Germany's Markus Eisenbichler on Sunday helped destroy the opposition to win gold in the large hill ski-jumping team event — his second world title at this year's FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Seefeld, Austria. Eisenbichler and his compatriots Karl Geiger, Richard Freitag, and Stephan Leyhe led from start to finish on Innsbruck's Bergisel Hill, winning 987.5 points overall, a massive 56.5 points — or 31 metres (101 feet) — ahead of hosts Austria, who took silver, and Japan (bronze). Eisenbichler won individual gold ahead of Geiger on Saturday on the Innsbruck hill and now joins compatriot Nordic combined skier Eric Frenzel and Norwegian cross-country skier Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo as a two-time Seefeld champion … [Read more...] about Germany destroys competition in ski-jumping
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The 2019 edition is the first climate neutral FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Are, Sweden as organisers seek to reduce the environmental impact of one of the biggest winter sports events in the calendar amid rising average annual temperatures. Though it was a chilly -17 degrees Celsius as the opening ceremony started, Are experienced an average temperature that was 1.6 degrees higher than normal in 2018. Niklas Carlsson, who is managing director for the event, says that local people are very aware of the risks posed by climate change as Are is heavily dependent on tourism, especially in the winter. Though the event will fall short of its target of being 100 percent fossil fuel-free, they expect to reach a figure of 70 percent using fuels such as hydrotreated vegetable oil, or HVO. With major championships often criticised for being environmentally damaging and a waste of resources, Carlsson said that he hoped other sporting organisations would learn from Are's experience of … [Read more...] about How can you make a World Championship eco-friendly?
By Steve Douglas Published 4:05 pm PST, Tuesday, February 5, 2019 ARE, Sweden — As Mikaela Shiffrin hopped atop the podium to celebrate another gold medal, Lindsey Vonn was nearby on the sidelines of the finish area, stretching her ailing knees and explaining just how she wound up entangled in a safety net halfway down the course. Definitive proof, not that it was really needed, of a passing of the baton in American — and world — ski racing. With a daring and often wild run, Shiffrin won the super-G by 0.02 of a second at the skiing world championships Tuesday for her first medal in a speed event at a major championship. She has won a gold medal at four straight worlds. Coming in a season when she has been virtually unbeatable in the World Cup, she is unmistakably the queen of ski racing. Sofia Goggia, the Olympic downhill champion from Italy, managed a runner-up finish despite only recently beginning her season because of a right ankle injury. … [Read more...] about Mikaela Shiffrin gets first major speed medal with super-G win at worlds
Svindal celebrating his win at the FIS Alpine World Cup Men Super G in Val Gardena last month. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP Norway's reigning Olympic downhill champion Aksel Lund Svindal said on Sunday he will retire after next month's World Ski Championships in Are, Sweden. "I've taken this decision progressively this week," Svindal told NRK television. "Things haven't gone as planned, but I really want to go fast in the world champs and finish up in style there." Svindal, 36, was forced to pull out of the Hahnenkamm races in Kitzbuehel this weekend after aggravating a knee injury in training. Svindal, Olympic gold medallist in the super-G (2010) and downhill (2018), is a two-time overall World Cup champion (2007, 2009) with 36 wins on the circuit to his name. He is also a five-time world gold medallist. … [Read more...] about Norway’s Olympic champ Svindal to retire after world championships
1. Benasque Photo: yimix / Flickr Creative Commons Nestled within the Posets-Maladetas nature reserve in the Spanish Pyrenees, Benasque is perfect for those who prefer skiing of the cross country variety. There are routes to suit all tastes from experienced to beginners that wind through scenic oak, birch and beech forests. And unlike downhill ski resorts, you don't have to pay anything to cross country ski. 2. La Molina Photo: Kibo M / Flickr Creative Commons Less than two hours by car from the beaches Barcelona, this is a busy, bustling resort with a lot of history. The home of Spain's first ski-lift and ski-school, it now offers top facilities built to host the 2011 Snowboarding World Championships: 61km of pistes divided into 54 runs, a park for beginners and the biggest half-pipe in the Pyrenees. 3. Masella Photo: Josep M / Flickr Creative Commons Close to the French and Andorran borders on the northern slope of Tosa d’Alp … [Read more...] about Eight amazing ski resorts in Spain