Osborne-Paradis, bettered only by a 12th at Val d’Isere DH Dec. 10. … It is his first Olympic result. … It is the fourth time this season Scott Macartney has been 15th or better. … It is his first Olympic result. … It is the ninth-best result of the season for Francois Bourque. .. Third-best in DH. … It is his first Olympic result. …It is the sixth-best result of the season for Steven Nyman. … His third-best DH result.


TORINO: Alpine: Rahlves ditches "special" skis at last minute; Miller disapproves
By Nathaniel Vinton
February 12, 2006

SESTRIERE, Italy - American Daron Rahlves came within two minutes of using an experimental pair of capped skis in the Olympic men's downhill, but switched onto a more established pair just before his start.

Bode Miller, who used the "secret weapon" skis and finished fifth, said Rahlves made the wrong choice.

Miller went on to say that the skis were excellent, even though they didn't perform Sunday exactly the way they did in Saturday's training run.

"Maybe I was a little bit more forward today than I was yesterday on some of those long sweeping turns," Miller said. "That maybe affected the speed a little bit, because yesterday they were super, super clean on those long turns, and they didn’t feel quite as zippy today."

Atomic throws a massive amount of resources at its top two American pilots. At the start of the season, Atomic's race director Rudi Huber estimated that Miller and Rahlves had 150 to 200 pairs of skis at their disposal. (Click here to read an interview with Huber.)

Atomic said it brought 300 pairs of skis and 30 staffers to Sestriere for the Games. The company replaced the second buckle of each racer’s boot with a buckle painted with that racer's country -- Finlay Mickel with a Union Jack, Rahlves with the Stars and Stripes.


Frenchman Deneriaz wins men's downhill
Posted: Feb.12, 2006, 6:48 am CST
SESTRIERE, Italy (AP) -- Antoine Deneriaz of France, the last man out of the gate with a chance to win, pulled off a startling upset in the Olympic downhill Sunday to steal what seemed to be a sure gold medal from Austrian Michael Walchhofer .

Walchhofer settled for silver, 72-hundredths of a second behind the winner. Bruno Kernen of Switzerland was third.

"It's the best day of my life," Deneriaz said. "It's like a dream. No one believed it could be true."

The ballyhooed U.S.-Austrian rivalry was a bust.

"It would have taken a hurricane wind to get me into first," Miller said. "The way Deneriaz skied today, he was pretty much untouchable."

Rahlves was disappointed but offered no excuses.

"I felt pretty good," he said. "I felt like I was flowing but something wasn't working. I did everything possible. I came into today ready to go."

Two other Frenchmen have won Olympic downhills -- the great Jean-Claude Killy in 1968 and Jean-Luc Cretier in 1998. Cretier's triumph was even more of a surprise than Deneriaz's victory.


Miller 5th, 3 Others Top-20 in Downhill

SESTRIERE, Italy (Feb. 12) - The men's alpiners opened their Olympic events Sunday with the Men's Downhill and Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH) posted the top U.S. finish as he grabbed fifth. Antoine Deneriaz of France smoked the course and the field to win the gold medal.

Deneriaz' winning time of 1:48.80 was .72 ahead of silver medalist Michael Walchofer of Austria, who skied the run in 1:49.52. Switzerland's Bruno Kernen took the bronze in 1:49.82.

Miller recorded a time of 1:49.93 on the Kandahar Banchetta course in Sestriere Borgata. Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA) was 10th (1:50.33), Scott Macartney (Redmond, WA) was 15th (1:50.68) and Steven Nyman (Orem, UT) placed 19th (1:50.88).

Miller aced the top sections of the course and was in second place after the third of five split times. He lost his speed on the bottom.

"I attacked the top full gas, I was absolutely 100% up there," said Miller. "In the middle sections with the terrain I was balanced and made the right moves. There were a couple spots where I got bumped up a little bit off balance in the air and two turns where I couldn't find a clear edge and that's the difference of being fifth and beging second. But it would have taken a hurricane wind to get me into first, the way Deneriaz skied, he was pretty much untouchable."

"I lost my grip in the last three turns and that's where I really lost speed," said Miller. "I got rotated out of the Daytona turn (before the final pitch) and just couldn't find an aerodynamic position. The speeds are so high at the bottom that if you're not in a good aerodynamic position you're losing time. Guys are making time on bottom, like Walchhofer, and I lost four-tenths."

Overall, the U.S. skiers felt they competed well technically, but just couldn't find the speed.

Rahlves, who recorded the fastest time by 1.21 seconds in Thursday's first training run, had some small problems at the top of the hill today.

"It was a little punishing on the top and it slowed me down a bit," said Rahlves. "But yesterday I made a much worse turn, so I thought, 'OK, I've still had some good speed, I was ahead of it, and skiing pretty clean'. Then, off that last jump, that was kind of a sweet feeling to hit that, then I get across the line and was really surprised to see where I was at."

"I went out there and did what I could," said Rahlves. "I did everything possible. I felt good about it. It was a good day to ski. I dont know where the speed was today."

A total of 8,555 ticketed spectators were in attendance for the downhill, the first Alpine Skiing medal event of the Games.

"We had two of the best guys in the race but came up a little short," said U.S. coach Phil McNichol. "Just as shocking as our results were, so were the French, and I'm very happy for Tony (Antoine) and the French coaches."

Sestriere, ITA - Feb. 12, 2006
Men's Downhill

1. Antoine Deneriaz, France, 1:48.80
2. Michael Walchofer, Austria, 1:49.52
3. Bruno Kernen, Switzerland, 1:49.82
4. Kjetil Andre Aamodt, Norway, 1:49.88
5. Bode Miller, Bretton Woods, N.H., 1:49.93
10. Daron Rahlves, Sugar Bowl, Calif., 1:50.33
15. Scott Macartney, Redmond, Wash., 1:50.68


Official Results: Alpine Skiing
Men's Downhill
Sestriere sub-area Borgata - Sun 12 February 2006 - Start time 12:00

1*DENERIAZ Antoine**FRA*1:48.80*
2*WALCHHOFER Michael**AUT*1:49.52*
3*KERNEN Bruno**SUI*1:49.82*
4*AAMODT Kjetil Andre**NOR*1:49.88*
5*MILLER Bode**USA*1:49.93*
6*MAIER Hermann**AUT*1:50.00*
7*BUECHEL Marco**LIE*1:50.04*
8*STROBL Fritz**AUT*1:50.12*
9*STAUDACHER Patrick**ITA*1:50.29*
10*RAHLVES Daron**USA*1:50.33*
11*DALCIN Pierre-Emmanuel**FRA*1:50.35*
12*GRUENENFELDER Tobias**SUI*1:50.44*
13*OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel**CAN*1:50.45*
14*KJUS Lasse**NOR*1:50.64*
15*MACARTNEY Scott**USA*1:50.68*
16*BOURQUE Francois**CAN*1:50.70*
17*HOFFMANN Ambrosi**SUI*1:50.72*
18*SULZENBACHER Kurt**ITA*1:50.84*
19*NYMAN Steven**USA*1:50.88*
19*FILL Peter**ITA*1:50.88*
21*SVINDAL Aksel Lund**NOR*1:50.90*
22*KROELL Klaus**AUT*1:50.91*
23*GHEDINA Kristian**ITA*1:50.98*
24*BERTRAND Yannick**FRA*1:51.37*
25*MICKEL Finlay**GBR*1:51.48*
26*DEFAGO Didier**SUI*1:51.51*
27*KUCERA John**CAN*1:51.55*
28*JERMAN Andrej**SLO*1:51.70*
29*SOLBAKKEN Bjarne**NOR*1:51.72*
30*CHESTAKOV Pavel**RUS*1:51.93*
31*SPORN Andrej**SLO*1:52.17*
32*BRANCH Craig**AUS*1:52.55*
33*JAERBYN Patrik**SWE*1:52.87*
34*ZAHROBSKY Petr**CZE*1:52.90*
35*SPRECHER Claudio**LIE*1:53.34*
36*ZAKOURIL Borek**CZE*1:54.07*
37*CRUICKSHANK Roger**GBR*1:54.65*
38*HOROSHILOV Alexandr**RUS*1:54.70*
39*ANTOR Alex**AND*1:55.01*
40*SATS Konstantin**RUS*1:55.03*
41*GAYME Mikael**CHI*1:55.73*
42*GAYME Maui**CHI*1:56.10*
43*HENTSCH Nikolai**BRA*1:56.58*
44*KALWA Michal**POL*1:56.81*
45*BABUSIAK Jaroslav**SVK*1:57.45*
46*DORSH Renars**LAT*1:57.54*
47*SKRIABIN Nikolay**UKR*1:57.56*
48*PALSSON Sindri M.**ISL*1:57.69*
49*MANDRU Jorge**CHI*1:58.77*
50*VIDOSA Roger**AND*1:59.24*
51*DRYGIN Andrei**TJK*1:59.41*
52*HEATH Alexander**RSA*1:59.79*
53*NICOLAE Florentin-Daniel**ROM*2:00.93*
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Snowboard M Halfpipe: White (1) Kass (2) Aguirre (4)



White a winner, Kass comes in second
Americans nearly repeat sweep; Aguirre places fourth
Posted: Feb.12, 2006, 8:18 am CST; Updated: Feb.12, 2006, 6:00 pm CST
BARDONECCHIA, Italy (AP) -- The Flying Tomato got his gold.

Redheaded snowboarding superstar Shaun White punked the competition on the halfpipe Sunday, beating out teammate Danny Kass to win the Olympic gold medal that so many expected him to get.

"I'm a little overwhelmed right now. I can't explain it," White said after a tearful celebration with his parents at the bottom of the hill.

With AC/DC's "Back In Black" blaring over the sound system, White practically touched the sky on his first jump, soaring about 25 feet over the edge of the pipe. He came back with consecutive 1080-degree jumps, grabbing his board on both, which earns big style points from the judges. Then, it was a pair of 900s -- one off the frontside wall and another off the backside -- each of them high enough that he could pretty much look down and pick his landing spot on the snow.

"I've been told the backside 9 was the one that helped me a lot, because no one's really spinning backside," he said.


White Wins Gold, Kass Silver in Halfpipe

BARDONECCHIA, Italy (Feb. 12) - Shaun White (Carlsbad, CA) added another title to his lengthy resume as he won gold in the Olympic Halfpipe contest Sunday in Bardonecchia. Danny Kass (Hamburg, NJ) won his second straight Olympic silver. White's gold and Kass' silver were the first medals of the Torino Olympics for the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding.

Where's the lip? White going huge en route to gold.

White pretty much locked up the victory in his first of two runs in the finals as he posted a score of 46.8. Kass' 44.0 in his second run earned him the silver, while Finn Markku Koski took bronze with a score of 41.5 in his first run.

Mason Aguirre (Mammoth Lakes, CA) was just off the podium in fourth (40.3), while Andy Finch (Fresno, CA) could not regain momentum after decking out in his first run and ended up in 12th (24.7).

It was sketchy for a bit whether White would make the finals as he was seventh after the first qualification run. But, Shaun being Shaun, he lit it up in his second and final run in the qualies to take first with a score of 45.3.

His winning run in the finals consisted of six hits, all with stomped landings. He started with a big frontside air into a McTwist and then the insane spinning began with a frontside 1080, a Cab 1080, a frontside 900 and a backside 900. All in all, White spun a total of 4,680 degrees in his run.

"I didn't know if I would get the gold, I just knew I wanted it," said White, who has now won just about every major snowboard competition at least once. "This is the best year of my life, I'm so happy my whole family's here. I know I won't have this again. It's amazing, everybody's having such a good time."

White, also an accomplished skateboarder, is without a doubt the most solid freestyle rider this year. He barely missed making the '02 Olympic roster, and left no doubt this time as he swept all five Chevrolet U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix superpipe events, which served as the Olympic qualifiers. His recent double gold performance at X Games Ten (halfpipe and slopestyle) tied him with the legendary Shaun Palmer for most golds (six) in X Games history.

"It's incredible how Shaun drops in on every hit and just owns it," said U.S. halfpipe coach Bud Keene. "He rides the pipe like a vert ramp (for skateboarding) and his style makes him stand out from everyone else."

White's second run was more or less a victory lap, and everyone knew he was going to put on a show. He lofted one of the biggest frontside airs ever seen in a pipe and finished up with a couple of lip slashes - not what the judges were looking for, but stylish and old school none the less.

"Well, I just started to have some fun," said White. "Normally, I drop in and do another (move), but then I thought, 'This is the Olympics, I'll try some sprays."

Kass was the lone U.S. rider with Olympic experience as he was part of the U.S. sweep in '02 when Ross Powers won gold, Kass took silver and JJ Thomas earned bronze. The four-time U.S. Open winner, originally from the East coast but now residing at Mammoth Mountain in California, got just a 20.8 in his first finals run.

Kass' silver medal-winning run featured an air to fakie, a Cab 1080 into a frontside 1080, a Cab 720 into a frontside 720 and a switch alley-oop backside rodeo.

