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World Champion Marcel Hirscher Retires From Alpine Skiing

Marcel Hirscher Retires Here at Sprongo, we know a champion when we see one, and although Marcel Hirscher retires now, he’s every inch a champion. It’s not even the first time we’re talking about this skiing legend. Today, we’re going to look at his medal-littered career on the slopes as we say goodbye to one of skiing’s greats. Here’s to you, Marcel. Where did he come from? The son of a skiing instructor, Marcel started out on the slopes at just two-years-old. Right from the beginning, he was the best and went on to win several events in the Junior World Ski Championships. His specialties? Slalom and giant slalom. What else did he win? Would ‘everything’ cover it? Marcel Hirscher is one of the most prolific competitive skiing champions we can think of. He’s won: 3 Olympic medals (2 gold, 1 silver) 11 World Championship medals (7 gold and 4…

Jarl Riiber wins tenth World Cup victory of the season

Norwegian Jarl Magnus Riiber won his tenth World Cup victory this season, beating out Finland’s IIkka Herola in Klingenthal by 0.5 seconds. The race, which was held on Sunday,  still went underway, despite snowy and stormy weather conditions. However, jumping was not possible in these conditions, which meant Friday’s (February 1st) provisional competition jumps had to be used instead).

Norway’s Maren Lundby strikes again

It’s been a great season for Maren Lundby, winning her fifth gold in a row on Sunday! The Olympic champion made winning jumps of 90.0 and 88.5 to finish with a total of 250.8 points. Japanese skier, Sara Takanashi came in second with jumps of 88m and 89m with a final score of 241.2 points. Germany’s Katharina Althaus took third place with 121 points.

Mizayaki becomes first female junior champion in Nordic combined

Nordic combined history has been made by Japanese skier, Ayane Mizayaki. After Wednesday’s race at the Junior World Ski Championships in Lahti, Mizayaki became the first-ever female champion in Nordic combined.

She won the race with a time of 17:43.8, with Norway’s Gyda Westvold not far behind with a time of 17:47.4. Mizayaki’s fellow teammate Anju Nakamura finished in third place at 18:02.3.

Mikaela Shiffrin wins Super-G Gold in Cortina

One thing is for sure – there’s no stopping Mikaela Shiffrin! The 23 year old alpine skier struck gold once again on Sunday, winning her third Super-G of the season. It’s her 54th win of her career, getting her even closer to the all-time record of 86 wins. She tore up the slopes in Cortina, finishing the race in 1 minute, 22.48 seconds – 0.16 seconds faster than runner-up Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein. Austria’s Tamara Tippler was a close third – just 0.02 second behind Weirather. Shiffrin has been on her game this season, mastering the course that hindered other skiers from finishing their races, including Lindsey Vonn, and Alice Merryweather. The super-G win is Shiffrin’s 11th victory of the season. With more performances like this, it’s likely she will reach the all-time list while she’s still in her 20s. But one of the record’s that is close in her…

FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Winners!

Its been an epic month of ski racing so far, so lets take you through some of our highlights! Super G – Ladies 28 year old Tina Weirather from Liechtenstein won the the season’s first Super-G race last Sunday at Lake Louise. Weirather was also last years Super-G crystal globe winner, proving herself again by barreling down the slopes in 1:18.52 seconds. Second place went to last year’s super-G winner Lara Gut from Switzerland with a time of 1:18.63, while the super-G reigning champ Nicole Schmidhofer finished third with a time of 1:18.79. Drama unveiled when American skier Lindsey Vonn – the all time biggest winner in the discipline, failed to finish the Super-G race after crashing for her second time this season. She unfortunately failed to keep her skis under her when taking a wide turn, resulting in a slide out. Although Vonn had a nightmare weekend at Lake…

Watch The NorAm Cup Races with us!

The Nor-Am Cup – otherwise known as the North American Cup, brings together some of the best ski racers in North America, giving them the opportunity to compete against athletes from other countries for a chance to make it onto the World Cup circuit. The Nor-Am Cup lasts for the whole season, and ventures to multiple ski resorts including, Copper Mountain, Loveland, Lake Louise and more. The Cup will come to head in March for the NorAm finals, where, in alpine skiing, the top two overall competitors for each discipline at the end of the finals win a World Cup spot for the following season in their respective events. An awesome way to give North American talents the chance to compete with other top ski racers! The skiing talents of these racers are incredible and we want to give athletes, parents and coaches the opportunity to view the Nor-Am races, to…

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