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Training Tips with Ted Ligety: Week 2

The second episode in a six-part workout series from Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety and the U.S. Ski Team. This week's exercise: Glute Side Band Walks.

Over the next six weeks, Ted Ligety, Olympic gold medalist and two-time World Cup giant slalom champ, will show us six different exercises he does to get into shape for ski season. This week's exercise: Glute Side Band Walks.

Training Tips with Ted Ligety: Week 1

The first episode in a six-part workout series from Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety and the U.S. Ski Team. This week's exercise: weighted squat jumps.
Over the next six weeks Ted Ligety, Olympic gold medalist and two-time World Cup giant slalom champ, will show us six different exercises he does to get into shape for ski season. This week's exercise: weighted squat jumps.
[ Sat, 2010-02-27 16:56 ]
Skier after skier struggled with the first run of today's slalom event. Here Norway's Lars Elton Myhre loses control before crashing during the first run of the Men's slalom, at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
A ninth Olympic medal for the U.S. Ski Team was not to be as the top two U.S. contenders skied off the tricky course early in the first run.

The DNF list from the first run of the men's slalom event was half as long as the start list, causing many athletes and viewers to question the course setup.

[ Tue, 2010-02-23 19:56 ]
Kjetil Jansrud of Norway congratulates Carlo Janka at the finish of his gold medal Giant Slalom run at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics games on Tuesday, February 23.
Despite high hopes for Miller and Ligety, the U.S. walked away from today's giant slalom without a medal.

For the first day in a week, the skies over Whistler's Dave Murray Downhill course were cloudy and cold, so perhaps it's fitting that the GS victory went to Switzerland's Carol Janka, nicknamed The Iceman. Janka, who's been skiing great all season, put down the fastest combined time in the two-run event to secure the gold by a margin of .39 seconds. Behind him, Norway's Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal, whose bronze today is his third of these games. Like Bode Miller, Svindal now has one of each color, and like Miller, he's a five-event skier.

[ Thu, 2010-02-11 16:43 ]
Shaun White gold
Not enough, apparently. The real money is in endorsements, and our skiers—and, ahem, snowboarders—have got 'em.

Forbes Magazine has put out a list of top-earning athletes competing in the 2010 Olympics. This is a little embarrassing to admit, but the Winter Olympic athlete with the biggest income isn't one of our own. No, that perk goes to, well, a snowboarder: With sponsorship deals from Burton, Red Bull and Oakley, among many others, Shaun White pulled down $7.5 million last year.

[ Thu, 2010-02-11 11:34 ]
Skiiers autograph bibs in Cortina, Italy
Skiers auction race bibs to raise money for Haiti relief efforts

UPDATE:

Vancouver 2010: Alpine Technical Events

Vancouver 2010: Alpine Technical Events
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Downhill–with its autobahn speeds and spectacular crashes—may be the mountain's riskiest event, but the turny, precise technical courses demand a level of exactitude unmatched in the Winter Olympic arena.

Giant Slalom The Austrians—perennially dominant across the alpine field—prize the GS above all and consider it to be the skier’s event. It requires deft precision and measured abandon, making it, arguably, the most challenging discipline to master. Thank goodness for malleable polycarbonate gate poles, which give a little when racers hit them. Even at relatively slow GS speeds, forces can exceed 75 gs—roughly equivalent to a full-speed helmet-to-helmet collision in football—as racers brush gates aside with their forearms and shoulders.

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