When asked if he could win an Olympic gold medal in 2010 (Vancouver), Kass replied, "You never know. I've been pulling things out of my rear all day, so who knows."

Aguirre, just 18 years old, also threw back-to-back 1080s in his run.

"Mason's future is wide open," said Keene. "He reacted very well to the pressure and was so close to getting on the podium."

Finch had a tough day and didn't help his already-sore ankle when he cased a landing in his first run of the finals. He was coming out of a frontside 1080 into a Cab 720 and landed square on the lip with the base of his board. He got a 9.6 for his first run and could not recover fully, ending up with a score of 24.7 in his second run.

The Bardonecchia Melezet superpipe was in much better condition today than it had been during training over the past week. Kinks were worked out of the walls and the afternoon sun softened up the snow just enough to gain an edge but not slow riders down.

Since snowboarding was officially accepted as a medal sport at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, U.S. men have won six of nine possible halfpipe medals. Powers won the bronze in '98 to kick things off.

The women take to the superpipe Monday. Riding for the U.S. is Gretchen Bleiler (Aspen, CO), Kelly Clark (Mt. Snow, VT), Elena Hight (South Lake Tahoe, CA) and Hannah Teter (Belmont, VT). Clark won gold at the '02 Olympics, the first medal for the U.S. in those Games.

Bardonecchia, ITA - Feb. 12, 2006
Men's Halfpipe

1. Shaun White, Carlsbad, Calif., 46.8
2. Danny Kass, Hamburg, N.J., 44.0
3. Markku Koski, Finland, 41.5
4. Mason Aguirre, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 40.3
5. Antti Autti, Finland, 39.1
12. Andy Finch, Fresno, Calif., 24.7


Results: Snowboard
Men's Halfpipe
Bardonecchia - Sun 12 February 2006 - Start time 14:00

1*WHITE Shaun**USA*46.8*
2*KASS Daniel**USA*44.0*
3*KOSKI Markku**FIN*41.5*
4*AGUIRRE Mason**USA*40.3*
5*AUTTI Antti**FIN*39.1*
6*ZEBROWSKI Gary**FRA*38.6*
7*KELLER Markus**SUI*38.5*
8*SCHMIDT Christophe**GER*37.5*
9*LUEPS Vinzenz**GER*36.8*
10*MATTILA Risto**FIN*35.8*
11*LIPSCOMB Crispin**CAN*33.5*
12*FINCH Andy**USA*24.7*
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It still amazes me that you will include the cross country skiing, jumping and combined events as >>other<< ones. It still remains that these make up the majority of on-snow events in the Winter Olympics as well as the most athletic.
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Snowboard W Halfpipe: Teter (1) Bleiler (2) Clark (4)


American pipe: U.S. snowboarders dominate again
Posted: Feb.13, 2006, 8:24 am CST; Updated: Feb.13, 2006, 8:23 pm CST
BARDONECCHIA, Italy (AP) -- When it comes to snowboarding, the Olympics are America's halfpipe and the rest of the world is just shredding in it.

That point was driven home again Monday, when Americans Hannah Teter won gold and Gretchen Bleiler won silver, adding more hardware to the two medals the U.S. men won the day before.

"USA. Representing," Bleiler said. "We're doing a good job. That's about all I can say."

Were it not for Norway's Kjersti Buaas throwing the run of her life, the Americans would have earned the sweep they almost had when Shaun White , Danny Kass and Mason Aguirre finished 1-2-4.

But Buass' run was worth the bronze and when Kelly Clark , the 2002 Olympic champion, slipped after her final jump -- a tough, 900-degree spin -- in an attempt to make the medal stand, she wound up 0.9 points short of third.

"All of Europe is depending on me," Buaas said before taking off for her final run. "I got speed and tried to go big because they have so many tricks and I don't."

The story of the top two finishers could easily be labeled, "Beauty and the Geek."

The 24-year-old Bleiler is no stranger to sexy photo shoots and could probably find a career in modeling when the snowboarding is over (view photos http://www.nbcolympics.com/snowboard...7/detail.html).

But cocky, she is not.

Teter, meanwhile, is an unabashed goofball, all giggles, full of mumbled, stream-of-conciousness answers.

The 19-year-old lists one of her favorite hobbies as making syrup out of sap from trees near her home in Vermont (she explains). She was born and raised among a family that loved shredding. Her two brothers also are on the U.S. snowboard team and the oldest manages what they call Team Teter (view photos). Teter says her competitive spirit came from hangin' with the boys -- jumping on the trampoline, seeing who can hold their breath the longest underwater.

She plans to staple her new gold medal to the wall of the playhouse where she and her brothers hang out.

"I'm gonna staple it in with a real staplegun," she said.

And how will being an Olympic champion change her life?

"Maybe I'll get to buy a boat," she said. "I'm still going to be laid back. I'm still going to be grateful."


Gold to Teter, Silver to Bleiler in Halfpipe

BARDONECCHIA, Italy (Feb. 13) - U.S. Snowboarding continued to rack up Olympic medals Monday as Hannah Teter (Belmont, VT) won gold and Gretchen Bleiler (Aspen, CO) took silver in Women's Halfpipe. Kelly Clark (Mt. Snow, VT) was just off the podium in fourth and Elena Hight (Zephyr Cove, NV) was sixth.

Bleiler (L) and Teter share the stoke.

Following Teter and Bleiler was Norwegian Kjersti Buaas, who took bronze.

Teter's gold medal run went like this: frontside 540 melon, method air, frontside 900 stalefish, indy air, frontside 360 with a frontside grab and a switch Cab 540 stalefish.

Teter had already wrapped up gold going into her second run, but she decided not to take a victory lap and laid down another huge pass through the superpipe.

"I was standing up there and Gretchen went and just threw down so hard and I thought she had me, said Teter. "I was like, 'I'd better step it up'. (In my last run) I just wanted to step it up and do my thing and just go as big as possible and totally represent."

Bleiler, who won four of five Chevrolet U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix superpipe events (Olympic qualifiers) this season, started out with a crippler and also threw back-to-back 540s and a 900 in her run.

"It was an absolutely unbelievable day today," said Bleiler, who just missed qualifying for the '02 Games. "The Olympics and medaling at the Olympics has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. I worked so hard to get where I am today and it hasn't been easy, not one day of it. So many ups, so many downs. It's just an unbelievable feeling getting through all of that and accomplishing a dream and a goal."

Clark, the 2002 Olympic gold medalist in pipe, just missed getting on the podium. As usual, she was going huge, but she fell on a frontside 900 on her final hit.

"Kelly really pushed the limits of women's riding by going huge and super technical," said U.S. halfpipe coach Bud Keene.

Hight, just 16 years old, podiumed at all five Grand Prix events to make the Torino Olympic roster.

"Everyone rode really hard and put it all on the line and we're all stoked for eachother," said Hight. "That's what's so awesome about snowboarding. It's such a tight sport and we travel so much that the people you travel with become your closest friends and your family. It's really cool to see eachother do well"

"Dropping in, I was more nervous than I've ever been at a contest before," said Hight. "Once you're snowboarding, it's what we do every day, so it (the nervousness) kind of goes away."

Since halfpipe debuted as a medal sport at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, U.S. women have won four of nine possible medals in the event as Shannon Dunn won bronze in '98.

Yesterday, the U.S. men dominated the pipe as Shaun White (Carlsbad, CA) took gold and Danny Kass (Hamburg, NJ) won his second consecutive Olympic silver. In '02, Ross Powers, Kass and JJ Thomas swept the medals in Utah, while Powers won bronze in '98.

Overall, U.S. riders have won 10 of a possible 18 Olympic medals in halfpipe.

"This was snowboarding at its highest level," said Keene. "It was unbelievable."

Bardonecchia, ITA - Feb. 13
Women's Halfpipe

1. Hannah Teter, Belmont, Vt.
2. Gretchen Bleiler, Aspen, Colo.
3. Kjersti Buaas, Norway
4. Kelly Clark, Mt. Snow, Vt.
5. Torah Jane Bright, Australia
6. Elena Hight, Zephyr Cove, Nev.

Results: Snowboard
Ladies' Halfpipe
Bardonecchia - Mon 13 February 2006 - Start time 14:00

1*TETER Hannah**USA*46.4*
2*BLEILER Gretchen**USA*43.4*
3*BUAAS Kjersti**NOR*42.0*
4*CLARK Kelly**USA*41.1*
5*BRIGHT Torah**AUS*41.0*
6*HIGHT Elena**USA*37.8*
7*PESKO Manuela Laura**SUI*35.9*
8*VIDAL Doriane**FRA*35.7*
9*NAKASHIMA Shiho**JPN*33.1*
10*YAMAOKA Soko**JPN*32.7*
11*MAAS Cheryl**NED*16.5*
12*FUSHIMI Chikako**JPN*15.6*
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Alpine M Combined: Ligety (1) Miller DSQ


By Ski Racing Staff
February 14, 2006

SESTRIERE, Italy — Ted Ligety smoked the competition to earn a stunning gold medal in the men's combined Tuesday. Entering the second run in third place, Ligety laid down an impressive run to finish the combined with a time of 3 minutes, 9.35 seconds.

"I just threw down whatever I had," Ligety said, grinning and breathless on Austrian television. "I knew I was trailing [Austrian Benni] Raich by eight-tenths and it would take everything to knock off a guy of that caliber. I don't know what to say. I'm absolutely ecstatic right now."

"I was actually with Bode when they called down that he’d disqualified, and we both kind of looked at each other," Ligety said. "We were like, are you serious. ... I was pretty bummed for him. … I want to be winning races because I beat people skiing."

Ligety had the line of the press conference, referring to Miller's controversial "60 Minutes" remarks in January. "No, I have not skied when I'm drunk," Ligety said.


Men’s Olympic combined, Sestriere, Feb. 14, 2006 … It is the second event of 10 scheduled for the Olympic Games. … It is the first world-level victory for Ted Ligety. He had never won a World Cup race (was second in slalom at Adelboden). … It is the 11th Olympic gold medal in alpine for the USA. … The first officially in combined. (Phil Mahre won the combined in 1980 at Lake Placid, but combined was not counted as an Olympic medal). … It is the 29th Olympic medal (alpine) for USA. … The first of these Games and first since Bode Miller won silver in GS at SLC Feb. 21, 2002. … The last USA gold medal in an alpine event was Picabo Street in SG at Nagano Feb. 11, 1998. … Ligety is the youngest U.S. alpine gold medal winner since Deb Armstrong at Sarajevo Feb. 13, 1984. … He is the third U.S. alpine skier to win an Olympic gold medal without previously winning a World Cup race: Deb Armstrong Feb. 13, 1984 Sarajevo and Tommy Moe Feb. 13, 1994 Lillehammer. … Ligety had been 3.06 seconds behind following the DH leg of the event.

It is the first Olympic medal for Ivica Kostelic. … It is the fifth Olympic medal for Croatia, the first not won by Janica Kostelic. … Ivica Kostelic has previously won seven World Cup races, scored 14 World Cup podiums. … and a World Championships gold medal in slalom from 2003.

It is the first Olympic medal for Rainer Schoenfelder. … He had been fourth in combined at Salt Lake City … It is the 88th Olympic medal for Austria. … The 12th in combined.

The winning margin was .53. … Third place was 1.32 out. … The top eight skiers were within two seconds. Austria has two Olympic medals; France, USA, Croatia and Switzerland each have one


American Ligety, 21, wins combined gold medal
Posted: Feb.14, 2006, 1:22 pm CST
SESTRIERE, Italy (AP) -- Young Ted Ligety gave the United States the Olympic gold medal that Bode Miller couldn't deliver Tuesday night, uncorking two dynamic slalom runs to win the men's combined and break the Americans' bad luck in Alpine skiing.

The 21-year-old skier from Park City, Utah, in his first Olympics, had a combined time of 3 minutes, 9.35 seconds for the downhill and two slalom runs. Ivica Kostelic of Croatia won the silver medal, 53-hundredths of a second behind the American at 3:09.88. Rainer Schoenfelder of Austria captured the bronze at 3:10.67.

Austrian favorite Benjamin Raich , the leader going into the final slalom run, skied off course, setting off a red-white-and-blue celebration at the finish area.

"It's incredible," Ligety said. "I can't believe it (happened) in combined because I'm not very good in downhill."

He said it would have been even better if Raich had finished.

"I would prefer to win standing up to him," Ligety said.

It was only the fourth Olympic Alpine gold medal ever for U.S. men.

"You've just got to get in the starting gate and throw down whatever you've got," Ligety said.

"If it's clear, it's clear," Miller said.

By his own assessment, Miller was not as wild as he usually is.

"I wasn't so much conservative as just bad," he said.

Still, it might have been good enough had it not been for his mistake in the "flush," when the skier comes out of a straight line of flags and makes a sharp turn.

"It's a clear straddle," McNichol said.

