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February 6, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia -- Bode Miller and Julia Mancuso have strong personalities and opinions, but this might not be the time or the place. Miller and Mancuso are the stars of the U.S. Alpine team and winners of a combined eight Olympic medals. At a Thursday news conference in advance of the Olympics, however, neither star seemed interested in delving into the political controversies surrounding the Sochi Games. “I don't feel like the Olympics is the place for that kind of politics,” Miller said.
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February 23, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
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.
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February 6, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia -- The U.S. Alpine skiing team got off to a rousing Sochi start Thursday by winning two medals on the first day of downhill training. Oh wait, they don't hand out medals for training runs, but skiing fast in practice is still better than skiing slow. It was certainly an encouraging start for American superstars Bode Miller and Julia Mancuso, who have already combined for eight Olympic medals. Both skiers raced as if they were itching for more. Miller continued his fine skiing of late by winning the first men's downhill training run in advance of Sunday's first Olympic alpine event.
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February 15, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia - The U.S. Alpine medal calculation for Sochi changed the second the ink dried on Lindsey Vonn's statement saying knee surgery would render her unable to compete. Sochi was not going to be Vancouver, when Team Alpine USA won eight medals and, on the way out, almost offered the Austrians ski lessons. Yet, Sochi wasn't supposed to be Nagano 1998, either, when Picabo Street claimed the only U.S. medal (gold) in a super-G she won by a hundredth of a second. The halfway point of the Sochi Games has left the U.S. Ski Team at a crossed-tips crossroads.
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February 26, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
The women's giant slalom was finally put to bed Thursday as Julia Mancuso tried to put a few rumors, and her emotional Olympic experience, to rest. Mancuso had no real shot at Whistler to defend her gold medal. Hope ended Wednesday when she finished 18th in her first run. Mancuso was flagged off course during her run and forced to restart after teammate Lindsey Vonn crashed in front of her. Poor weather postponed the second run to Thursday morning, which gave Mancuso time to transition from fuming to philosophical.
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February 24, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
The weather report does not look promising -- snow, rain, slush, fog -- for the running of the women's giant slalom Wednesday, leading some to muse: How could Julia Mancuso get so lucky? She's already had a charmed Olympics -- winning two unexpected silver medals -- and could now benefit from the kind of whiteout that helped her win the GS gold four years ago in Italy. A lot of people don't remember that Mancuso won at Turin because she captured it in almost Donner Party conditions.
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February 25, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
It seemed fitting the daytime serial that played out Wednesday between gold-medal-winning American rivals Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso would have to be continued until . . . Thursday. These are, after all, the days of their lives. Skiing bib-to-bib in the Olympic giant slalom, Vonn at No. 17 and Mancuso at No. 18, Vonn crashed while flying back-first into a retaining fence, broke her right pinkie finger, and it might have cost Mancuso the chance to defend her GS gold medal.
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February 25, 2006 | Chris Dufresne, Times Staff Writer
It was a gold-medal run you didn't have to see to believe because you couldn't really see it. Julia Mancuso, a shadowy stick figure representing the United States, descended from the start gate into a snowstorm and ultimately emerged at the foggy bottom as the winner of the women's Olympic giant slalom here Friday. Mancuso's winning time of 2 minutes 9.19 seconds, flashed on the leaderboard between snow squalls, was clear enough to earn the American a .
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February 15, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia - The U.S. Alpine medal calculation for Sochi changed the second the ink dried on Lindsey Vonn's statement saying knee surgery would render her unable to compete. Sochi was not going to be Vancouver, when Team Alpine USA won eight medals and, on the way out, almost offered the Austrians ski lessons. Yet, Sochi wasn't supposed to be Nagano 1998, either, when Picabo Street claimed the only U.S. medal (gold) in a super-G she won by a hundredth of a second. The halfway point of the Sochi Games has left the U.S. Ski Team at a crossed-tips crossroads.
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February 23, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
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.
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February 13, 2014 | BILL PLASCHKE
He had grown weary of the sportsmanlike platitudes and calm explanations. He had just spent 15 minutes discussing the most stunning upset of his career with a steady stare, and enough was enough. Just before exiting the dank basement interview area at the Adler Arena Skating Center on Wednesday, U.S. Olympic speedskater Shani Davis inexplicably stopped one more time. In front of a handful of remaining reporters, he seethed. "I don't know what's going on....I was skating hard, so hard....I was ready for it, man, like I was ready for this," he said.
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February 13, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia - There is a compelling race taking place in the mountains that has nothing to do with Austrians, timing devices or finish lines. It's the mad dash to complete the Olympic Alpine events before the snow melts and Rosa Khutor becomes a water slide. The hill has held up well through three Alpine races thanks to meticulous course grooming and the injection of hardening agents (salt). FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi The downhill portion of Friday's men's super-combined race, however, has been moved from 11 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the hope one less hour of sunlight will help keep the track firm.
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February 11, 2014 | By John Cherwa
WOMEN'S DOWNHILL Can Julia Mancuso win her second medal of the Games? It's certainly possible. Mancuso surprised everyone with a bronze in the super combined, but now she gets to race her better discipline. This was Lindsey Vonn's race to lose until she was injured. Now it's anybody's race to win. MEN'S 1,000 SPEEDSKATING Shani Davis hopes to become the first American to win the same event three straight times. Poised to stop him is Michel Mulder of the Netherlands, who won the 500 earlier this week.
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February 10, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia - Julia Mancuso knows that trying to catch Lindsey Vonn in World Cup victories is futile, like a baseball pitcher saying he wants to catch Cy Young. Mancuso and Vonn both are 29 and with Vonn leading by the World Cup score of 59 to 7, that ballgame is over. Mancuso has been left to carve out a different legacy, but it's the one America, and NBC, will probably remember longer. FRAMEWORK: Best images from the Sochi Olympics Mancuso's ski racing legacy will be the Olympics.
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February 7, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - The Russians put the first man in space but, strangely, they have no Yuri Gagarin in alpine skiing. The host country for the 2014 Sochi Olympics has, by all accounts, provided a first-track for the alpine events at Rosa Khutor. Men and women are raving about the course set up. Yet, barring some "do you believe in miracles?" upset, Russian skiers will mostly be spectators for the 10 Olympic events. Alpine is one of the premiere events in the Winter Olympics but the Russians just aren't good at it. The former Soviet Union and Russia, combined, have two Olympic alpine medals and both went to women.
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February 7, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia -- Television viewers tuning in for the 2014 Sochi Olympics opening ceremony on Friday night should not expect a reprise of the 2012 London Games opener. In other words, there will be no Paul McCartney singing "Hey Jude. " "Unfortunately, we cannot boast a plethora of famous, world-known pop stars," producer Konstantin Ernst said. "This is why were are now focusing on what Russia is best known for musically around the world -- namely classical music. " Sochi organizers have kept a tight lid on preparations, but let a few details slip Friday morning.
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