Newly crowned Olympic combined champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) punched through the second run of a weathered-delayed giant slalom Sunday to claim the first World Cup victory of his young career in a race where the top four skiers were just four-hundredths of a second apart.
The men's alpiners opened their Olympic events Sunday with the Men's Downhill and Bode Miller posted the top U.S. finish as he grabbed fifth. Antoine Deneriaz of France smoked the course and the field to win the gold medal.
Three-time Olympian Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA) topped the field in Thursday's first Olympic downhill training run as he blistered the Kandahar Banchetta course and won by 1.21 seconds over the next fastest competitor.
Defending World Cup and world champion Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH), three-event star Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA) and emerging talents Lindsey Kildow (Vail, CO) and Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) are part of a 19-member U.S. Olympic Alpine Team announced Wednesday, subject to approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee.