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Lindsey Vonn clinches third straight World Cup overall title

Vonn American alpine superstar Lindsey Vonn added to her growing legacy Friday by following up her Olympic gold medal in Vancouver with her third straight World Cup overall title.

Vonn, the first American woman to win the Olympic downhill, edged out German Maria Riesch, a double gold winner in Vancouver, for the overall title at the World Cup finals in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Vonn had already clinched the overall title when Riesch, who needed to finish in the top two of the super giant slalom to stay in points contention, was knocked into third place before Vonn ran.

Just for good measure, though, the 25-year-old Vonn won the super-G race to record her American-record 33rd World Cup victory, one more than teammate Bode Miller.

"I knew what place Maria was in, so I knew the World Cup overall was already secured," Vonn said. "But I still wanted to go out there and have a good end to the season, I'm just really happy I had a good run and was able to end the season well."

American Ted Ligety, who failed to medal at the Olympics, clinched his second World Cup giant slalom event title with a third-place finish on Friday.

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Bode Miller, Ted Ligety go out early in Olympic men's slalom

Olyblog Bode Miller's Olympics are over -- and he won't win a fourth medal. Miller missed a gate barely 10 seconds into his morning run of slalom and was disqualified. Miller, skiing No. 17 on a sloppy course, went out right after U.S. teammate Ted Ligety failed to finish his run.

Miller leaves the Olympics with an American record of three Alpine medals. He won the gold in supercombined, the silver in Super G and the bronze in downhill.

-- Chris Dufresne in Whistler, Canada

Photo: Bode Miller's Olympics are over. Credit: Greg M. Cooper, U.S. Presswire.


Carlo Janka of Switzerland leads after first run of men's giant slalom

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Carlo Janka of Switzerland leads after the the first run of the Olympic giant slalom race, while Bode Miller missed a gate in his pursuit of a record fourth Alpine medal.

Janka was timed in 1 minute, 17.27 seconds with a second run to follow in the afternoon.

Miller almost crashed in the top half of the course and then couldn't correct his line coming out of a right-hand gate in the second half.

Romed Baumann of Austria was second after the first run in the GS, 0.02 second behind Janka, and Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, was 0.16 back in third.

Pre-race favorite Ted Ligety of the United States trailed Janka by 0.60 in eighth place.

Ligety said the gap “is not enough for those guys to feel comfortable about it.”

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver, Canada   

Photo: Carlo Janka competes during the giant slalom. Credit: Jerry Lai / U.S. Presswire


No fourth medal for Bode Miller as he skids out of giant slalom

Miller Bode Miller will not win his fourth medal of the Vancouver Games as he failed Tuesday to finish his first run of the men's giant slalom at Whistler Creekside.

It wasn't really a surprise, as Miller entered the race with no ranking in GS. Miller had earned medals in each of the first three alpine races. He took bronze in the downhill, silver in super G and gold in the super combined.

American Ted Ligety, the No.1-ranked GS skier on the World Cup circuit, will get a second run but he has some work to do. Ligety stands in eighth place, 0.60 behind leader Carlo Janka of Switzerland.

-- Chris Dufresne, reporting from Whistler, Canada

Photo: Bode Miller reacts after going off the course during the men's giant slalom on Tuesday. Credit: Jerry Lai / US Presswire


Alpine skiing: Carving specialist Ted Ligety

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Ted Ligety, the 2006 Olympic gold medalist in Alpine combined, headed to Vancouver  as the No. 1 giant slalom skier. Ligety is “probably the best carver out there and the best turner in the world,” says Jon Nolting of the U.S. Ski Team.

Bode Miller wins gold medal in men's super combined

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U.S. skier Bode Miller won the gold medal in the men's super combined at the Vancouver Winter Olympics on Sunday. It is the first Olympic gold medal of Miller’s career and fifth medal overall. He already has three silvers and a bronze. It is his third medal of the Vancouver Games, a U.S. alpine skiing record, and it is the American Alpine team's eighth medal at these Games, also a U.S. record.

"That was unbelievable," Miller said.  "I can't ask for anything more. I got fully fired up to take maximum risk."

Ivica Kostelic of Croatia finished second with a time of 2:45.25 and Silvan Zurbriggen of Switzerland finished third in 2:45.32.

Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, who led after the downhill portion of the event, missed a gate during the slalom.

U.S. skier Ted Ligety, the defending Olympic champion in combined, finished fifth.

The super combined is a morning downhill time added to one run of slalom. The change in format, from two runs of slalom to one, helped Miller's medal chances.

-- Chris Dufresne in Whistler, Canada

Photo: Bode Miller seems happy after completing his slalom run. Credit: Stephan Jansen / EPA.


Ted Ligety earns his first World Cup victory of season

Ted American Ted Ligety claimed his first World Cup victory of the season today, winning the giant slalom for the third consecutive year on Slovenia's Pokoren 3 course.

The Utah native finished in a combined time of 2 minutes, 22.02 seconds to claim his fifth World Cup career victory.

"I've always had a good feeling on this hill," Ligety told the Associated Press. "I feel like I am always doing better toward the end of the season."

The victory pushes Ligety past Austria's Benjamin Raich for the overall lead in the World Cup point standings. Ligety will look to extend his lead further by winning another giant slalom event on Saturday.

Ligety, the defending Olympic gold medalist in the men's combined, is among the favorites to win gold in the giant slalom during next month's Winter Olympics.

"I have a lot of confidence now," he said. "But it's super hard in this sport to repeat your success and have good race after good race."

-- Austin Knoblauch

Photo: Ted Ligety celebrates following his giant slalom victory on Friday. Credit: Armando Trovati / Associated Press


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