<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/olympics Sat, 18 Apr 2015 05:41:07 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Ex-Olympic swimmer Van Dyken-Rouen thrilled to help others]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/ex-olympic-swimmer-van-dyken-rouen-thrilled-to-help-others/article/1549826?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-olympic-swimmer-van-dyken-rouen-thrilled-to-help-others/article/1549826?custom_click=rss

 

PHOENIX — There were days, particularly right after her accident, when Amy Van Dyken-Rouen just curled up in a ball and cried.

Even now, 10 months since she severed her spine in an ATV crash, Van Dyken-Rouen has those moments when reality becomes a little too much to bear.

But no matter how down she might get, how hard her rehabilitation becomes, Van Dyken-Rouen keeps pushing forward with the tenacity that helped her win six Olympic gold medals in swimming.

"It's not an easy transition, but the thing I look at is I'm alive," she said. "There was a great possibility when I first got injured that I wasn't going to live to see this day. Take a moment, cry it out, then move on. That's how I can



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PHOENIX — There were days, particularly right after her accident, when Amy Van Dyken-Rouen just curled up in a ball and cried.

Even now, 10 months since she severed her spine in an ATV crash, Van Dyken-Rouen has those moments when reality becomes a little too much to bear.

But no matter how down she might get, how hard her rehabilitation becomes, Van Dyken-Rouen keeps pushing forward with the tenacity that helped her win six Olympic gold medals in swimming.

"It's not an easy transition, but the thing I look at is I'm alive," she said. "There was a great possibility when I first got injured that I wasn't going to live to see this day. Take a moment, cry it out, then move on. That's how I can

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:21:58 -0600
<![CDATA[USA Basketball national offices may remain in Colorado Springs]]> Joe Paisley http://gazette.com/usa-basketball-national-offices-may-remain-in-colorado-springs/article/1549616?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usa-basketball-national-offices-may-remain-in-colorado-springs/article/1549616?custom_click=rss

USA Basketball’s future in Colorado Springs may be determined this summer after plans to move to the Phoenix area fell through again.

A decision to revive a deal with Arizona State University, renew a nationwide search or remain in the Pikes Peak region is likely to be made during the next board of directors meeting in June or July, said USA Basketball executive director and chief executive officer Jim Tooley.

“No decisions have been made as an organization to start over or not,” he said. “We are basically in a holding pattern.”

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told azcentral.com on Saturday that the organization will likely remain in Colorado Springs, its home since 1993.



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USA Basketball’s future in Colorado Springs may be determined this summer after plans to move to the Phoenix area fell through again.

A decision to revive a deal with Arizona State University, renew a nationwide search or remain in the Pikes Peak region is likely to be made during the next board of directors meeting in June or July, said USA Basketball executive director and chief executive officer Jim Tooley.

“No decisions have been made as an organization to start over or not,” he said. “We are basically in a holding pattern.”

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told azcentral.com on Saturday that the organization will likely remain in Colorado Springs, its home since 1993.

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Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:20:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Bidding race for 2024 Olympics starting to get crowded]]> http://gazette.com/bidding-race-for-2024-olympics-starting-to-get-crowded/article/feed/222870?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bidding-race-for-2024-olympics-starting-to-get-crowded/article/feed/222870?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — Even though the race hasn't officially started, the field for the 2024 Olympics is getting more crowded by the day.

A proposed Paris candidacy was approved by the city council on Monday, a major step toward finalizing a bid to bring the Summer Games back to the French capital for the first time in a century.

Paris, expected to get the final go-head in June, would join a race that already includes declared candidates Rome, Boston and Hamburg, Germany.

Bids from a handful of other cities could also come forward before the Sept. 15 deadline set by the International Olympic Committee.

That will sound the starting gun on a two-year global campaign that will climax with the IOC vote in Lima, Peru, in 201

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]]> LONDON (AP) — Even though the race hasn't officially started, the field for the 2024 Olympics is getting more crowded by the day.

A proposed Paris candidacy was approved by the city council on Monday, a major step toward finalizing a bid to bring the Summer Games back to the French capital for the first time in a century.

Paris, expected to get the final go-head in June, would join a race that already includes declared candidates Rome, Boston and Hamburg, Germany.

Bids from a handful of other cities could also come forward before the Sept. 15 deadline set by the International Olympic Committee.

