Archive for December, 2012

World Cup Update: Tina Maze leads women, Aksel Lund Svindal atop men’s race as we enter 2013

Tina Maze

Tina Maze

Now that it’s almost 2013 it’s a good time to update the races for the overall crown in Men’s and Women’s World Cup Alpine Skiing.

Ladies first. That means Tina Maze, who raced to the top of the standings with several early GS wins and continues to pile on the points. As of Dec. 31, the Slovenian leads the race for the overall title with 1,059 points, a whopping 427 points ahead of Maria Hoefl-Riesch (Kathrin Zettel stands third).

Can defending champ Lindsey Vonn, now taking a health break, make a comeback from 645 points back? Only time and racing will tell. Fellow American Mikaela Shiffrin is fourth overall in the Slalom standings.  Here’s where to find the latest standings in the overall race as well as each discipline.

On the men’s side, Aksel Lund Svindal’s fast start has the Norwegian in first with 674, but the race is much closer after that. Austrian Marcel Hirscher has 560 points and American Ted Ligety’s impressive GS skiing has him third (537). Here’s where the find the latest standings in the overall race as well as each discipline.

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Fenninger wins World Cup Giant Slalom, Maze second; American Mikaela Shiffrin finishes eighth

FIS LogoUPDATE, Dec. 28: Austrian Anna Fenninger ran away from the field on Friday for a big win in a World Cup Giant Slalom in Semmering. She was followed by overall leader Tina Maze and Tessa Worley. American Mikaela Shiffrin stayed on a roll, earning eight, her best finish ever in GS. Read the story.

Dec. 27: Can Mikaela Shiffrin make it two in a row? The youngster from Colorado recently became the youngest American to win a World Cup slalom since 1968. This weekend she can extend the streak with a Giant Slalom on Friday (Dec. 27) and Slalom (Dec. 28) in Semmering, Austria.

Without doubt, overall leader Tina Maze will be favored in the GS, but Shiffrin turned in the best second run of everyone the last time the women raced GS. Read this Q&A with Shiffrin.

Here’s where to find the start list and (later) results for the races. Here’s where the find the latest standings in the overall race.

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Enter our Outdoor Adventure Video Contest to win Swany’s gCell, the glove that’s a phone

The Fourth Annual Outdoor Adventures Video Contest sponsored by Swany Gloves is on!

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Remarkable report tells the story of fateful avalanche in Washington that killed three

Elyse Saugstad survived the avalanche.

Elyse Saugstad survived the avalanche.

Last February’s fatal avalanche in Washington’s Cascades at Tunnel Creek behind Stevens Creek Ski Resort claimed three lives and focused national attention on backcountry safety. The New York Times has just published a remarkable re-telling of the day in Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek.

This compelling, multi-part story blends traditional narrative seamlessly with streaming images that show topographic maps of where the avalanche happened, interactive graphics that illustrate what made the snow slide and how the air bag deployed that may have saved the life of skier Elyse Saugstad. There’s even a weather map showing the movement of the storm that created the unstable snow.

And after all that, there’s a video documentary in the words of the survivors. It’s an exhaustively reported, respectful story of the tragedy. For those who want to learn more about this fateful day and backcountry skiing in general, it’s a tremendous effort that brings you right into the events of that day.  Read it now.

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American Mikaela Shiffrin records historic first World Cup victory with Slalom win in Sweden

Mikaela Shiffrin

Mikaela Shiffrin

Mikaela Shiffrin made a little history when she won a World Cup Slalom on Thursday (Dec. 20) in Are, Sweden.

The 17-year-old from the Eagle-Vail area of Colorado became the youngest American to win a World Cup slalom since Kiki Cutter in 1968. And Shiffrin did it in the face of serious pressure, nipping overall leader Tina Maze and leaving Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter, who led after the first round, in third. Read more and check out this Q&A she conducted via teleconference after the victory.

Maze, wh0 won earlier this week in a Giant Slalom at Are, added more points toward the overall leads ahead of second-place Maria Hoefl-Riesch and Lindsey Vonn, currently taking a break from the tour to rebuild her strength, lost ground as well.

Here’s where to find the latest standings.

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Tina Maze adds to World Cup overall lead with third-place finish in Giant Slalom

Tina Maze MugTina Maze can’t win ’em all, but she still managed to finish third in a World Cup Giant Slalom on Wednesday (Dec. 19) in Are, Sweden.

After five GS wins for overall leader Maze, this race belonged to winner Viktoria Rebensburg, followed by Austria’s Anna Fenninger. American Julia Mancuso used a strong second run to earn 14th. Read more.

Even without the win, Maze added 60 more points toward the overall and leads second place Maria Hoefl-Riesch by a whopping 351 points. Lindsey Vonn, currently taking a break from the tour to rebuild her strength, lost ground as well.

Here’s where to find the latest standings.

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USA Pro Challenge bike race in Colorado announces 2013 route Aug. 19-25

USA Pro Cycling Challenge Big LogoBoulder, Colorado Springs and Durango are out, Longmont and Fort Collins are in for the 2013 Pro Cycling Challenge, set for Aug. 19-25.

One thing has returned for the event’s third year: the iconic time trial in Vail. As it has the first two years, the race ends in Denver. Past champions have been: 2011, Levi Leipheimer; 2012, Christian VandeVelde.

Check out the routes and hear what organizers had to say at the rollout today (Dec. 19) in Aspen. Read more.

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