Sochi recap: Cross-country skiing, women’s team sprint

Norway slayed some demons in the Olympic venue, destroying the field to win the team sprint. Date: 19-Feb Sport: Cross-country skiing Event: Women’s team sprint (classical) Medalists: Norway, Finland, Sweden SportsMyriad projections: Sweden, Finland, Norway How U.S. fared: Sophie Caldwell and Kikkan Randall — one surprise and one shock of the individual freestyle sprint — hungContinue reading “Sochi recap: Cross-country skiing, women’s team sprint”

Best/worst, Sochi medal projections vs. reality, Feb. 11

Here’s what I hate about the Olympics … Or maybe it’s just what I hate about American sports culture, where all of these athletes are invisible in the years between each quadrennial glitzfest … An athlete can strive for years and become the best in the world, winning all sorts of international competition. But thoseContinue reading “Best/worst, Sochi medal projections vs. reality, Feb. 11”

2014 medal projections: Cross-country skiing

Updated Jan. 14 Welcome to one of two busiest sports in the Winter Olympics. Only speedskating can keep pace with the 12 medal events in cross-country skiing, though they’re trying to bulk up the extreme sports of snowboarding and freestyle skiing. This is also one of the sports I covered in Whistler at the 2010Continue reading “2014 medal projections: Cross-country skiing”

World Cup spring, USA vs. Maze: “I want that globe”

Slovenia’s Tina Maze has the overall World Cup Alpine title in hand, more than doubling her closest pursuer (2,254 points to 1,065 for Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch. The only suspense remaining in the women’s standings: Can Maze complete an unheard-of sweep of the globes handed out in each discipline? Not if the U.S. Ski Team canContinue reading “World Cup spring, USA vs. Maze: “I want that globe””

Monday Myriad, Feb. 25: Nordic gold! Nordic gold!

Headlines from myriad sports this week: – Sarah Hendrickson won the world championship in women’s ski jumping. – Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins won the world championship in cross-country skiing’s team sprint, the first skiing title for the USA in Nordic World Championship history. – The USA also won two world titles in the track cycling world championships. Not bad forContinue reading “Monday Myriad, Feb. 25: Nordic gold! Nordic gold!”