That will sound the starting gun on a two-year global campaign that will climax with the IOC vote in Lima, Peru, in 201]]> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 14:34:14 -0600 <![CDATA[U.S. loses tight Freestyle World Cup wrestling final to Iran]]> News services - http://gazette.com/u.s.-loses-tight-freestyle-world-cup-wrestling-final-to-iran/article/1549584?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/u.s.-loses-tight-freestyle-world-cup-wrestling-final-to-iran/article/1549584?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES - Anywhere Iran wrestles, the horns, the chants and the singing follows. Whether it be at World Championships in Turkey or World Cups in Los Angeles, Iran is regarded as having some of the most engaged wrestling fans in the world.

On Sunday at the Forum in Los Angeles, the pattern would hold as hundreds of Iranian wrestling fans waved flags, blew horns and sang as Iran would defeat the United States 5-3 to win the championship at the United World Wrestling Freestyle World Cup.

"We see more Iranians here in Los Angeles than any other City," Iranian 61kg wrestler Behnam Ehsanpoor said. "The crowd helped me 100 percent. It's like wrestling in Tehran.

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On Sunday at the Forum in Los Angeles, the pattern would hold as hundreds of Iranian wrestling fans waved flags, blew horns and sang as Iran would defeat the United States 5-3 to win the championship at the United World Wrestling Freestyle World Cup.

"We see more Iranians here in Los Angeles than any other City," Iranian 61kg wrestler Behnam Ehsanpoor said. "The crowd helped me 100 percent. It's like wrestling in Tehran.]]> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 04:11:48 -0600 <![CDATA[USOC names March athlete honorees]]> Joe Paisley http://gazette.com/usoc-names-march-athlete-honorees/article/1549471?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usoc-names-march-athlete-honorees/article/1549471?custom_click=rss

Notable performances during the month of March earned Paralympic Nordic skier Oksana Masters (Louisville, Ky.), shooter Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Ga.) and the ice dancing pair of Madison Chock (Novi, Mich.) and Evan Bates (Ann Arbor, Mich.) Best of March honors for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, the United States Olympic Committee announced today.
 
Masters claimed her final two gold medals of the 2014-15 season at the IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup final, held March 16-22 in Surnadal, Norway. She finished 52.8 seconds ahead of the field to win the 12-kilometer sitting cross-country race. Four days later, she clinched the overall women’s Nordic world cup title with a win in the middle distance event.



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Notable performances during the month of March earned Paralympic Nordic skier Oksana Masters (Louisville, Ky.), shooter Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Ga.) and the ice dancing pair of Madison Chock (Novi, Mich.) and Evan Bates (Ann Arbor, Mich.) Best of March honors for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, the United States Olympic Committee announced today.
 
Masters claimed her final two gold medals of the 2014-15 season at the IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup final, held March 16-22 in Surnadal, Norway. She finished 52.8 seconds ahead of the field to win the 12-kilometer sitting cross-country race. Four days later, she clinched the overall women’s Nordic world cup title with a win in the middle distance event.

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Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:26:24 -0600
<![CDATA[United States defends women's world hockey title]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/united-states-defends-womens-world-hockey-title/article/1549110?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/united-states-defends-womens-world-hockey-title/article/1549110?custom_click=rss

MALMO, Sweden — The United States defended its women's world hockey championship with a 7-5 victory over Canada on Saturday.

Brianna Decker and Kendall Coyne scored for the U.S. in the third after the Americans blew a 5-2 lead. Anne Pankowski, Hilary Knight, Megan Keller, Anne Schleper and Haley Skarupa also scored.

"We were tested and we knew how to respond," Decker said.

U.S. veteran Jessie Vetter made nine saves and was relieved by Alex Rigsby after Canada's fourth goal. Rigsby stopped 13 shots.

The U.S. has won five of the last six world titles.

"It was definitely a back-and-forth game," said Knight who was named the tournament's most valuable player.

"I'm sure the fans loved



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MALMO, Sweden — The United States defended its women's world hockey championship with a 7-5 victory over Canada on Saturday.

Brianna Decker and Kendall Coyne scored for the U.S. in the third after the Americans blew a 5-2 lead. Anne Pankowski, Hilary Knight, Megan Keller, Anne Schleper and Haley Skarupa also scored.

"We were tested and we knew how to respond," Decker said.

