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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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Lindsay Vonn Wins Best Female Athlete ESPY

Olympic skiier Lindsey Vonn won the ESPY for the Best Female Athlete at tonight’s awards show.

In 2010 Vonn became the first American woman to win gold in the downhill, and she followed it up with a bronze in the Super-G.

Vonn also had 11 victories and 17 podiums in the 2010 World Cup season, 6 in the downhill, 4 in the Super G and 1 in the Super combined. Vonn also won the overall World Cup title for the third year in a row, the first American to do so.

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Lindsey Vonn Wins Third Straight Overall World Cup Title

March 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Imagine being a football player and playing in the Super Bowl, then just the next week having to go play a regular season game vs. the Texans. That’s sort of like what Vonn had to do, as she returned to the World Cup circuit after winning a pair of Olympic medals.

Vonn showed no rust either. Yesterday she won the final Super G race of the season, in Germany. It was her 33rd victory of the season, and with it she passed Bode Miller as the all time winningest skiier in United States alpine history.

With her win, Vonn became the first woman since 1990-92 to win three straight titles. Vonn also won the overall titles in the downhill, Super G and combined events. While she only won bronze in the Super G, she won 4 of the 7 races that took place on the circuit this season.

Vonn now has a few months off to rest her shin, knee and finger. After enjoying one of the most trying seasons of her career, and one of the most successful in American history, she deserves it.

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Grading My Medal Predictions: Alpine Skiing

March 2, 2010 1 comment

Bode Miller won a silver, which I predicted. He also won a Gold and Bronze.

I am planning on doing medal grades for each of the sports so I can get as many posts as possible out of it. As soon as Olympics Reference gets updated with Vancouver data I’ll be able to do some more in depth stuff, so this will have to whet your appetite.

Let’s start with the men:

Downhill

My predictions:

Gold – Manuel Osborne-Paradis, Canada

Silver – Didier Cuche, Switzerland

Bronze – Carlo Janka, Switzerland

Actual Results:

Didier Defago, Switzerland

Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway

Bode Miller, United States

Well, that didn’t exactly go well. Osborne-Paradis finished all the way down in 17th, Cuche got 6th and Janka got 11th. Hopefully it gets better from here.

Super G

My Predictions:

Gold – Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway

Silver – Didier Cuche, Switzerland

Bronze – Erik Guay, Canada

Actual Results:

Gold- Svindal

Silver – Bode Miller, United States

Bronze – Andrew Weibrecht, United States

Woot! My first correct answer. Svindal had been doing very well on the World Cup circuit, so he seemed the natural choice. Obviously Bode Miller is one of the most (and honestly probably the most) talented alpine skiier in the world, so it was inevitable that he would put it all together in a big competition. Cuche finished 10th in part of what was a disappointing Olympics, and Guay finished just out of the medals in 5th. No idea what Weibrecht put that run together with to be honest.

Combined

Predicted Results:

Gold – Benjamin Raich, Austria

Silver – Bode Miller, United States

Bronze – Carlo Janka, Austria

Actual Results:

Gold – Bode Miller, United States

Silver – Ivica Costelic, Croatia

Bronze – Silvan Zurbriggen, Switzerland

Me going out on a limb for Bode Miller worked well in this event. Raich ended up getting 6th. American Ted Ligety, who won Gold in Torino and is the World Cup leader, ended up getting 5th. Janka finished 4th. So I was pretty close to nailing this event. I’ll take it.

Giant Slalom

Predicted Results:

Gold – Benjamin Raich, Austria

Silver – Ted Ligety, United States

Bronze – Marcel Hirscher, Austria

Actual Results:

Gold – Carlo Janka, Switzerland

Silver – Kjetil Jansrud, Norway

Bronze – Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway

Well, whoops. As I said before, Raich had a disappointing Olympics, though his 6th place in this event isn’t terrible. Ligety finished 9th due to a poor second run, and Hirscher finished 4th, just .08 out of a medal. The Olympics are cruel, folks.

Now, the ladies: Read more…

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