February 26, 2010 |
A lot of women ski racers look forward to the day they can marry, settle down and have a child. Sarah Schleper, the only U.S. Ski Team member born in the 1970s, has already knocked off two of the three. She is married, has a child, but never settled down. After finishing a respectable 14th in Thursday's giant slalom, Schleper hurried through the media mixed zone area at Whistler Creekside and made a beeline toward 2-year-old Lasse. "That's my baby," Schleper said. Lasse was wearing a lime-green hooded snow jacket when Daddy handed him over the fence to Mommy, who picked the boy up and threw him on her shoulders.
February 23, 2010 |
Based on Olympic Alpine results so far, Austria has to be flat, like Kansas. The country's strength is probably table tennis or microbrewing -- it can't be Alpine skiing. The Vancouver Games enter their last week and Austria's manly ski men have yet to earn a medal. They'll get their next chance in Tuesday's men's giant slalom at Whistler Creekside. With any luck, 45 guys will fall down and Austria can sneak in for the bronze. The women have two medals -- the same number as one 133-pound American woman: Julia Mancuso, who hadn't finished in the top three in a race that mattered in two years.
February 24, 2004
What you won't see at the new Mammoth Ski Museum, opening Saturday: kitschy memorabilia in the form of authentic skis, poles and boots. You will see "Introducing the Fine Art of Skiing: A First Run Through the Beekley Collection." That would be Mason Beekley, founder of the International Skiing History Assn., whose boyhood collection of ski books grew over 50 years to include 10,000 works. Beekley arranged for his obsession to migrate from New Hartford, Conn.
February 14, 1997 |
California skiing conditions are generally excellent for the long Presidents' Birthday weekend. A light dusting of snow Tuesday night and continued favorable snow-making temperatures have kept six Southland ski areas--Bear Mountain, Snow Summit, Snow Valley, Mountain High, Ski Sunrise and Mt. Baldy--in good shape for the expected large holiday crowds. Base depths range from two to four feet, and most runs are open.
December 1, 2001 |
Bill Johnson returned to the slopes Friday, skiing down Mount Hood eight months after a frightening crash left the 1984 Olympic downhill champion in a coma with a brain injury. "It felt great. I turned a lot," Johnson said after a warmup run. He was especially pleased that he stayed upright on his skis. "I didn't take a digger, and I'm not about to," he said.
February 20, 2010 |
No need to clean your goggles or adjust your bindings -- that's America on top of the Olympic Alpine leaderboard. Austria? Well, word is the country is into baseball now. The United States of A-miracle went two-three in Friday's super-giant slalom at Whistler Mountain, climbing heights never before seen or contemplated. Heading into the 1994 Lillehammer Games, America's Alpine team was dubbed "Uncle Sam's left-footed snowplow brigade." Four Olympics later, America is just putting its foot down.
February 27, 1988 |
Phil Mahre, who won a gold medal for the United States in the 1984 Winter Olympics, said the lack of success by U.S. skiers at Calgary, Canada, is no surprise. "People are just too soft," Mahre said. "There's just not enough heart anymore. "The gifted athletes are in other sports." Mahre and his twin brother, Steve, are sitting out their first Olympics since 1976. Phil won the gold in the slalom at the 1984 Games while Steve won the silver in the slalom.