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[ February 26, 2010 - 2:08pm ]
Jeret Peterson celebrates silver
Photo by: AP Photo/Marcio Sanchez
After a hard ride on the comeback trail, Jeret Peterson lands his brilliant trademark Hurricane to finally medal.

Anybody who watched the 2006 Olympics in Torino should remember Jeret "Speedy" Peterson, the fast-living aerialist known equally for his off-hill carousing as his on-hill brilliance. Before the Torino Games Peterson created the Hurricane, a five-twist-three-flip trick that's stunning even when it fails, and vowed to pull one during his Olympic run.

[ February 25, 2010 - 8:25pm ]
by Jennifer Davis
Every moment in front of the cameras is good for business.
In this day and age, when Olympic success is linked to endorsements, it’s not simply a matter of winning the most medals; it’s about attracting the most attention.

Everybody loves a girl fight. Especially when the girls are wearing bikinis.

The women’s giant slalom course was the stage for drama yesterday when the slope opera starring U.S. skiers Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso continued. Vonn’s dramatic fall during the first run of the GS forced teammate Mancuso to stop her run halfway down. Vonn broke her pinky in the tumble. Mancuso was unable to regain her momentum in her second run and shed tears in frustration—the GS may have been hers to win, and her always-in-the-spotlight teammate had spoiled her chances. Again.

[ February 25, 2010 - 6:48pm ]
by Valerie Gleaton
Sugar Bear
Compete for a cause or eat birthday cake with a bear

You didn't make it to the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver but you still want to get your slalom on.

Why not do it at Sugar Mountain Resort next Sunday, March 7? The Richard Trundy Memorial Sugar Cup Giant Slalom Competition honors Sugar Mountain's former Director of Operations, Dick Trundy, who passed away from cancer in February 2002. Since his death, 100% of the entry fees from the Sugar Cup Competition (which began in 1987) have been  donated to the American Cancer Society in Trundy's memory.

[ February 25, 2010 - 6:11pm ]
by Jennifer Davis
Viktoria Rebensburg skis to GS gold
Photo by: AP Photo/Gero Breloer
Defending Champ Mancuso can't rebound from re-run due to American teammate Vonn's fall

Last year, Viktoria Rebensburg won gold in the GS and the Super GS at the Junior World Ski Championships.

That’s right. Junior championships. 

The 20-year-old German surprised everyone, including herself, by winning gold in her first Olympics today in Vancouver.

[ February 25, 2010 - 2:41pm ]
by Jennifer Davis
Norwegian Alpine Team "Beats It"
They just wanna be bad! The Norwegian Ski Team struts its stuff off the course.

The Norwegian Ski Team, led by gold, silver and bronze medalist Aksel Lund Svindal, pay homage to Michael Jackson on a mountain top. In true Sound of Music style, the hills are alive with the sounds of "Beat It," MJ's 1983 megahit. Filmed in September, the clip features Svindal (gold in super G, silver in downhill), Kjetil Jansrud (silver in GS), and teammate Lars Elton Myhre. The fourth dancer is their coach.

[ February 25, 2010 - 12:59pm ]
C.R. Johnson Dies at Squaw
Noted freeride athlete C.R. Johnson died of apparent head trauma yesterday after losing control and hitting rocks on the Light Towers run at Squaw Valley yesterday. Johnson was 26.

Noted freeride athlete C.R. Johnson died of apparent head trauma yesterday after losing control and hitting rocks on the Light Towers run at Squaw Valley yesterday. Johnson was 26. According to a press from Johnson’s sponsor, 4FRNT skis, the accident was witnessed from the lift by fellow freeride star J.T. Holmes, who summoned help quickly. Rescuers could not revive Johnson.

[ February 25, 2010 - 4:42am ]
Vonn's crash in the giant slalom
Photo by: AP Photo/Charlie Riedel
Soupy skies over Whistler again Wednesday made a mess of the women's two-run GS event. Lindsey Vonn's first-run crash made a mess for Mancuso.

High drama unfolded again today at Whistler Creekside during the women's giant slalom event. The only thing more ominous than the hanging fog that shrouded the course was the air between American teammates Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso after Vonn's crash derailed what looked to be a strong first run for Mancuso.

[ February 24, 2010 - 6:23pm ]
by Jennifer Davis
Vancouver Figure Skating
Photo by: Flickr
Figure skating's reign of terrible costumes is over.

Thanks to its quads, salchows, and sequined spandex, figure skating has long ruled the Winter Olympics. But recent ratings show that its glittery reign over primetime is crashing down--like so many male skaters in the short program last week.

Skiing is the new successor to the throne.

[ February 24, 2010 - 4:44pm ]
Sochi First Snow
Photo by: Courtesy of Sochi 2014
Did the global financial crisis have too great an impact on Russia's Olympic dream?

How much time is enough time to make a good Olympics? Ten years before the opening ceremonies? Four years? How about two years? The slopes for the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi, Russia, will first open for World Cup competition in 2012, just two years before the first Olympic athlete will set ski upon them. And that's if everything goes according to plan -- a big if, if recent Olympics are anything to go by.

[ February 24, 2010 - 4:08pm ]
by Jennifer Davis
Ashleigh McIvor competes in ski cross final
Photo by: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill
Canadian Ashleigh McIvor takes home gold.

The heavy favorite in the inaugural women’s ski cross didn’t let her country down. The defending 2009 world champion, Canadian Ashleigh McIvor, took home gold yesterday in front of cheering crowds at Cypress Mountain. Hedda Berntsen of Norway won silver, followed by France’s Marion Josserand with bronze.