Jean-Baptiste Grange flashes his golden smile after men's slalom victory
And on the last day … Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Grange won the gold medal in slalom at the World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkitchen, Germany. It’s been awhile for the French, who haven’t had a world championship since 1970. Even more interestingly the win gave the French two gold medals (they won the team competition) while the host Germans won no medals. Find out who filled out the podium by reading this story.
The Austrian women’s ski team may not want to leave the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Germany. World Cup slalom leader Mariles Schild won gold in the slalom on Saturday, the Austrian team’s fourth win in five events. The Americans didn’t factor: Resie Stiegler was the top U.S. finisher in 18th place, while Julia Mancuso failed to finish the first run. Read more.
Now THAT’S how the World Championships ought to be winding up for the Americans! Ted Ligety claimed gold in the giant slalom on Friday. In some ways the win was no surprise, since he had won three of five GS races his season, but a deteriorating course in Garmisch-Partenkitchen, Germany, made for hazardous skiing. Bode Miller had the fastest second run, but wound up 12th thanks to issues with the conditions on his first run. Read more.
It was a first for Tina Maze and her home country in giant slalom at the World Championships. For Maze, it was her first gold medal at a major championship after four silvers and it was the first gold ever for Slovenia. See the rest of the results.
It’s official: Lindsey Vonn will skip the three remaining events at the World Championships to see if she can resolve lingering issues caused by a hard training fall two weeks ago that has left her foggy and losing concentration while racing. Even though Vonn had run ninth in Super G and an amazing second in Downhill at the World Championships, many have questioned the decision to let her race when she was admittedly not entirely recovered from the hard blow to the head.
For her part, Vonn has said she “passed all the tests” and trusted the U.S. Ski Team doctors that cleared her to race. Here’s what she said in a conference call. Vonn’s not the only one ailing. German superstar Maria Riesch will skip the team race on Wednesday to recover from lingering effects of the flu in hopes she will be better prepared for the giant slalom and slalom events at Worlds.
Enough of these upsets! Aksel Lund Svindal repeated as the gold medalist in super combined at the World Championships on Monday. American Bode Miller stood 10th after the downhill portion but crashed out of the slalom on the second gate. Find out who else medaled by reading the story.
One day after Lindsey Vonn battled through her concussion symptoms to take silver in the downhill, The New York Times has a story that casts a critical eye on the U.S. Ski Team’s handling of her symptoms, suggesting they had taken a huge risk to let her ski. Read more.
Say what you want about Lindsey Vonn, but everyone should agree on one thing: she’s one tough skier.
The American superstar proved that fact again on Sunday when she managed an impressive second place finish in the downhill, in the wake of a bad training accident the week before, at the World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkitchen, Germany. Elisabeth Göergl of Austria took gold while Vonn’s chief rival, Maria Riesch, took bronze (another gutsy performance, given her recent bout with the flu). Read more.
WEEK ONE RESULTS: Today’s race began week two of the World Championships. Catch up with all the winners and news in week one here.
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