Monthly Archives: February 2013

US Open Exits Vermont for Colorado

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Scanned Photo:  Transworld Snowboarding, 1997

The Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships kicked off today in Vail, Colorado.  After 30 years, the Open has left its Vermont roots, trading Stratton for the larger venue of Vail.  I suppose it represents progress for the sport, but am sad to see the event leave the state where it was born and cultivated.

Needless to say, Vermont is steeped in snowboard heritage and has produced more than its fair share of world-class riders.  In honor of the state’s role in snowboard history and culture, here is my favorite image of my favorite Vermont rider, Betsy Shaw:  many time US Open competitor, World Champion, Olympian, all-around hero.

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FIS Alpine Ski World Championships, Schladming 2013: Women’s Slalom, Marlies Returns

021637©anapolitano201335,000 ski fans, mostly Austrian, do not mess around.

021644©anapolitano2013x021647©anapolitano2013Slalom-slayer, fan favorite and defending World Champion, Marlies Schild of Austria returns after injury to a 9th place finish.

021633©anapolitano2013x021667©anapolitano2013Mikaela Shiffrin after her first run, soon to be the new World Champion.

021636©anapolitano2013Inspection, 2nd run.

021663©anapolitano2013Resi Stiegler of USA, very happy with her 2nd run.

021664©anapolitano2013Lena Duerr of Germany.

021638©anapolitano2013Overall World Cup leader, Tina Maze of Slovenia ended the day in 5th place.

021662©anapolitano2013Michaela Kirchgasser of Austria celebrates her blazing second run and silver medal.

021680©anapolitano2013Michaela Kirchgasser of Austria, 2nd place.  Mikaela Shiffrin of USA, 1st place.  Frida Hansdotter of Sweden, 3rd place.

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FIS Alpine Ski World Championships, Schladming 2013: Women’s Slalom, Mikaela Shiffrin Wins!

Yes, there were other women in this slalom race but all I’m really caring about is Mikaela Shiffrin.  World Champion.  At seventeen.  Totally amazing (though not surprising) and completely awesome!

CONGRATULATIONS, Mikaela!

021614©anapolitano2013Mikaela Shiffrin, USA – 2013 Slalom World Champion

02166©anapolitano2013x02167©anapolitano2013Waiting for final results. . .02161©anapolitano2013x021621©anapolitano2013x021622©anapolitano2013x021620©anapolitano2013x021623©anapolitano2013Michaela Kirchgasser of Austria, 2nd place.  Frida Hansdotter of Sweden, 3rd place.

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Another post to follow soon with due respect to the rest of the world class field. . .

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FIS Alpine Ski World Championships, Schladming 2013: Men’s Giant Slalom, Ligety 3x World Champion!

02158©anapolitano2013Ted Ligety, USA – 2013 Giant Slalom World Champion

02152©anapolitano2013x02157©anapolitano2013x02153©anapolitano2013x02154©anapolitano2013x02159©anapolitano2013x02156©anapolitano2013Marcel Hirscher of Austria, 2nd place.  Ted Ligety of USA, 1st place.  Manfred Moelgg of Italy, 3rd place.

I love how they announced the start of Ted’s runs with “It’s Ligety time”.  Yes, it was.  It is.  Not since Jean-Claude Killy in 1968 – 45 years ago – has there been a triple world champion — incredible.  Congratulations, Ted!

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FIS Alpine Ski World Championships, Schladming 2013: Women’s Giant Slalom, Worley is #1

02141©anapolitano2013Tessa Worley, France – 2013 Giant Slalom World Champion

02142©anapolitano2013Tina Maze, Slovenia – 2nd place

02149©anapolitano2013Tina Maze, Tessa Worley and Anna Fenninger, Austria – 3rd place.

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02144©anapolitano2013x02148©anapolitano2013x02145©anapolitano2013Mikaela Shiffrin had her best GS finish ever in 6th place!

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Happy Valentine’s Day

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Vintage Graphics: Schladming WM 1982

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hopsi_1982Found these vintage stickers today in a little souvenir shop – fantastic graphics from the 1982 World Championships in Schladming/Haus.  Love that Hopsi!

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FIS Alpine Ski World Championships, Schladming 2013: Men’s Super Combined, Ligety Wins Again!

02112©anapolitano2013Ted Ligety, USA – 2013 Super Combined World Champion

02111©anapolitano2013x02113©anapolitano2013Ivica Kostelic of Croatia, 2nd place.  Ted Ligety of USA, 1st place.  Romed Baumann of Austria, 3rd place.

02114©anapolitano2013Ligety wins!  A slalom run of a lifetime, I’d say – coming from .72 back to win by 1.15 seconds.  This makes Ted a double World Champ – winning gold in both events he has raced so far!

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FIS Alpine Ski World Championships, Schladming 2013: Women’s Downhill, Rolland Brings France Gold

02105©anapolitano2013Marion Rolland, France – 2013 Downhill World Champion

02102©anapolitano2013Sisters Elena Fanchini (left) and Nadia Fanchini (right), Italy – 2nd place

02106©anapolitano2013Maria Hoefl-Riesch, Germany – 3rd place

021011©anapolitano2013x021010©anapolitano2013Nadia Fanchini of Italy, 2nd place.  Marion Rollard of France, 1st place.  Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, 3rd place.

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x02109©anapolitano2013Maria & Hopsi

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FIS Alpine Ski World Championships, Schladming 2013: Men’s Downhill, Svindal Dominates

02098©anapolitano2013Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway – 2013 Downhill World Champion

02092©anapolitano2013x020918©anapolitano2013x02095©anapolitano2013Dominik Paris, Italy – 2nd place

02096©anapolitano2013David Poisson, France – 3rd place

020917©anapolitano2013x020910©anapolitano2013Dominik Paris of Italy, 2nd place.  Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, 1st place.  David Poisson of France, 3rd place.

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