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Meet the United States Youth Olympics Hockey Team

January 13, 2012 Leave a comment

the first ever youth winter olympics start today in Innsbruck, Austria today. I’ll have fairly comprehensive coverage of the proceedings, starting today with a look at the US boys U-16 Hockey Team.

Goalies

Logan Halladay (Cary, North Carolina) – Halladay plays for the Junior Hurricanes, and took part in the prestigious Strelow Camp last year, where he was reportedly very impressive. He has been described as a very good butterfly goalie who also is great on his skates.

Edwin Minney (Wind Gap, Pennsylvania) – Minney also took part in the Strelow Camp, and had a .928 save percentage at a USA Hockey invite camp in New York. Read more…

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Denver May Try To Right 1976 Wrong And Bid For 2022 Games

January 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Denver won the rights to the 1976 Winter games, but in 1972 the public decided to not devote public funds to the games, which resulted in the IOC moving the games to Innsbruck. Now almost 50 years later Denver might want a re-do:

the first meeting Saturday of a committee exploring a new Olympic bid. The group of Colorado business, health care, tourism and political leaders will consider whether Denver should bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Although competing cities will probably try to remind the IOC of the calamity caused by Denver in the 70s, there is only one remaining member from those days, so many of those concerns should be long gone.

The time might be ripe for an American games as well: it has been since 2002 since the United States hosted an Olympic games, which would be 9 games between visits to America. It would also be four games in between Winter Games in America. The longest stretch is five, but that includes when the Olympic calendar was switched, alternating the winter and summer games to every two years, which forced winter games in both 1992 and 1994. That, plus how well run the Salt Lake City games were (absent the bribery scandal) would probably make Denver the favorite in 2022.

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Ted Ligety Wins Giant Slalom Gold

February 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Ted Ligety has given the United States its first gold medal at this years alpine skiing world championships. Ligety, who won the combined event a tthe 2006 Olympics in Torino, won the giant slalom by just .08 seconds over Cyprien Richard of France.

The course in Germany was apparently under extremely declining conditions and it was tough to eve get down the hill, much less do it as quickly as Ligety did. Ligety was in fourth after his first run, but made it up in his second. His combined time of 2:10.56 edged Richard and Philipp Schoergerhoefer of Austria by just .43 seconds. Aksel Svindal of Norway was fourth.

 

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Vonn Skips Downhill Won By Marchand-Arvier

February 10, 2011 1 comment

Lindsey Vonn skipped the downhill at the Alpine Skiing World Championships, and France’s Marie Marchand-Arvier. Arvier’s time of 1:51.23 defeated Lara Gut of Switzerland by just .2 seconds. Ingrid Jaquemod, the oldest woman in the field at 32 years old, finished third.

The highest placing American was Laurenne Ross in 6th. Julia Mancuso was 12th and Stacey Cook was 18th.

Vonn is still recovering from a crash she had in training for this event, and is struggling with concussion symptoms. She took a practice run today, but only because it was a pre-requisite for her to continue to be eligible for the rest of the world championships.

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Lindsey Vonn Might Miss the Rest of the World Championships

February 9, 2011 Leave a comment

The alpine skiing world championships have begun in Germany, but a notable name could be missing from the rest of the event. Lindsey Vonn injured her head in a fall while training in giant slalom last week, before finishing 7th in Super G.

Vonn is more than likely going to skip her next event and could skip the rest of them as well. She is ranked 2nd in the overall world cup standings, and would likely be a favorite in the rest of her races, as she won the only super-combined race held so far this year, and she of course is the Olympic gold medalist in the downhill.

Vonn’s husband has said the course is both “overdone and dangerous”

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Aerials Dominated by China

February 5, 2011 Leave a comment

China took 3 of the 6 aerials medals at the 2010 games, but neither gold. They fixed that yesterday as Shuang Cheng won the women’s event, with her fellow countrywoman Xu Mengtao finishing second. On the men’s side Qi Guangpu won the silver. The men’s gold was won by Canada’s Warren Shouldice as the Canadians continued their strong showing at the 2011 worlds. Guangpu edged Anton Kushnir of Belarus by just over a point for the silver.

On the ladies side Shuang’s gold was won by just .19.

This marked the second straight event in which no American medaled. Ashley Caldwell finished 4th and Kevin Brown finished 12th.

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American Schlopy, Australian Segal Win First Ever Slopestyle World Championships

February 3, 2011 2 comments

Alex Schlopy enjoyed some home snow advantage today as he won he FIS Slopestyle World Championship, barely defeating Sammy Carlson, who won this same event at the recently completed Winter X Games. Schlopy’s 41.8 bested Carlson’s 41.5 and Australia’s Russell Henshaw’s 41.2.

On the women’s side, Australia’s Anna Segal dominated both runs, with her first one, which tallied a 43.0, getting her the gold medal. She outpaced Canada’s Kaya Turski by over a point and the United States’s Keri Herman by 2.4 points. Turski, like the silver medalist on the men’s side, was the 2011 X Games Gold medalist.

The first skiing slopestyle event at the World Championships is a possible stepping stone to getting the event into the Olympics. The hopefuls will know later this year whether it will be added to the program for 2014 in Sochi.

Tomorrow the skiiers take the stage again as skiicross medals will be handed out.

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