Like a cowboy riding a wild horse, Miller was a sharp contrast to the smooth, swivel-hipped style of Raich in a classic U.S.-Austrian showdown on a cloud-shrouded evening in the Italian Alps.

Miller picked up time through the middle portion of the course Tuesday to finish 32-hundredths of a second ahead of Defago. He was 32nd out of the gate after skipping the Monday training run that determined Tuesday's starting order.

He delivered the kind of nail-biting run that has made him among the world's best, making turns on one ski and soaring through jumps.

Miller found a tight line, swiping many of the red gates with his arms as he sped by. The line made for speed - at one point he was clocked at 78 mph.

Within view of the finish line bleachers, Miller nailed the last jump in unusual style. In midair, rather than thrusting out his arms sideways for balance as he often does, he extended them behind his back, his poles sticking straight up.


Ligety Wins Gold in Combined!

SESTRIERE, Italy (Feb. 14) - Olympic rookie Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) laid down two near-perfect slalom runs to win the gold medal in the Men's Combined Tuesday night in the Colle venue.

Ligety won with a combined (downhill and two slalom runs) time of 3:09.35. Croatian Ivica Kostelic, a former world slalom champion, won the silver in 3:09.88 and Austrian Rainer Schoenfelder took bronze in 3:10.67.

Also for the U.S., Scott Macartney (Redmond, WA) was 16th and Steven Nyman (Orem, UT) was 29th. Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH) was disqualified after straddling a slalom gate.

"I put down two really solid runs, but I can't believe I'm an Olympic champion," said Ligety, 21. "I don't understand it."

This season, Ligety's posted three podium finishes on the World Cup circuit. Just prior to the Olympics, he was second in a slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland and he took thirds in Slovenia and Beaver Creek, Colo.

"I don't even know what's happening right now for sure," said Ligety, the reigning U.S. Slalom Champion. "This is unbelievable."

Ligety skied his first World Cup in 2003, where he missed qualifying for a second giant slalom run in Park City, Utah.

Miller won the afternoon downhill portion of the combined and went into the slalom with a .32 second lead over the field, but straddled gate 42 in his first slalom run and was disqualified.

“I came down and the run felt fine," said Miller. "I had no idea I had straddled, unlike Wengen (a World Cup race last month where Miller also was disqualified) where I knew my ski had hit the gate. I was in the recovery room already getting ready for the second run when I heard it on the radio and I looked at the replay. To me it was clear, so there was no reason to protest it.”

"I felt sorry for him (Miller)," said Ligety. "I was really bummed out for him."

Austrian Benjamin Raich was the leader following the first slalom run, but he skied out on his second pass.

Ligety's gold was the fifth medal won by U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding athletes at the Torino Olympics.

Next up for the men's alpiners is the super G, which will be held Feb. 18.

Sestriere, ITA - Feb. 14, 2006
Men's Combined

1. Ted Ligety, Park City, Utah, 3:09.35
2. Ivica Kostelic, Croatia, 3:09.88
3. Rainer Schoenfelder, Austria, 3:10.67
4. Daniel Albrecht, Switzerland, 3:10.73
5. Giorgio Rocca, Italy, 3:10.74
16. Scott Macartney, Redmond, Wash., 3:13.05
29. Steven Nyman, Orem, Utah, 3:22.68
Bode Miller, Bretton Woods, N.H.


Official Results: Alpine Skiing
Men's Combined
Sestriere sub-area Colle - Tue 14 February 2006

1*LIGETY Ted**USA*3:09.35*
2*KOSTELIC Ivica**CRO*3:09.88*
3*SCHOENFELDER Rainer**AUT*3:10.67*
4*ALBRECHT Daniel**SUI*3:10.73*
5*ROCCA Giorgio**ITA*3:10.74*
6*BANK Ondrej**CZE*3:11.00*
7*BERTHOD Marc**SUI*3:11.22*
8*BOURGEAT Pierrick**FRA*3:11.29*
9*FILL Peter**ITA*3:12.21*
10*JANSRUD Kjetil**NOR*3:12.32*
11*LARSSON Markus**SWE*3:12.34*
12*VRABLIK Martin**CZE*3:12.41*
13*GRANGE Jean-Baptiste**FRA*3:12.51*
14*BAXTER Noel**GBR*3:12.79*
15*GORZA Ales**SLO*3:12.91*
16*MACARTNEY Scott**USA*3:13.05*
17*KUCERA John**CAN*3:13.26*
18*BROLENIUS Johan**SWE*3:13.27*
19*JERMAN Andrej**SLO*3:13.80*
20*KRYZL Krystof**CZE*3:14.18*
21*BOURQUE Francois**CAN*3:14.25*
22*HOROSHILOV Alexandr**RUS*3:15.46*
23*SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier**ARG*3:16.54*
24*CHESTAKOV Pavel**RUS*3:16.84*
25*HEIMSCHILD Ivan**SVK*3:18.41*
26*SIROKI Tin**CRO*3:20.16*
27*BABUSIAK Jaroslav**SVK*3:20.78*
28*VIDOSA Roger**AND*3:21.37*
29*NYMAN Steven**USA*3:22.68*
30*SPORN Andrej**SLO*3:23.53*
31*SEDIANKOV Mihail**BUL*3:23.90*
32*SPRECHER Claudio**LIE*3:24.08*
33*ZRNCIC-DIM Natko**CRO*3:24.15*
34*MATT Mario**AUT*3:28.78*
35*NICOLAE Florentin-Daniel**ROM*3:31.89*
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Alpine W Downhill: Dorfmeister (1 AUT) Mancuso (7) Kildow (8)


TORINO: Alpine: Dorfmeister nabs DH gold; Mancuso, Kildow top 10
By Don Cameron, Andy Hawk
February 15, 2006

SAN SICARIO, Italy — Austrian veteran Michaela Dorfmeister, poised to retire after a brilliant career, proved experience counts on the biggest stage of women's alpine ski racing, winning the Olympic downhill in tricky course conditions Wednesday.

"It's like a dream," Dorfmeister said. "I didn't sleep for two nights because I was under so much pressure. But this morning I felt very relaxed and when I took the lift to the start I said, 'Today I'll do it.' "

Dorfmeister, who already has clinched the World Cup downhill title this season, dominated from the start, staying in a tuck over the roughest parts and gliding smoothly over the jumps.

Switzerland's Martina Schild won silver and Sweden's Anja Paerson bronze. While Croatia's Janica Kostelic did not start, American Lindsey Kildow did run despite a bruising training crash, finishing tied for eighth, while Julia Mancuso was seventh.

It was the first Olympic gold for Dorfmeister, 32, who tuned up for the Games with back-to-back super G and downhill World Cup wins at St. Moritz. In her third Olympic Games, it was her second medal. Dorfmeister was the super G silver medalist at the 1998 Nagano Games.

Despite Austria's world dominance in ski racing, Dorfmeister was the first from that country to win the Olympic women's downhill since Annemarie Moser-Proell won at the 1980 Lake Placid Games.

It was the first Olympic medal, and first podium at Olympics or the World Cup level, for Schild. The 24-year-old from Grindelwald was a career-best fifth at the St. Moritz downhill on Jan. 21. She was sixth at St. Moritz in a December 2003 downhill.

Dorfmeister completed the run in 1 minute, 56.49 seconds, besting Schild by .37 and Paerson by .64. Kildow and Mancuso ran late in the pack on the deteriorating course and were more than a second off the pace. But considering her crash in training, the performance was a heroic one for Kildow.

Paerson continues her march toward ski racing legendary status. In just her second Winter Games, she's now nabbed three medals and could secure more before the world departs Torino. Paerson was second in giant slalom and third in slalom at the Salt Lake Games. She's had plenty of success at this venue, with a pair of World Cup wins (downhill, super G, plus a second in combined) on the San Sicario track in February 2005.

"I couldn't get my speed up in the first bit," Paerson said. "I already felt like I had lost the gold medal, but I tried my best. I'm skiing really well in downhill today, and I knew the mistake I made. I skied perfect in some parts today and I'm really very happy."

Schild, granddaughter of 1948 Olympic downhill gold medalist Hedy Schlunegger, was fastest in Monday's downhill training but her podium was a surprise. "I feel great," she said, "but I'm not exactly sure how I feel. I had two good trainings and I tried to do the same again and I did well. That was the best and nicest run I've ever made and I'm happy with second."

"It was kind of flat today for me," Mancuso told reporters, "but it was a lot of fun, especially at the top of the course where there are a lot of jumps. My time was slower even though I felt kind of confident." Mancuso's time of 1:57.71 was good for seventh.

Kildow made a quick return from injury to compete in the downhill. She was injured in downhill training Monday and flown to the hospital in Torino. Kildow posted a 1:57.78 to tie her with Austrian Alexandra Meissnitzer. "I thought I had it in me," Kildow said. "I was pretty nervous at the start. I was OK in the warm-up, but I have a lot of pain in my back. My left butt cheek doesn't seem to work."

Kildow said she probably would skip Friday's combined, which requires a downhill and two slaloms in one day, but expected to be back for the super G on Sunday.

"I wanted to get a medal,'' she said, "but I still have more chances -- so don't give up on me yet.''

American Kirsten Clark finished in 21st position, 2.58 seconds behind the leader. "I thought I skied well," Clark told reporters. "I was attacking and anticipating all of the terrain, so I'm not sure what happened." This is her third Olympics. Her career best is a 12th in downhill at the 2002 Games.

Stacey Cook, competing in her first Olympics, was 19th in 1:58.70.


Women’s DH, San Sicario, Feb. 15, 2006
It is the fourth win of the season for Michaela Dorfmeister. … Her second in DH. … It is her second career Olympic medal, her first gold, her first in DH. … She won a silver medal in SG at Nagano in 1998. … She has also previously won four World Championships medals, two of them gold and one of those gold in DH (St. Anton 2001). … It is the 26th Olympic gold medal for Austria. … The 11th in DH. … She is the first Austrian woman to win Olympic gold in DH since Annemarie Moser-Proell won at Lake Placid in 1980.

It is the best career placing in a world level event for Martina Schild. … Her previous best a fifth in a World Cup DH at St. Moritz earlier this season (Jan. 21). … It is the 52nd Olympic medal for Switzerland. … the second of these Games (Bruno Kernen got bronze in men’s DH), doubling the output from SLC.

It is the 11th podium placing of the season for Anja Paerson. … It is her third career Olympic medal, the first of these Games. … It is the 11th Olympic alpine medal for Sweden, the first of these Games. … It is the second Olympic medal for Sweden in DH, the previous from Pernilla Wiberg Feb. 16, 1998, in Nagano.

It is the seventh top-seven placing of the season for Julia Mancuso. … The fifth since Jan. 27. … It is her second Olympic result, the previous a 13th place in combined at SLC 2002. … It is the best Olympic DH result for an American woman since Picabo Street placed sixth at Nagano in 1998. … It is the 10th top-eight result of the season for Lindsey Kildow. … Her fourth top eight in DH. … It is her third Olympic result, having previously placed sixth in combined and 32nd in slalom at SLC 2002. … It is the fourth-best result of the season for Stacey Cook. … Her first Olympic result. … Twentieth matches the sixth-best result of the season for Emily Brydon. … And matches her best in DH for the season (St. Moritz). … It is her best of three Olympic results, having previously finished 27th in slalom and 38th in GS at SLC in 2002. … Twenty-first matches Kirsten Clark’s eighth-best result of the season (Val d’Isere DH). … It is her eighth Olympic result, her third in DH, having previously finished 12th at SLC 2002 and 28th Nagano 1998. … It is the eighth-best of nine world-level results this season for Kelly Vanderbeek. … It is her first Olympic result. … It is the third world-level result above 30 for Shona Rubens. … It is her first Olympic result. … It is the eighth world-level result above 30 for Sherry Lawrence. .. It is her first Olympic result.

Winning margin was .37. … Top four skiers were within the same second. … Top 16 within two seconds. … Final finisher, Christelle Laure Douibi of Algeria, finished 53.19 seconds out in 40th place.


Dorfmeister wins gold in women's downhill
Americans Mancuso seventh, Kildow eighth
Posted: Feb.15, 2006, 6:23 am CST
SAN SICARIO, Italy (AP) -- Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria won the women's downhill for a long-elusive Olympic gold medal and Lindsey Kildow went from a hospital bed to an inspiring eighth-place finish Wednesday in windy, gloomy conditions in the Italian Alps.

Martina Schild of Switzerland won the silver and Anja Paerson of Sweden the bronze.

Kildow, skiing 48 hours after a horrific crash in a training run put her in a hospital overnight, tied for eighth with Alexandra Meissnitzer of Austria, 1.29 seconds behind the winner. Julia Mancuso was the top U.S. finisher in seventh.

"The pain was something I was going to take no matter what," said Kildow, who said soreness in her back bothered her more than her severely bruised hip.

Skiing at what she said was "maybe 70 percent," the ever-competitive Kildow expected better.

