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Janka and Vonn are the World Cup champions

clock 12th March 2010 | comment0 Comments

Carlo Janka and Lindsey Vonn claimed overall World Cup titles after skiing to victory in events at Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Janka followed up on his gold medal in the giant slalom at the 2010 Winter Olympics on the Whistler course with another scintillating run in the same event in Germany.

He had already set the fastest time in the morning run before the 23-year-old Swiss star continued where he left off to win the event with an overall time of 2:20.87 ahead of Italy's Davide Simoncelli.

Janka now holds an unassailable lead in the men's standings with just the slalom event in Germany remaining and becomes the first Swiss male to take the overall title since Paul Accola achieved the feat in 1992.

According to the AFP, he said: "I knew that I had to win here and I was really pleased with the second run. Everything has come together for me this season and I have won everything that there is to win.

"It also all came together today for me - the weather, the snow, everything was perfect. I took the feeling all the way down to the finish line in the exact way I wanted to."

Janka now sits on 1,197 points for the season and with only 100 points up for grabs in the slalom, second-placed Benjamin Raich is unable to catch him after finishing eighth in the giant slalom.

Meanwhile, Vonn was already assured of a third successive overall World Cup title before leaving the start gate of the female super G event after Maria Riesch had failed to finish in the first two.

However, the Olympic downhill gold medallist did not disappoint her fans as she cruised to victory to become the US skier with the most World Cup race victories in history - surpassing Bode Miller's record of 32.

Vonn posted the fastest time down the Kadahar course of 1:19.30, with Austria's Elisabeth Goergl taking second in the race and Nadia Styger of Switzerland claiming third.

She also posted a US record of 11 wins in a single World Cup season and becomes the first women to take overall victory three years in a row since Petra Kronberger between 1990 and 1992.

Vonn said: "An overall title is one of the biggest things you can win in our sport. I gave it all I had. I have nothing more left in me."

She will now take the slalom off to rest her knee that she injured in a crash in the giant slalom in Germany.

Written by Chris SmithADNFCR-657-ID-19666991-ADNFCR

Curtain goes down in Vancouver as Sochi takes up Olympic mantle

clock 1st March 2010 | comment0 Comments

The closing ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games was held last night (February 28th), bringing to an end two weeks of sporting action that had left many people glued to their TV screens.

More than 5,000 athletes from 82 countries packed the 60,000 capacity BC Place stadium for the spectacular show, which featured musical performances from Michael Buble, Nickelback, Avril Lavigne and Alanis Morrisette.

Fresh from their heroic ice hockey victory over the US just hours earlier, Canadian fans packed the venue for the closing celebrations of the event which is likely to leave a tourism legacy for Vancouver.

Despite a few issues with snow at the beginning of the game, the ski resort of Whistler, which was an official venue for the games, staged an entertaining show and it is also likely to benefit from the event.

It is at this venue that phenomenal skier Bode Miller collected his first Olympic gold medal in the super combined, helping the US team pick up nine gold medals.

The nine pushed the US to the top of the leader board with a total of 37 medals, followed by Germany with 30, although it had three more golden gongs than the former.

Host nation Canada had its strongest winter Olympics ever, utilising home advantage to secure 14 gold medals, more than any other country, seven silvers and five bronzes, bringing its total to 26.

Norway, Austria, the Russian Federation and Korea walked away from the Games with 23, 16, 15 and 14 medals respectively, while China, Sweden and France, won a total of 11 medals each.

Thanks to the gold medal won by Olympic skeleton champion Amy Williams, Great Britain and Northern Ireland managed to land its only medal from the North American games, whose end now turns the attention to the next host city Sochi, Russia, in 2014.

Written by Chris Smith.


Winter Olympics delights with sportsmanship

clock 17th February 2010 | comment0 Comments

The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics has settled into a delightful showcase of sportsmanship after kicking off on a sour note with the death of a Georgian athlete on the opening day.

Luge competitor Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed after a high-speed crash during a training session ahead of the opening ceremony of the games, which are taking place in the Canadian city and the ski resort of Whistler.

However, the event quickly recovered from the incident, with Jacques Rogge, the president of the International Olympic Committee, leading tributes to the athlete and moments of silence during the opening ceremony.

Five days down the line, the Games have turned into a showcase of skill and endurance as athletes from all over the world take on each other in a bid to secure coveted Olympic medals.

Team GB is yet to bag any medals but British athletes are posting a strong performance at the winter games, with Zoe Gillings, who finished 8th in women's Snowboard Cross, among those who have done their bit.

Wednesday February 17th sees the women's 500-metre short track speed skating competition take place in the Pacific Colisuem stadium and three-time Olympian Sarah Lindsay and 19-year-old teammate Elise Christie will be among the competitors.

Jon Eley and Tom Iverson will represent the country in the same event during the men's 1,000-metre heats, after which they will team up with Jack Whelbourne, Anthony Douglas and Paul Worth for the men's 5,000-metre relay semi-finals.

Meanwhile, the Whistler Olympic Park will also host the men's individual cross-country sprint classic event today and British skiers Andrew Young and Andrew Musgrave will be hoping to boost their Olympic experience in the event.

The women's downhill alpine skiing event will also take place at Whistler Creekside, with Chemmy Alcott aiming for the medals.

Written by Chris Smith.ADNFCR-657-ID-19621557-ADNFCR

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