Winter News & Events

Americans win big in World Cup events

U.S. Ski Team members Ted Ligety and Lindsey Vonn both pulled off major victories in their World Cup ski events. Vonn took first place in Lake Louise, Canada at the Super-G race for the 11th time, while Ligety grabbed the World Cup Giant Slalom title at the Birds of Prey event in Beaver Creek, Co.

Even though the events were miles away, Vonn still cheered Ligety on by making a call to Beaver Creek just minutes before Ligety won his 6th World Cup title. This marks the first time since 2006 that two Americans won both men’s and women’s World Cup events on the same day.

Fellow American skier Julie Mancuso also grabbed a spot on the podium, coming in at third place in the Super-G race.

Broken leg could means end of season for Chemmy Alcott

Chemmy Alcott, Britian's top female skier, was airlifted today after crashing during a training session and breaking her leg.

Alcott, who competes in downhill, super G, combined, and slalom events, was in her final alpine skiing training session before the opening of the women’s downhill World Cup skiing race in Lake Louise, Alberta. During her run, she took a nasty fall on the Coaches Corner course, resulting in an open fracture of the tibia and fibula in her right leg.

Upon being airlifted to a Banff, Alberta hospital, Alcott, 28, underwent surgery on the broken leg. Doctors say Alcott will be out for the rest of the season.

History is made as China hosts first big snowboarding event

The Shaun White and Oakley presents Ticket to Ride (TTR) Air and Style contest will kick off this Saturday, Dec. 3, in Beijing. This marks the first TTR 6-star event of the season, and the largest snowboarding event to ever be held in China. The Air and Style contest will be held at the Olympic Sports Center Stadium in the heart of Beijing, as 16 riders from 13 countries will compete for the number one spot.

Although there are no Chinese snowboarders on the TTR circuit, this event shows China’s growing interest in the sport. Prior to the event, some of China’s best snowboarders will have a chance to show off their skills to the thousands of anticipated fans in an attempt to prove that they deserve a chance to ride with the top dogs.

Over $130,000 and the sterling silver “ring of glory” are among top prizes.

Hockey legend’s ashes placed in Stanley Cup; widow's car vandalized after funeral

Coaching legend Pat Burns left a monumental impact on the world of hockey; it was only right that he remain a part of the monument. At his funeral on Nov. 29, Burns' ashes were placed in an exact miniature replica of hockey’s Holy Grail – the Stanley Cup. Friends and relatives lined up to kiss the cup in a final farewell to honor Burns’ life.

In his career, Burns coached the Montreal Canadians, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, and New Jersey Devils. Burns had his chance to kiss the cup when he coached the New Jersey Devils to a Stanley Cup victory in 2003. In 1,019 total career games, Burn’s record was 501-350-161.

According to Montreal police, just hours after Burns’ funeral, a suspect broke into his widow’s car, stealing priceless merchandise. Things stolen included jewelry, and 30 autographed hockey jerseys. Police believe that the suspect(s) knew the Burns family.


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