Skiing & Snowboarding

6:01am

Wed January 22, 2014
Sports

Zen And The Art Of Snowboarding: Jamie Anderson Goes To Sochi

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 9:30 am

Jamie Anderson competes in the FIS Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup at the U.S. Grand Prix in January 2013, Copper Mountain, Colo.
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The first time Jamie Anderson performed a "cab 7," it was not in the script. The trick involves a snowboarder launching off a jump and spinning two full rotations. Anderson had tried it in practice but had never fully executed it.

"I didn't have to do that trick, but I really wanted to and knew I could do it," Anderson says. "For me it was more about the principle of knowing that I can do something even that was really challenging and difficult."

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3:40pm

Tue January 21, 2014
Sports

Aerial Skiing Is A Game Of Skill — And Strategy

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 6:08 pm

Emily Cook trains in aerials for the Visa Freestyle International in Park City, Utah, last February.
Matthew Stockman Getty Images

During the Winter Olympics, seeing an aerial skier perform is unforgettable.

It's like gymnastics in the air. And, like gymnasts, aerial skiers get points for doing a harder routine and for sticking the landing. But there's a crucial difference between the two sports.

In the final few rounds of aerials, you can't use the same trick twice. Sometimes, after seeing what the athletes before you have done, you have to change which moves you'll use in the very last seconds.

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3:19am

Mon January 20, 2014
Sports

U.S. Olympic Skier Finds Team Spirit, Minus The Team

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 6:57 pm

Kris Freeman, skiiing here for the U.S. team in 2011, during the Winter Games NZ, was cut from the U.S. Ski team before the upcoming Sochi Olympic Games. Freeman has had to train without their support and still hopes to qualify to compete in Russia.
Hannah Johnston Getty Images

The U.S. Olympic team is taking shape in the run-up to next month's Winter Games in Russia. This week, the Olympic cross-country ski team names the athletes who'll be going to Sochi, and veteran Kris Freeman is vying for another spot.

The 33-year-old Freeman already has been to three Olympic Games, and he's considered the country's best long distance racer over the past decade.

All that despite the fact that he has diabetes.

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5:13am

Wed January 8, 2014
Business

Lindsey Vonn Is Out, But Some Advertisers May Still Win

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 6:50 am

Skier Lindsey Vonn in Vail, Colo., in November. Vonn's high profile has won her several lucrative commercial sponsors, including Red Bull, Procter & Gamble, Under Armour and Rolex, among others.
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Lindsey Vonn's decision to sit out next month's Olympic Games because of a knee injury is surely a personal and professional disappointment for the Alpine skiing star. But Olympic athletes with Vonn's star power also mean big advertising dollars — and not competing in Sochi may create winners and losers among the skier's sponsors.

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5:12am

Wed January 8, 2014
Sports

31-Year-Old Hopes To Ski Past Her (Younger) Competitors

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 8:26 am

Holly Brooks competes in the 2012 Cross-Country World Cup tour in Sweden. If she makes it to Sochi, it would be her second Olympics.
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On a frigid day at Hatcher Pass, north of Anchorage, Alaska, cross-country skier Holly Brooks glides up to a start line.

This race is just a practice with her Alaska Pacific University teammates. It's a chance for Brooks to test her skills before heading to Europe for the busy World Cup season, and then to Sochi in February for the Winter Olympics. Brooks is now a seasoned member of the U.S. Ski Team, but a little more than four years ago, she was on the sidelines.

On July 4, 2009, that all changed.

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