World Cup visits the Arctic Circle; next stops: Aspen, Beaver Creek
Short hill, bitter cold, lighted slopes and lots of Scandinavians? No wonder Lindsey Vonn felt so comfortable. “This hill reminds me so much of racing back at Buck Hill,” said the Minnesota native, who finished second, just .08 seconds behind winner Maria Riesch of Germany in Saturday’s World Cup slalom at Levi, Finland.
In the men’s race on Sunday, Ted Ligety, in 18th, and Jimmy Cochran, 19th, led the U.S. team, with Bode Miller taking a gate to the face and failing to finish the second run in his first race back as a U.S. Team skier.
There’s no mistaking Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety on course. If it’s not the hellbent style of attack, it’s the goggles. Remember the hot pink Uvexes at Torino? Well, he was just getting warmed up. Since 2006, Ligety has designed and managed his own line of goggles. They’re hot items with the junior racer set, naturally, but Shred sponsors more freeskiers and snowboarders than it does racers, and sales are said to be booming. At the Solden GS, where the U.S.
Ted Ligety, showing no ill effects from last year’s season-end downhill training injury, finished second in the World Cup season-opening GS at Solden, Austria, on Sunday. It’s Ligety’s third straight year finishing on the podium in that event. This year he shared it with two Swiss racers, winner Didier Cuche, who finished a comfortable .60 seconds ahead of Ligety, and Carlo Janka, who was .95 seconds off Cuche’s pace.
Do two to four sets of squats (description below), followed by two to four sets of leg presses (above, photographed at the U.S. Ski Team Training Center in Park City, Utah). Follow these with two to four sets of quad extensions (description below).
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