"I knew this course inside and out, so it's disappointing," she said.

Meissnitzer was amazed, though.

"She has magic knees," the Austrian said. "I think it's a miracle she's already racing and she did a good job."

There was nothing close about this one.

On a ski run that overlooked magnificent, rocky mountains near the French border, visibility was difficult as clouds blended in with the snow. That only added to the toughness of a course that, at just under 2 miles, is by far the longest the women will ski this season.

Dorfmeister, who already has clinched the World Cup title this season, dominated from the start, staying in a tuck over the roughest parts and gliding smoothly over the jumps. Her winning time of 1 minute, 56.49 seconds was 37-hundredths ahead of Schild, who is granddaughter of 1948 Olympic downhill gold medalist Hedy Schlunegger. Schild's silver was a surprise because she had only one top 10 finish and no medals on the World Cup circuit this season. However, Schild was fastest in Monday's downhill training run.

Paerson, two-time defending overall World Cup champion, won two medals at the 2002 Olympics, a silver in the giant slalom and bronze in the slalom.

Kildow skied from the 31st spot after escaping with only a bruised hip in Monday's crash. She spent the night in the hospital as a precaution and did not take part Tuesday in the training run that determined the first 30 starting spots.

She said she probably would skip Friday's combined, which requires a downhill and two slaloms in one day, but expected to be back for the super-G on Sunday.

"I wanted to get a medal," she said, "but I still have more chances -- so don't give up on me yet. If I keep recovering as much as I have, I'll keep going."


Mancuso 7th, Kildow 8th in Downhill

SAN SICARIO, Italy (Feb. 15) - Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) was the top American finisher in seventh in Wednesday's Olympic Downhill. Austrian Michaela Dorfmeister won the race. Lindsey Kildow (Vail, CO) tied for eighth, Stacey Cook (Mammoth Lakes, CA) was 19th and Kirsten Clark (Raymond, ME) was 21st.

Mancuso airing her way to a 7th place finish.

Dorfmeister won the gold in 1:56.49 on the San Sicario Fraiteve course. Taking silver was Martina Schild of Switzerland (1:56.86) and Sweden's Anja Paerson won bronze (1:57.13).

Mancuso's time of 1:57.71 was good for seventh. Kildow posted a 1:57.78 to tie her with Austrian Alexandra Meissnitzer. Cook, competing in her first Olympics, was 19th in 1:58.70 and Clark was 21st in 1:59.07.

Mancuso finished third in Tuesday's third and final training run. She was fast on the top section today, but shed some speed on the middle and lower portions of the hills.

"It was kind of flat today for me, but it was a lot of fun, especially at the top of the course where there are a lot of jumps," said Mancuso. "My time was slower even though I felt kind of confident."

As of Tuesday morning, it was unclear whether or not Kildow would race.

In Monday's training run, Kildow caught an edge coming into a jump and was spun 180 degrees in the air. She landed on her back and was taken down the hill on a sled to a waiting helicopter. After spending the night at CTO (Centro Traumatologico Ospedauero, Center for Trauma Treatment) Hospital in Torino, it was announced Tuesday that she would be on the start list for the downhill.

Ranked second in World Cup downhill, Kildow started 31st Wednesday.

"I thought I had it in me," said Kildow. "I was pretty nervous at the start. I was okay in the warm-up, but I have a lot of pain in my back. My left butt cheek doesn't seem to work."

Kildow left the hospital Tuesday afternoon after x-rays were normal. She did not ski in Tuesday's final training session.

"I just wanted to know I could have done it," said Kildow. "I guess I thought that the result would have been a lot better, but I'm just happy to have raced. I think I did pretty well in the middle part of the course, but when I got to the part where I crashed, I was a little nervous."

The next event for the women is the Combined, which will take place Fri., Feb. 17.

San Sicario, ITA - Feb. 15, 2006
Women's Downhill

1. Michaela Dorfmeister, Austria, 1:56.49
2. Martina Schild, Switzerland, 1:56.86
3. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 1:57.13
4. Renate Goetschl, Austria, 1:57.20
5. Nadia Styger, Switzerland, 1:57.62
7. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, Calif., 1:57.71
T8. Lindsey Kildow, Vail, Colo., ,1:57.78
19. Stacey Cook, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 1:58.70
21. Kirsten Clark, Raymond, Maine, 1:59.07


Official Results: Alpine Skiing
Ladies' Downhill
San Sicario Fraiteve - Wed 15 February 2006 - Start time 12:00

1DORFMEISTER Michaela**AUT*1:56.49*
2*SCHILD Martina**SUI*1:56.86*
3*PAERSON Anja**SWE*1:57.13*
4*GOETSCHL Renate**AUT*1:57.20*
5*STYGER Nadia**SUI*1:57.62*
6*HALTMAYR Petra**GER*1:57.69*
7*MANCUSO Julia**USA*1:57.71*
8*KILDOW Lindsey C.**USA*1:57.78*
8*MEISSNITZER Alexandra**AUT*1:57.78*
10*FANCHINI Nadia**ITA*1:57.84*
11*ALCOTT Chemmy**GBR*1:57.85*
12*AUFDENBLATTEN Fraenzi**SUI*1:57.96*
13*RECCHIA Lucia**ITA*1:58.30*
14*BERTHOD Sylviane**SUI*1:58.36*
15*MARCHAND-ARVIER Marie**FRA*1:58.39*
16*JACQUEMOD Ingrid**FRA*1:58.46*
17*HARGIN Janette**SWE*1:58.53*
18*LINDELL-VIKARBY Jessica**SWE*1:58.56*
19*COOK Stacey J**USA*1:58.70*
20*BRYDON Emily**CAN*1:58.97*
21*CLARK Kirsten L**USA*1:59.07*
22*BENT Nike**SWE*1:59.17*
23*KRISTJANSDOTTIR Dagny L.**ISL*1:59.43*
24*VANDERBEEK Kelly**CAN*1:59.63*
25*ROBNIK Petra**SLO*1:59.66*
26*RUBENS Shona**CAN*2:00.30*
27*LAWRENCE Sherry**CAN*2:00.47*
28*MONTILLET-CARLES Carole**FRA*2:01.03*
29*FANCHINI Elena**ITA*2:01.06*
30*RUIZ CASTILLO Carolina**ESP*2:01.09*
31*COLETTI Alexandra**MON*2:01.34*
32*MERIGHETTI Daniela**ITA*2:01.76*
33*ALIEVA Olesja**RUS*2:02.06*
34*NJEIM Chrine**LIB*2:02.86*
35*MACULOVA Sona**SVK*2:03.63*
36*GANTNEROVA Jana**SVK*2:04.60*
37*HUCKOVA Eva**SVK*2:05.32*
38*CASASNOVAS Andrea**ESP*2:06.73*
39*VAZQUEZ Miriam**ARG*2:07.42*
40*DOUIBI Christelle Laura**ALG*2:09.68*
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Freestyle M Moguls: Begg Smith (1 AUS) Dawson (3) Bloom (6) Mayer (7) Cabral (9)


Dawson lone American moguls medalist
Bloom finishes sixth, Australia's Begg-Smith takes gold
Posted: Feb.15, 2006, 11:39 am CST; Updated: Feb.15, 2006, 8:38 pm CST
SAUZE d'OULX, Italy (AP) -- Maybe football really is Jeremy Bloom 's thing.

The two-sport star finished sixth on the Olympic moguls course Wednesday in what will probably be the last stop in a skiing career that forced him to put his football ambitions on hold.

America's only medal went to Toby Dawson , who finished third, behind silver medalist Mikko Ronkainen of Finland and champion Dale Begg-Smith of Australia, who has dominated this sport the past few months.

Bloom was one of the faces to watch in these Olympics. His good looks and a good storyline -- he gave up football because the NCAA wouldn't let him pursue ski endorsements at the same time -- made him one of the most compelling figures in Italy.

But his 25-second run down the mountain was pretty average by his standards -- a big splash of snow flew up after he landed poorly on his second jump. He nodded knowingly at the bottom of the hill after his score popped up, placing him in fourth, out of the medals with three more skiers to go.

The next stop on Bloom's journey will be the NFL scouting combine, which starts next week in Indianapolis. In the buildup to the Olympics, he insisted the journey to Italy was more meaningful to him than the final results.

And in the end, he felt the same way.

"I'm happy with the way I skied and I'm happy with the experience that I had here," said the dominant freestyle skier of 2005. "So there's not much to look down upon."

Fair or not, it still begs the question of whether his plate may have been too full.

Dawson, on the other hand, had pursued skiing with single-minded tenacity during the last four years after he had a self-described meltdown in the qualifying process for the 2002 Games.

Bloom likely has skied his last competitive ski race.
This was not about glamour for the South Korean-born, American-adopted 27-year-old, but rather the hard work of improving on the technical side of making his way through the moguls. Turns count for half a skier's score and Dawson thought he could make himself stand out by going at them more aggressively -- carving is the term -- on his way down the steep, slippery hill.

It made a big enough impression to earn him the bronze, the first and only medal for U.S. men or women in their two days on the moguls course.

Travis Mayer , the silver medalist in 2002, finished seventh and announced his retirement, while teammate Travis Cabral came in ninth.

Begg-Smith won for the fourth time in the last five competitions, the only exception being a second-place finish in the Czech Republic earlier this month. His score of 26.77 was 0.15 points ahead of Ronkainen, who was one of the best in the world earlier in the decade but had been struggling this season.

Begg-Smith flew higher and was more graceful than anyone on his airs -- his skis parallel on the 720-degree, off-axis spin that essentially won it for him on the final jump of the final run of the day.

"I just knew I did what I wanted to do and it was a good run," he said. "There wasn't any room for mistakes so I made sure to not have any. It was one of my better runs ever."

While he and the other medalists will move onto the next ski event, Bloom has a different agenda. It includes heading back to the States and trying to get into some semblance of football shape before the workouts in Indy.

With six touchdowns of 75 yards or more during his two-year college career at Colorado, he figures to get at least a look. Still, at 5-foot-9, 175 pounds, he's small by NFL standards, and he'll have to be at his best during the next few months.

He wasn't Wednesday, which left him looking ahead almost before he caught his breath at the end of the run.

"It's great to have that right now -- something that's such a big challenge right ahead of me," Bloom said.


Dawson Wins Bronze in Moguls

SAUZE d'OULX, Italy (Feb. 15) - First-time Olympian Toby Dawson (Vail, CO) won bronze in moguls Wednesday night under the lights in Sauze d'Oulx. Jeremy Bloom (Loveland, CO) was sixth, Travis Mayer (Steamboat Springs, CO) was seventh and Travis Cabral (South Lake Tahoe, CA) finished ninth.

Dawson just flips for moguls skiing.

Australian Dale Begg-Smith, who leads the World Cup moguls standings, won the gold and was followed by Finn Mikko Ronkainen who took silver.

Dawson, currently fourth in World Cup points, sat in the silver medal spot behind Ronkainen with just Begg-Smith left to ski.

"It definitely wasn't my career run," said Dawson, who was born in South Korea. "I knew I had to have a solid performance for a medal, but I wasn't able to quite do what I wanted to do. No one made mistakes."

Dawson made the U.S. Olympic roster late by winning a World Cup at Deer Valley, Utah on Jan. 13. He followed that with a third in Lake Placid. The 2005 world champ in duals, Dawson has had a sometimes painful road to the Games with injuries in '04 and '05.

"I've really been struggling," said Dawson. "I broke my leg, tore my ligaments and then broke my foot right after that. I still have the pin in my foot. I was just happy I was able to get my health back and compete at full fitness here at the Olympics."

Bloom's run in the finals featured a 720 Cross and a corked 720 Cross.

"I knew I made a little mistake, but I came here to accomplish my goal," said Bloom. "I didn't come here to win any certain color medals and I was so close. I'm happy with the way I skied and I'm happy with the experience I've had here. There's not too much to look down upon."

Bloom, a freshman all-America pick at Colorado, will be heading to the NFL Combines in Indianapolis in late February. The Combines are a chance for potential NFL players to show their stuff in front of team officials, scouts, and coaches.

"It's good to have that right now and right ahead of me," said Bloom. "Most of these guys are taking it easy now, going out tonight. Maybe I won't be, though."

All four U.S. men made the finals as Cabral was second, Bloom fourth, Dawson sixth and Mayer seventh in the afternoon qualifier.

"It wasn't the best run (his finals run) I've ever had, but I gave it my all," said Cabral, the '03 World Cup moguls champion. "I knew to get on the podium I would have needed the perfect run. One little mistake makes a big difference.On the bottom jump, I landed in a hole and split my legs. They (judges) catch that and it costs you. I've worked so hard to put down the run I just put down, it just didn't work out the way I would have liked. I've been working my whole life for this."

The United States has picked up a freestyle medal in all five Olympics since the sport made its debut at the 1992 Games.

