Road to Sochi : Pre-Olympics World Championships.

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  1. Domshabfan

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    I have decided to add a new thread for all the winter sports world championships that are going to be held over the next few weeks. Especially since IOC has granted entry to quite a few new events to the Olympics. Some of teh new events are in Snowboarding and the FIS Snowboarding world championships are being held in Stoneham (CAN) for last one week. The results from the events so far:

    Slopestyle - Ladies (Will make Olympic debut in Sochi)
    Gold : Spenser O'Brian (CAN)
    Silver: Sina Candrian (SUI)
    Bronze: Torah Bright (AUS)

    Slopestyle - Men (Will make Olympic debut in Sochi)
    Gold : Roope Tonteri (FIN)
    Silver: Mark McMorris (CAN)
    Bronze: Janne Korpi (FIN) :)

    Big Air - Men (Will make Olympic debut in Sochi)
    Gold : Roope Tonteri (FIN), 2nd gold medal
    Silver: Niklas Mattson (SWE)
    Bronze: Seppe Smits (BEL) :)

    Halfpipe - Ladies
    Gold : Arielle Gold (USA)
    Silver: Holly Crawford (AUS)
    Bronze: Sophie Rodriguez (FRA)

    Halfpipe - Men
    Gold : Iouri Podladchikov (SUI)
    Silver: Taku Hiraoku (JPN)
    Bronze: Markus Malin (FIN)

    The Snowboarding world championships continue this week with Snowboardcross, Parallel Slalom and Parallel Giant Slalom.
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  2. AragornElessar

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    Great thread, but can I ask for one minor change? Could we also put in the Paralympic World Championships results? They're also in a Pre Paralympic year and qualifying will happening for them too the next couple of months.

    I'm guessing the answer will be "Yes!!", but I also like to ask first too. :)
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    Yes, Paralympic too... please feel to contribute... and don't be put off by the sentence "I have decided to". English is not my first language and sometimes make unintentional comments. It is only later when I re-read my post I feel it did not come out the way I intended the comment.
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    Oh, I wasn't put off by that. It's just that Paralympic Sport doesn't really get the due it deserves and w/the awesome amount of coverage of London's Summer Paralympics last year, it would be a shame to see that momentum die again going into Sochi.

    The IPC was promoting on Twitter the Nordic and Biathlon World Championships for Paralympic participants are coming up in a couple of weeks and the Sledge Hockey Worlds are coming up fast too.

    ETA ~ Aksel Lund Svindal sent this via Instagram to Twitter...

    What a gorgeous day for the famous race at Kitzbuhel
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    It was a BIG day for Cdn athletes and the weekend's not over yet either. As these are all from the CBC, understandably there'll be a Cdn take on the events. Okay then...

    CBC Sports ~ Canada's Kaillie Humphries defends world bobsleigh title

    My Goodness that girl's having one heck of a World Cup Season this year and this is the cherry on top of it all.

    CBC Sports ~ Canada's Erik Guay 2nd in Kitzbuehel downhill

    CBC Sports ~Canada's Kingsbury, Dufour-Lapointe win World Cup moguls gold

    CBC Sports ~ Canadians grab gold, silver in snowboard cross worlds event

    CBC Sports ~
    Canada's Christine Nesbitt wins 1,000M at world sprint championships


    As I said, it was a BIG day for Canada on Saturday. :)
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    Parallel Giant Slalom - Ladies
    Gold : Isabella Laboeck (GER)
    Silver: Julia Dujmovits (AUT)
    Bronze: Amelie Kober (GER)


    Parallel Giant Slalom - Men
    Gold : Benjamin Karl (AUT)
    Silver: Roland Fischnaller (ITA)
    Bronze: Vic Wild (RUS)


    Snowboardcross - Ladies
    Gold : Maelle Ricker (CAN)
    Silver: Dominque Maltais (CAN)
    Bronze: Helene Olafsen (NOR)


    Snowboardcross - Men
    Gold : Alex Pullin (AUS) :)
    Silver: Markus Schairer (AUT)
    Bronze: Stian Sivertzen (NOR)


    Parallel Slalom - Ladies
    Gold : Ekaterina Tudegesheva (RUS)
    Silver: Patricia Kummer(SUI)
    Bronze: Amelie Kober (GER)


    Parallel Slalom - Men
    Gold : Rok Marguc (SLO)
    Silver: Justin Reiter (ITA)
    Bronze: Roland Fischnaller (USA)
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    I love watching the Paralllel events. They look like they're a blast and a half to do.