U.S. veteran Jessie Vetter made nine saves and was relieved by Alex Rigsby after Canada's fourth goal. Rigsby stopped 13 shots.

The U.S. has won five of the last six world titles.

"It was definitely a back-and-forth game," said Knight who was named the tournament's most valuable player.

"I'm sure the fans loved

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Sat, 04 Apr 2015 16:08:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Life changed for better after Paralympic snowboarder Mike Shea lost his lower left leg]]> By joe paisley joe.paisley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/life-changed-for-better-after-paralympic-snowboarder-mike-shea-lost-his-lower-left-leg/article/1549026?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/life-changed-for-better-after-paralympic-snowboarder-mike-shea-lost-his-lower-left-leg/article/1549026?custom_click=rss

Having his left leg torn off below the knee changed Mike Shea's life.

But not in the way you might expect for the Paralympian snowboarder.

The 2002 wakeboarding accident was the wake-up call the now-Glenwood Springs resident needed to begin battling his addiction to alcohol and painkillers.

It paid off with his first world championships title in late February after a breakout 2013-14 season.

"It was a long journey from there to here," he said.

Shea, 32, will compete in snowboard-cross at the season-ending U.S. Paralympics Snowboard National Championships in Aspen on Friday.

He and other top athletes will battle some of the best newcomers in an event geared toward recognizing athletes with potential.



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Having his left leg torn off below the knee changed Mike Shea's life.

But not in the way you might expect for the Paralympian snowboarder.

The 2002 wakeboarding accident was the wake-up call the now-Glenwood Springs resident needed to begin battling his addiction to alcohol and painkillers.

It paid off with his first world championships title in late February after a breakout 2013-14 season.

"It was a long journey from there to here," he said.

Shea, 32, will compete in snowboard-cross at the season-ending U.S. Paralympics Snowboard National Championships in Aspen on Friday.

He and other top athletes will battle some of the best newcomers in an event geared toward recognizing athletes with potential.

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Sat, 04 Apr 2015 09:49:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Love of speed skating unites two locals despite different aspirations]]> By Joe Paisley joe.paisley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/love-of-speed-skating-unites-two-locals-despite-different-aspirations/article/1549093?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/love-of-speed-skating-unites-two-locals-despite-different-aspirations/article/1549093?custom_click=rss Depending on your age, the Colorado Speedskating Championships this Saturday may mean something markedly different.

Yet for both Justin Meek, 32, and French Elementary School second-grader Aiden Meacham, their love for their new sport is much the same.

For Meek, the one-day meet at The Broadmoor World Arena Ice Hall is a chance to show how far he has progressed in less than a year. For Meacham, who will turn 8 next week and began the sport at age 5, the short-track meet could be a stepping stone toward becoming an Olympian.

Both have a chance to do well in the event, which will draw 17 competitors from Colorado, Cheyenne, Wyo. and Wichita, Kan.



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Depending on your age, the Colorado Speedskating Championships this Saturday may mean something markedly different.

Yet for both Justin Meek, 32, and French Elementary School second-grader Aiden Meacham, their love for their new sport is much the same.

For Meek, the one-day meet at The Broadmoor World Arena Ice Hall is a chance to show how far he has progressed in less than a year. For Meacham, who will turn 8 next week and began the sport at age 5, the short-track meet could be a stepping stone toward becoming an Olympian.

Both have a chance to do well in the event, which will draw 17 competitors from Colorado, Cheyenne, Wyo. and Wichita, Kan.

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Sat, 04 Apr 2015 09:48:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Area curling team moves into semifinal contention]]> Joe Paisley http://gazette.com/area-curling-team-moves-into-semifinal-contention/article/1548978?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/area-curling-team-moves-into-semifinal-contention/article/1548978?custom_click=rss After a 1-3 start, Colorado Springs’ Darrick Kizlyk rink has won four games in a row to improve to 5-2 and move into third place with two matches left in pool play today in the 2015 USA Curling Mixed National Championship at the Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine, Minn.

Kizlyk and teammates Cynthia Smith (Denver), Justin Boshoven (Castle Rock), and Gazette presentation editor Dena Rosenberry (Manitou Springs) handed Alaska a 5-2 loss that put Alaska in a three-way tie for fourth place with Minnesota and Illinois.

