With equal skill and luck, Ligety wins bronze

By Chris Freud BEAVER CREEK — Ted was done like dinner. He said it himself.The defending world champion in the combined skied a “horrible” — Ligety’s word for it — downhill on Sunday morning during the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships men’s combined at Beaver Creek.“Realistically, it’s out of reach,” Ligety said of his medal […]

Slalom master Hirscher prevails Sunday

By Chris Freud BEAVER CREEK — Austrian Marcel Hirscher proved that finesse and technique can overcome pure speed on Sunday at the men’s combined race at the FIS Alpine World Championships in Beaver Creek, bouncing back from a 3.16-second deficit to take home a gold medal.In a surprise finish, downhill specialist Kjetil Jansrud of Norway […]

Art of combined, dearth of true all-arounder

By Chris Freud BEAVER CREEK — At one point in professional alpine skiing, all of the top dogs were all-arounders, that is, competing successfully in every discipline. Bode Miller, Lindsey Vonn, Anja Paerson, Lasse Kjus, name the event — downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom or combined — those athletes could win any kind of race.These […]

The starting list for today’s women’s combined race

By Chris Freud 1 BARAHONA Noelle CHI 2 BAILET Margot FRA 3 WILES Jacqueline USA 4 CURTONI Elena ITA 5 MIKLOS Edit HUN 6 BRODNIK Vanja SLO 7 BUCIK Ana SLO 8 HRONEK Veronique GER 9 ZETTEL Kathrin AUT 10 MARSAGLIA Francesca ITA 11 SMALL Greta AUS 12 GUT Lara SUI 13 NUFER Priska SUI […]

The final race results from Sunday’s men’s combined

By Chris Freud 1 HIRSCHER Marcel AUT 2:36.10 2 JANSRUD Kjetil NOR 2:36.29 3 LIGETY Ted USA 2:36.40 4 BAUMANN Romed 2:36.48 5 PINTURAULT Alexis FRA 2:36.51 6 JANKA Carlo SUI 2:36.80 7 ROMAR Andreas FIN 2:36.93 8 KILDE A. A. NOR 2:36.96 9 MERMILLOD B. T. FRA 2:36.99 10 PARIS Dominik ITA 2:37.13 11 […]

Bank adds one more serious injury to his long list

By Chris Freud BEAVER CREEK — After a horrendous crash in the downhill portion of Sunday’s combined race, Czech skier Ondrej Bank was taken to Vail Valley Medical Center with a gash on his face and a serious concussion. According to race organizers, Bank was conscious and moving en route to the hospital and was […]

Bank adds one more injury to his long list

By Chris Freud BEAVER CREEK — After a horrendous crash in the downhill portion of Sunday’s combined race, Czech skier Ondrej Bank was taken to Vail Valley Medical Center with a gash on his face and a serious concussion. According to race organizers, Bank was conscious and moving en route to the hospital and was […]

Women’s combined preview aka ‘We’ve got no clue’

By Chris Freud BEAVER CREEK — This was going to be the space where we would tell you that Slovenia’s Tina Maze is the prohibitive favorite to win today’s FIS Alpine World Ski Championships women’s combined.Unlike the men, who have speedsters and tech skiers, and nobody who does both well, the women have a true […]

Championships a mixed bag for business

By scott miller EAGLE COUNTY — Mike Brumbaugh has a simple message for his clients right now: Tell your friends.Brumbaugh owns Venture Sports, a rental business with locations in Avon, Beaver Creek and Vail. While parking lots have been filling fast and grandstands have been full for races during the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski […]

Neighbors kill possible $5M noise wall in Vail

By scott miller VAIL — The future of a possible Interstate 70 underpass is still in limbo, but the project won’t include a noise wall if it’s eventually built.Town and state officials have long tried to find a way to build the underpass — the north side of which would be at the Simba Run […]