Olympics: Ski Jumping

Women's ski jumping is expected to receive the blessing of the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday morning in London. Stephen Wilson of The Associated Press reported that unnamed IOC executive board members said the decision is all but certain and the women will be flying in Sochi.

The discipline (and its cousin, Nordic Combined) is the lone male-only bastion on the Olympic skiing program, and the exclusion of a women's event reflects a retro bias that has become impossible to justify.

Detractors have argued there isn't enough depth among the women on the elite level and cited the fact that the first women's world championships (won by Lindsey Van of the U.S.) were held in 2009. It's funny how much this rationale seems to crop up in discussion of women's sports, but is absent when the IOC adds an event like ski cross -- with all due respect -- not because it has centuries of tradition and a fabulously deep field, but because it's TV-friendly and skews young. (Ski cross was first contested at the freestyle world championships in 2005 and voted onto the Olympic schedule in 2006.)

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Bode Miller in sixth at super-combined

January, 14, 2011

WENGEN, Switzerland -- Ivica Kostelic won a World Cup super-combined event Friday to extend his lead in the overall standings with a third victory in 12 days. Bode Miller was the top American in sixth place.

Kostelic dominated the afternoon slalom run, after placing sixth in the downhill, for a combined two-leg time of 2 minutes 40.44 seconds. Carlo Janka of Switzerland was second, 0.58 seconds back. Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway was third.

American Ted Ligety used the second-best slalom run to place ninth.

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Ligety sixth; Vonn solid in training run

January, 6, 2011

A recap of Thursday's World Cup action:

Men's slalom: Ligety finishes sixth

ZAGREB, Croatia -- Andre Myhrer of Sweden won a World Cup night slalom race on Thursday for his second career title, four years after capturing his first.

The Olympic bronze medalist, who was fourth after the opening run, finished on the icy Crveni Spust course in a combined time of 1 minute, 52.74 seconds. Ivica Kostelic of Croatia was 0.10 seconds behind to finish second in his home race for the third time in four years.

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