2014 medal projections: Alpine skiing

Updated Jan. 14 and Feb. 4 Lindsey Vonn is hurt. Tina Maze (Slovenia) dominated last year but hasn’t been as strong this year. Here we go … DOWNHILL Men Gold: Aksel Lund Svindal (Norway) Silver: Erik Guay (Canada) Bronze: Dominik Paris (Italy) Also considered: Patrick Küng (Switzerland), Klaus Kröll (Austria), Bode Miller (USA), Christof Innerhofer (Italy), Adrien Theaux (France). Removed Hannes Reichelt (Austria), diagnosed with back injury just after a big win. World Cup 2013-14 top 8 (so far): Svindal, Reichelt, Küng, Guay, Theaux, Miller, Johan Clarey (France), Max Franz (Austria) World Cup 2012-13 top 8: Svindal, Kroell, Paris, Innerhofer, Reichelt, Guay, Theaux, Georg Streitberger (Austria) … Continue reading 2014 medal projections: Alpine skiing

Alpine update: Maze sweeping, USA rotating

Today’s Alpine skiing news goes beyond what I can sum up on Twitter: First, let’s talk about Tina Maze. Last season, she finished second to the dominant Lindsey Vonn, but she didn’t win a single race. This year, she has won nine races. She has been on the podium 20 times, tying U.S. great Phil Mahre for second-most in a season behind Austria’s Hermann (Herminator) Maier, who had 22 in the 1999-2000 season. In that season, Maier had 2,000 points. Maze broke that record today and is up to 2,024 points. Here’s the scary part: The season isn’t over. We have seven more … Continue reading Alpine update: Maze sweeping, USA rotating

Monday Myriad: Sparkling play in WPS, short-sighted decision in Italy

We’re starting with WPS for a highlight that probably didn’t make SportsCenter (correct me if it did) but should have. It’s Abby Wambach’s back-heel, throwing off three defenders and setting up the Washington Freedom’s first goal against the run of play as the Atlanta Beat once again looked wonderful but couldn’t finish. If you want to skip ahead to it, go to the 1:17 mark: Wambach’s header wasn’t bad, either, which is why she gets my Player of the Week vote ahead of Marta. Granted, if I could see Marta’s video highlights, that would help. The full week (home teams … Continue reading Monday Myriad: Sparkling play in WPS, short-sighted decision in Italy