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Kostelic's absence opens up alpine skiing World Cup (Reuters)

Mon, 23 Oct 2006 18:09:23 PDT

Overall champion Janica Kostelic is taking a sabbatical and her closest rival Anja Paerson is recuperating from surgery, so the early glory in the women's Alpine ski World Cup is up for grabs.

Alpine World Cup openers canceled due to heavy rain, warm weather (AP)

Tue, 24 Oct 2006 09:07:40 PDT

The opening races of the World Cup ski season were canceled Tuesday because of heavy rain and warm weather predictions. The International Ski Federation said this weekend's giant slaloms in Soelden will not be rescheduled. "It's just been canceled," FIS official Sonja Reichen said. "They did a great job of preparing the course and everything looked great yesterday, but with all that heavy rain last...

Opener for World Cup skiing canceled (SportsTicker)

Tue, 24 Oct 2006 13:18:38 PDT

SOELDEN, Austria (Ticker) - The opener for the World Cup skiing season has been canceled due to heavy rains and warm temperatures, organizers announced Tuesday.

Ligety and Svindal ready to challenge (Reuters)

Tue, 24 Oct 2006 18:20:15 PDT

Ted Ligety and Aksel Lund Svindal, two new, young champions full of confidence, go into the Alpine ski season this weekend determined to challenge the old guard for the overall crown.

Bjorgen wins cross-country ski opener in front of 150,000 (AP)

Sat, 28 Oct 2006 12:29:16 PDT

Norway's Marit Bjorgen won the opening race of the World Cup cross country ski season Saturday, capturing a freestyle event before a crowd of 150,000. Bjorgen, the defending World Cup overall champion, finished the 800 meters through downtown Duesseldorf in 1 minute, 46.9 seconds. A sport usually raced in the woods was contested in the city, with a track set up along the Rhein river.

Bjorgen wins another World Cup sprint (AP)

Sun, 29 Oct 2006 12:07:37 PST

Marit Bjorgen and Ella Gjomle of Norway won the women's 6x0.8 kilometer freestyle team sprint World Cup race Sunday with a time of 10 minutes, 50.1 seconds. It was the second victory of the weekend for Bjorgen, who won the individual sprint Saturday. Bjorn Lind and Peter Larsson of Sweden captured the men's 6x1.5 event in 19:52.4.

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