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Alpine skiing: Guay takes second downhill of the season

Canada's 2011 downhill world champion Erik Guay won his second World Cup downhil of this season on Saturday as he swept to victory in the Norwegian resort of Kvitfjell. The 32-year-old -- whose other success this season came in Val Gardena in December -- recorded his fifth career victory as he edged out Frenchman Johan Clarey, while Austria's recently-crowned Olympic champion Matthias Mayer was third. For Mayer it was his first ever podium finish in a World Cup event, his best previous finish being sixth.

Alpine skiing: Fog forces women's World Cup downhill cancellation

The women's World Cup downhill at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana was cancelled on Saturday because of fog, the International Ski Federation (FIS) announced. Heavy snowfall had originally forced the organisers to delay the start of the race but when the fog descended it gave them no option but to call it off. There is a super-combined race programmed for Sunday. asc/gv/pi/as

Alpine skiing: Guay takes second downhill of the season

Canada's 2011 downhill world champion Erik Guay won his second World Cup downhil of this season on Saturday as he swept to victory in the Norwegian resort of Kvitfjell. The 32-year-old -- whose other success this season came in Val Gardena in December -- recorded his fifth career victory as he edged out Frenchman Johan Clarey, while Austria's recently-crowned Olympic champion Matthias Mayer was third. For Mayer it was his first-ever podium finish in a World Cup event, his best previous finish being sixth.

Alpine skiing: Jansrud and Streitberger in downhill dead heat

Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud and Austrian Georg Streitberger finished in a downhill dead heat at the World Cup event in Kvitfjell, Norway on Friday. Both racers clocked 1min 05.72secs, on a shortened course due to adverse weather conditions, while American Travis Ganong claimed the final place on the podium at 0.12secs back. Veteran Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal came home fifth at .37secs to slash his World Cup overall deficit to 13 points behind Austrian slalom specialist Marcel Hirscher.

Alpine skiing: Jansrud and Streitberger in downhill dead heat

Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud and Austrian Georg Streitberger finished in a downhill dead heat at the World Cup event in Kvitfjell, Norway on Friday. Both racers clocked 1min 05.72secs, on a shortened course due to adverse weather conditions, while American Travis Ganong claimed the final place on the podium at 0.12secs back. Veteran Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal came home fifth at .37secs to slash his World Cup overall deficit to 13 points behind Austrian slalom specialist Marcel Hirscher.

Alpine Skiing: Injury ends Weirather World Cup hopes

Tina Weirather has called a halt to her season to give her more time to recover from an injury to her right leg she picked up in a training crash at the Sochi Olympics. The 24-year-old skier from Liechtenstein told the Liechtensteiner Volksblatt newspaper she would need a further eight weeks of rest to properly heal the damage done to her right tibia in the fall while training for the Olympic downhill race on February 9. That rules her out of the remaining races in the alpine skiing World Cup and wrecks her chances of winning the overall title.

Olympics: Shiffrin enters as vets exit swinging Olympic doors

US teen Mikaela Shiffrin claimed slalom gold to usher in a new wave of younger skiers as a raft of decorated veterans exited the revolving doors of the Olympic Winter Games. Shiffrin became the youngest ever slalom champion at just 18, a year after claiming world gold, the perfect fresh-faced and self-assured tonic for a sport hit by the absence of injured media darling Lindsey Vonn. "It is OK to be confident, it does not jinx anything, it is not arrogant, it is a fact that you come to the Olympics to win," Shiffrin said.

Olympics: Shiffrin enters as vets exit swinging Olympic doors

US teen Mikaela Shiffrin claimed slalom gold to usher in a new wave of younger skiers as a raft of decorated veterans exited the revolving doors of the Olympic Winter Games. Shiffrin became the youngest ever slalom champion at just 18, a year after claiming world gold, the perfect fresh-faced and self-assured tonic for a sport hit by the absence of injured media darling Lindsey Vonn. "It is OK to be confident, it does not jinx anything, it is not arrogant, it is a fact that you come to the Olympics to win," Shiffrin said.

Olympics: Matt wins men's slalom gold to become oldest champion

Austria's Mario Matt became the oldest Olympic alpine skiing champion in history on Saturday when the 34-year-old won a dramatic men's slalom in front of favourite Marcel Hirscher. Matt, a two-time slalom world champion, proved unbeatable over the two runs, finishing with a combined time of 1min 41.84sec to close the skiing competitions at the Sochi Games. His compatriot Hirscher, the reigning world champion, finished second at 0.28sec, with young Norwegian sensation Henrik Kristoffersen taking bronze at 0.83sec.

Alpine skiing: Veteran Matt wins Olympic gold in slalom

By Martyn Herman ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Austria's Mario Matt became the oldest winner of an Olympic Alpine skiing gold medal on Saturday when he edged out team mate Marcel Hirscher in a thrilling slalom at the Sochi Games. The 34-year-old held his nerve to win by 0.28 seconds over two legs down a Rosa Khutor course that proved too difficult for many of the medal contenders.
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