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December 22, 1996 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Kristian Ghedina became the first Italian to win a World Cup downhill at Val Gardena, Italy, since 1977, beating favored Frenchman Luc Alphand and Austrian Josef Strobl on Saturday. It was Ghedina's fifth downhill victory in his career, matching the Italian record held by Herbert Plank. Plank was also the last Italian to win a downhill at Val Gardena. Ghedina edged Alphand, Friday's winner, by 0.23 seconds in the second of two consecutive speed races.
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December 20, 2013 | By David Wharton
Two downhill skiers at a World Cup event in Italy this week are testing a jacket that has air bags that deploy in violent falls. The Italian manufacturer Dainese developed the protective garment for winter sports and motorcycle riding. It has air bags embedded in the chest, abdomen and back areas. Werner Heel of Italy and Jan Hudec of Canada wore the jackets during training runs in Val Gardena this week, according to the Associated Press. International Ski Federation officials have been working with Dainese to develop a system that will deploy the air bags at a point where racers can no longer control their falls.
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December 12, 1992
William Besse of Switzerland broke the course record in winning the first World Cup downhill race of the season for his second victory in Val Gardena, Italy.
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July 21, 2002
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July 21, 2002
Costa Rica: El Sol Inn, La Lindora, Monteverde, Puntarenas; 011-506-645- 5838, www.geocities.com/elsolmayo. "Rustic but beautiful little inn, near the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Lovely pool with spectacular view of the valley. Horses available. Cabins have their own kitchens, but Basque/German/Spanish cooking is too wonderful to resist. Owners treat guests with tender loving care, speak English, German and Spanish." Cabins $60-$80 per night.
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December 20, 2013 | By David Wharton
Two downhill skiers at a World Cup event in Italy this week are testing a jacket that has air bags that deploy in violent falls. The Italian manufacturer Dainese developed the protective garment for winter sports and motorcycle riding. It has air bags embedded in the chest, abdomen and back areas. Werner Heel of Italy and Jan Hudec of Canada wore the jackets during training runs in Val Gardena this week, according to the Associated Press. International Ski Federation officials have been working with Dainese to develop a system that will deploy the air bags at a point where racers can no longer control their falls.
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February 8, 1987 | JOHN MOSSMAN, Associated Press
Downhill skier Bill Johnson, a flop since his Olympic gold medal-winning season of 1984, has begun the long, painful rehabilitation process following multiple surgeries--with an eye toward Calgary in 1988. "I will be back, there's no doubt about it," Johnson said Thursday with characteristic brashness. "And I will win again. That's a definite."
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March 15, 1987 | Associated Press
You don't have to call him Johnson. "You can call me stupid, or whatever," he says, "but I'm going to go for it again." The glow long gone from his triumph of 1984, Olympic gold medal-winning skier Bill Johnson says he has put failure and injury in his past. He's gearing up for the Calgary Olympics of 1988 in hopes of winning the men's downhill again.
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January 1, 1987 | Bob Lochner
It has been fashionable before recent Winter Olympics to criticize the Alpine skiing courses, and the trend is continuing at Calgary, site of the 1988 Games. This time, however, the organizers appear to be getting the jump on the critics. In 1980, many European racers called the men's downhill at Lake Placid, N.Y., too easy. In 1984, the men's downhill at Sarajevo was "not challenging enough," and the sour grapes continued after American Bill Johnson won the gold medal.
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December 22, 1996 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Kristian Ghedina became the first Italian to win a World Cup downhill at Val Gardena, Italy, since 1977, beating favored Frenchman Luc Alphand and Austrian Josef Strobl on Saturday. It was Ghedina's fifth downhill victory in his career, matching the Italian record held by Herbert Plank. Plank was also the last Italian to win a downhill at Val Gardena. Ghedina edged Alphand, Friday's winner, by 0.23 seconds in the second of two consecutive speed races.
SPORTS
December 12, 1992
William Besse of Switzerland broke the course record in winning the first World Cup downhill race of the season for his second victory in Val Gardena, Italy.
SPORTS
March 15, 1987 | Associated Press
You don't have to call him Johnson. "You can call me stupid, or whatever," he says, "but I'm going to go for it again." The glow long gone from his triumph of 1984, Olympic gold medal-winning skier Bill Johnson says he has put failure and injury in his past. He's gearing up for the Calgary Olympics of 1988 in hopes of winning the men's downhill again.
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February 8, 1987 | JOHN MOSSMAN, Associated Press
Downhill skier Bill Johnson, a flop since his Olympic gold medal-winning season of 1984, has begun the long, painful rehabilitation process following multiple surgeries--with an eye toward Calgary in 1988. "I will be back, there's no doubt about it," Johnson said Thursday with characteristic brashness. "And I will win again. That's a definite."
SPORTS
January 1, 1987 | Bob Lochner
It has been fashionable before recent Winter Olympics to criticize the Alpine skiing courses, and the trend is continuing at Calgary, site of the 1988 Games. This time, however, the organizers appear to be getting the jump on the critics. In 1980, many European racers called the men's downhill at Lake Placid, N.Y., too easy. In 1984, the men's downhill at Sarajevo was "not challenging enough," and the sour grapes continued after American Bill Johnson won the gold medal.
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December 1, 1994 | from Staff and Wire Reports
Germany's swimming federation announced that it will boycott the World Cup in Beijing Jan. 7-8 and other events in China to protest the country's doping record. Eleven athletes from China tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs at the Asian Games in October. Miscellany Warm weather and lack of snow in Italy caused postponement of a men's World Cup downhill skiing event next week in ValGardena.
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