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

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 can help it. After her slalom win Sunday, Maze leads in every discipline except downhill, where she’s only one point behind the injured Lindsey Vonn.  If Maze remains upright in the World Cup final, she’ll take that one. She already has the giant slalom in hand. … Continue reading World Cup spring, USA vs. Maze: “I want that globe”

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