"I felt our guys skied great," said U.S. coach Jeff Wintersteen. "Travis Cabral and Jeremy made some small mistakes, but overall they skied great. Dale (Begg-Smith) was phenomenal tonight, he was flawless and that's hard to beat. Overall, I'm pleased with how our boys skied."

Sauze d'Oulx, ITA - Feb. 15, 2006
Men's Moguls

1. Dale Begg-Smith, Australia, 26.77
2. Mikko Ronkainen, Finland, 26.62
3. Toby Dawson, Vail, Colo., 26.30
4. Marc-Andre Moreau, Canada, 25.62
5. Jesper Bjoernlund, Sweden, 25.21
6. Jeremy Bloom, Loveland, Colo., 25.17
7. Travis Mayer, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 24.91
9. Travis Cabral, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 24.38


Results: Freestyle Skiing
Men's Moguls
Sauze d'Oulx Jouvenceaux - Wed 15 February 2006 - Start time 17:30

1*BEGG-SMITH Dale**AUS*26.77*
2*RONKAINEN Mikko**FIN*26.62*
3*DAWSON Toby**USA*26.30*
4*MOREAU Marc-Andre**CAN*25.62*
5*BJOERNLUND Jesper**SWE*25.21*
6*BLOOM Jeremy**USA*25.17*
7*MAYER Travis**USA*24.91*
8*LAHTELA Juuso**FIN*24.42*
9*CABRAL Travis**USA*24.38*
10*COLAS Guilbaut**FRA*23.60*
11*BILODEAU Alexandre**CAN*23.42*
12*FISHER Nick**AUS*23.39*
13*SMYSHLYAEV Alexandr**RUS*23.22*
14*WONG Chris**CAN*22.88*
15*STARK Christoph**GER*22.84*
16*LAHTELA Janne**FIN*22.65*
17*OCHS Pierre**FRA*21.37*
18*BORMOLINI Walter**ITA*21.36*
19*FORTKORD Fredrik**SWE*20.58*
20*UENO Osamu**JPN*19.54*
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Snowboard Cross M: Westcott (1) Smith (6)


Wescott wins first Olympic gold in snowboard cross
Posted: Feb.16, 2006, 8:41 am CST; Updated: Feb.16, 2006, 6:47 pm CST
BARDONECCHIA, Italy (AP) -- Suspended in midair, Seth Wescott 's biggest worry was making sure he didn't land on top of his opponent and crush him. Not exactly a typical Olympic moment.

Then again, snowboard cross isn't a typical Olympic sport.

The American racer missed Slovakia's Radoslav Zidek on that tight landing Thursday, then passed him for the win in the Olympic debut of the wild sport of snowboard cross.

For that, Wescott earned a gold medal. Everyone else got warm compresses and aspirin. It is the third snowboarding gold medal for the U.S. in three attempts at these Games.

"To have a great race like that in the finals, I think it just makes the sport look good," Wescott said.

There was bumping, thrashing, wipeouts and worse during the 90-minutes of NASCAR on Ice, a series of four-man races down the mountain with everyone vying for space on the tight, high-banked, 1,000-yard course.

The women take their turn Friday, with America's biggest snowboard cross star and lone entrant, Lindsey Jacobellis , among the favorites.

In the men's final race, Wescott's winning move stood out for its pure finesse -- a sly slip past Zidek with time running out.

Paul-Henri Delerue of France won bronze.

"I was screaming the entire time," said U.S. coach Peter Foley, who called it the best day of snowboard cross he's ever seen.

Wescott would surely agree.

The 29-year-old capped a decade-long quest to become an Olympic medalist, one that took him through the halfpipe and across the rough-and-tumble courses of snowboard cross, his sport's more violent -- and maybe more exciting -- cousin.

"I think for a lot of people who just see snowboarding in the halfpipe, they might not see all the intricacies of it," Wescott said. "But with this, they love the racing aspect and for all of us, it's one of the things that makes it so exciting to do. I think that translates to the viewing public, too."

On a made-for-TV day in Bardonecchia, Wescott won by being able to stay out of any messes during his four trips down the slope.

In the final, he took the lead from Zidek first by avoiding him on a jump, then picking up speed on the high line of the course and zipping below him after a hard right turn. He led the rest of the way, and beat Zidek to the finish line by about half a board.

"I almost landed on Rado," Wescott said. "I had a bunch of speed coming into that 'hip jump.' I was a little worried in the air that that might be the end of the race right there. I was looking down on him and I wasn't sure exactly where the trajectory was going to put me."

Wescott added this to his win at last year's World Championships, one that set him up as one of the riders to beat in the Torino Games. His career began with mediocre results in the halfpipe, then a switch to racing. He learned in 2003 that snowboard cross -- also known as boardercross -- would become an Olympic sport.

"After that, it was less a question of whether I would make the team and more a matter of what I would accomplish," he said.

This gold medal was anything but preordained. Nothing is in this sport, as Drew Neilson of Canada can attest.

Wescott made a deft move toward the end of the course to overtake the lead and win snowboard cross' first Olympic medal.

About five seconds had elapsed before Neilson was involved in the first wreck of the day. The fastest qualifier in the tame morning runs, Neilson got tripped up by Polish competitor Rafal Skarbek-Malczewski, who slipped and slammed into the netting. Neilson bounded down the course, hurting his back and pelvis on the way.

"His nose caught my tail and I was down before you knew it," Neilson said as he limped away from the course. "That's the beauty of it."

It's a sport that can even turn good friends into combatants, as happened between Americans Nate Holland and Jason Smith .

Racing in a tight, four-man pack against Smith in the quarterfinals, Holland took huge air on a jump about one-third of the way down the course -- so high that his board could plainly be seen wiggling back and forth in the air.

Holland landed on his backside. He thinks he found himself in the jumble because Smith had slowed down in front of him.

"I don't know what he's doing speed-checking in the course on an Olympic game day," Holland said.

Smith's response: That's racin'.

"There's definitely always contact in the sport," he said. "I didn't realize it was him right there. There was definitely no intentional contact off that jump. That's boardercross. That's why a lot of people come out here to watch it."

Smith finished sixth after consolation heats and Holland came in 14th. The fourth American, late substitute Graham Watanabe, wound up 31st.

The biggest wipeout of the day came in a semifinal near the top of the hill when Spain's Jordi Font appeared to lose his balance, reached out and swiped at Canada's Jasey Jay Anderson .

They slammed into the gate, then gathered themselves up and continued down the hill. Anderson beat Font easily for second, which would have earned him the spot in the finals, but he was disqualified for not keeping his board inside the gate.

Anderson protested, but a video review showed no conclusive evidence to overturn the call and Font, whose crash took him past the correct side of the gate, advanced.

"That's boardercross," Anderson said.

Westcott's medal was the fifth of these Olympics for the Americans in snowboarding, which figures to take another step forward in popularity.

In fact, the night of Wescott's win, halfpipe champion Hannah Teter and silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler were on their way to Florida to serve as starters for Sunday's Daytona 500, the biggest event on NASCAR's schedule.

Given the way he moved around in traffic, surely Wescott would fit in there, too.


Veteran Wescott Wins First SBX Gold

BARDONECCHIA, Italy (Feb. 16) - U.S. Snowboarding's Seth Wescott (Carrabassett Valley, ME) made Olympic history Thursday by winning the first ever Olympic Snowboardcross gold medal as the event debuted in Bardonecchia. Jason Smith (Basalt, CO) was sixth, Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, CA) was 14th and Graham Watanabe (Sun Valley, ID) was 31st.

Wescott was followed by silver medal winner Radoslav Zidek of Slovakia, Paul-Henri Delerue of France, who took bronze, and Spain's Jordi Font.

A year after the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, it was announced that snowboardcross would be an official medal event at the Torino Olympics. Snowboarding itself is still a very young Olympic sport as it debuted at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

"Since February of '03 I've been looking to this as the goal that I wanted to accomplish," said Wescott. "So, it's a pretty amazing experience to come here today and actually get that done."

In the final run, Zidek jumped out to a quick lead and held it until Wescott made an amazing heelside pass in a tight right-hand corner. He held the lead all the way to the finish line and won by about a half a board length.

"Seth's run (in the finals) was unbelievable," said U.S. coach Peter Foley. "He was so patient. (Zidek) would go on the inside and leave Seth and build a gap. Seth would just be patient and he knew exactly where he needed to be."

Wescott cruised through the first round and quarterfinals by taking the holeshot and finishing first. In the semis, he placed second behind Delerue and just ahead of Smith, who was third.

One of the most talented all-around riders in the world, Wescott can rip it up in the halfpipe and in deep big-mountain powder as well as on the course. The reigning SBX World Champion attempted to make the '02 Games as a halfpipe rider, but fell short. Over the years (he started riding when he was 10), Wescott spent many hours competing on various snowboardcross tours and was always a primary voice in the march to progress the sport.

"Seeing the amount of marketing that went into this Olympics based around snowboarding, I think snowboarding is really becoming the heart and soul of the Olympic games."

Holland, who recently won the Snowboarder X gold medal at X Games Ten, and Smith ran in the same foursome in the quarterfinals. Smith, riding just in front of Holland, speed-checked before hitting a jump and Holland overshot the landing and couldn't stay on course. Smith ended up winning the heat, which included Delerue, but was later ousted in the semis.

"Nate had it in mind to win and it didn't go his way," said Foley. "It didn't go his way because he didn't think Jason was gonna slow down that much and Jason did. But, you have to watch out. You have to leave yourself room in a situation like that and you can't count on the other person to ride the way you want them to.

Watanabe was a late entry as he replaced Jayson Hale (Sugar Bowl, CA), who was injured in a training run earlier in the week. A former snowboard racer, Watanabe qualified 29th and was knocked out of the contest in the first round.

The snowboardcross demands that competitors be solid all-around riders as it includes both racing and freestyle elements. The course is full of jumps, berms, tight turns and gates, so carving and big airs can both be found in the same event. The Bardonecchia course had 38 total features along its 3,000-foot length.

All four U.S. starters made it out of the qualification round and into the 32-man final field.

In qualifications, riders take two runs on the course by themselves. The top 32 advance to the final rounds, where eight four-man heats kick things off. From the first round of finals, the top-two finishers from each heat advance to quarterfinals, then semifinals.

A good amount of carnage on the course is customary, as was proven today when there were six crashes among the eight first round heats.

Wescott's gold was the seventh medal (and fourth gold) won by U.S. skiers and snowboarders so far at the Torino Olympics.

The Women's Snowboardcross makes its debut Friday. Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT) is the lone American competitor.

Bardonecchia, ITA - Feb. 16, 2006
Men's Snowboardcross

1. Seth Wescott, Carrabassett Valley, Maine
2. Radoslav Zidek, Slovakia
3. Paul-Henri Delerue, France
4. Jordi Font, Spain
6. Jason Smith, Basalt, Colo.
14. Nate Holland, Squaw Valley, Calif.
31. Graham Watanabe, Sun Valley, Idaho


Results: Snowboard
Men's Snowboard Cross
Bardonecchia - Thu 16 February 2006 - Start time 10:00

1*WESCOTT Seth**USA*1000*
2*ZIDEK Radoslav**SVK*800*
3*DELERUE Paul-Henri**FRA*600*
4*FONT Jordi**ESP*500*
5*ANDERSON Jasey Jay**CAN*450*
6*SMITH Jason R.**USA*400*
7*HAYLER Damon**AUS*360*
8*KRASSNIG Dieter**AUT*320*
9*HUSER Marco**SUI*290*
10*BOIVIN Francois**CAN*260*
11*TAGLIAFERRI Tommaso**ITA*240*
12*JOHANSSON Jonatan**SWE*220*
13*NOVOTNY Michal**CZE*200*
14*HOLLAND Nate**USA*180*
15*UNTERRAINER Hans Joerg**AUT*160*
16*CHIMURA Itaru**JPN*150*
17*NEILSON Drew**CAN*140*
18*DELERUE Xavier**FRA*130*
19*GRUENER Lukas**AUT*120*
20*LIGOCKI Mateusz**POL*110*
21*GRUNDELIUS Jonte**SWE*100*
23*VELISEK Tom**CAN*80*
24*POZZOLINI Stefano**ITA*70*
26*SCHIAVON Alberto**ITA*50*
27*LAYER Michael**GER*45*
28*BLOMBERG Mattias**SWE*40*
29*DUCLOS Sylvain**FRA*36*
30*FUCHS Mario**AUT*32*
31*WATANABE Graham**USA*28*
32*SPEISER David**GER*26*
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Women's Snowboard cross results:


#1 Tanja Frieden, Switzerland
#2 Lindsey Jacobellis, United States
#3 Dominique Maltais, Canada
#4 Maelle Ricker, Canada
#5 Mellie Francon, Switzerland
#6 Maria Danielsson, Sweden
#7 Yuka Fujimori, Japan
#8 Marie Laissus, France
#9 Isabel Clark Ribeiro, Brazil
#10 Deborah Anthonioz, France

From http://www.tsn.ca/olympics/news_stor...bname=olympics

But the real action came in the final, when the riders line up four-wide at the starting gate and battle down the 1,000-metre course. Maltais was battling for position after Ricker went down when she went careening into the netting after a jump and nearly hit a spectator.

