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February 20, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - Halfpipe history was coming down to Maddie Bowman of the U.S. or Marie Martinod of France, and the space right behind the interview area was a curious mosh pit of fun, frolicking and fretting. Bowman, of South Lake Tahoe, had bettered her first effort, scoring 89.00 on her second run, sending a group of French fans and Bowman supporters into a frenzy of singing and chanting. It all came down to one final run for Martinod, the final skier on this Thursday night.
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SPORTS
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.
NEWS
February 15, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia -- The U.S. men are still on the alpine clock in Sochi and haven't made very good time. The second Olympic weekend is almost put to bed and the Americans have yet to hang anything resembling a medal around their necks. They are on pace to match the Austrian men, who shockingly failed to win a medal four years ago in Vancouver, Canada. If Bode Miller and his boys are going to get their skis turned around in Sunday's super-giant slalom at Rosa Khutor, though, they'll probably have to go through Norway.
SPORTS
February 15, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins and John Cherwa
SOCHI, Russia - Short-track speedskater Emily Scott was knocked down in the women's 1,500-meter final Saturday as U.S. skaters again fell short of the podium. Scott, 24, took an early lead, but about halfway through the race Korea's Kim Alang wiped out and sent the Springfield, Mo., native into the pads at Iceberg Skating Palace. Scott finished in fifth. "I saw her out of the corner of my eye going down so there was nothing I could do at that point," Scott said. Scott had advanced to the final after Korea's Cho Ha-Ri was penalized in the semifinal.
SPORTS
February 13, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- Joss Christensen wanted to make his father proud of him. Those were among the last words he said last year to his dying father, James Dale “JD” Christensen, who was fighting a congenital heart condition. And those were among the words coming from Joss Christensen not long after he stunned the men's slopestyle skiing field to win an Olympic gold medal on Thursday. Despite his failing health, the father encouraged his son to push forward with his plans to compete in a World Cup event in New Zealand.
SPORTS
February 13, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- The cool kids were throwing down tricks on the snow -- one-upping one another -- enjoying the sun and treating Thursday in Russia like a spring day in Utah or Colorado. "United States of Awesome," came a voice from the gallery just behind the finish area. That may best describe the day for U.S. slopestyle skiing. The United States swept the event: Twenty-two-year-old Joss Christensen of Park City, Utah won the gold, longtime friend Gus Kenworthy, also 22, took the silver and favorite Nick Goepper, 19, got the bronze.
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By Brian E. Clark
Winter has returned to the eastern Sierra. Or, in the case of Lake Tahoe, has finally arrived, just in time for the Presidents Day weekend and the start of the second half of the ski and snowboard season.   John Monson, a spokesman at Sugar Bowl on the northwest rim of Lake Tahoe, said his resort received a whopping 61 inches of snow - that's more than 5 feet - on its highest peaks, greatly improving conditions and allowing the resort to open additional terrain, lifts and trails.
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