Archive for December, 2011

Schleper exits World Cup stage on same day as fellow American Shiffrin earns her first podium

Sarah Schleper carries her son on her final run.

On a day when Austrian Marlies Schild continued to dominate the women’s World Cup Slalom competition, the big news was a changing of the guard on the American team.

Sarah Schleper stepped away from the sport on Thursday (Dec. 29), retiring after her 186th World Cup race by taking a ceremonial final run wearing a dress and carrying her 3-year-old child for part of the run. But as one door closed another opened for the Americans as 16-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin earned her first World Cup podium, taking third in the race at Lienz, Austria .

Learn more about Schleper’s long-running career and Shiffrin’s fast ascent in this SkiRacing.com story.

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Lindsey Vonn lights it up with great photos in Italian Sport Week

Lindsey Vonn in Italian Sport Week magazine.

We all know Lindsey Vonn is a superstar on the World Cup ski tour.

But she’s also a superstar around the world for her personal style, a fact reinforced this week with the release of a red-hot photo shoot in Italian Sport Week magazine.

The all-time American leader in World Cup victories posted the photos to her Facebook page, where the response has been predictably enthusiastic.

Take a look at the fantastic photos for yourself.

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Bobby Brown stoked about slopestyle’s inclusion in Soichi Olympics

Amazing what can happen in a year.

In January of 2010 Bobby Brown was all the rage, winning both the Big Air and Slopestyle competition at the X Games. In 2011, nagged by injuries, he still managed a silver in Big Air and fourth in Slopestyle, leading some to suggest this year is about “redemption,” according to a Denver Post story.

Not that Brown’s worried. He’s healthy and excited about the chance to compete in slopestyle at the 2014 Olympics in Soichi. Read more.

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Marlies Schild’s on a roll with 3rd straight World Cup slalom win, but Lindsey Vonn’s getting closer

Marlies Schild

Someone else is streaking on the women’s World Cup ski circuit and it’s not Lindsey Vonn  (although more on Lindsey in a moment).

The skier of the moment is Austrian Marlies Schild, who claimed her third consecutive World Cup slalom victory Tuesday (Dec. 20) under the lights in a “home” match in Flachau, Austria. The defending World Cup slalom champ is to this discipline, with 30 career Cup slalom race wins, what Vonn is to the speed races.

Then again, Vonn showed promise on this evening, placing an impressive eighth and saying she is starting to feel “comforatble” in slalom. That could be bad news for the rest of the women. Read more.

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Holiday gift ideas that will warm their hearts (and their hands)

We know the feeling. There’s someone on your list that needs one more present and you can’t think of anything to get them. We can help. After all, everyone can use a good pair of gloves or mitts.

But that begs the question: Which style will make the best gift? The answer depends on who will receive the glove. Some suggestions:

  • X-Change Glove: Is there an active outdoor adventurer on your list who demands high quality, durability and warmth? This is the glove.
  • Arctic Mitt: This is for the hard-charging lady on your list who wants a warm, high performance glove that’s made for a woman.
  • I-Finger: You know the type: can’t leave that smart phone behind. The I-Finger lets them “touch” without removing their gloves.
  • PackyBak: Have a friend who can’t keep track of their gloves? Give them this “go anywhere glove” packed in a travel pouch that’s part of the glove (nothing to lose).

You can order the gloves from the Swany website, but you can also find our great Swany gloves and mitts at sporting goods stores everywhere.

So get  shopping and Happy Holidays!

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Shaun White, Kelly Clark claim halfpipe wins in Winter Dew Tour Nike Open in Breckenridge

Some things never seem to change. Shaun White’s dominance in snowboard halfpipe is one of them, which he reaffirmed on Saturday (Dec. 17) with a victory after only four days on his board. Or at least that’s he says in this ESPN story. See how Louie Vito and the rest of the field finished.

A familiar name also won on Saturday in the women’s halfpipe snowboard competition, with Kelly Clark just nipping Gretchen Blieler. Read more.

In the slopestyle competition, Gjermund Braaten surprised a loaded men’s field for the win while Spencer O’Brien claimed the win in women’s slopestyle. Read more.

Look here for all results for snowboarders and skiers in superpipe and slopestyle.

PREVIEW

After last weekend’s amazing halfpipe action at the U.S. Grand Prix, we can’t wait to see what will happen this weekend at the Winter Dew Tour Nike Open at Breckenridge.

Competition will be raging in the superpipe and slopestyle. Watch a video “first look” at the snowboard slopestyle course with Eric Willet and the freeski slopestyle course with Eric Shlopy. For a look at the superpipe and oher event highlights, including this week’s return to the slopes by Kevin Pearce, visit this video highlights page.

Competitors his weekend include the sport’s best: Defending champs Louie Vito (men’s snowboard superpipe), Kelly Clark (women’s snowboard superpipe), Torstein Horgmo (men’s snowboard slopestyle), Jamie Anderson (women’s snowboard slopestyle), Kevin Rolland (ski superpipe) and Breck’s Bobby Brown (ski slopestyle).

But the biggest news might be who’s BACK at the event, as superstar Shaun White returns to compete after a two-year hiatus. Others competing will include Luke Mitrani, Greg Bretz and Simon Dumont.

For a complete schedule, look here.

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Kevin Pearce is back riding? Believe it!

We’ve never been one to believe in miracles (not even Tim Tebow). But Tuesday’s events at Breckenridge might change our minds.

That’s because Kevin Pearce was back riding his board. The same Kevin Pearce who was so badly injured in a snowboarding accident two years that not many people expected him to walk again, much less ride.

But there he was on Tuesday, followed by a posse both famous (Jake Burton, Scotty Lago and others) and just plain folks. And Kevin was RIPPIN, according to this great story from ESPN. Or else check out this video and story.

You can get more of Kevin if you tune in this weekend to the Winter Dew Tour’s Nike Open, which starts Thursday in Breckenridge.

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