Journalists are reflected in a logo at the FIFA headquarters after a meeting of the executive committee in Zurich October 4, 2013.   REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

By Manuele Lang SOELDEN Austria (Reuters) - International Ski Federation (FIS) president Gian-Franco Kasper has warned FIFA against holding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar at the same time as the Winter Olympic Games. Kasper, who is also an outspoken member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), was reacting to comments last week by FIFA president Sepp Blatter that the Qatar World Cup would most probably be held in the northern hemisphere winter because June is too hot. ...

Posted: October 26, 2014, 6:49 pm

Ted Ligety, of the United States, competes during the first run of an alpine men's World Cup giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)

World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher sent a clear message to his rivals for the men's overall title on the opening day of the season, winning a giant slalom with a massive 1.58-second margin on Sunday. On a sunny national holiday, the Austrian's winning run was loudly cheered by his home crowd, which was stunned just two minutes earlier when Olympic and world GS champion Ted Ligety faltered before ending up in 10th, more than three seconds behind Hirscher. ''It's important for the Austrians to win here in Soelden,'' said Hirscher, the first home winner of the traditional season-opening race since Hermann Maier in 2005. ''All the pressure on my shoulders has fallen off now - for the next two hours.'' Hirscher held on to his first-run lead to finish in an aggregate 2 minutes, 28.09 seconds and beat Fritz Dopfer of Germany by 1.58.

Posted: October 26, 2014, 2:47 pm
Oct 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the World Cup Soelden Men's Giant Slalom after run 2 on Sunday Run 1 Run 2 Overall 1. Marcel Hirscher (Austria) 1:14.52 1:13.57 2:28.09 2. Fritz Dopfer (Germany) 1:15.04 1:14.63 2:29.67 3. Alexis Pinturault (France) 1:15.40 1:14.75 2:30.15 4. Benjamin Raich (Austria) 1:15.23 1:14.93 2:30.16 5. Victor Muffat Jeandet (France) 1:16.24 1:13.99 2:30.23 6. Davide Simoncelli (Italy) 1:16.67 1:13.71 2:30.38 7. Marcus Sandell (Finland) 1:17.01 1:13.75 2:30.76 8. Thomas Fanara (France) 1:15.98 1:14.96 2:30.94 9. Roberto Nani (Italy) 1:15.70 1:15.39 2:31.09 10. ...
Posted: October 26, 2014, 12:49 pm
SOELDEN, Austria (AP) -- Bode Miller is sitting out the season-opening men's World Cup giant slalom on Sunday because of a persistent back injury.
Posted: October 25, 2014, 5:10 pm

Mikaela Shiffrin competes during the first run of an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Shinichiro Tanaka)

Mikaela Shiffrin wasted no time fulfilling her ambition to start winning giant slaloms this season. The 19-year-old American, already dominating the women's slalom circuit for two years, clinched her first GS win Saturday, sharing victory with overall World Cup champion Anna Fenninger in a tense season-opening race. ''I wanted this so bad for so long,'' Shiffrin said. ''It is so special, also to share the podium with Fenninger, especially in GS, as she is so smooth and elegant.'' Austrians Eva-Maria Brem and Kathrin Zettel came third and fourth, respectively, 0.66 and 0.67 off the lead.

Posted: October 25, 2014, 4:26 pm
By Manuele Lang SOELDEN, Austria, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Olympic slalom gold medallist Mikaela Shiffrin shared her first World Cup giant slalom victory with defending champion Anna Fenninger in a closely contested opening race of the season on Saturday. It had appeared it would be business as usual for Soelden home-favourite Fenninger, who had won the last four giant slaloms of the previous season, but teenager Shiffrin fought back to tie first place and top her maiden giant slalom podium. "To win my first giant slalom 100 days before the 2015 World Championships at home in Vail is very special to me," said Shiffrin, who is also the slalom World Champion.
Posted: October 25, 2014, 3:05 pm
Oct 25 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the World Cup Soelden Women's Giant Slalom after run 2 on Saturday Run 1 Run 2 Overall 1. Mikaela Shiffrin (U.S.) 1:17.93 1:21.92 2:39.85 1. Anna Fenninger (Austria) 1:18.02 1:21.83 2:39.85 3. Eva-Maria Brem (Austria) 1:18.95 1:21.17 2:40.12 4. Kathrin Zettel (Austria) 1:18.98 1:21.16 2:40.14 5. Federica Brignone (Italy) 1:18.57 1:21.65 2:40.22 6. Viktoria Rebensburg (Germany) 1:19.97 1:20.46 2:40.43 7. Tessa Worley (France) 1:18.35 1:23.07 2:41.42 8. Maria Pietilae Holmner (Sweden) 1:18.88 1:22.73 2:41.61 9. Nadia Fanchini (Italy) 1:19.84 1:21.84 ...
Posted: October 25, 2014, 12:06 pm
When the men's Alpine skiing World Cup starts this weekend, Ted Ligety has his eyes on more than just his fourth straight win in the season-opening giant slalom. Defending champion Marcel Hirscher, who wants to become the first male skier to win the overall World Cup four seasons in a row, regards Ligety and Alexis Pinturault as his main challengers, with last year's runner-up Aksel Lund Svindal out injured. ''From what I saw on Facebook, Ted is training downhill, super-G, slalom,'' Hirscher said Friday, two days before the race on the Rettenbach glacier. ''If I keep the giant slalom going as it has been and get a little more consistent in super-G and slalom, maybe I have a chance,'' he said.
Posted: October 24, 2014, 6:42 pm
Alpine skiing's governing body has postponed the introduction of an air bag system aimed at improving safety in speed racing. FIS men's race director Markus Waldner said Friday the back protectors cannot be approved yet as their shape doesn't comply with existing equipment rules. The system is worn under the suit and activates a built-in air bag as soon as a skier crashes, protecting neck, shoulders, arms and backbone. ''They are not ready to be approved and they cannot be used in the races,'' Waldner said.
Posted: October 24, 2014, 3:15 pm
With four different winners over the past four years, the women's Alpine skiing World Cup lacks a clear favorite for the overall title just before the start of the new season. Lindsey Vonn and Maria Hoefl-Riesch used to be safe bets for the top two spots. Germany's Hoefl-Riesch, who was the 2011 champion, has retired. Defending champion Anna Fenninger of Austria is likely to face stiff competition again from the likes of Lara Gut, Tina Weirather and Tina Maze.
Posted: October 23, 2014, 8:20 pm

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