More skiing world championships

Women’s combined: Janica Kostelic wins combined gold in duel with Austria’s Nicole Hosp

Janica Kostelic, the overall World Cup leader, had the fastest second run by 0.11 seconds, and needed it to hold off Austrian teenager Nicole Hosp, who also won her first World Championship medal. she finished 0.06 seconds back. Hosp, 19, had been leading after the first run of slalom. The bronze medal went to Marlies Oester of Switzerland, 2.20 seconds out, giving the home team three medals in the last three events.

More Ski Racing

I don’t know if it’s gotten any coverage on Sportscenter, but the Alpine Skiing World Championships were on NBC this weekend, and will be on NBC again next weekend, from 4-6 PM on Saturday and 1-3 PM on Sunday. New Hampshire’s Bode Miller won the combined on Thursday, beating out Norweigans Lasse Kjus and Kjetil Andre Aamodt. In the downhill, Austrian Michael Walchhofer won, followed by Aamodt and Switzerland’s Bruno Kernen. In the women’s downhill, Canadian Melanie Turgeon beat Austrian Alexandra Meissnitze and Swede Corinne Rey Bellet, who tied for second.

While Chistopher Clarey’s coverage for the NY Times is fairly decent, the US Ski Team and Ski Racing both have coverage on the web. It’s somewhat deeper than the AP stories that ESPN is running, and much quicker to find. (A ski racing news RSS feed would be great!)

Go to Europe

Today marked the beginning of the 2003 FIS Alpine World Championships in St. Moritz. (Today, in the Men’s Super G, Austrian Stephan Eberharter edged out Hermann Maier and American Bode Miller, who tied for second. Even though there will be two weeks of races, television coverage here in the US will be minimal at best. ESPN plans to show an hour of taped coverage of the men’s downhill on Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 4 at 3 pm), and NBC will show two hours on Saturday (at 1 pm) and another two on Sunday (at 4 pm.) That’s all, and even less than in 2001, when ESPN showed an hour a day late at night.

If want to see coverage, the US is not the place to be. Hopefully, I can find some decent coverage on the web…