1 week left: Svindal ready for final races before retirement

Sports 02/05/19, 06:40

Aksel Lund Svindal is approaching the final days of his skiing career with a mixture of nervousness and excitement.Maybe some apprehension, too."Saying it out loud is really scary," the 36-year-old Norwegian said of his impending retirement after 17 years of World Cup competition in which he has become one of ...

‘Like an angel’: Shiffrin inspired by cancer survivor

Sports 02/04/19, 11:39

Mikaela Shiffrin is adding a new twist to the usual relationship between star athlete and worshipping fans. She's putting the spotlight on the fans.The overall World Cup skiing leader and two-time Olympic champion has quietly started a social media campaign labeled (hashstag)IAmYourBiggestFan to draw attention to some of the supporters ...

Avalanche death toll in the Italian Alps rises to 6

World 02/04/19, 11:22

Rescuers on Monday located the bodies of four skiers in Italy's Alps, a day after they went missing, raising the death toll in recent avalanches in the country to six.The Valdostano Alpine Rescue aircraft, searching for two British and two French skiers who had gone skiing on Sunday in the ...

Update: FIS president says Vonn will leave big hole’

Sports 02/04/19, 09:45

The Latest on the Alpine skiing world championships in Are, Sweden (all times local):3:45 p.m.The president of the International Ski Federation says Lindsey Vonn will "leave a big hole" in Alpine skiing when she quits the sport after the world championships in Sweden.That's if she does indeed quit.Gian Franco Kasper ...

Retirement party: Vonn and Svindal to say goodbye at worlds

Sports 02/03/19, 06:19

For Lindsey Vonn and Aksel Lund Svindal, the world championships beginning this week in Are, Sweden, will mark the end of an era.The event will also bring Vonn and Svindal full circle — back to the site of their first major championship successes more than a decade ago.Vonn claimed the ...

Heavy snow in Germany forces World Cup race to be cancelled

Europe 02/03/19, 05:20

Heavy snow in Germany has forced organizers to cancel the last World Cup skiing race before the world championships.Organizers on Sunday called off a men's giant slalom at Garmisch-Partenkirchen a day after they also had to cancel a downhill for the same reason.Course workers started at 4 a.m. but failed ...

Shiffrin leads final GS before worlds after first run

Sports 02/01/19, 06:33

Mikaela Shiffrin leads the final women's World Cup giant slalom before the world championships by nearly a half-second after the opening run Friday.Skiing in drizzle and with clouds hanging low over the Pohorje course, Shiffrin finished 0.48 seconds ahead of Petra Vlhova of Slovakia. World champion Tessa Worley of France ...

Olympic lessons make Shiffrin feel at ease going into worlds

Sports 01/31/19, 06:50

A year after the Pyeongchang Olympics, Mikaela Shiffrin is set for another multi-medal chase.And there are some more records on the table, too.The Feb. 5-17 skiing world championships in Are, Sweden, will see Shiffrin return to the resort where she celebrated her first World Cup win in 2012, triumphing in ...

Swiss medal hope Michelle Gisin to miss worlds for surgery

Sports 01/28/19, 07:53

One of Switzerland's best medal hopes for next month's skiing world championships has ended her season to have surgery.The Swiss ski federation says Michelle Gisin opted for an operation to repair the right knee ligaments she damaged in a World Cup super-G race on Saturday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.It's the first ...

Vonn may be in too much pain to keep skiing

Sports 01/20/19, 13:28

What was evident all weekend for Lindsey Vonn became clear to everyone else on Sunday.The American skier's surgically repaired knees simply don't let her apply the power she requires to win races anymore.The pain is too severe; the psychological impact too much to bear; her pride too great.No wonder that ...

After hip replacement, Mancuso encourages Vonn and Murray

Sports 01/19/19, 13:23

Julia Mancuso knows what Lindsey Vonn is going through. She understands Andy Murray's pain, too.It was exactly a year ago that Mancuso, a four-time Olympic medalist, succumbed to a persistent hip problem and retired just weeks before the Pyeongchang Winter Games.Now, it's Vonn who is skiing through pain as she ...

Shiffrin leads 1st run of giant slalom by massive margin

Sports 01/15/19, 05:36

Mikaela Shiffrin established a massive lead in the opening run of a World Cup giant slalom on Tuesday.The American was 1.39 seconds ahead of Tessa Worley of France and 1.42 ahead of Petra Vlhova of Slovakia on the steep Erta slope.Shiffrin is determined to win at Kronplatz after failing to ...

German skier stripped of World Cup win for oxygen tank use

Sports 01/10/19, 08:09

The International Ski Federation has disqualified Stefan Luitz from his first World Cup win for inhaling from an oxygen tank between giant slalom runs.FIS says the German racer will lose his prize money of 45,000 Swiss francs ($46,000) and 100 World Cup points for the Dec. 2 victory in Beaver ...

Schumacher’s 50th birthday comes amid celebrations, privacy

Health 01/03/19, 00:01

Against the backdrop of celebrations marking Michael Schumacher's 50th birthday on Thursday, the medical condition of Formula One's most successful driver remains just as fiercely guarded by his close family.More than five years after a near-fatal brain injury in a skiing accident, the seven-time F1 champion continues to be cared ...

Schumacher family asks for privacy before his 50th birthday

Sports 01/02/19, 13:58

Michael Schumacher's family has asked for understanding as it continues to keep details of his health private ahead of the seven-time Formula One champion's 50th birthday.In a statement published on Facebook on Wednesday, one day before his birthday, the family says: "You can be sure that he is in the ...

Skier-snowboarder Ledecka upset with worlds schedules

Sports 12/18/18, 11:54

Skier-snowboarder Ester Ledecka will not be able to follow up her dual sport gold-medal performances at the Pyeongchang Olympics with a similar haul of world titles this season.That's because the schedule won't allow it, and she's not happy about it.The parallel giant slalom at the freestyle ski and snowboard world ...

German skier risks losing 1st win for getting extra oxygen

Sports 12/07/18, 10:02

Days after getting his first career World Cup win, Stefan Luitz could be disqualified for breaking skiing's doping rules by using an oxygen mask.The International Ski Federation says it is investigating an incident in Beaver Creek on Sunday.Racing started at an altitude of 10,340 feet (3,152 meters) and the 26-year-old ...

A family man now, Hirscher still favorite for overall title

Sports 10/26/18, 14:34

Marcel Hirscher's offseason preparations have been seriously hindered for a second straight year.But few doubt it will affect the Austrian's chances of winning his eighth overall World Cup title in a row, with the new Alpine skiing season getting underway this weekend.Last year, Hirscher fractured an ankle bone during his ...

Hockey’s Rooney, Nordic skiing’s Masters earn WSF awards

Hockey 10/18/18, 10:44

U.S. goaltender Maddie Rooney and Paralympic Nordic skier Oksana Masters have been selected Sportswomen of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation.Rooney made the winning save in the gold-medal shootout against Canada at the Olympics in South Korea. The victory ended Canada's streak of four straight Olympic women's hockey titles.In ...

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