That made it a two-woman show and it wasn't even a contest. Jacobellis could have practically crawled the rest of the way to the finish line. She probably wishes she had. With all of her competitors well behind, the American made a hotdog grab of her board and fell. While she scrambled to her feet, Frieden became the first women's champion in the strange and wild sport.

When Jacobellis crossed the finish line, she put her hands on her knees and held her palms up. U.S. coach Peter Foley fell onto the ground in disbelief.
Canadian site, so story emphasis on the Bronze medalist.
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Snowboard Cross W: Frieden (1 SUI) Jacobellis (2)


TORINO: Snowboardcross: Jacobellis gaffe hands gold to Frieden
By Alex C. Pasquariello
February 17, 2006
BARDONECCHIA, Italy — If the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics have taught the world anything about the developing disciplines of snowboarding, it’s that style is supreme and pushing the limits of the sport is the only way to ride.

But in the first-ever women’s snowboardcross final, favorite Lindsey Jacobellis learned the hard way that image isn’t everything.

Coasting to what should have been an easy victory, the American went for a board grab on a method air just in front of the finish line. It looked good until she landed, caught her heelside edge and sat down hard. While she scrambled to her feet, Switzerland's Tanja Frieden sped past and became the first champion in the sport of Olympic women's snowboardcross.

Still, Jacobellis found support in her snowboarding teammates. Men’s gold medalist Wescott said he understood exactly what was going on her head. He’s known for inserting style into his winning runs. And like Jacobellis, he has a background in halfpipe but failed to qualify for the Olympic squad.

"Sometimes it's subconscious, but that was putting on a show," Wescott said. "It's one of those things. I did it in my early rides yesterday but you've got to choose your time and make sure you don't miss."

Jacobellis also isn’t the only American shredder to push their limits a little too far at the Torino Games. Kelly Clark, the 2002 halfpipe gold medalist, was stomping a horizon-expanding second finals run when she dropped a massive, but probably unnecessary frontside 900 – on her last hit. She butt-checked the landing, knocking her not only out of the medals, but likely off the top of the podium.

Jacobellis’s gaffe is magnified by the fact that she was the only woman representing America in the sport and snoboardcross, not unlike NASCAR, is all about who crosses the line first no matter how ugly. The event features four riders starting at the same time and racing down a course that is full of jumps, turns, rollers and physical contact. Frequent crashes, along with the racing and freestyle elements, make for an interesting spectator sport.

"Anything can happen in snowboardcross, that's just part of the game," said Jacobellis, whose silver was the eighth total medal for U.S. skiers and snowboarders. Six have come from snowboarding, one from alpine skiing and one from freestyle.


Jacobellis flub makes Frieden a champion
Posted: Feb.17, 2006, 8:13 am CST; Updated: Feb.17, 2006, 6:08 pm CST
BARDONECCHIA, Italy (AP) -- Alone in the clear, Lindsey Jacobellis could have practically crawled to the finish line and won.

After an Olympic-sized flub, she probably wishes she had.

Coasting to what should have been a runaway victory Friday, the 20-year-old American grabbed her board on the second-to-last jump before the finish line. Inexplicably -- and some say inexcusably -- she fell.

"I was caught up in the moment," Jacobellis said.

While she scrambled to her feet, Switzerland's Tanja Frieden caught up and sped past Jacobellis to become the first champion in the strange and wild sport of Olympic women's snowboard cross. Jacobellis, who is sometimes referred to by her parents as "Lucky Lindsey," settled for silver.

Then, the debate began.

"She definitely styled that a little too hard," U.S. snowboarding coach Peter Foley said, after looking at a frame-by-frame breakdown of the jump taken by Associated Press photographers.

Jacobellis was so far ahead as she approached the fateful jump that Frieden couldn't even be seen in the early frames of the AP photo breakdown.

So, the question is, should Jacobellis have gone for the so-called "backside method grab" she attempted at the end -- a trick she rarely tries and one that included a flashy 60-degree twist right in front of the grandstands?

After Jacobellis attempted to grab her board going over the second to last jump, she caught an edge upon landing and lost the gold medal.
To many, it was blatant hot-dogging. In the moments after the race, Jacobellis insisted it was pretty much standard operating procedure and that she did it only to "create stability."

A few hours later, in a conference call, she held to that point, but also conceded there might have been some showboating going on.

"I was having fun," she said. "Snowboarding is fun. I was ahead. I wanted to share my enthusiasm with the crowd. I messed up. Oh well, it happens."

She went tumbling after the jump, which she had executed cleanly in her four previous runs through qualifying and the early rounds of finals.

Foley fell to the ground in shock. Jacobellis' family and friends, dressed in funky red-white-and-blue hats in the stands, stared at the finish line with their mouths agape.

"She just tweaked it too hard," Foley said after looking at the AP photos. "Definite styling on that jump. That's a good stable grab but she pulled it across too far, definitely, for it to be safe."

Of course, even the most rigid of riders would admit that snowboarding is about style. Jacobellis fits that mold. She was ubiquitous on Visa commercials back in the States, has done her fair share of photo shoots and doesn't shirk from the publicity that comes with being one of America's stars in the sport.

In the leadup to the Olympics, Jacobellis also had dreams of competing in the halfpipe, where the kind of grab that cost her on the snowboard cross course is much more common.

So, trying to finish with flair might not have seemed so out of line, especially given the lead she had.

Men's gold medalist Seth Wescott does it and so does his flashy teammate, Nate Holland .

"She's 20 years old," Foley said. "If she got caught up in the moment, she got caught up in the moment. It's not the end of the world for me. When I saw her go off the jump, I didn't see anything weird about it. I didn't go, like, 'Oh, no!' Especially because Nate and Seth grab method almost every run."

Despite losing gold, Jacobellis still considered her day a successful one.
Wescott, who was on hand, said indeed he does go for style -- just not in the most crucial of situations.

"Sometimes it's subconscious, but that was putting on a show," Wescott said. "You've got to choose your time and make sure you don't miss."

Wescott is Frieden's boyfriend and his opinion may not have been completely objective.

But he was hardly alone.

"You're not supposed to grab your board," Canadian bronze medalist Dominique Maltais said. "It's not a halfpipe race, it's just boardercross."

And American Jayson Hale : "It's kind of a little victory thing. And when you've got that much of a lead at the end, you throw in something for the crowd, for fun. It happens. Just not at the Olympics and not when you've got a medal in your hand."

Jacobellis got the medal, only a different color than it probably should have been.

She didn't feel her finish -- the Lindsey Leap -- reflected poorly on Americans.

"I don't think that at all," she said. "Just because we win a lot doesn't mean we're showboating."

Maybe the oddest part of the whole day was that the key sequence came with Jacobellis all alone, not bunched up in the crowd, which is when the memorable moments are supposed to come on a snowboard cross course.

In this sport, four riders take off from the starter's gate and go shoulder-to-shoulder through the 1,000-yard, high-banked, narrow track. Wild crashes are common.

At the beginning of the final run, there were some more traditional thrills and spills.

Canadian Maelle Ricker , the fastest woman in qualifying, came off a jump, rotated awkwardly, caught her backside edge on the landing and smacked her back and head onto the ground. She was taken off the course on a stretcher and flown to a hospital in Torino, and was later released with no major injuries.

A few moments after that wreck, Maltais lost her balance and careened into the netting after a jump.

Those wrecks made it a two-woman show, though really, it wasn't even that.

As she approached the fateful jump, Jacobellis had a bigger lead than anyone in any heat, men's or women's, in two days of racing in the newest, wildest sport on the Olympic program.

All over but the shouting, they say.

"But sometimes," Maltais said, "things like this happen in snowboard cross."

And because of it, Jacobellis had a lot of explaining to do.


Jacobellis Grabs Silver in SBX

BARDONECCHIA, Italy (Feb. 17) - Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT) won the inaugural silver medal in the Olympic Women's Snowboardcross event Friday afternoon in Bardonecchia.

Tanja Frieden of Switzerland won the gold medal, with the bronze going to Dominique Maltais of Canada.

Jacobellis, the lone American rider in the field, led for most of the final run before crashing on a jump on the lower portion of the course. Leading by a good margin, Jacobellis pulled a small, albeit stylish, method air and sketched her landing by catching her heelside edge, causing her to sit down.

Frieden had no problem cruising past Jacobellis to earn the gold. Jacobellis got up and still finished ahead of Maltais and Maelle Ricker, also from Canada.

"I was gonna try grabbing method or indy, whatever came first," said Jacobellis. "My front hand came down first, so I tried to grab, but it just didn't work."

Jacobellis frequently grabs her board while in the air as the lower center of gravity and feel of the deck add stability.

"I was a little frustrated when I fell because I was trying really hard all day not to be thrown by that jump," said Jacobellis. "Over the second to last jump, I tried a grab to stabilize myself in the air, and it didn't work."

"At first I was a little bit angry," Jacobellis said. "But, I came to the Olympics to do my best and have fun. It was a really good course. No one got hurt today, which is also a plus."

After biffing on the method air landing, Jacobellis jokingly added "As a freestyler, I bow my head in shame."

Jacobellis had the best start of her day in the finals and jumped out to an early lead. She distanced herself from the pack as the other three riders got held up.

"All of a sudden, Lindsey had this humongous lead," said U.S. coach Peter Foley. "She got through all of the hardest stuff and just landed that jump a little bit off balance. She grabs her board on lots of the jumps, because that's a stable position for her. I dont know if she held the grab just a little bit too long on that jump and that's what set her off on the weird edge."

Jacobellis was not aware of how big a lead she had and after sitting down thought that all three girls would pass her.

"I thought everyone was right behind me, and I thought I missed a chance at any podium spot."

The snowboardcross made its Olympic debut Thursday with the men's event. U.S. rider Seth Wescott (Carrabassett Valley, ME) won gold.

The event features four riders starting at the same time and racing down a course that is full of jumps, turns, berms and gates. Frequent crashes, along with the racing and freestyle elements, make for an interesting spectator sport.

"Anything can happen in snowboardcross, that's just part of the game," said Jacobellis.

Jacobellis' silver was the eighth total medal for U.S. skiers and snowboarders. Six have come from snowboarding, one from alpine skiing and one from freestyle.

Olympic snowboard events wrap up with parallel giant slalom races. The men run on Feb. 22 and the women race on the 23rd in Bardonecchia.

Bardonecchia, ITA - Feb. 17, 2006
Women's Snowboardcross

1. Tanja Frieden, Switzerland
2. Lindsey Jacobellis, Stratton Mountain, Vt.
3. Dominique Maltais, Canada
4. Maelle Ricker, Canada
5. Mellie Francon, Switzerland
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Alpine W Combined: Kostelic (1 CRO) Mancuso (9)


TORINO: Alpine: Janica Kostelic wins women's combined
By Andy Hawk
February 18, 2006

SESTRIERE, Italy - Janica Kostelic won an Olympic medal again, and of course it was gold. A record gold.

The 24-year-old Croatian on Saturday became the first woman to win four Olympic alpine gold medals when she fought off illness and beat her main rival to defend her championship in the combined event.

Her five Olympic medals overall -- she also has one silver -- tied Kostelic for the most by a woman in alpine skiing with Swiss great Vreni Schneider and Germany's Katja Seizinger. Kostelic is entered in three more medal races these Games.

Kostelic's total time between the downhill and two slalom runs Friday night was 2 minutes, 51.08 seconds, beating Austrian Marlies Schild by a half-second and leaving rival Anja Paerson of Sweden in third.


XX Winter Olympics, women's combined
It is the fifth of 10 events on the Olympic alpine schedule. … The second of five women’s events.

It is the 27th scoring result of the season for Janica Kostelic. … Her sixth win. … Second in combined. … It is her fifth Olympic medal, tying her with Vreni Schneider for the women’s record. … It is her fourth Olympic gold medal, tying her with Kjetil Andre Ammodt for the all-time record (he collected his fourth gold earlier in the day). … It is the sixth Olympic alpine medal for Croatia. … And second of these Games after Janica’s brother, Ivica, earned silver in the men’s combined four days ago. … It is her third straight Olympic gold medal (also won GS and SL in 2002) and her second straight Olympic gold in combined. … She has medaled in five straight Olympic races – she declined to race the opening DH in 2006.

It is the seventh podium placing of the season for Marlies Schild. … Her first Olympic result and medal. … It is the 91st Olympic alpine medal for Austria. … the fifth of these Games. … And the third silver of these Games.

It is the 12th podium of the season for Anja Paerson. … Her second of the Games. … It is her fourth Olympic medal in four Olympic starts. … It is the 12th alpine Olympic medal for Sweden. … Paerson passes Ingemar Stenmark and Pernilla Wiberg, who each recorded three for Sweden, on the all-time Swedish medal list.