    Also...The World Winter Special Olympics open tonight in South Korea. Their Pledge is one I think all Athletes should say regardless of the Event.

    We have three athletes and one coach from our local Special Olympics Speed Skating program on the team that's over in South Korea. So we'll be paying attention to these Games a tad closer than we normally would.

    Just wanted to mention they were starting in South Korea and thought this might be the best place. :)

    ETA ~ :duh: My manners...Thanks for posting all of those results DomShabfan!! :)
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    Very interesting in the world cup short track speed skating this weekend - test event in Sochi for the Olympics.. Russia won the men's relay.. which is quite an upset.. they have actually been getting much better in short track - perfect timing for next year in Sochi.. A great showing by the Brits as well.. they will likely get their first winter Olympic medal in a long time with Elise Christie in the Short track - she won the overall world cup in the 1000 metres today splitting up the Koreans.. Canadians did well as usual.. good test event from the athletes who were pleased with the facility :)
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    Luge World Championships : Whistler (CAN)

    Ladies:
    Gold : Natalie Geisenberger (GER)
    Silver : Tatiana Hufner (GER)
    Bronze : Alex Gouch (CAN)

    Men's
    Gold: Felix Loch (GER)
    Silver : Andi Langenhan (GER)
    Bronze : Johannes Ludwig (GER)

    David Moller of Germany was fourth

    Pairs :
    Gold: Tobias Wendl/Tobias Arlt (GER)
    Silver : Toni Eggert / Sascha Beneken (GER)
    Bronze : Andreas Linger/Wolfgang Linger (AUT)

    Team Relay :
    Gold : Germany
    Silver : Canada
    Bronze : Latvia

    World championships were almost a german national championships...
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    Alpine skiing world championships will start today in Austria. The delayed start will due to weather is 11.45 CET. Today event is the Super-G women's event.

    ETA: now it is 12.15 CET
    ETA2: now changed to 12.30 due to bad weather
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    News report seem to confirm the right knee injury, although no word of how badly she's hurt

    This really hasn't been a good season for Lindsey. Here's hoping for her that it won't be too bad and that she can be quickly back on the skis
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    Running that super G race today was a really bad call. :( Between the fog and the late hour, the visibility was just too poor. I only hope this hasn't cost Lindsay more than this already unfortunate season.
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    Eurosport France journalist tweeted that Lindsey Vonn's season is over. Waiting for more confirmation
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    Poor Lindsey :(

    That´s her path before a major competition, Worlds or Olympics, she always struggels with health-injuries, but to have this horrible crash IN the actual competition. Don´t know how much the postponement and late start affected visibility and conditions and took part on Lindeys´s accident, but it wasn´t fair for many racers. The low ranked skiers were not allowed to race in fact.

    The gold was for Tina Maze who is just unstopable and I think she can win a medal in every event. Silver for Lara Gut (SUI) and bronze for Julia Mancuso who had a very gutsy run given the conditions and she almost stradled a gate and almost fall, but she stayed on course and it was good enough for her 5th world championship medal. Mancuso always deliver at major competitions, they suit her.
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    http://universalsports.com/2013/02/05/season-over-for-vonn-after-super-g-crash/

    Lindsey fractured her shin and tore her ACL and MCL. She plans to be back for Sochi, but I can't imagine she'll be completely recovered by then. What an awful injury--I'm just gutted for her.
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    Tina Maze actually started her run 1m and 15 seconds before Lindsay Vonn, and the conditions at that time was the best during the entire competition (both for Lindsay and Tina). In fact, Tina hadn't finished her run when Lindsay started (this is how they do in World cups as well, so nothing scandalous there). These athletes do races at much worse conditions than the race took place. As for Mancuso almost missing the gate, many athletes ahead of her did miss that gate as well, all the athletes where coming into the gate with much higher speed and by passing the gate (i think that was a new world championship additional if I remember from what I read). I think now media is just trying to making it sound much harder than it actually was. It is more than likely Lindsay made a mistake and fell.

