February 7, 2014 |
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - One my favorite pre-Olympic alpine events is the Austrian “bake-off” for four downhill starting spots. Unlike the World Cup circuit, each country is only allowed four entries in Olympic events. That cranks up the pressure for the New York Yankees of alpine, who are forced to leave off a skier who could have won a medal. The Austrians, for example, have 10 racers ranked in the top 32 of the current World Cup downhill rankings. Matthias Mayer and Max Franz had already locked up two spots, leaving five Austrians to compete for the last two spots in Friday's second downhill training run. Klaus Kroell claimed one spot by finishing tied for third, while George Streitberger won the last spot.
February 26, 2006 |
Halfway up the hill stood the richest American skier, staring down at fans he does not like and reporters he can barely tolerate. Down in the slush stood the poorest American skier, embracing smiles he'd rarely seen and cheers he could not believe. Halfway up the hill, $5-million man Bode Miller was sneaking to his trailer after blowing his first slalom run and finishing his bankrupt Olympics.
February 4, 2010 |
Bill Johnson was always five pounds of dynamite in a four-pound box. When he was a kid, the cops could not contain him. Oh, they'd catch him now and then -- breaking into houses or stealing a car -- but they couldn't quell the explosive temperament. "Wild Bill," they called him. Downhill racing has always attracted such mad dogs and misfits -- it's almost a job requirement. Who else but a crazy person skims down a frozen Popsicle at 90 mph? So it seems somehow prearranged that, on ice-caked vistas, Johnson would find an outlet for his lawless zeal.
February 8, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- The men's downhill course at Rosa Khotur is being called by racers one of the best in Olympics history. “I think the hill is the toughest we've seen this year,” U.S. star Bode Miller said earlier this week. “It seems like the consequence of making a mistake is still real high, which is what the downhill is all about.” American veteran Marco Sullivan, making his fourth Olympic appearance, almost didn't make it to Sunday's start line. Sullivan, during Saturday's training run, avoided serious injury (or worse)
February 23, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- U.S. media members covering Alpine skiing were in attack mode through five Olympic races. The United States had one medal, Julia Mancuso's unexpected bronze in the women's super combined, headed into the men's super-giant slalom Feb. 16. Patrick Riml, U.S. alpine director, was called upon to answer for the team's slow start. Riml was adamant it was too soon to render a final verdict. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi "The Games aren't over yet, we're halfway through," Riml said.
February 23, 2006 |
U.S. skier Bode Miller, who has failed to win a medal in four Olympic Alpine races, tweaked his left ankle playing basketball Tuesday but is expected to compete in Saturday's slalom. "I've been told it's not real serious," Alpine director Jesse Hunt said Wednesday night after the women's slalom. "I don't think it's going to become a big issue." Hunt said it is common for ski racers to play other sports in between World Cup and Olympic races.
February 28, 2006 |
Skier Daron Rahlves says he wasn't surprised by any of the comments or behavior of Olympic teammate Bode Miller, who he says spends much of his time partying and "trying to look for girls." "For him to go out and party, that's nothing new. He does that all the time," said Rahlves, who finished third Sunday at the Jeep King of the Mountain Professional Skiing and Snowboarding World Championships at Squaw Valley, Calif.
February 24, 2002 |
Fans flocked here Saturday to see history made in the men's slalom, and history, indeed, was made. It was not rendered by home-country favorite Bode Miller, though. It was etched in soft snow by a Scot, with a brogue, skiing for Great Britain. It was a strange day from the start-gate get-go, one that ought to be spliced and forwarded to "Alpine's Funniest Home Videos."
February 13, 2003 |
Bode Miller hoped to win a bronze medal in the giant slalom at the Alpine World Ski Championships, picturing the symmetry of owning a bronze to go with his gold and silver medals. But the daredevil from Franconia, N.H., outdid himself Wednesday by winning his second gold medal, becoming the first U.S. man to win three medals at a World Championship and boosting the U.S. team's medal total to a record of six.