Skiing

Exclusive: FIS defend slopestyle after claims should be dropped from Olympics because of injury rate

By Nick Butler

The FIS were responding to calls to drop slopestyle from the Olympic programme following the high number of injuries sustained during Sochi 2014 ©Getty ImagesApril 14 - International Ski Federation (FIS) officials have hit back at claims slopestyle should be dropped from the Olympic programme following the high rate of injuries at Sochi 2014.

Britain's most successful skier claims another title in last competition before retirement

By Nick Butler

Chemmy Alcott crowning her career in perfect style by winning the Super G at the British National Championships ©BSSMarch 30 - Chemmy Alcott began the final competition of her career in perfect style when she won a seventh Super G title at the British National Alpine Ski Championships in Méribel.

Ontario highway named in honour of late Canadian skier Burke

Emily Goddard

Highway 93 has been renamed the Sarah Burke Memorial Highway to honour the late skier ©Getty ImagesMarch 26 - The Ontario Government has named a highway in honour of world champion freestyle skier Sarah Burke, who died during a training accident in 2012.

German three-time Olympic champion skier Höfl-Riesch retires

By Emily Goddard

Maria Höfl-Riesch has retired from international competition ©Bongarts/Getty ImagesMarch 20 - Maria Höfl-Riesch, Germany's most successful Olympic alpine skier, has announced her retirement at the age of 29.

Carina Vogt leaps to first female gold in ski jumping

By Nick Butler at the Main Press Centre in Sochi

Carina Vogt bacame the first female Olympic ski jumping champion ©Getty ImagesFebruary 11 - History was made tonight at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre as Germany's Carina Vogt became the first woman to win an Olympic ski jumping title. 

American slopestyle snowboarder wins first gold medal of Sochi 2014

By Nick Butler at the Main Press Centre in Sochi

Sage Kotsenburg won the first gold medal of Sochi 2014 in the slopestyle snowboard ©Getty ImagesFebruary 8 - United States slopestyle snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg today won the first Olympic gold medal of Sochi 2014. 

Olympic action begins with slopestyle qualification on much criticised course

By Nick Butler at the Main Press Centre in Sochi

Canada's Max Parrot led the way on the men's side as slopestyle action began amid criticism of the difficulty of the course ©AFP/Getty ImagesFebruary 6 - Winter Olympic action began here today with slopestyle snowboard qualification taking place under a cloud of controversy over the ultra-difficult nature of the course.

US snowboarder White withdraws from slopestyle event over safety fears

By Nick Butler at the Main Media Centre in Sochi

After several days of training here, Shaun White has withdrawn from the slopestyle competition to focus on the halfpipe ©Getty ImagesFebruary 5 - United States' snowboarding superstar Shaun White has pulled out of tomorrow's Olympic slopestyle qualifying here, after course safety concerns persuaded him to prioritise his favoured halfpipe event.  

Argentinian veteran Getty, 52, loses CAS appeal to compete at Sochi 2014

By Nick Butler at the Main Press Centre in Sochi

Argentina's Clyde Getty will not be competing in Sochi when the competition gets underway ©McClatchy Tribune/Getty ImagesFebruary 5  - Argentina's 52-year-old veteran Clyde Getty has become the latest freestyle skier to unsuccessfully appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to compete at Sochi 2014. 
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