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Alpine Skiing: Mayer claims first World Cup win

Olympic champion Matthias Mayer of Austria won the final World Cup downhill of the season at Lenzerheide on Wednesday. An upset winner in Sochi, it was 23-year-old Mayer's first ever World Cup race win. He took top spot ahead of Italy's Christof Innerhofer and Ted Ligety of the United States, who were tied at 00.11seconds off the pace. stp/ak/tw

Skiing: Crystal Globe battles set to go down to wire

Lenzerheide will likely witness a thrilling culmination to the World Cup season from Wednesday as both the men's and women's overall Crystal Globes are up for grabs. Twice overall World Cup winner Aksel Lund Svindal has double title-holder Marcel Hirscher in his sights with just four points separating the pair. In the women's competition it's almost as close, although German Maria Hoefl-Riesch has a 29-point lead over Olympic Super-G champion Anna Fenninger of Austria.

Alpine skiing: Matt fastest in first slalom run

Olympic champion Mario Matt of Austria was fastest over the first leg of Sunday's slalom World Cup race in Kranjska Gora. Matt timed 52.89sec for a slender advantage over Germany's Felix Neureuther and Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen, who were 0.05 and 0.3sec slower respectively. Another Austrian, Marcel Hirscher, in the running for the overall World Cup title, was sixth fastest, 0.56sec behind Matt. The second leg is scheduled for 1130 GMT. sgl/ps

Alpine skiing: Imperious Ligety wins giant slalom

America's giant slalom Olympic champion Ted Ligety recorded his 22nd World Cup victory on Saturday as he took the latest race in the event in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. The 29-year-old -- also a two-time world champion in giant slalom -- was winning for the sixth time in the Slovenian resort as he timed 2min 30.80sec. He became the first skier to win six times at the same resort in the same discipline in the World Cup. "I have always liked this course, it has a lot of personality and is very demanding," said Ligety.

Alpine skiing: Imperious Ligety wins giant slalom

America's giant slalom Olympic champion Ted Ligety recorded his 22nd World Cup victory on Saturday as he took the latest race in the event in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. The 29-year-old -- also a two-time world champion in giant slalom -- was winning for the sixth time in the Slovenian resort as he timed 2min 30.80sec. Austrian veteran Benjamin Raich was second, 0.18sec behind, while young Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen claimed his first podium finish in the discipline as he finished third, 0.25 slower. sg-asc/pi/ps

Alpine skiing: Imperious Ligety wins giant slalom

America's giant slalom Olympic champion Ted Ligety recorded his 22nd World Cup victory on Saturday as he took the latest race in the event in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. The 29-year-old -- also a two-time world champion in giant slalom -- was winning for the sixth time in the Slovenian resort as he timed 2min 30.80sec.

Alpine skiing: Shiffrin retains slalom crystal globe

America's women's Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin won the World Cup race in the discipline at Are, Sweden, on Saturday to retain her crystal globe title. The 18-year-old -- also world slalom champion -- recorded her fourth win of the season and eighth in World Cup races by beating home Sweden's Maria Pietilae-Holmner by 60hundreths of a second while another Swede Anna Swenn-Larsson was third, 1.5sec adrift. asc/fbx/pi

Alpine skiing: Shiffrin retains slalom crystal globe

America's women's Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin won the World Cup race in the discipline at Are, Sweden, on Saturday to retain her crystal globe title. The 18-year-old -- also world champion in the event -- recorded her fourth win of the season and eighth in World Cup races. She beat home Sweden's Maria Pietilae-Holmner by 60hundreths of a second while another Swede Anna Swenn-Larsson was third, 1.5sec adrift, for her first ever podium finish at the age of 22.

Alpine skiing: Shiffrin retains slalom crystal globe

America's women's Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin won the World Cup race in the discipline at Are, Sweden, on Saturday to retain her crystal globe title. The 18-year-old -- also world champion in the event -- recorded her fourth win of the season and eighth in World Cup races. She beat home Sweden's Maria Pietilae-Holmner by 60hundreths of a second while another Swede Anna Swenn-Larsson was third, 1.5sec adrift, for her first ever podium finish at the age of 22.

Alpine skiing: Ligety fastest in giant slalom first leg

Ted Ligety of the United States clocked the fastest time in the first leg of Saturday's World Cup giant slalom in Kranjska Gora. Ligety timed 1min 12.66sec, with Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen second fastest, 0.42sec off the pace, and Matts Olsson of Sweden third fastest, a further 0.08sec slower. Austrian giant slalom specialist Marcel Hirscher was back in fifth place, 0.74sec behind Ligety's timne. Overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway was only 14th fastest, 1.49sec off the lead. The second leg is scheduled to start at 1130 GMT.
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