    ACL and MCL tear does not sound promising at all, along with a broken bone. If anyone can make a successful recovery it would be Lindsay Vonn. I wish her best of luck in this very difficult recovery.
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    If you look at the videos on the internet, then it's obvious that it wasn't about the conditions. So yes, technically, the fault lies with Vonn even though I'm not quite willing to say she made a mistake. It looks like she landed too much on the inside edge of her right ski after a jump, and at that speed the tiniest bit of off-balance could have caused that. It's just one of those things that, unfortunately, happens.
    But blaming the conditions and/or the course is definitely ridiculous. Each of the ladies skied the course and it's not like Vonn is new to racing.

    I wish her a speedy recovery; she's one hell of a skier and I'd hate if that was the end for her. I hope she can come back to skiing in top form!
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    Picabo Street suffered a similar injury as Vonn one year before the 1998 Nagano Olympics, she was able to recover and took the gold medal in the Super G by the narrowest of margin, definitively a very well pay off

    They have said that it is expected that Lindsey will recover, she is just tough as nails, and could be racing again in the next season world cup, though I think she will take it very slowly and put all her effort towards the Sochi Olympics, almost one year away I think there is plenty of time to get well.

    Today results saw Ted Ligety (USA) won the gold in the Super G (his first victory ever on a speed event), France got silver and Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) took the bronze. Austria zero medals after two events.
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    Svindal almost had that Super G and made a mistake two gates from home, doh. The French guy was actually a substitute for the team due to injury. Unexpected results!

    This Swiss men have been poor without Couche and Feuz, but if Austria gets no downhill medal either they will not be happy (Italy seems to have had the most success after Svindal this season though). Of course Hirscher will be a major favorite for the technical events - I really hope his rivalry with Ted Ligety in the giant slalom continues through Sochi.

    In other winter sports - biathlon world champs start today with the mixed relay!
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    Skeleton and Bobsleigh World Championships : St.Mortiz

    4 Men : Bobsleigh
    Gold : Germany (Pilot : Andt )
    Silver : Russia (Zubkov)
    Bronze : USA (Holcomb)


    2 Men : Bobsleigh
    Gold : Germany (Pilot : Freidrich)
    Silver : Switzerland (Hefti)
    Bronze : Germany (Florschelutz)


    2 women : Bobsleigh
    Gold : Canada (Pilot : Humphries )
    Silver : USA (Meyers)
    Bronze : Germany (Kiriasis)

    Skeleton Men
    Gold : Alexander Tetiankov (RUS)
    Silver : Martins Dukurs (LAT)
    Bronze : Sergei Chudinov (RUS)

    Skeleton Women
    Gold : Shelley Rudman (GBR)
    Silver : Noelle Pikas-Pace (USA)
    Bronze : Sarah Reid (CAN)

    TEAM (not an Olympic event)
    Gold : GERMANY
    Silver : CANADA
    Bronze : USA
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    On the note of special olympics. I taught a special needs skater for the last two - three years and it has been the most rewarding experience of my life. She is in her 40's and has been working on the Glide Waltz (first dance on roller) for all that time. It is such a joy to see her achieve something it warms my heart. Sadly when she does something wrong she covers her head, as her mother used to beat her when she did something wrong as a child. She is now married and I have met her family and they are so very supportive of her skating. My life has been enriched for being given the opportunity to teach this beautiful soul.
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    Mixed relay biathlon - 1) Norway 2) France 3) Czech Rep (home medal at Novo Mesto, fantastic holding under pressure by Moravec).

