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January 26, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
Five-time medalist Bode Miller leads the 20-member U.S. Alpine roster announced Sunday for the upcoming Sochi Olympics. Miller, at 36, will compete in his fifth Winter Games, four years after taking gold, silver and bronze medals at the Vancouver Games. Miller is one of three Americans who have already won Olympic gold as the team heads to Russia. Miller won the super combined in Vancouver, while Ted Ligety (super combined) and Julia Mancuso (giant slalom) won gold at the 2006 Turin Games.
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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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August 15, 2004 | From Associated Press
Colorado receiver Jeremy Bloom will join the U.S. ski team in Chile for training while he waits to hear whether the NCAA will allow him to play football while accepting ski endorsements. Bloom leaves for Santiago today but says he'll return to Boulder if the NCAA rules in his favor. "If and hopefully when I get positive news, I'll be on the first flight back from Santiago so I can be back on the field with my football teammates as soon as possible," Bloom said Saturday.
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February 17, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia - Tiger Woods at age 20 used his first pro tournament, the Greater Milwaukee Open, to say, "Hello, world. " Eighteen years later, a month shy of her 19th birthday, U.S. ski team star Mikaela Shiffrin sat down at the Gorki Media Center and announced similar intentions. She had been in Sochi for 18 hours but acted as though she had been raised around the corner. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi Her Olympic debut, the women's giant slalom, was three days away.
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February 20, 1998 | CHRIS DUFRESNE
This snit-fit just in from Austrian Ski Team headquarters: Thursday, Christian Mayer was told he was being replaced in Saturday's slalom by Mario Reiter, who was a surprise gold-medal winner in the men's combined. Mayer won the bronze. How did Mayer handle his demotion? He quit the Austrian team and said he was going to to pursue his career with another country. Friday, however, Austrian Siegfried Voglreiter was scratched from the slalom because of a bad back. His replacement? Christian Mayer.
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May 13, 2007 | Robyn Norwood, From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Former Olympic medalist and World Cup champion Bode Miller is leaving the U.S. ski team, ending his contentious relationship with the federation that oversees the sport in this country. The fiercely independent Miller has been at odds with the association for years, and there long had been rumblings that he would leave the team. U.S. officials have been unhappy with Miller's late-night partying and his outlandish public comments. But he was by far the best skier on the team.
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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 26, 1988 | United Press International
A doctor with the Austrian ski team was killed by a snow grooming machine Thursday in a skiing accident between runs of the men's giant slalom on Mt. Allan in the Winter Olympics, officials said. Joerg Oberhammer, 47, a team doctor for the Austrian Ski Federation and his nation's leading knee specialist, died when he fell beneath the machine after colliding with another skier.
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January 31, 2005 | From Associated Press
Julia Mancuso gave the U.S. ski team its second medal in two days at the world championships. She earned the bronze medal Sunday in a super giant slalom won by Sweden's Anja Paerson. The third-place finish came a day after Bode Miller took the gold in a men's super-G to open the competition. The team's goal of eight medals, split evenly between the men and the women, now looks as if it could be surpassed with nine events remaining.
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February 4, 1988 | BOB LOCHNER, Times Assistant Sports Editor
There will be no "Guts and Glory II" in the 1988 Winter Games. The Bill Johnson Story ended here Wednesday when the U.S. Olympic Alpine ski team was named. Johnson, the downhill gold medalist in the 1984 Olympics, was notably absent from the roster of 18 racers who will compete at Calgary starting Feb. 13. "It's always tough to select a team when the numbers are tight," said Harald Schoenhaar, Alpine program director. "Bill had the same chances as everyone else to make the Olympic team.
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February 15, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia - United States alpine star Mikaela Shiffrin has finally arrived in Sochi, but not necessarily as a savior for the ski team's flagging (so far) fortunes. "I don't think I can be the only one," she said at a Saturday press conference at the Gorki Media Center, "I can be one of the ones. " Shiffrin, the 18-year-old skiing prodigy, has been training in Austria, Germany and Italy in advance of her races on Tuesday and Friday. Shiffrin will be a medal contender in the Tuesday giant slalom and the gold medal favorite in the slalom.
