US Alpine Skiing Team 2014: Highighting Top Americans in the Sochi Olympics

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US Alpine Skiing Team 2014: Highighting Top Americans in the Sochi Olympics
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The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, are in full swing following a much talked-about opening ceremony and a weekend littered with exciting events in both team and individual competitions.

Among the sports to award medals in the early action is alpine skiing, where there have been gold medals handed out to the winners of men's downhill and women's super combined so far.

Amid balmy weather conditions in Sochi, the icy and fast course has also stirred up some strong comments from athletes like decorated U.S. Olympian Bode Miller, who told reporters via Yahoo! Sports Dave James, "If you're not totally focused and paying attention, this course can kill you."

Need more proof? Check out this first-person video from five-time British Olympian and current BBC contributor Graham Bell going down the piste in Sochi.

Here's a look at the American finishers in the two completed alpine skiing events, with a glance ahead to the full schedules of the remaining events.

 

Men's Downhill

2014 Sochi Olympics Men's Downhill Results
Place Name Country Time
1 Matthias Mayer AUT 2:06.23
2 Christof Innerhofer ITA 2:06.29
3 Kjetil Jansrud NOR 2:06.33
5 Travis Ganong USA 2:06.64
8 Bode Miller USA 2:06.75
27 Steve Nyman USA 2:09.15
30 Marco Sullivan USA 2:10.10

NBCOlympics.com

Miller is 36 years old now, but he's still a major force in his fourth Winter Games representing the United States. Safe to say, Miller was upset with his eighth-place finish in the men's downhill after taking bronze in the event at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Following his race, Miller took to Twitter to congratulate the medal winners in the men's downhill.

This time around, Miller finished 0.52 seconds behind gold medal-winning Austrian Matthias Mayer and 0.11 seconds off the pace of top American and fifth-place finisher Travis Ganong. The 25-year-old Californian drew the praise from his veteran teammates after his solid showing in the men's downhill.

“(Ganong) let it go, and I don’t think he realized how good he was,” Steven Nyman told Alan Abrahamson of NBCOlympics.com.

Click here to view full men's downhill results from NBCOlympics.com

 

Women's Super Combined

2014 Sochi Olympics Women's Super Combined Results
Place Name Country Time
1 Maria Hoefl-Riesch GER 2:34.62
2 Nicole Hosp AUT 2:35.02
3 Julia Mancuso USA 2:35.15
-- Leanne Smith USA DNF

NBCOlympics.com

Julia Mancuso earned America's first alpine skiing medal of the 2014 Winter Games on Monday morning when she claimed bronze in women's super combined four years after earning the silver medal in Vancouver.

In the process, she joined some elite company, as detailed by David Leon Moore of USA Today:

Only four women skiers in history have more Olympic medals than Mancuso's four—Croatia's Janica Kostelic and Sweden's Anja Paerson with six, and Switzerland's Vreni Schneider and Germany's Katja Seizinger with five.

She joins speedskaters Bonnie Blair and Apolo Ohno as the only American Winter Olympians to win individual medals at three Games.

"It's pretty cool," Mancuso said of her place in Olympic history.

Following her quick race on Monday, when she finished 0.53 seconds behind gold medal-winning Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, Mancuso received some love from former Olympian skiiers like Picabo Street.

It marked the fourth medal of Mancuso's Olympic career, as she also won gold in the 2006 giant slalom and silver in the 2010 downhill. With her performance in the super combined, Mancuso looks like a strong candidate to win another medal in Wednesday's downhill competition.

Click here to view full women's super combined results

 

Remaining Women's Schedule

2014 Sochi Olympics Women's Alpine Skiing Schedule
Date Time (ET) Event
Wednesday, Feb. 12 2 a.m. Downhill
Saturday, Feb. 15 2 a.m. Super G
Tuesday, Feb. 18 2 a.m. Giant Slalom, Run 1
5:30 a.m. Giant Slalom, Run 2
Friday, Feb. 21 7:45 a.m. Women's Slalom, Run 1
11:15 a.m. Women's Slalom, Run 2

ESPN.com

 

Remaining Men's Schedule

2014 Sochi Olympics Men's Alpine Skiing Schedule
Date Time (ET) Event
Friday, Feb. 14 2 a.m. Super Combined, Downhill
6:30 a.m. Super Combined, Slalom
Sunday, Feb. 16 2 a.m. Super G
Wednesday, Feb. 19 2 a.m. Giant Slalom, Run 1
5:30 a.m. Giant Slalom, Run 2
Saturday, Feb. 22 7:45 a.m. Men's Slalom, Run 1
11:15 a.m. Men' Slalom, Run 2

ESPN.com

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