    Russia finished 6th and was in the medal hunt until a disastrous shoot by Malyshko. Germany had a total disaster finishing 13th with poor performance by Myriam Gussner, one of the women's favorites. Norway overall looks great including Tora Berger and Svensen, not bad from Martin Fourcade of France but he had too much to catch up by his leg.
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    Right now it´s like a mini-olympics preview with biathlon world championships getting underway

    Norway was just in a class of their own in the mixed relay, first time I have seen this competition format and it was fun to watch

    Poor russians, Malyshko had a total catastrophe! missed 4 times the target and took the penalty lap, so out of the medals.

    The home crowd at Nove Mesto is very cheerful! great atmosphere indeed.
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    ETA: Wrong thread
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    Maria Höfl-Riesch of Germany won the super combined, Tina Maze came in second and Nicole Hosp, Austria, was third.
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    Men's Downhill, Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) just super, almost a second faster than the second place Dominik Paris (ITA) and bronze for Poisson from France.

    Austrian skiers again out of the medals, glad they have Marcel Hirsher who is the favourite in Slalom and the main rival in the GS to Ted Ligety
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    Svendsen won the sprint biathlon over Martin Fourcade (FRA) and jacko Fak (SLO) bronze medal. In the women's race Ukraine won 1-3 in the sprints, with Olga Pidhrushina and Vita Semerenko wining gold and bronze respectively, Tora Berger (NOR) won the silver. Interestingly two huge market for biathlon Germany and Russia are yet to win any medals :eek:.


    On a side note, the president of Russian Biathlon Federation (and multi billionaire ), Mikhail Prokhorov has vowed to resign his post unless russia win 2 gold medal at the Olympics. no pressure on the coaches at this world championships what so ever.
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    Well, in Germany and Austria, when it comes to skiing, the fourth place is known as the "Austrians place". So far, they've lived up to their reputation (even if Hosp won bronze, there was still an Austrian lady who finished 4th).
    I kind of feel sorry for them! Hopefully their luck changes in the next competitions.
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    Thanks for telling us about your Student Ozzisk8tr. While I've never volunteered, as our area is rather far from the town where the Special Olympics programs are, I have attended a few events over the years. I truly and honestly believe that if you ever need a pick me up of any kind? Go to a Special Olympics event. You'll be feeling much better w/in minutes of the event starting. :)

    On a far different note...

    Dear CTV Toronto,

    When showing Lindsay Vonn's crash earlier this week from the World Championships, was it really necessary to not only not mute the volume, but to then not have Lance Brown not say anything for several seconds? Because, thanks to that, we were able to not only hear Lindsay screaming in agony, but also to hear her screaming for someone to come out and help her.

    That was something I would much rather not have experienced Thank You so very much!!

    One ticked off Sports Fan!!!!

    It took the better part of two days before I could get Lindsay's screams out of my head and I'm an adult!! Can you imagine what a little one would have thought if they'd heard that and I'm guessing a few did. I couldn't believe it either, as usually when a Downhill crash gets shown, the volume's muted for that very reason. Couldn't believe it the other night and still can't today. :mad:
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    Surprise medal for France in women's downhill with Marion Rolland taking gold. Nadia Fanchini of Italy was second and Maria Hoefl-Riesch third. Favorite Tina Maze finished seventh. A tough course with a fair amount of crashes from the early racers. :yikes:

    Exciting biathlon pursuits - it literally was a photo finish in men with Svendsen winning a third gold over Martin Fourcade. :eek: Tora Berger won the women's with K. Palka (Poland) second and Pidrushina (Ukraine) third.
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    Another gold for Ligety! He is a great GS and slalom skiier, and those events are still left. It will be interesting to see if he can possibly even end Worlds with 4 golds. Would that be historic if he did it.
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    The biathlon world championships after 5 events has plenty of gold for Norway, silvers for France and ZERO medals for Germany!!!

    Russia was lucky to grab a bronze medal in the men´s pursuit, I wonder what is happening with them? specially the germans, at least the russians have been in the top 10 and have a medal, but Germany??? just a couple of athletes sneaking in the top 10

    Men´s Super Combined: Ted Ligety was the best, what a downhill run he had and a superb slalom run on a tough course that claimed many of the top skiers after the downhill, including Aksel Lund Svindal who was going for a thir medal and possibly retaining his gold medal at the event as he was world champion in 2011.

