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Shiffrin Misses 6th Chance at Medal, Sends a Message

American skier speaks of resilience and kindness

(Newser) - Mikaela Shiffrin competed in her sixth event on Sunday—a rarity in itself—but she missed out on her final chance to earn an Olympic medal in Beijing when Team USA finished fourth in the mixed parallel slalom. The 26-year-old, one of the world's top skiers, didn't shy...

Eileen Gu Wins Gold, Makes History
Eileen Gu Wins Gold,
Makes History

Eileen Gu Wins Gold, Makes History

The skier won women's halfpipe

(Newser) - Even when Eileen Gu’s simply taking a celebratory stroll through the halfpipe, she’s still so stylish and makes it look so effortless. The 18-year-old American-born freestyle skier who represents China captured Olympic gold in the women’s halfpipe on a breezy and cold Friday morning to become the...

He Had Gold in His Sights After COVID. Then a 'Silly Mistake'

Wrong turn likely cost Jarl Magnus Riiber a medal in Nordic combined

(Newser) - Expectations were high for Jarl Magnus Riiber going into the Winter Olympics. "He's probably going to go down as the best Nordic combined skier ever," NBC analyst Johnny Spillane said, per the Wall Street Journal . "If he has a good day, he's pretty much unstoppable....

This Olympian Will Represent His Country Alone

Arif Khan, 31, is sole athlete from India

(Newser) - The US is sending 222 athletes to the 2022 Winter Olympics. India is sending just one. NPR reports 31-year-old skier Arif Khan arrived in Beijing on Tuesday and is scheduled to compete in the slalom and giant slalom events later this week. As long as he manages to stay COVID-free,...

China Loves This Olympian. America Has Mixed Feelings

18-year-old Eileen Gu, born and raised in US, will compete for China as its best chance for gold

(Newser) - Eileen Gu "is, without debate, the most dominant woman in freeskiing," per ESPN . The 18-year-old San Francisco native is therefore the favorite to win gold in big air, halfpipe, and slopestyle freestyle skiing events at the Beijing Olympics. But if she does, those medals won't be counted...

Skier May Face Manslaughter Charges After Deadly Collision

Girl, 5, killed when man crashed into her on the slopes

(Newser) - A skier is being held on suspicion of manslaughter after a collision in the French Alps on Saturday that left a 5-year-old dead. The British girl was taking a ski lesson on an easy-level ski run in clear weather, Yahoo News reports. She was last in line behind the instructor...

They Skied, Rappeled Down 'Death Slabs' for a Half Dome First

Jason Torlano, Zach Milligan seem to be first ones to ski entire 4.8K feet from peak to Yosemite Valley

(Newser) - Two skiers navigated a thin layer of snow with no margin for error down the precipitous shoulder of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park and alternately skied and rappelled back to the valley floor in an unusually daring feat, per the AP . Jason Torlano, 45, and Zach Milligan, 40, completed...

Infected Tourist Blamed After Top Ski Race Axed

Visitor linked to 27 cases in Swiss resort

(Newser) - Switzerland's most prestigious ski race has been canceled, and authorities are blaming a British tourist. The Lauberhorn, the longest World Cup downhill race, was called off after a spike in COVID-19 cases, reports Reuters . Authorities in the resort of Wengen say only 10 COVID cases were detected up until...

The Latest Coronavirus Puzzle: Ski Resorts

Meanwhile, Miami Beach and Georgia make changes to prevent infection

(Newser) - Ski resorts in the US are grappling with how to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus as most planned to stay open as ski season nears an end, the AP reports. Some resorts are closing enclosed gondolas or aerial trams while others are encouraging skiers to ride lifts with...

Searchers Find Another Body After Avalanche

After death toll rises to 3, Idaho resort says all skiers are accounted for

(Newser) - Search-and-rescue teams thought they'd accounted for everyone who was skiing when an avalanche hit a resort in Idaho on Tuesday. But Silver Mountain Resort got a call Wednesday morning saying a family hadn't heard from relative who was there, NBC reports. The search resumed, and on Thursday, crews...

