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The 'Mediocre' Skier Raising Eyebrows at the Olympics

Elizabeth Swaney didn't do any tricks on her halfpipe run, deliberately

(Newser) - On the surface, there's nothing at all ordinary or subpar about a 33-year-old Berkeley and Harvard grad who's competing with the best of the best at the Olympics. Yet Elizabeth Swaney has caused a hubbub in Pyeongchang, after turning in what Digg labels a "hilariously mediocre" ski... More »

World Cup Skier Nearly Taken Out —by Drone

Austrian Marcel Hirscher: 'This can never happen again'

(Newser) - A four-time defending ski champ competing in the World Cup finals in Italy nearly saw his attempt derailed when a camera drone crashed on the slope perilously close to where he was skiing, the BBC reports. Austria's Marcel Hirscher was doing his second run in a slalom race in... More »

After 'Whoomp,' Skier Dies in Alaska

35-year-old perishes in sudden avalanche, companion digs his way out

(Newser) - A backcountry skier in the upper reaches of Alaska died after he was buried in a surprise avalanche in the Rainbow Mountains on Saturday evening, the Alaska Dispatch News reports. Eric Peterson, 35, and his friend, 63-year-old Michael Hopper, had been enjoying their late-afternoon ski when the two heard a... More »

Olympic Skier Stable After Spine Surgery

Maria Komissarova's spinal cord wasn't damaged: coach

(Newser) - After she broke her back , Olympic skier Maria Komissarova of Russia had "successful" surgery, a rep for the Russian Freestyle Federation tells RIA Novosti . Now, she is in stable condition, the Wall Street Journal reports. The good news is that the accident didn't damage her spinal cord, her... More »

Olympic Skier Breaks Spine

Russia's Maria Komissarova is out of surgery

(Newser) - A 23-year-old Russian skier broke her spine today during a training run for the Sochi Olympics, reports Ria Novosti . The good news is that Russian officials say Maria Komissarova's six-plus-hour surgery went well, reports AP , though no details about her prognosis were immediately available. Specifically, doctors say Komissarova "... More »

Lindsey Vonn: I'm Skipping Olympics

After latest fall, she's pulling out of Sochi

(Newser) - Turns out that February crash will sideline Lindsey Vonn for the Sochi Olympics after all, despite her promises to the contrary and a successful surgery . "I am devastated to announce that I will not be able to compete in Sochi," Vonn wrote on Facebook today. "I did... More »

Lost Teen Skier Survived by Building Snow Cave

Nicholas Joy found at Maine's Sugarloaf ski resort

(Newser) - A 17-year-old skier, reported missing Sunday and found alive and well at Maine's Sugarloaf ski resort today, survived two nights in the wild by building a snow cave for shelter, drinking water from a stream, and walking toward the sound of snowmobiles during the day, officials say. The Maine... More »

Skier Critically Injured in Tahoe Avalanche

Ski partner flees for help

(Newser) - Rescuers found a critically injured skier trapped in an avalanche yesterday near a Lake Tahoe ski resort. The unidentified man was one of a group of three skiing in northern California back country near the Alpine Meadows Ski Resort when the avalanche hit. One of the skiers was able to... More »

Avalanche Swept Expert Skiers Thousands of Feet

Group had moved outside resort's boundaries

(Newser) - The three skiers killed in a Washington state avalanche yesterday were highly experienced—and equipped with protective gear. Thirteen friends, including an ESPN editor, had traveled to a popular route that fell outside the boundaries of the nearby Stevens Pass ski resort. Most of the group was at the top... More »

Woman Skis Solo Across Antarctica

Fifty-nine day trek breaks record

(Newser) - British adventurer Felicity Aston became the first woman to ski across Antarctica today, finishing a 59-day, 1,084-mile trek across the continent, the AP reports. She made the trip using only her own muscle power, something no person traveling alone has ever done—though a couple managed it once. She... More »

Skier Burke's Family Stuck With $550K Bill

Website set up for donations

(Newser) - Sarah Burke's family has more than grief to deal with after her tragic death : The skier racked up more than half a million dollars in medical bills after her accident, CTV reports. The family has set up a website seeking donations to help—so far they've raised almost... More »

Skier Sarah Burke Dies

Pioneering athlete had been in coma after fall

(Newser) - Sad news from the skiing world today: Pioneering freestyler Sarah Burke has died after a fall earlier this month in Utah, reports the Toronto Star . The 29-year-old Canadian had been in a coma for nine days since her crash during a training run at Park City Mountain. Burke, a four-time... More »

3 Killed in Montana Avalanches

Unstable snow making slopes dangerous

(Newser) - Two Montana snowmobilers and a cross-country skier have been killed in three separate avalanches. The body of the skier was recovered by Montana authorities just across the border in Wyoming after his wife reported he vanished in an avalanche as they skied together. Two hours earlier, a snowmobiler died nearby... More »

Several Injured After Ski Lift Breaks; 200 Are Rescued

Cable jumps track, stranding skiers in Maine

(Newser) - Several people were injured when a ski lift broke at a Maine ski resort today, sending their chairs plunging about 30 feet to the ground. None of the injuries appear to be life-threatening. All 200 or so people who had been trapped on the lift at the Sugarloaf resort have... More »

Lindsey Vonn Wins 3rd Straight World Cup

Becomes most successful skier in US history

(Newser) - Lindsey Vonn won her third straight overall World Cup title today, becoming the most accomplished skier the United States has ever had. "I gave it all I had. I have nothing more," Vonn says. "I am the most successful American ever and I am very, very happy.... More »

Kramer, Miller Screw Up Big

Speedskating gaffe particularly tragic

(Newser) - Bode Miller made the kind of mistake that sometimes happens in skiing. But the gaffe made by Dutch speedskater Sven Kramer? Unbelievable. Kramer went through the 10,000-meter race in what would've been record time, but was disqualified for not switching lanes while coming out of a turn. The craziest... More »

7 Die in Avalanches in Italian Alps

4 were rescuers searching for victims

(Newser) - Seven people were killed in avalanches in the Italian Alps, including four rescuers who were searching for missing tourists skiing in the Trentino region. A government spokesman blamed the deaths on skiers' refusal to heed warnings about conditions. Officials had recently boosted the avalanche alert level. More »

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