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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.

Speed skater Lee Sang-hwa receives top nat'l sports award after record-breaking season

SEOUL, Feb. 28 (Yonhap) -- Speed skater Lee Sang-hwa on Friday received the top national sports award on the strength of her monumental, record-breaking season, recently capped off with her second straight Olympic gold medal. The 25-year-old was the recipient of the grand prize at the 60th annual Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) Awards. Earlier this month at the Sochi Winter Olympics, Lee successfully defended her gold medal in the women's 500 meters.

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.

Kim Yu-na's figure skating most memorable in Sochi Olympics: poll

SEOUL, Feb. 26 (Yonhap) -- Figure skater Kim Yu-na staged the most memorable performance among South Korean athletes during the Sochi Olympics, but the judging controversy over her silver medal gave Koreans a negative impression of the Russian-held event, a poll showed Wednesday. According to the phone survey of 606 South Koreans, taken by Korea Gallup on Monday and Tuesday, 55 percent said they were most impressed by the iconic figure skating star who put together a flawless short program and free skate over two pressure-packed days.

Kim Yu-na's figure skating most memorable in Sochi Olympics: poll

SEOUL, Feb. 26 (Yonhap) -- Figure skater Kim Yu-na staged the most memorable performance among South Korean athletes during the Sochi Olympics, but the judging controversy over her silver medal gave Koreans a negative impression of the Russian-held event, a poll showed Wednesday. According to the phone survey of 606 South Koreans, taken by Korea Gallup on Monday and Tuesday, 55 percent said they were most impressed by the iconic figure skating star who put together a flawless short program and free skate over two pressure-packed days.

(Olympics) S. Korean athletes return home from Sochi

SEOUL, Feb. 25 (Yonhap) -- South Korean athletes returned home Tuesday after two weeks of thrilling competition at the winter games in the Russian city of Sochi. South Korea had its largest-ever Winter Olympics delegation, with 71 athletes competing in every sport except hockey. It ended in 13th place, with three gold medals -- one by speed skater Lee Sang-hwa and two by short tracker Park Seung-hi -- along with three silver and two bronze medals, coming up just short of its stated goal of winning four gold for a top-10 finish in the medals.

(Olympics) S. Korean athletes return home from Sochi

SEOUL, Feb. 25 (Yonhap) -- South Korean athletes returned home Tuesday after two weeks of thrilling competition at the winter games in the Russian city of Sochi. South Korea had its largest-ever Winter Olympics delegation, with 71 athletes competing in every sport except hockey. It ended in 13th place, with three gold medals -- one by speed skater Lee Sang-hwa and two by short tracker Park Seung-hi -- along with three silver and two bronze medals, coming up just short of its stated goal of winning four gold for a top-10 finish in the medals.
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