Brady Clark and his Washington rink punched the first ticket to Friday's semifinals. His team of Cristin Clark (Lynnwood, Wash.), Sean Beighton (Seattle), and Jillian Walker (Seattle) defeated



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After a 1-3 start, Colorado Springs’ Darrick Kizlyk rink has won four games in a row to improve to 5-2 and move into third place with two matches left in pool play today in the 2015 USA Curling Mixed National Championship at the Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine, Minn.

Kizlyk and teammates Cynthia Smith (Denver), Justin Boshoven (Castle Rock), and Gazette presentation editor Dena Rosenberry (Manitou Springs) handed Alaska a 5-2 loss that put Alaska in a three-way tie for fourth place with Minnesota and Illinois.

Brady Clark and his Washington rink punched the first ticket to Friday's semifinals. His team of Cristin Clark (Lynnwood, Wash.), Sean Beighton (Seattle), and Jillian Walker (Seattle) defeated

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Thu, 02 Apr 2015 10:20:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Is five-time Olympic swimmer Dara Torres coming out of retirement at age 47?]]> By Marissa Payne, The Washington Post http://gazette.com/is-five-time-olympic-swimmer-dara-torres-coming-out-of-retirement-at-age-47/article/1548912?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/is-five-time-olympic-swimmer-dara-torres-coming-out-of-retirement-at-age-47/article/1548912?custom_click=rss

Five-time Olympian Dara Torres, 47, announced on Wednesday that she would be coming out of retirement to make a go at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. The problem is, the pair of tweets came on April Fool’s Day, the most excruciatingly frustrating day of the year to believe anything.

The Washington Post has reached out to Torres’s agent, USA Swimming and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to confirm whether the announcement is true. This article will update either way when more information becomes available.

Meanwhile, Torres has not addressed the date in her subsequent tweets, but has retweeted others who have reached out to congratulate her on her presumed comeback.



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Five-time Olympian Dara Torres, 47, announced on Wednesday that she would be coming out of retirement to make a go at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. The problem is, the pair of tweets came on April Fool’s Day, the most excruciatingly frustrating day of the year to believe anything.

The Washington Post has reached out to Torres’s agent, USA Swimming and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to confirm whether the announcement is true. This article will update either way when more information becomes available.

Meanwhile, Torres has not addressed the date in her subsequent tweets, but has retweeted others who have reached out to congratulate her on her presumed comeback.

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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:24:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Area curlers knock off defending national champs]]> Joe Paisley http://gazette.com/area-curlers-knock-off-defending-national-champs/article/1548863?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/area-curlers-knock-off-defending-national-champs/article/1548863?custom_click=rss The Colorado team moved up the leaderboard at the 2015 USA Curling Mixed National Championship when Colorado Springs’ Darrick Kizlyk rink evened its record at 2-2 by stealing the 10th end to knock off the defending champions from Illinois, led by Greg Wilson.  

Kizlyk (Colorado Springs) and teammates Cynthia Smith (Denver), Justin Boshoven (Castle Rock), and Gazette presentation editor Dena Rosenberry (Manitou Springs) never led before the last-second move for the win. The win moved them into fifth place.

Also, Washington's Brady Clark moved his team into the lead --  a familiar position for the nine-time champion from Seattle's Granite Curling Club.

Clark and teammates Cristin Clark (Lynnwood, Wash.



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The Colorado team moved up the leaderboard at the 2015 USA Curling Mixed National Championship when Colorado Springs’ Darrick Kizlyk rink evened its record at 2-2 by stealing the 10th end to knock off the defending champions from Illinois, led by Greg Wilson.  

Kizlyk (Colorado Springs) and teammates Cynthia Smith (Denver), Justin Boshoven (Castle Rock), and Gazette presentation editor Dena Rosenberry (Manitou Springs) never led before the last-second move for the win. The win moved them into fifth place.

Also, Washington's Brady Clark moved his team into the lead --  a familiar position for the nine-time champion from Seattle's Granite Curling Club.

Clark and teammates Cristin Clark (Lynnwood, Wash.

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:40:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Jorgensen wins 10th triathlon series stop]]> News services http://gazette.com/jorgensen-wins-10th-triathlon-series-stop/article/1548846?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jorgensen-wins-10th-triathlon-series-stop/article/1548846?custom_click=rss

2014 ITU World Champion Gwen Jorgensen ran to her 10th career ITU World Triathlon Series win on Sunday at ITU World Triathlon Auckland, while fellow USA national team member Katie Zaferes earned her second-straight silver medal of the season.

Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) clocked in at 2 hours, 9 minutes, 4 seconds on the 1,500-meter swim, 43.2-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run course to break the tape. It was the seventh consecutive WTS win for the 2012 U.S. Olympian, who posted a 34:10 run split over 10k – the fastest run of the day by nearly 50 seconds. Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.) finished second in 2:10:42, mirroring the podium from three weeks ago at ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi when Jorgensen and Zaferes also finished 1-2.



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2014 ITU World Champion Gwen Jorgensen ran to her 10th career ITU World Triathlon Series win on Sunday at ITU World Triathlon Auckland, while fellow USA national team member Katie Zaferes earned her second-straight silver medal of the season.

Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) clocked in at 2 hours, 9 minutes, 4 seconds on the 1,500-meter swim, 43.2-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run course to break the tape. It was the seventh consecutive WTS win for the 2012 U.S. Olympian, who posted a 34:10 run split over 10k – the fastest run of the day by nearly 50 seconds. Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.) finished second in 2:10:42, mirroring the podium from three weeks ago at ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi when Jorgensen and Zaferes also finished 1-2.

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:19:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Korean citizenship gives former Colorado College Tiger Mike Testwuide Olympic opportunity]]> By JOE PAISLEY joe.paisley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/korean-citizenship-gives-former-colorado-college-tiger-mike-testwuide-olympic-opportunity/article/1548760?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/korean-citizenship-gives-former-colorado-college-tiger-mike-testwuide-olympic-opportunity/article/1548760?custom_click=rss

Former Colorado College center Mike Testwuide couldn't turn down a chance to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

A few weeks ago, new South Korean men's ice hockey national team coach Jim Paek approached the former Pikes Peak Miner to see if he would apply for dual citizenship. That would allow him to play for his adopted country, which automatically qualifies as the host in PyeongChang.

He became a South Korean citizen March 23.

"The possibility had been mentioned a few times throughout the past two years but mostly just rumors," said the forward, who plays professionally for Anyang Halla (Seoul suburb) of the Asian League. "The process has been very fast; it has taken about a month.



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Former Colorado College center Mike Testwuide couldn't turn down a chance to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

A few weeks ago, new South Korean men's ice hockey national team coach Jim Paek approached the former Pikes Peak Miner to see if he would apply for dual citizenship. That would allow him to play for his adopted country, which automatically qualifies as the host in PyeongChang.

He became a South Korean citizen March 23.

"The possibility had been mentioned a few times throughout the past two years but mostly just rumors," said the forward, who plays professionally for Anyang Halla (Seoul suburb) of the Asian League. "The process has been very fast; it has taken about a month.

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:47:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Shiffrin captures slalom title at US Alpine Championships]]> http://gazette.com/shiffrin-captures-slalom-title-at-us-alpine-championships/article/feed/218253?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/shiffrin-captures-slalom-title-at-us-alpine-championships/article/feed/218253?custom_click=rss

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) — Over the years, Mikaela Shiffrin has been patiently refining her technique, trying to get it just perfect.

Her signature for autographs, that is. Her skiing is pretty letter perfect, too.

Shiffrin added another title to her impressive collection, winning the slalom by a huge margin Saturday at the U.S. Alpine Championships.

The 20-year-old from Eagle-Vail, Colorado, finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 33.02 seconds to beat Paula Moltzan by 4.31 seconds. Megan McJames was third.

Shiffrin opened a 2.62-second advantage after the first run at Sugarloaf resort. She was so relaxed that she signed autographs as she waited for the final run.

Because here, she's treated like

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Her signature for autographs, that is. Her skiing is pretty letter perfect, too.

Shiffrin added another title to her impressive collection, winning the slalom by a huge margin Saturday at the U.S. Alpine Championships.

The 20-year-old from Eagle-Vail, Colorado, finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 33.02 seconds to beat Paula Moltzan by 4.31 seconds. Megan McJames was third.

Shiffrin opened a 2.62-second advantage after the first run at Sugarloaf resort. She was so relaxed that she signed autographs as she waited for the final run.

Because here, she's treated like ]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 15:01:30 -0600