Ninth matches the eighth-best result of the season for Julia Mancuso. … Her second-best of the Olympics after seventh in the DH. … It is her third Olympic result, having also placed 13th in CMB in 2002. … It is the best result of the season for Brigitte Acton, her first CMB result. … It is her first Olympic result. … It is the second-best result of the season, and best in CMB for Resi Stiegler. … It is her first Olympic result. … Thirteenth matches Emily Brydon’s third-best result of the season, and best in CMB by one placing. … It is her best Olympic result of four. … It is her second result of these Games, the previous 20th in DH. … Seventeenth matches Kaylin Richardson’s best result of the season. … It is her first Olympic result. … Shona Rubens of Canada was a DNF in the first run of slalom. … Lindsey Kildow was a second-run SL DNF.

Winning margin was a half a second (.50). … Top three were within the same second. … Top four skiers within two seconds.


Kostelic defends women's combined title
Updated: Feb.18, 2006, 4:59 pm CST
SESTRIERE, Italy (AP) -- It's almost as if Janica Kostelic expects her tremendous success.

On Saturday, the Croatian won the women's combined event and became the first woman to win four Olympic gold medals in Alpine skiing. And she did it despite being sick enough that she thought she might not be able to race.

Her response: No big deal.

"The gold medal is there to win," she said. "It's the normal thing for me."

Not so for her rival, Anja Paerson.

The Swede has been winning just as much as Kostelic recently on the World Cup circuit -- she's the two-time defending overall champion -- but come the Olympics, her color is bronze, not gold.

Paerson was ecstatic after finishing third in Wednesday's downhill, a relatively new discipline for the former slalom specialist. Gold was her only goal for the combined race, though, and finishing third again was tough to take.

"It's like winning and coming last -- that's the difference," Paerson said, comparing her two medals at these games.

Paerson also won a silver and a bronze at the Salt Lake City Games four years ago, while Kostelic took home three golds and a silver.

"I wanted to come here to be an Olympic champion, and today I felt like I lost one of those opportunities," Paerson said.

Kostelic, meanwhile, passed Vreni Schneider, Katja Seizinger and Deborah Compagnoni in the Olympic gold medal standings.

"It's always nice to know that," Kostelic said, "but records are meant to be beaten, so someone else will win five."

She sat out the downhill with a high pulse and said she was "shaking" at the start Saturday.

"I'm not in good physical condition, but I always ski well when I'm sick," Kostelic said, adding that she was "99 percent" sure she would sit out Sunday's super-G.

She later told Reuters television that she was definitely out.

Kostelic has dealt with medical problems her entire career. She's had several knee operations, had her thyroid removed and missed the entire 2003-04 season.

"Janica is always sick. Every three months, she has a crisis," said her father and coach, Ante Kostelic.

Ante is a proud father these days, and not just for Janica.

Ivica Kostelic won a silver in the men's combined on Tuesday for his first Olympic medal. It's the first time since 1980 in Lake Placid (Andreas and Hanni Wenzel of Liechtenstein) that a brother and sister have won medals at the same Winter Olympics.

Janica said she was happier for her brother's medal than her own.

"I know how much it means to him," she said. "I already have medals."

Kostelic finished in 2 minutes, 51.08 seconds and has won her last seven combined races.

The combined is the ultimate test for an all-around skier because it adds the times from one high-speed downhill run to two turn-heavy slalom legs - two disciplines that require completely different techniques.

Only Kostelic and Paerson are considered experts at both disciplines, so it was surprising that Marlies Schild of Austria won the silver medal, half a second off the pace. Schild is a top slalom skier but never has finished better than 12th in a World Cup downhill.

Usually, the downhill leg opens the combined in the morning, with the slalom runs later in the day. The race here was reversed when high winds forced the downhill leg to be postponed from Friday to Saturday afternoon. The slalom runs were held as planned Friday night.

Schild couldn't hold her 0.46-second lead over Kostelic after the slalom portion, but the Austrian did hold off Paerson.

"She skied really well in downhill considering she's not a downhill skier," Kostelic said.

Julia Mancuso was the top U.S. finisher in ninth, but she failed to make up as much ground in the downhill as she had expected.

Mancuso moves on to the super-G in search of the first medal of these games for the U.S. Alpine women, who were shut out in Salt Lake City four years ago.

"I think it's going to be a good race," she said, "but I want to go rest now."


Mancuso 9th, 3 U.S. Top 20 in Combined

SAN SICARIO, Italy (Feb. 18) - After several weather delays, the women's combined event was completed Saturday. Three U.S. skiers finished in the top-20 as Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) was ninth, Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) placed 11th and Kaylin Richardson (Edina, MN) was 17th. Croatian Janica Kostelic took the gold.

Julia Mancuso speeds to the top U.S. finish in the Olympic super G. (Photo by Getty Images)

Kostelic won with a total time of 2:51.08, which includes two slalom runs and one downhill run. Austrian Marlies Schild posted a time of 2:51.58 to take silver and Swede Anja Paerson won bronze with a 2:51.63.

Mancuso was ninth in 2:55.44, Stiegler 11th in 2:55.79 and Richardson 17th in 2:56.83. Lindsey Kildow (Vail, CO) did not finish her second slalom run Friday evening.

Mancuso was also the top American finisher in Wednesday's downhill as she placed seventh.

Stiegler, competing in her first Olympics, led the U.S. contingent after slalom as she was in ninth Friday night. Mancuso was in 11th and Richardson in 15th coming into the downhill.

The downhill was originally scheduled for a noon (Torino time) start on Friday. However, strong winds forced a postponement until Saturday. That was not the end of the delays. Saturday's 2 p.m. start was postponed due to heavy snow and low on-course visibility. The sun peeked through for a bit and the race finally got underway at 3:30 p.m.

The slalom portion of the combined went off as planned Friday night, making the event unconventional as the slalom usually follows the downhill.

The women are back on the hill Sunday for super G. Scheduled to race for the U.S. is Kirsten Clark (Raymond, ME), Kildow, Libby Ludlow (Bellevue, WA) and Mancuso. It will be Ludlow's first career Olympic start.

San Sicario, ITA - Feb. 18, 2006
Women's Combined

1. Janica Kostelic, Croatia, 2:51.08
2. Marlies Schild, Austria, 2:51.58
3. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 2:51.63
4. Kathrin Zettel, Austria, 2:52.41
5. Nicole Hosp, Austria, 2:53.21
9. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, Calif., 2:55.44
11. Resi Stiegler, Jackson Hole, Wyo., 2:55.79
17. Kaylin Richardson, Edina, Minn., 2:56.83


Official Results: Alpine Skiing
Ladies' Combined Downhill
San Sicario Fraiteve - Sat 18 February 2006 - Start time 15:30

1*KOSTELIC Janica**CRO*1:29.40*
2*PAERSON Anja**SWE*1:29.57*
3*BRYDON Emily**CAN*1:29.92*
4*FANCHINI Nadia**ITA*1:30.04*
5*BENT Nike**SWE*1:30.13*
6*LINDELL-VIKARBY Jessica**SWE*1:30.19*
7*SCHILD Marlies**AUT*1:30.36*
8*ZETTEL Kathrin**AUT*1:30.66*
9*MANCUSO Julia**USA*1:30.84*
10*ACTON Brigitte**CAN*1:30.98*
11*KIRCHGASSER Michaela**AUT*1:31.02*
12*ERTL-RENZ Martina**GER*1:31.08*
13*HOSP Nicole**AUT*1:31.14*
14*HARGIN Janette**SWE*1:31.29*
15*MARCHAND-ARVIER Marie**FRA*1:31.45*
16*KRISTJANSDOTTIR Dagny L.**ISL*1:31.65*
17*SIORPAES Wendy**ITA*1:31.71*
18*RICHARDSON Kaylin L**USA*1:31.83*
19*ROBNIK Petra**SLO*1:32.02*
20*STIEGLER Resi**USA*1:32.35*
21*ZAHROBSKA Sarka**CZE*1:32.38*
22*HRSTKOVA Lucie**CZE*1:32.42*
24*RUIZ CASTILLO Carolina**ESP*1:32.72*
25*ZUZULOVA Veronika**SVK*1:33.28*
26*MACULOVA Sona**SVK*1:34.09*
27*ZAKOURILOVA Petra**CZE*1:34.59*
28*SIMARI BIRKNER Macarena**ARG*1:35.72*
29*SIMARI BIRKNER Maria Belen**ARG*1:36.72*
30*BARAHONA Noelle**CHI*1:42.61*
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Alpine M Super G: Aamodt (1 NOR) Maier (2 AUT) McCartney (7) Rahlves (9) Miller (DNF)


TORINO: Alpine: Aamodt defends Olympic title in weird double-take super G
By Nathaniel Vinton
February 18, 2006

Bode Miller's spectacular near-digger was captured by a cluster of photographers.
The shots will run alongside hundreds of articles about his 0-for-3 performance at these Games.
AFP-Olivier Morin

SESTRIERE, Italy -- The most unusual Olympic men’s super G ever ended up with a usual result on Saturday: a win by Kjetil Andre Aamodt.

The veteran Norwegian has now won half of the men’s gold medals in the event since it was added to the Olympic program in 1988. It is also his eighth alpine medal at the Winter Games.

“I don’t feel like partying too much,” said Aamodt, who became a father last month, skipping Kitzbuehel to attend the birth. “I’m a father now, I need to be responsible.”

The 34-year-old won in 1 minute, 30.65 seconds, 0.13 ahead of Austrian Hermann Maier. Ambrosi Hoffmann of Switzerland took the bronze, 0.33 back.

Aamodt skied through the pain that kept him out of the combined earlier in the week. He strained ligaments in his left knee during the downhill Feb. 12.

“I was just thrilled to be in the start today, just managing to ski,” said Aamodt. “When I kicked out of the start I felt a little pain in my knee. Maybe I was faster with injury than without. You don’t care too much and you just risk everything.”

Asked if he was considering retirement, Aamodt pointed out that he already had been considering it before he won the 2002 super G in Salt Lake City.

"Maybe I will fight it out with Hermann in 2014 in Salzburg," Aamodt joked, naming Maier's home state in Austria, which is bidding for the 2014 Games against South Korea and several other countries.

Reigning World Cup super G champion Bode Miller failed to finish after catching his tip on a gate, trailing his ski behind him as it bounced it on the snow -- tip then tail, tip then tail, just like at Bormio last February, when he initiated his one-ski adventure in the combined. Miller stayed on his feet, waited on the hill and escaped from the media through a hole in the fencing.

“Perhaps now that I won the medal I have a better feeling for the next competition,” said Maier, who will race the men’s giant slalom on Monday.

Super G was added to the Olympic program in 1988, when Franck Piccard of France won at Calgary. Aamodt won the gold in the next one in Albertville in 1992. The next three wins came from Markus Wasmeier of Germany (Lillehammer, 1994), Maier of Austria (Nagano, 1998) and Aamodt again at Salt Lake City in 2002.


XX Winter Olympics - men’s super G – Sestriere-Borgata, Feb. 18, 2006
It is the fourth completed event of the 10-event Olympic alpine schedule. … The third for men.

It is the first win of the season for Kjetil Andre Aamodt. … It is his 16th career Olympic result. … His second of the XX Games. … He was previously fourth in DH. … It is his eighth Olympic medal, extending his alpine record. … It is his fourth gold medal. … An Olympic alpine record moving him out of a tie with Jean-Claude Killy, Anton Sailer and Alberto Tomba among men, Vreni Schneider, Janica Kostelic, Deborah Compagnoni and Katja Seizinger among women. … (Kostelic won a fourth gold medal later in the day to join him as the only two alpine skiers with four gold medals). … It is the eighth gold medal for Norway and the third in super G. … All three won by Aamodt (’92, 2002 and 2006).

It is the fourth podium result of the season for Hermann Maier, the first of these Olympic Games (he was previously sixth in DH). … It is his third Olympic medal, the other two gold (SG & GS 1998). … It is the 89th alpine Olympic medal for Austria and the fourth of these Games, the second silver.

It is the second podium result of the season for Ambrosi Hoffmann. … It is his first Olympic medal. … The 53rd for Switzerland and the third for Switzerland at these Games. … It is the third Olympic medal for a Swiss in super G.

It is the fourth top-four placing of the season for Eric Guay. … It is his first Olympic result. … He is the fourth Canadian, and first Canadian male, to finish fourth in an Olympic race. … Only Karen Percy (bronze 1988) has a better Olympic SG result among Canadians. .. Seventh matches the second-best result of the season for Scott Macartney. … The result matches Daron Rahlves for the fourth-best Olympic SG result by an American. … It is the fourth-best result of the season – but best in SG – for Francois Bourque. … It is his third Olympic result of these Games, having placed 16th in DH and 21st in CMB. … It is the 10th-best result of the season for Daron Rahlves. … Fourth-best in SG. … It is his third-best Olympic SG result (was seventh in ’98 and eighth in 2002) and his sixth completed Olympic race. …It is the fifth-best result of the season for Manuel Osborne-Paradis. … It is his second career Olympic result and second of these Games, having previously finished 13th in DH. … It is the fourth-best result of the season for John Kucera. … The best of the season in an event other than combined. … It is his third Olympic result, all from these Games. … He was previously 27th in DH and 17th in CMB. … It is the third result of these Games for Steven Nyman. … He was previously 19th in DH and 29th in CMB. … It is the second uncompleted event of these Games for Bode Miller. … He was previously fifth in DH and a DSQ in CMB.