Weeds Creator Jenji Kohan's Son Dies on Family Ski Trip

Charlie Noxon, 20, was with his dad and 2 siblings in Park City, Utah

(Newser) - A New Year's Eve ski run ended tragically for the son of Jenji Kohan, the creator of Weeds and Orange Is the New Black. TMZ reports that, per law enforcement officials, 20-year-old Charlie Noxon fell while skiing Tuesday in Park City, Utah, and was pronounced dead after being taken...

He Conquered Peaks Worldwide, Met an 'Unreal' Fate

Davo Karnicar, first to fully ski down Mount Everest nonstop, is killed in tree-cutting mishap

(Newser) - In 1995, Davo Karnicar became the first person to successfully ski down Nepal's Annapurna from the top, the lead-in to a more high-profile descent he'd complete five years later: He became the first person to ski nonstop from the summit of Mount Everest to base camp. He went...

Suspected 'Ski Rage' Incident Puts Hole in Teen's Skull

Father, Mounties appeal for witnesses

(Newser) - A father—and the Mounties—are trying to find witnesses to a suspected "ski rage" attack that left a teenager with a bullet-sized hole in his skull. Father David Keir says his son Max, 13, swerved to avoid a man in a yellow ski jacket while at Grouse Mountain...

Pro Skier Falls to His Death in Crevasse

Dave Treadway had 2 kids and another on the way

(Newser) - "Don't let a bit of warm weather trick you into hanging up your skis … The snow's great up high right now," Canadian professional skier Dave Treadway wrote in an April 4 Instagram post . Less than two weeks later, the 34-year-old died doing what he loved....

Doctor Convicted of 'Ski Rage' Attack on Boy, 12

Dr. Samuel Caruthers' attorney is looking for the verdict to be overturned

(Newser) - On Valentine's Day in 2016, a 12-year-old boy on a snowboard ran into a 10-year-old boy on the bunny slope at New Jersey's Mountain Creek ski resort. The 10-year-old's father didn't take it well—and on Wednesday, he was convicted on a host of charges in...

You May Never Have Heard of Ski Slopes' 'Silent Killer'

Tree wells kill about as many people as avalanches every year

(Newser) - You know that trees can be deadly for skiers and snowboarders if they lose control and slam into the trunk. But what you may not know is that the innocent-looking depression in the snow that appears around the base of a tree after a lot of snow falls is, in...

Gwyneth Paltrow: I Wasn't the One Who Caused Ski Crash

Actress countersues, says her accuser is actually the one who crashed into her

(Newser) - Gwyneth Paltrow says a skier who accused her in a lawsuit of seriously injuring him at a Utah resort was actually the one who plowed into her from behind, the AP reports. Paltrow's attorney alleges in a counterclaim filed in court Wednesday that the actress suffered a full "...

Vonn Gets Her Last 'Perfect Day' on the Slopes

American takes bronze in the final race of her career

(Newser) - One last comeback complete. One last medal. Five days after crashing in super-G, Lindsey Vonn bounced back to win the bronze medal in the world championship downhill in Are, Sweden on Sunday in the final race of her career. "I laid it all on the line. That's all...

Get Paid to Ski—but Only If You're 'Mediocre'

Sportswear company has a dream job listing

(Newser) - If you love to ski but you're not all that excellent at it, pay attention: Sportswear company Tenson is looking for you. The company advertised two positions testing out its ski gear, but it doesn't want expert skiers doing the job. No, it wants "two truly enthusiastic...

Lindsey Vonn Crashes in 2nd-to-Last Race of Career

But American skier appears to be OK, is scheduled to compete for final time on Sunday

(Newser) - Lindsey Vonn crashed in the super-G at the world championships in Sweden on Tuesday, straddling a gate midair and ending up in the safety nets. Vonn, however, got up and skied down the hill after being tended to by medical personnel. "Everyone was screaming as she crashed jumping through...

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