David Chodounsky, of Crested Butte, Colo., watches as Tim Kelly, who had the best time in the first run, stumbles on the bottom of the course during the second run of the men's slalom skiing race at the US Alpine Ski Championship in Carrabassett Valley, Maine, Sunday, March 29, 2015. Chodounsky won the race, and Kelly took third. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

A broken ski pole didn't discourage David Chodounsky in his first run. Chodounsky successfully defended his slalom title Sunday with a fast second run in the last event at the U.S. Alpine Championships. He edged AJ Ginnis by 0.15 seconds. First-run leader Tim Kelley was third.

Posted: March 29, 2015, 7:30 pm

Mikaela Shiffrin, of Vail, Colo., hits a gate during her first run of the women's slalom skiing race at the US Alpine Ski Championship in Carrabassett Valley, Maine, Saturday, March 28, 2015. Shiffrin won the event. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Over the years, Mikaela Shiffrin has been patiently refining her technique, trying to get it just perfect. Shiffrin added another title to her impressive collection, winning the slalom by a huge margin Saturday at the U.S. Alpine Championships. The 20-year-old from Eagle-Vail, Colorado, finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 33.02 seconds to beat Paula Moltzan by 4.31 seconds. Shiffrin opened a 2.62-second advantage after the first run at Sugarloaf resort.

Posted: March 28, 2015, 7:00 pm

Tim Jitloff, of Reno, Nev., skis to victory in the men's giant slalom ski race at the U.S. Alpine Championships, Friday, March 27, 2015, at Sugarloaf Mountain Resort in Carrabassett Valley, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

No matter the course or on which side of the coast, Tim Jitloff finds a way to rule the giant slalom at nationals. He finished in a combined time of 2 minutes, 16.26 seconds, edging Tommy Ford, the leader after the first run, by 0.42 seconds. Nick Cohee was third. Jitloff's first national title was here, at Maine's Sugarloaf resort, in 2008.

Posted: March 27, 2015, 7:50 pm

Lindsey Vonn skis the women's giant slalom skiing course as a forerunner before the first run of the women's giant slalom race at the U.S. Alpine Ski Championship in Carrabassett Valley, Maine, Thursday, March 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) -- Teenager Nina O'Brien captured the giant slalom title Thursday at the U.S. Alpine Championships against a field that was filled with World Cup veterans.

Posted: March 26, 2015, 4:50 pm
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) -- Alice McKennis capped off a comeback season with her first national title, winning the super-G on Wednesday at the U.S. Alpine Championships.
Posted: March 25, 2015, 5:55 pm
Munich would have easily defeated Beijing and Almaty in the race to stage the 2022 Winter Olympics if they had gone ahead with a bid, according to German sports chief Alfons Hoermann. "It is bitter that Almaty and Beijing are the only ones left," he told a regional event on Tuesday evening. "It is now clear that Munich would have been served the Games on a silver platter." The unusually bold statement from the German Olympic Confederation president (DOSB) comes only days after he announced Hamburg as Germany's bid for the 2024 summer Olympics.
Posted: March 25, 2015, 10:32 am
An inspection last fall found no problems that foreshadowed a mechanical malfunction at Sugarloaf that allowed a chairlift to begin moving in reverse, injuring seven skiers at the state's tallest ski mountain. The Board of Elevator and Tramway Safety required the replacement of a hydraulic pump, repair of the two-way voice communication system and servicing of an auxiliary power unit. All repairs were completed, and the lift passed inspection. A lift attendant manually activated an emergency brake that stopped the 27-year-old quad lift even though a last-resort system that's akin to putting a stick in the spokes of a spinning bicycle wheel failed to activate as it was supposed to, officials said.
Posted: March 23, 2015, 8:11 pm

Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, speeds down the course during the first run of an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom race, at the World Cup finals in Meribel, France, Sunday, March 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Shinichiro Tanaka)

Fresh from the World Cup finals, Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin and other top U.S. skiers are headed from France to Maine to finish the competitive season at the U.S. Alpine Championships. Vonn, the most decorated female ski racer in history, will headline the event that begins Wednesday and runs through the weekend at Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley in western Maine. For Shriffin, it'll be her first time at Sugarloaf.

Posted: March 23, 2015, 6:30 pm
Less than five years ago, Rick Tonge was riding a chairlift at Sugarloaf ski resort in Maine when five chairs - including his - plummeted 30 feet to the snowy ground below, injuring him and his son. Then over the weekend, another chairlift at Sugarloaf malfunctioned by going backward, prompting some frightened skiers to bail out and raising questions about the safety of aging infrastructure at New England's ski resorts. Seven skiers were hurt at the resort, which is hosting the U.S. national ski championships starting this week with top skiers like Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin. The ski industry points out that riding a chairlift is safer than riding an elevator, and there has not been a death due to mechanical malfunction since 1993.
Posted: March 23, 2015, 3:03 am

Marcel Hirscher, of Austria, poses for photographers as he holds the alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom discipline trophy, at the World Cup finals in Meribel, France, Sunday, March 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Armando Trovati)

Anna Fenninger overcame her nerves and a strong challenge from Tina Maze to clinch her second straight World Cup title in style Sunday, joining Marcel Hirscher on the winners' podium as he celebrated a record fourth straight men's title. Both won their races, with Hirscher winning the men's slalom to capture his third straight globe in that discipline, and Fenninger making it a great day for the Austrians as she held off Maze to win the women's giant slalom, also defending that title in the process. ''What is definitely one of the greatest things is to have the record (of four straight), which I don't have to split with someone.'' Hirscher had clinched his title before Sunday's race even began as closest rival Kjetil Jansrud decided to skip it - the burly Norwegian is not a specialist in technical events -but Fenninger had it all to do as she trailed Maze by 18 points. The showdown pitted GS world champion Fenninger against Olympic champion Maze - the World Cup winner the season before Fenninger - and did not disappoint.

Posted: March 22, 2015, 4:37 pm

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