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Alpine Skiing: Pinturault gets first World Cup super G victory

Alexis Pinturault of France claimed his first World Cup super G victory in the final race of the season Thursday at Lenzerheide. Pinturault came in ahead of compatriot Thomas Mermillod-Blondin by 0.56sec. Mermillod-Blondin beat American Bode Miller, the Olympic bronze medalist, by one hundredth of a second.

Alpine Skiing: Pinturault gets first World Cup victory

Alexis Pinturault of France claimed his first World Cup victory in the final super G of the season Thursday at Lenzerheide. Pinturault came in ahead of compatriot Thomas Mermillod-Blondin by 0.56sec. Mermillod-Blondin beat American Bode Miller, the Olympic bronze medalist, by one hundredth of a second. Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, who has already secured his fifth Super G title, managed only 16th place and lost precious points in the race for the overall Alpine ski title. stp/tw/

Alpine Skiing: men's World Cup results

Men's World Cup alpine skiing results on Saturday after the giant slalom at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia: 1. Ted Ligety (USA) 2min 30.80sec (1:12.66 + 1:18.14) 2. Benjamin Raich (AUT) 2:30.98 (1:14.27 + 1:16.71) 3. Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) 2:31.05 (1:13.08 + 1:17.97) 4. Marcel Hirscher (AUT) 2:31.43 (1:13.40 + 1:18.03) 5. Fritz Dopfer (GER) 2:31.58 (1:13.19 + 1:18.39) 6. Roberto Nani (ITA) 2:31.78 (1:14.11 + 1:17.67) 7. Mathieu Faivre (FRA) 2:31.88 (1:14.71 + 1:17.17) 8. Tim Jitloff (USA) 2:32.01 (1:15.03 + 1:16.98)

Olympics: Sochi Winter Olympics podiums - collated

Sochi Winter Olympics podiums on Wednesday (after eight of eight gold medal events): MEN/WOMEN BIATHLON Mixed relay Gold: Norway (Tora Berger, Tiril Eckhoff, Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, Emil Hegle Svendsen) Silver: Czech Republic (Veronika Vitkova, Gabriela Soukalova, Jaroslav Soukup, Ondrej Moravec) Bronze: Italy (Dorothea Wierer, Karin Oberhofer, Dominik Windisch, Lukas Hofer) MEN ALPINE SKIING Giant Slalom Gold: Ted Ligety (USA) Silver: Steve Missillier (FRA)

Olympics: Sochi Winter Olympics podiums

Sochi Winter Olympics podiums on Wednesday (after six of eight gold medal events): MEN ALPINE SKIING Giant Slalom Gold: Ted Ligety (USA) Silver: Steve Missillier (FRA) Bronze: Alexis Pinturault (FRA) SNOWBOARD Parallel Giant Slalom Gold: Vic Wild (RUS) Silver: Nevin Galmarini (SUI) Bronze: Zan Kosir (SLO) NORDIC SKIING Team Sprint Gold: Finland (Iivo Niskanen, Sami Jauhojaervi) Silver: Russia (Maxim Vylegzhanin, Nikita Kriukov)

Missillier springs "bizarre" surprise in French double act

By Mark Trevelyan ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Steve Missillier had never finished better than third in his World Cup career, so to win silver in the Olympic giant slalom on Wednesday following the race of his life was truly "bizarre" for the Frenchman. While American Ted Ligety never looked in doubt for the gold, no one expected Missillier to haul himself up from 10th place after the first leg with a blistering second run in the afternoon.

Olympics: Sochi Winter Olympics podiums

Sochi Winter Olympics podiums on Wednesday (after four of eight gold medal events): MEN ALPINE SKIING Giant Slalom Gold: Ted Ligety (USA) Silver: Steve Missillier (FRA) Bronze: Alexis Pinturault (FRA) SNOWBOARD Parallel Giant Slalom Gold: Vic Wild (RUS) Silver: Nevin Galmarini (SUI) Bronze: Zan Kosir (SLO) WOMEN SNOWBOARD Parallel Giant Slalom Gold: Patrizia Kummer (SUI) Silver: Tomoka Takeuchi (JPN) Bronze: Alena Zavarzina (RUS)

Olympics: Queen Kim takes to the ice in Sochi

South Korean figure skating queen Kim Yu-Na will take to the ice in Sochi on Wednesday in the final competition of her glittering career as US ski star Ted Ligety gets another shot Olympic glory. Defending champion Kim is seeking to become the first woman to win back-to-back Olympic titles in figure skating since Germany's Katarina Witt in 1988.

Olympics: Ski stars under pressure, Japanese teen eyes skate gold

Alpine ski stars Ted Ligety and Alexis Pinturault were under pressure Friday in the Olympic super-combined as Russia struggled to come to terms with the shock retirement of figure skating icon Yevgeny Plushenko. US world champion Ligety and French young gun Pinturault finished well off the pace in the morning's downhill -- brought forward by an hour because of balmy temperatures in the mountains above Sochi. Norway's Kjetil Jansrud, fresh from a downhill bronze medal five days ago, clocked the fastest time down the Rosa Khutor course of 1min 53.24sec.

Olympics: Russia reels after Plushenko quits

Russia reeled from the shock retirement of figure skating superstar Yevgeny Plushenko on Friday as the gruelling men's super-combined ski event was set to take centre stage at the Sochi Olympics. Two-time gold medallist Plushenko withdrew injured from the men's short programme on Thursday, waving an emotional farewell to a stunned crowd before abruptly calling time on his illustrious career. "Amateur sport is finished for me. Maybe not in the way that I wanted. But I leave with a gold medal, that is also great," the 31-year-old icon told Russia's Channel One.
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