    Silver for the usual second place finisher in the super combined at olympics or worlds, Ivica Kostelic (CRO) and bronze just narrowly for Rommed Baumann (AUT) who gives austrians their second medal of the championships, another bronze. The crowd was excstatic as if he just won the tittle!!!

    Good for Ted, his fourth world championships medal overall (third gold) now he is the favourite for the Giant Slalom that will be a great battle between him and Marcel Hirsher. A medal in slalom is not very clear as he has not produced solid results in the last seasons but hey, he definitively has great momentum and confidence, so he could threat for a medal in Slalom too.
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    Did Hirscher go for the super combined at all?

    He's certainly more favored for the slalom over Ligety, but the GS will be tight and there's going to be a lot more pressure on him to deliver gold for Austria. He's handled it very well so far this season, hopefully he can stay steady. Should be a great race!
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    I don't agree with you on biathlon, Russia has been extremely unlucky. Their men finished 3rd and 4th and their women 4th and 5th.. Even jn the sprit they where just outside the medals. They seem to lack ski speed against Norway and fourcade. Russia men are relatively young team so they are improving, but zaitseva lack of speed is very worrying. Olga was leading going to last shooting, she hesitated in the shooting, then missed the shoot. It meant she got passed by Palka at the shooting (she too misseda shoot) and Berger who went clean. Worrying Olga lost a lot of time after that and got passed by the Ukrainian athlete. The 5th place athlete from russia climbed from 27th with the help if clean shooting. She came into the event with almost a 1.5 mins deficit ( the time deficit from sprit is carried over to the pursuit), so she did well to finish 5 th.

    As for men svensen had a very small lead over fourcade, shopulin and malysko. Sevenson slowed down allowed other to catch, this would have he opened never the less but by doing so made it a sprint and won the sprint by one hundredth of a second. I felt sorry for Malyshko, since he was the work horse for the group. Anyway this world championships are of two halves with a break now and competition re starting on Wednesday and finishing on sunday with relays, individual score and mass start.
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    No, Hirsher did not compete at the super combined. Still and all the pressure they have (austrian skiers) I think he will be in the podium in the GS and will win the Slalom, but who knows the french are having a good meet and they have certain slalom specialist who could spoil the party. Also I count on some italian skier to be in the hunt for the Giant Slalom.

    And I do agree on that, my reference for ´bad championships´ was more to the germans than the russians as I pointed out that Russia has had many of their competitors in the top 10 (Zaitseva, Glazirina, Vilukhina, Shipulin, Ustyugov) in contast to the germans who if i recall only have a top 10 with Andrea Henkel in the women´s sprint.

    Surely Russia had a bad luck in the mixed relay on the opening day, and given they are a young team as you mentioned, this break will give them perspective on that and most likely medals will come in the next events and of course all the valuable experience for Sochi they will get.
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    World Biathlon championships resume

    Women´s 15Km Individual, Third gold medal for Tora Berger (NOR) she was the class of the field, zero penalties and very fast, demolished the competition, 3 golds, 1 silver thus far. Silver medal for Germany!! Andrea Henkel going clean also but was slower than Berger, finally a medal for the germans. Bronze for Semerenko of Ukraine that is having a good championships.

    Tomorrow, Men´s 20Km Individual, and in the alpine skiing worlds Women´s Giant Slalom with the overwhelming favourite Tina Maze (SLO) going for her second gold medal and third of this championships
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    Tora Berger was definitely amazing. Providing she stays healthy she can look forward to much success in Sochi!

    Martin Fourcade finally got his gold today in the Individual. Not the domination of Berger, but so many men shot excellently to start and then gave it away at the fourth standing. Tim Burke of the United States(!) took silver, and Fredrik Lindstrom of Sweden bronze. Sadly the Czech Republic finished just off the medals this time with Moravec fourth. Svendsen didn't compete in order to be healthy enough for the later races.

    Women's Giant Slalom saw Tessa Worley of France take gold with two excellent runs. Tina Maze had a poor first run but rallied for silver. Austria got another bronze, from Anna Fenninger (Katherine Zettel was fourth).