Winter Sports

Ski jumpers hope to make giant leap for womankind in equality struggle

Ashling O’Connor Times Online Sport 24.04.2009
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For 85 years, ski jumping has been considered too unladylike for the Olympics and too dangerous for women, who, doctors said, risked injuring their uterus with the impact of sailing off a 90-metre ramp.

The men are finally in prime position

Philip Hersh Los Angeles Times 30.03.2009
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It's telling that NBC coverage of the world championships ended with a replay of Evan Lysacek's winning free skate.


Germans are champions, again

Juliet Macur International Herald Tribune 27.03.2009
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The entire arena gasped when the best pairs team in the world, one possibly headed for Olympic gold next year, made a mistake during the world figure skating championships.

Brian Joubert takes the lead after men's short program

Lisa Dillman Los Angeles Times 26.03.2009
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Franch skater is trailed by Evan Lysacek of the U.S. and Patrick Chan of Canada.


Americans come into their own in ice dancing

Philip Hersh Los Angeles Times 25.03.2009
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Success had eluded the Americans for years in the discipline, but now Team USA can probably count on a medal at World Figure Skating Championships and next year's Olympics.

Mao Asada, Kim Yu-Na jump for joy, and more

Helene Elliott Los Angeles Times 23.03.2009
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Asada, from Japan, and Kim, from South Korea, are favorites at this week's world championships in part because they've learned to balance athleticism and artistry. They're also learning to be happy.


Cologna, Kowalczyk clinch overall titles

International Herald Tribune 23.03.2009
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Dario Cologna became the first Swiss to win the men's overall title Sunday after taking the final race of the season at cross-country skiing's World Cup finals.

U.S. ice dancers pass the fitness test

Helene Elliot Los Angeles Times 19.03.2009
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Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto are certified by judges, meaning next week's world championships in Los Angeles could be up for grabs.


Vonn wins women's overall title

International Herald Tribune 12.03.2009
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Lindsey Vonn captured the women's overall title for the second straight year by winning the last downhill of the season Wednesday at the World Cup finals.

Picking Up a Career in Perfect Stride

GREG BISHOP The New York Times 08.03.2009
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The race took place more than three years ago and lasted less than 42 seconds, but Apolo Anton Ohno remembers every detail. As he watched the replay last month at the practice rink here, he surged with the same euphoria, leaning on each turn, fist...


Northug wins 50-kilometer freestyle

International Herald Tribune 02.03.2009
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Petter Northug sprinted away from his rivals again to win the men's 50-kilometer freestyle race Sunday for his third gold medal at the Nordic skiing world championships.

Janka wins giant slalom in Val d'Isère

International Herald Tribune 16.02.2009
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Carlo Janka of Switzerland won the men's giant slalom at the World Championships on Friday to add to his bronze medal in the downhill.


Vonn wins downhill for second gold

ANDREW DAMPF International Herald Tribune 10.02.2009
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Lindsey Vonn of the United States won the women's downhill Monday for her second gold of the World Championships, holding off a stiff challenge from Swiss teenager Lara Gut with the help of some soothing words from her husband Thomas.

Sport Meets Survival: An Iditarod Without Dogs

MICHAEL BRICK The New York Times 24.12.2008
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SUSITNA FLATS STATE GAME REFUGE, Alaska — From Mint Glacier to the Cook Inlet, an eight-inch frozen crust sealed the deep waters of the Little Susitna River. A snowstorm had buckled the ice with a foot of fresh powder, forcing plumes of frigid wat...


Ovechkin Shakes Off His Garden Dry Spell

LYNN ZINSER The New York Times 24.12.2008
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Until Tuesday night, the Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin had never given fans at Madison Square Garden a true view of his talent. He spent his first three seasons turning nearly every other N.H.L. rink into his personal stage — scoring goals an...

Albrecht wins giant slalom in Italy

INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE SPORTS 22.12.2008
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Daniel Albrecht of Switzerland won a World Cup giant slalom race ahead of Croatia's Ivica Kostelic to overtake the lead in the discipline standings Sunday.


Canadian ski jumper joins 2010 lawsuit

Darcy Wintonyk CTV.ca 02.10.2008
Canadian ski jumper joins 2010 lawsuit

A 17-year-old female ski jumper has become the first active Canadian athlete to join a lawsuit over the sport's exclusion from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Buttle quits while on top of world

Mark Zwolinski Toronto Star 11.09.2008
Buttle quits while on top of world

Jeffrey Buttle took a look from atop the figure skating world and liked what he saw. So much so, in fact, that the 26-year-old reigning world champion used it as the principal factor in his decision to retire from amateur competition yesterday, 18...


After years of injury, Forsyth officially retires

JAMES CHRISTIE The Globe and Mail 19.06.2008
After years of injury, Forsyth officially retires

Allison Forsyth, one of the intrepid women Alpine skiers who "kept the link to excellence alive' through tough times for Canadian skiing, made her retirement official yesterday. The 29-year-old native of Nanaimo, B.C., said in a telephone intervi...

Ski star Milton to cycle in Beijing

Paralympic ski champion turned cyclist Michael Milton has defied the odds and cancer to contest his first ever summer Games in Beijing later this year.