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February 7, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- It isn't enough that Olympic athletes ride the rails with skill and verve, get to the bottom of the course faster than the rest of the field or even hurl stones with reasonable accuracy down a sheet of ice. That's just not sufficient any longer. How about adding singing, dancing and lip syncing to the Olympic motto of faster, higher, stronger? In the realm of parody videos, it all really picked up momentum two years ago at the Summer Games in London. USA Swimming's video, a visual rendition of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," went viral just before the Games, a byproduct of the vision of Olympic swimmers Kathleen Hersey, Caitlin Leverenz and Alyssa Anderson, and USA Swimming staffer Mark Russell.
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January 26, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
Five-time medalist Bode Miller leads the 20-member U.S. Alpine roster announced Sunday for the upcoming Sochi Olympics. Miller, at 36, will compete in his fifth Winter Games, four years after taking gold, silver and bronze medals at the Vancouver Games. Miller is one of three Americans who have already won Olympic gold as the team heads to Russia. Miller won the super combined in Vancouver, while Ted Ligety (super combined) and Julia Mancuso (giant slalom) won gold at the 2006 Turin Games.
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January 21, 2014 | By David Wharton
With women's ski jumping set to make its Olympic debut at the 2014 Sochi Games next month, U.S. medal chances got a boost Tuesday with the announcement that reigning world champion Sarah Hendrickson has returned to training. Hendrickson underwent knee surgery in late August and was considered a long shot to be healthy in time for Sochi. "The feeling of that first jump back was one of the best sensations in the entire world," she said after a practice session in Park City, Utah.
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January 17, 2014 | By David Wharton
The U.S. Olympic ski team, needing star power in Lindsey Vonn's absence, can certainly look to Ted Ligety. The 29-year-old scored a World Cup victory in the super combined in Wengen, Switzerland, on Friday, beating out Alexis Pinturault of France. Though Ligety is the reigning world champion in super combined -- and won a 2006 Olympic gold in the combined -- this result marked his first World Cup win in an event other than the giant slalom. Another American skier, Bode Miller, finished ninth.
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October 10, 2013 | By Martin Tsai
The documentary "McConkey" chronicles the life of Shane McConkey, professional skier turned base-jumper who eventually combined both passions. Raised by his mother, McConkey aspired as a child to follow in his absent father's footsteps and become a speed skier. Starved for attention, he was an anarchist during his school years. Unable to make the U.S. ski team, he discovered extreme skiing through the 1988 documentary "The Blizzard of Aahhh's" and sought to attempt the skiing and parachuting stunt from "The Spy Who Loved Me. " McConkey would tempt fate in a few ski documentaries himself.
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March 14, 1997 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Hilary Lindh, who became a world champion by taking advice from her coach, stopped listening Thursday. Lindh, 27, who won the downhill gold medal in the world championships in February, said this season, her 13th on the U.S. ski team, is her last. The ski team's women's coach, Herwig Demschar, "talked to me an hour and a half yesterday, trying to convince me that I should hold off on my decision," Lindh said after Thursday's races in the World Cup Finals at Vail, Colo.
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December 25, 1985 | JON D. MARKMAN, Times Staff Writer
Jean-Claude Killy didn't have to practice on Herculon to become the Hercules of ski racing, but the members of Cal State Northridge's ski team weren't lucky enough to be born in Saint-Cloud, France. Every Thursday around 9 p.m., up to six of the team's 37 racers lock down their Langes and climb onto their K2s for a few minutes on the motorized carpet mountain at Ski & Sports West in Granada Hills. According to Branko Sevic, a freshman member of the team, the carpet feels like ice.
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February 5, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Lindsey Vonn will miss the rest of the ski season after crashing during the super-G at the world championships Tuesday in Schladming, Austria, and being airlifted to a hospital. Vonn tore her anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in her right knee and has a lateral tibial plateau fracture, according to a statement by U.S. ski team medical director Kyle Wilkens on the team's website. The injury ends Vonn's quest this year for a fifth overall World Cup title.
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