Winter sports notes: Rahlves draws a crowd

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Formerly a speed specialist, Rahlves began to show podium potential in a third discipline last season, crossing third in the opening run of the giant slalom here. He then looked on the verge of recording his first career win in the discipline, leading at the final interval of the second run. But he lost control on the steep final pitch, hitting a bump at an estimated 45 mph, and cartwheeling into a full backward somersault. Italian Massimiliano Blardone took the victory, ahead of Miller and Kalle Palander of Finland. Rahlves walked away but the accident hampered his World Cup downhill title campaign, his bruises and sore muscles keeping him out of action for the following week’s Lauberhorn downhill. But the Chuenisbaergli appeals to Rahlves, known for his love of “gnarly” courses. The steepest and most spectacular giant slalom course on the tour, the Chuenisbaergli boasts some of the most spectacular and technically demanding passages. The traditional Chuenisbaergli is one of the classics among the alpine ski events, with races staged here 10 years before the creation of the World Cup circuit. Gate experts Benjamin Raich and Hermann Maier of Austria, as well as allrounder Miller, could unseat Rahlves when giant slalom and slalom races are run on the treacherous Chuenisbaergli course in Adelboden, Switzerland. Even if Rahlves doesn’t compete in Sunday’s slalom, he could still pad his advantage in today’s giant slalom. With the Turin Winter Olympics just a month away, competition will be tight as skiers attempt to solidify their chances of being selected for their national teams. Women’s skiing: Croatia’s Janica Kostelic was determined to compete at this weekend’s giant slalom World Cup meet in her native country, a day after hurting her hand as she fought to finish a slalom race without a pole and glove. “I think nothing’s broken,” Kostelic told state-run Croatian Radio. “It’ll be OK, I think. If I won’t be able to hold the pole, they should tie it to my hand.” Kostelic, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, finished third in Thursday’s race. She leads the overall World Cup standings ahead of Sweden’s Anja Paerson. This weekend’s giant slalom is in Maribor, Slovenia. During Thursday’s night slalom before her home crowd, Kostelic lost her pole and glove before the first gate on her second run and the flags repeatedly slapped her bare hand. Ski jumping: Jakub Janda of the Czech Republic and Janne Ahonen of Finland finished in a tie in points after Friday’s event in Bischofeschofen, Austria, the first time in 54 years that a Four Hills Tour ski jumping title has been shared. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The World Cup circuit’s technical specialists will attempt to knock Daron Rahlves off the top of the overall standings this weekend. Rahlves became the unexpected overall leader last week, posting his second downhill victory of the season in Bormio, Italy. After 16 races, Rahlves has 489 points to American teammate Bode Miller’s 471. last_img read more