Over hot chocolate, Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin recently had their first real heart-to-heart chat. Among the topics discussed in a New Zealand coffee shop were family, friends, ''girl stuff'' - as Shiffrin put it - and, of course, ski racing. It's exciting to find out,'' said the 20-year-old Shiffrin, who will be a big favorite in a World Cup giant slalom race Friday on home snow, along with two slalom events over the weekend.
Posted: November 26, 2015, 5:54 pm
A month shy of his 33rd birthday and with his surgically repaired Achilles tendon almost good as new, Svindal is in no hurry to slow down. Especially since he's keeping up in training sessions with teammate Kjetil Jansrud, who's as fast on skis as they come these days.
Posted: November 26, 2015, 7:34 am
When it comes to skiing, New Mexico has long been the stepchild of sorts to its northern neighbor, Colorado, and its abundance of larger, snowier mountains and well-developed towns and resorts. Relatively small and off-the-beaten path, this has always been a true skiers' mountain, renowned for its narrow, steep, challenging slopes, no-nonsense visitors and, best of all, the lack of long lift lines.
Posted: November 24, 2015, 6:42 pm
Her voice quivered but remained strong as she read a powerful poem about her son to a room full of skiers gathered for an avalanche awareness seminar. ''Do I look as though I'm all right?'' Cindy Berlack read. Nearly a year ago, her son, Ronnie, and fellow skiing prospect Bryce Astle were killed in an avalanche near Soelden, Austria.
Posted: November 21, 2015, 11:59 pm
American skier Julia Mancuso went in for a simple hip surgery - if there is such a thing - and 5 1/2 hours later had one that was completely overhauled. ''I would never stop my career when I feel like it is being kicked when you're down,'' the 31-year-old Mancuso said Thursday as her teammates trained at the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center in Copper Mountain. ''I just had a lot of stuff repaired,'' said Mancuso, who also had surgery on her hip in 2006.
Posted: November 20, 2015, 1:28 am
The U.S. Ski Team will honor two prospects killed in an avalanche last January by naming them to the squad this season. The team will recognize Bryce Astle, 19, and Ronnie Berlack, 20, during a ceremony Saturday. Astle and Berlack were part of a group of six skiers who were descending from a peak near Soelden, Austria, last January when they left the prepared slope and apparently set off the avalanche.
Posted: November 19, 2015, 8:16 pm
Austrian cross-country skier Harald Wurm was provisionally suspended Thursday amid a doping investigation, a week before the start of the World Cup season. The Austrian ski federation said the head coach of the cross-country team, Gerald Heigl, temporarily stepped down until Wurm's case is completed. In August, police opened an investigation into alleged doping violations by Wurm and searched the premises of the two-time Olympian.
Posted: November 19, 2015, 2:22 pm
Former Slovenia slalom skier Drago Grubelnik, who had been head coach of the Bulgarian team since 2013, has died in a car crash in Austria, the Bulgarian ski federation said. Grubelnik, who retired from competitive skiing in 2007, reached one World Cup podium when he finished third in Wengen, Switzerland in January, 2000. The federation added that Bulgarian skier Albert Popov and assistant coach Dimitar Hristov were hospitalized after suffering injuries in the accident.
Posted: November 18, 2015, 9:29 am
Former Slovenia slalom skier Drago Grubelnik, who had been head coach of the Bulgarian team since 2013, has died in a car crash in Austria, the Bulgarian ski federation said. Grubelnik, who retired from competitive skiing in 2007, reached one World Cup podium when he finished third in Wengen, Switzerland in January, 2000. The federation added that Bulgarian skier Albert Popov and assistant coach Dimitar Hristov were hospitalised after suffering injuries in the accident.
Posted: November 18, 2015, 9:22 am
The Slovenian ski federation says three-time Olympic slalom skier Drago Grubelnik died on Tuesday after the car he was driving swerved off a mountain road and rolled down a hill in the Austrian resort of Soelden. Austrian media report Grubelnik died in a hospital in Murnau, Germany, shortly after the incident.
Posted: November 17, 2015, 9:41 pm