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Gravity: all the ups and downs of winter sport


Gravity: all the ups and downs of winter sport


Welcome to gravity, our weekly winter sports magazine.

Where Vincent Menard guides us through all the latest slips and slides on the slopes.

“This week, the dominance of the German skiers that leave the rest skiing for scraps.
A young American who at 19 has won everything.
And the riders who take on the extreme slopes in Utah.
German skiers shine on the Slovenian slopes at Kranjska Gora. Felix Neureuther out weaves his compatriot Fritz Dopfer in the slalom on the Podkoren piste.

Following an unforgettable winter Olympics Neureuther was back in the winners circle on the world cup circuit.

The 29-year-old clocked a two-run time of 1 minute, 45.50 seconds for his fourth win this season.

The result propelled him into the lead in the World Cup slalom standings by five points over Austrian Marcel Hirscher with one slalom remaining at the season-ending World Cup Finals next week.

Compatriot Dopfer, was second, 0.59 seconds behind for a German one-two while Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway was third.

Marcel Hirscher finished fifth to claim the lead in the World Cup standings, but only four points separate him and Akel Lund Svindal, with four races remaining. Two speed races to suit the Norwegian. Two technical races for the Austrian

On Saturday American Ted Ligety claimed his sixth giant slalom win of the season including his Olympic gold.

He also becomes the first skier to win six races at the same venue in the same discipline, he likes Kranjska Gora.

Leif Kristian Haugen suffered a spectacular fall at the end of his first run. The Norwegian crossed the line unconscious. He took a while to get to his feet, but he strapped on his skies fro the second run and eventually finished 15th.

Not quite a fall but a close call for Frenchman Alexis Pinturault. He hit a gate with his head, which loosened his helmet. But despite that he managed to keep upright.
Living up to his nickname of ‘the beast.’

Not yet 19, she celebrates on Thursday; an undoubted star is born. The young American Mikaela Shiffrin, is a precocious talent winning Olympic gold, a world title, two Crystal Globes and eight world cup victories. The latest on Saturday in Are.
Shiffrin once again confirmed her status as the best slalom skier on the slopes with her second consecutive World Cup crystal globe in the discipline.

Shiffrin claimed the title after dominating the field in the penultimate slalom race of the season.

Like she did at the Sochi Games two weeks ago she led from start to finish to win with a combined time of 1 minute, 50.66 seconds.

Her fourth victory of the season pushed her 130 points clear of Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter in the discipline standings with one race remaining.

Anna Fenniger is another rising star on the Alpine ski scene.
The 24-year-old Austrian won two giant slaloms in Are and moved closer to Maria Höfl-Riesch in the overall World Cup standings. A mere 29 points separate the pair as the climax in Swiss resort of Lenzerheide looms.

The imposing Holmenkollen , which sits above Oslo hosted the ski jumping on Sunday in front of an immense crowd. Who jumped the best in Norwegian temple of winter sports.

Well after, Lillehammer, Falun and Lahti, Severin Freund of Germany celebrated his fourth World Cup victory of the season in Oslo.

Flying off the impressive large hill Freund jumped 132 and 130.5 metres for a winning points tally of 265.4.

He led after the first jump and kept his nerve in the second to deny Anders Bardal back-to-back victories in his homeland.

2012 overall World Cup champion Bardal, who won in Trondheim two days ago, was second, while overall World Cup leader Kamil Stoch of Poland finished third.

We end out second edition of gravity with some memorable pictures from Snowbird in Utah at the fourth stop on the Freeride world tour.

As the riders once again challenge gravity thanks for watching.”

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