Vonn fractures arm in fall

Nov 12, 2016

Vonn fractures arm in fall

Battered once more by injury, Lindsey Vonn begins what has become an all-too-familiar cycle of recovery and rehab. The four-time overall World Cup champion broke her arm during a crash while training in Colorado. She said on Facebook the wipeout happened at Copper Mountain ...

May 7, 2016

Foreign ski instructors may get visa incentives to work in Japan

The government plans to ease visa requirements for foreign ski instructors to help attract skiers from abroad amid the sport’s declining popularity in Japan, a government source said Saturday. The Justice Ministry is eyeing amending the relevant ordinance as early as this summer, believing ...

Vonn hurts knee in super-G event

Feb 28, 2016

Vonn hurts knee in super-G event

Lindsey Vonn suffered a minor fracture in her left knee during a World Cup super-G crash in heavy snowfall Saturday but didn’t rule out her start in a combined event the next day. In a race delayed for three hours due to bad weather, ...

Shiffrin excited about return to competition

Feb 13, 2016

Shiffrin excited about return to competition

The slalom queen is back and raring to go after a frustrating two months out with injury. Mikaela Shiffrin even admits to feeling “jittery” as she prepares to throw herself back into World Cup racing on Monday in Crans-Montana, Switzerland — her first race ...

In Niigata, a lesson on the history of skiing in Japan

Feb 7, 2016

In Niigata, a lesson on the history of skiing in Japan

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A group of outdoor-loving history buffs in Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, has revived the first skiing technique brought to Japan more than a century ago by an Austro-Hungarian Army officer. Established nearly 50 years ago, “Lerch no Kai” (the Society of Lerch) is named after ...

Feb 5, 2016

Vonn miffed about course conditions

Lindsey Vonn left the finish area with plenty of complaints about the state of the Kandahar course and thinking she still had the fastest time in Thursday’s training for a World Cup downhill. Officially, she didn’t, because late starter Romane Miradoli of France beat ...

Skiing on the edge of Syria's war

Feb 2, 2016

Skiing on the edge of Syria's war

The snowy ridge of Mount Hermon separates two worlds. In one, Syria’s war rages. In the other, Israeli tourists slalom down ski slopes or drink mulled wine to the sound of techno music. On a clear day Damascus is visible from the top of ...

Exploring Niigata's snow country

Jan 23, 2016

Exploring Niigata's snow country

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Marred though the view is with power lines and other trappings of modernity, the rainbow that appears at the far end of Tsubame-Sanjo Station seems a rather auspicious beginning. The initial impression that greeted us in front of this largely unpopular station just south ...

1984 Olympic champ Johnson dies

Jan 23, 2016

1984 Olympic champ Johnson dies

Bill Johnson craved speed — the faster, the better. He stole cars as a kid, got in trouble for it and was ordered by a judge to make a choice: Ski school or jail. Johnson picked the slopes and wound up taking the sport ...