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Unknown Hintermann captures combined race

Wearing the No. 51 bib of a total longshot, Swiss skier Niels Hintermann took advantage of the starting order to win a World Cup Alpine combined race on Friday. Hintermann was 23rd-fastest in the morning slalom, and that proved the key to victory. With the top 30 starting the afternoon ...

Jan 9, 2017

Unrivalled Takanashi tops World Cup podium again

Sara Takanashi eased to her fifth World Cup victory of the season on Sunday, winning the sixth competition by almost 30 points. The 20-year-old leaped 124 meters in her first attempt and encored with the day’s longest jump of 129 meters on the 137-meter ...

Jan 8, 2017

Takanashi wins fourth World Cup meet of season

Sara Takanashi made it four wins out of five on the season’s ski jumping world tour on Saturday, marking her 48th career World Cup win, while her Japanese compatriot Yuki Ito jumped to third. In a rare large-hill women’s competition, the 20-year-old had leaps ...

Jan 7, 2017

Ski Association drops sponsorship

The Ski Association of Japan rescinded its sponsorship of five snowboarders on Friday after three underage halfpipe riders were caught drinking last February in Sapporo. The three were in the company of two adult boarders, who were punished for giving their tacit approval to ...

Jan 6, 2017

Maze may reconsider decision to retire

For all the fuss in Tina Maze’s home country about her farewell ski race on Saturday, it might not be her last race after all. The two-time Olympic champion from Slovenia told The Associated Press on Thursday that she might reconsider her decision to ...

Moelgg ends eight-year wait with World Cup slalom win

Jan 6, 2017

Moelgg ends eight-year wait with World Cup slalom win

As soon as Italian veteran Manfred Moelgg crossed the line at a men’s World Cup night slalom on Thursday, Alberto Tomba pumped his fist in the finish area. The slalom great from the 1980s and ’90s was ecstatic for Moelgg ending an almost eight-year ...

Dec 28, 2016

Shiffrin claims second GS victory

A few days after Mikaela Shiffrin spent Christmas at Manuela Moelgg’s home in Italy and trained with her, the American and the Italian finished first and third in a women’s World Cup giant slalom on Tuesday. Shiffrin held on to her first-run lead on ...

Jansrud triumphs again in super-G race

Dec 27, 2016

Jansrud triumphs again in super-G race

Olympic champion Kjetil Jansrud extended his perfect start to the season in super-G, winning a World Cup race by a comfortable margin on Tuesday. Jansrud became only the second man to win the first three super-G races of the season after Austrian great Hermann ...

Dec 23, 2016

Russia loses biathlon, speedskating events over doping

Russia has lost biathlon and speedskating events it was due to host this winter following allegations it ran a vast state-sponsored doping scheme. World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren’s final report has prompted Western athletes to campaign for boycotts in several winter sports in ...

Takagi completes sweep at nationals

Dec 21, 2016

Takagi completes sweep at nationals

Miho Takagi won the women’s 1,500 and 5,000 meters on Wednesday to complete a clean sweep of all four races at the Japan national championships. A day after winning the 500 and the 3,000 at Tokachi Oval in Obihiro, Hokkaido, Takagi won her first ...

Ito edges Takanashi in Yoshida Cup

Dec 18, 2016

Ito edges Takanashi in Yoshida Cup

Yuki Ito earned a narrow win over three-time overall World Cup winner Sara Takanashi at the Yoshida Cup on Sunday in Nayoro, Hokkaido. With fresh snow covering the runway and killing the pace in the run-up, Ito and Takanashi both leaped 76 meters, but ...