TORINO: Macartney checks in with career Olympic best in super G
February 18, 2006
SESTRIERE, Italy - Scott Macartney posted his best career Olympic finish as he was seventh in Saturday's super G.

"I made a couple of small mistakes up on the top and lost some time and then really skied well on the bottom," said Macartney. "Just looking at the splits quickly, I really made up some time down there."

"It felt good and it was so fun to come across the line leading for a couple skiers," said Macartney. "I'm still pretty happy with how I performed today."

Rahlves, who placed 10th in the downhill, never found enough speed through the fresh, bumpy snow.

"I was getting kicked around in all the wrong spots," said Rahlves. "It was a little hectic. Going through that middle section is where things really picked up, that was kind of the more fun skiing I had on that run. The top is just really aggressive snow and pretty bumpy. I was just having problems keeping it smooth."

"The super G I think is the one event I have a little less confidence in compared to the downhill and GS," claimed Rahlves. "I was rolling pretty good, I was feeling good in training. Today here, I'm just shaking my head at the way I was skiing."

"We deal with delays a lot," said Macartney. "I actually took a little nap and had some pasta. I looked at the run that I did have on the course and made some tactical changes for (the second) run. I think it was a bit of an advantage to have one go at it and I was happy with how the second one went."


Aamodt first to repeat as super-G champ
Miller skies off course, now 0-for-3 at Torino Games
Updated: Feb.18, 2006, 4:11 pm CST
SESTRIERE, Italy -- Kjetil Andre Aamodt of Norway outwaited the weather and outran the field to successfully defend the men's super-G title for his record eighth Olympic Alpine medal Saturday.

Aamodt, who was unable to defend his combined title earlier this week after hurting his knee in the Olympic downhill, covered the sun-drenched course in 1 minute, 30.65 seconds, just 0.13 in front of heavy favorite Hermann Maier of Austria, the World Cup super-G leader.

Switzerland's Ambrosi Hoffmann took the bronze, 0.33 back.

"Today was a great thing to defend my title, with the Herminator (Maier) in the second spot, you know the greatest super-G skier of all time, it's a good picture. I can't believe it's true."

Maier, who was Olympic champion in super-G and giant slalom in 1998 but missed the 2002 Games after a serious motorcycle accident, said it was only in the lower part of the course that he had speeded up.

"It was a weird race," he told reporters. In the middle part I could have read the newspaper. "I could have gone for gold. But when I look at this medal as an old man it will be a good memory."

Aamodt stretched and sprained ligaments in his left knee when he awkwardly landed a jump at the top of the men's downhill on Sunday, although he still managed to finish fourth.

Aamodt is the only man to win four career golds (three super-G, one combined) in Olympic Alpine skiing.
It was the third super-G gold medal for the 34-year-old Aamodt, who also won in 1992 at Albertville. He already was the all-time Olympic Alpine medal winner, and he became the first skier -- man or woman -- to successfully defend the super-G, which was first included in the Winter Games at Calgary in 1988.

The only other male skiers to successfully defend any Olympic title were Alberto Tomba in the giant slalom in 1988 and 1992 and Gustav Thoeni in the combined event in 1972 and 1976.

Aamodt became the first Olympic Alpine skier to win four career golds. Just half an hour later, he was joined by Janica Kostelic of Croatia, who won the women's combined race to give her four career golds as well.

American Bode Miller 's Olympic struggles continued. Miller, who failed to medal in the downhill and crashed in the combined, was already 0.46 back at the first interval when he failed to take a turn properly and veered off his line straight into a gate. He remained upright on one ski with the other flailing wildly at odd angles behind him, striking the ground and threatening to knock him off balance, but he managed to get his ski back on the ground and braked.

Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images
American Bode Miller ran through a gate and skied off the course.
The top American finisher was Scott Macartney , who was seventh. Daron Rahlves was ninth and Steve Nyman 43rd.

The race was restarted under sunny skies after an initial attempt in the morning was abandoned because the first racers down had trouble skiing through snow and fog.

Only 17 skiers started in the morning before the race was put on hold after Swiss veteran Bruno Kernen skidded off the course.

In the restart, Pierre-Emmanuel Dalcin of France, who had the fastest time in the morning only to have it wiped out by the weather disruption, went wide and missed a gate. He skied down to the finish, shoulders slumped, then whipped around and made an obscene gesture as he looked up the course.

"I don't want to talk," Dalcin told reporters at the finish line. "I was robbed; that's it."

Miller, too, preferred not to talk, skiing away from the finish area to avoid waiting journalists.

Only racers who did not start in the morning were allowed to inspect the course in the afternoon.


Macartney 7th, Rahlves 9th in Super G

SESTRIERE, Italy (Feb. 18) - Scott Macartney (Redmond, WA) posted his best career Olympic finish as he was seventh in Saturday's super G. Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA) was 9th, Steven Nyman (Orem, UT) was 43rd and Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH) did not finish his run. Norwegian Kjetil Andre Aamodt won the gold.

Bode Miller takes out a gate panel during the men's super G. (Photo by Getty Images)

Aamodt won with a time of 1:30.65, .13 seconds ahead of silver medalist Hermann Maier of Austria (1:30.78). Switzerland's Ambrosi Hoffmann won bronze in 1:30.98.

Macartney came in with a time of 1:31.23 on the Kandahar Banchetta course, .58 seconds behind Aamodt. Rahlves recorded a 1:31.37 and Nyman crossed the finish line in 1:36.22. Miller snagged his left ski on a gate and was unable to recover.

"I made a couple of small mistakes up on the top and lost some time and then really skied well on the bottom," said Macartney. "Just looking at the splits quickly, I really made up some time down there."

Macartney, who started 15th, was in first place for several skiers until Liechtenstein's Marco Buechel (who started 19th) knocked him out of the top spot. Buechel ended up finishing sixth.

"It felt good and it was so fun to come across the line leading for a couple skiers," said Macartney. "I'm still pretty happy with how I performed today."

Already in these Games, Macartney skied the downhill (15th) and the combined (16th), where he was fourth in the downhill portion. A two-time Olympian, he finished 25th in super G at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.

Rahlves, who placed 10th in the downhill, never found enough speed through the fresh, bumpy snow.

"I was getting kicked around in all the wrong spots," said Rahlves. "It was a little hectic. Going through that middle section is where things really picked up, that was kind of the more fun skiing I had on that run. The top is just really aggressive snow and pretty bumpy. I was just having problems keeping it smooth."

"The super G I think is the one event I have a little less confidence in compared to the downhill and GS," claimed Rahlves. "I was rolling pretty good, I was feeling good in training. Today here, I'm just shaking my head at the way I was skiing."

Miller caught a gate with his left ski, which spun around in mid-air but never released, continued for a bit on his right ski and went off course without ever crashing.

Weather has been wreaking havoc with several Olympic events since Thursday, and today's super G was no exception.

Originally scheduled to start at 11 a.m. (Torino time), the race was postponed (after several skiers had already taken their runs) until 1:30 p.m. due to heavy snowfall, winds and low on-course visibility. Following another delay until 2:30 p.m., a complete re-start got underway at 2:45 p.m.

Macartney was one of the skiers that got his morning run in before the delay was announced.

"We deal with delays a lot," said Macartney. "I actually took a little nap and had some pasta. I looked at the run that I did have on the course and made some tactical changes for (the second) run. I think it was a bit of an advantage to have one go at it and I was happy with how the second one went."

Snowfall and blowing snow gave course workers a real headache, but the sun eventually peeked through and the race was re-started and completed with no further problems.

"It's great (the course)," Macartney after his second run on the course. "It's good conditions for everyone. It's good light right now, and, most importantly, it's consistent. It's going to be consisent for the whole field. It's a much more fair race and it's going to be a solid, normal event here."

Sestriere, ITA - Feb. 18, 2006
Men's Super G

1. Kjetil Andre Aamodt, Norway, 1:30.65
2. Hermann Maier, Austria, 1:30.78
3. Ambrosi Hoffmann, Switzerland, 1:30.98
4. Erik Guay, Canada, 1:31.08
5. Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway, 1:31.10
7. Scott Macartney, Redmond, Wash., 1:31.23
9. Daron Rahlves, Sugar Bowl, Calif., 1:31.37
43. Steven Nyman, Orem, Utah, 1:36.22
Did not finish:
Bode Miller, Bretton Woods, N.H.


Official Results: Alpine Skiing
Men's Super-G
Sestriere sub-area Borgata - Sat 18 February 2006 - Start time 14:45

1*AAMODT Kjetil Andre**NOR*1:30.65*
2*MAIER Hermann**AUT*1:30.78*+0.13*
3*HOFFMANN Ambrosi**SUI*1:30.98*+0.33*
4*GUAY Erik**CAN*1:31.08*+0.43*
5*SVINDAL Aksel Lund**NOR*1:31.10*+0.45*
6*BUECHEL Marco**LIE*1:31.22*+0.57*
7*MACARTNEY Scott**USA*1:31.23*+0.58*
8*BOURQUE Francois**CAN*1:31.27*+0.62*
9*RAHLVES Daron**USA*1:31.37*+0.72*
10*REICHELT Hannes**AUT*1:31.39*+0.74*
11*DENERIAZ Antoine**FRA*1:31.49*+0.84*
12*CUCHE Didier**SUI*1:31.50*+0.85*
13*FILL Peter**ITA*1:31.54*+0.89*
14*KJUS Lasse**NOR*1:31.79*+1.14*
15*SPORN Andrej**SLO*1:31.84*+1.19*
16*DEFAGO Didier**SUI*1:31.90*+1.25*
17*STAUDACHER Patrick**ITA*1:31.91*+1.26*
18*KERNEN Bruno**SUI*1:31.95*+1.30*
19*GRUBER Christoph**AUT*1:32.00*+1.35*
20*OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel**CAN*1:32.02*+1.37*
21*RAICH Benjamin**AUT*1:32.05*+1.40*
22*KUCERA John**CAN*1:32.10*+1.45*
22*MICKEL Finlay**GBR*1:32.10*+1.45*
24*JAERBYN Patrik**SWE*1:32.21*+1.56*
24*BERTRAND Yannick**FRA*1:32.21*+1.56*
26*SOLBAKKEN Bjarne**NOR*1:32.90*+2.25*
27*SATS Konstantin**RUS*1:33.14*+2.49*
28*JERMAN Andrej**SLO*1:33.20*+2.55*
29*CHESTAKOV Pavel**RUS*1:33.48*+2.83*
29*BLARDONE Massimiliano**ITA*1:33.48*+2.83*
31*KOSTELIC Ivica**CRO*1:33.53*+2.88*
32*ZAHROBSKY Petr**CZE*1:33.70*+3.05*
33*GORZA Ales**SLO*1:33.77*+3.12*
34*KRYZL Krystof**CZE*1:34.20*+3.55*
35*ZRNCIC-DIM Natko**CRO*1:34.49*+3.84*
36*RATKIC Ivan**CRO*1:34.77*+4.12*
37*CRUICKSHANK Roger**GBR*1:34.87*+4.22*
38*VRABLIK Martin**CZE*1:34.90*+4.25*
39*de TESSIERES Gauthier**FRA*1:34.94*+4.29*
40*BABUSIAK Jaroslav**SVK*1:35.41*+4.76*
41*HOROSHILOV Alexandr**RUS*1:35.51*+4.86*
42*KONOVALOV Anton**RUS*1:35.72*+5.07*
43*NYMAN Steven**USA*1:36.22*+5.57*
44*GROB Duncan**CHI*1:36.24*+5.59*
45*KALWA Michal**POL*1:36.25*+5.60*
46*HEIMSCHILD Ivan**SVK*1:36.58*+5.93*
47*GAYME Maui**CHI*1:36.85*+6.20*
48*JENOT Olivier**MON*1:37.03*+6.38*
49*OLIVARI Ivan**CRO*1:37.43*+6.78*
50*HEATH Alexander**RSA*1:37.77*+7.12*
51*DRYGIN Andrei**TJK*1:37.85*+7.20*
52*CIAGUNS Ivars**LAT*1:38.18*+7.53*
53*SKRIABIN Nikolay**UKR*1:38.86*+8.21*
54*GAYME Mikael**CHI*1:39.68*+9.03*
55*SECK Leyti**SEN*1:42.87*+12.22*
56*TOLA Erjon**ALB*1:44.27*+13.62*
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