Bernard Lagat added a notch to his resume on Friday night when he established a new national record for the 5,000 meters at the prestigious Bislett Games in Oslo, Norway. Lagat finished third in 12 minutes, 54.12 seconds, breaking the mark of 12:56.27 set by Dathan Ritzenhein last season. Ethiopia's Imane Merga won the race in 12:53.81, followed by his countryman, Tariku Bekele, in 12:53.97.
Alpine skiing superstar Bode Miller is swapping the piste for the tennis court as he attempts to qualify for the U.S. Open championship at Flushing Meadow later this year.
American skier Bode Miller failed in his bid for an unprecedented medal haul but the United States will finish the 2010 Winter Olympics on Sunday with a record total after winning gold and silver on Saturday.
Lindsey Vonn's Olympics come to an end. Alex Thomas wraps up Friday's competition.
WHISTLER, British Columbia -- Here was a familiar scene: Bode Miller standing benignly on skis at the side of race course, poles dragging in the snow, a look of vague disappointment on his face. He is wearing a racing helmet and speed suit, but he is as still as the pine trees behind him and the plastic gates that line the mountainside, all dressed up with no place to go.
WHISTLER, British Columbia -- As massive, wet snowflakes fell on the Creekside alpine racing stadium Friday afternoon, Lindsey Vonn worked an adoring crowd. Autographs here, photos there, always a smile. The hood was pulled up on her white, U.S. Ski team jacket and a hat was yanked down to the top of her eyebrows, but there was no mistaking who was beneath the down and wool. You cannot cover up stardom.
WHISTLER, British Columbia -- Running downhill through the Olympic Alpine Games, with two events left to ski (women's slalom Friday and men's slalom Saturday):
Bode Miller wins his first Olympic gold medal. CNN's Alex Thomas wraps up Sunday's competition.
Bode Miller fulfilled his Olympic dream at last with a gold medal in the men's super-combined at Whistler Creekside on Sunday.
Winning gold could mean even more money for the Winter Olympics' superstar athletes. Of the top earners, experts say Lindsey Vonn, Shaun White and Bode Miller stand to gain the most.
The alpine skier took the gold in Sunday's Super Combined in Vancouver
WHISTLER, British Columbia -- Bode Miller woke up on Sunday morning feeling "pretty whipped," as he put it. His crash a few days earlier, during a downhill training run for the men's super combined, had left him not so much sore as out of alignment. "I flew 35 feet through the air and landed on my hip," he said. "I'm fine, but it kind of feels like I'm crooked."
Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway claimed his first Olympic gold medal with victory in the men's super-G at Whistler Creekside on Friday.
Bode Miller and Seth Wescott collect medals for the U.S. CNN's Alex Thomas reports.
WHISTLER, British Columbia -- Bode Miller's record-breaking bronze medal in Wednesday's Olympic downhill was even more impressive than it initially appeared. Hours after the race, Miller's uncle, Mike Kenney, who is also a coach with the U.S. Ski Team, told SI.com that Miller had undergone arthroscopic knee surgery shortly after Christmas, barely seven weeks before Monday's race. Miller's agent, Lowell Taub, confirmed the surgery in an email exchange on Tuesday.
Didier Defago ended Switzerland's gold-medal drought in the Winter Olympics downhill skiing event as American star Bode Miller was edged into the bronze position at Whistler in Canada on Monday.
Skier Lindsey Vonn is using an Austrian cheese to help heal the shin injury she suffered while at the Winter Games.
Neda Agha-Soltan: The night before she was killed on the streets of Tehran, the woman the world would come to know simply as Neda had a dream. "There was a war going on," she told her mother, Hajar Rostami, the next morning, "and I was in the front."
SI.com's writers will preview each event from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Here's Tim Layden's look ahead to Alpine skiing.
The machinery is fully cranked. Cameras are aimed, stories are in process (including one in Sports Illustrated), video packages have been assembled. In just over two months, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games will unfold in Vancouver and one U.S. skier will play the role of Michael Phelps, the athlete who can win multiple gold medals over the course of the Games, while delivering eyeballs to televisions and page views to Web sites. One athlete will be charged with monetizing the Olympic entertainment enterprise.
From the very first words out of Bode Miller's mouth, it was apparent that this day would be different. "First of all, thank you guys for coming here,'' Miller said, opening his portion of a press conference in Los Angeles, at which he announced that he would be rejoining the U.S. Ski Team, and attempt to qualify for his fourth Olympic Games five months from now in Vancouver.
Bode Miller has brought his season to a premature close and hinted that he may retire from competitive skiing.
Italy's Cristof Innerhofer mastered the treacherous conditions on the Stelvio course at Bormio to win the prestigious World Cup downhill event on Sunday.
Austrian Michael Walchhofer has won the men's World Cup downhill at Val Gardena, Italy for the second year in succession from a back-to-form Bode Miller -- on a course shortened due to strong winds.
March gets noisy around now, here in the States. Tickets to the Big Dance are punched daily, brackets are busted, NFL free agents are signing, and veterans are being released or given new life. (Good luck David Carr, and if Eli Manning goes down, I don't want to be you even for one minute). In Florida and Arizona, the regulars are playing deeper into every exhibition game as Opening Day draws near.
The final women's World Cup downhill of the season was canceled on Wednesday, hurting the hopes of American Lindsey Vonn in the race for the overall title.
Italy's Werner Heel upstaged American ace Bode Miller to win the World Cup downhill on the Olympic course at Kvitfjell on Friday.
Bode Miller clinched his third World Cup super-combined title on Sunday when after rival Jean-Baptiste Grange failed to finish his run in the second leg.
A men's World Cup downhill scheduled for Val D'Isere on Saturday was canceled because of heavy snowfall.
Didier Cuche climbed to the top of the men's World Cup overall standings after winning the downhill at Kitzbuehel for the second time on Saturday.
Bode Miller proved the master of the Lauberhorn for the second successive year as he claimed victory in the World Cup downhill race at Wengen on Sunday.
Bode Miller won the grueling Stelvio downhill on Saturday for his first World Cup victory since breaking away from the U.S. skiing team.
Bode Miller said on Friday he expects to compete in the season-opening World Cup race this weekend despite a back injury.
The first news of last weekend was not shocking at all. After a meeting with officials of the U.S. ski team in Park City, Utah, Bode Miller had elected to separate from the team with the intention of competing independently on the World Cup Circuit. Team officials had offered Miller his customary position on the alpine team, befitting for one of the most accomplished racers in the history of the sport.
1. Steffi Graf needed three stitches Sunday after husband Andre Agassi accidentally hit her in the face with his racket at a fundraiser. Agassi's first move was to comfort his wife. His second was to call the housekeeper so she could open up the sofa bed.
During one December stretch, the U.S. Ski Team scored an unprecedented nine (top-three) podium finishes in seven races over a six-day period. It was a stunning display of high-level racing by five skiers, and coming one year after a disappointing performance at the Turin Olympic Games, lent some credibility to the team's marketing slogan (or "goal," depending on who you ask): Best In the World.
Aksel Lund Svindal won the final men's super-G of the World Cup season on Thursday as Bode Miller clinched the title in the speed event.
Bode Miller will not take part in the team event at the Alpine ski world championships on Sunday, his team said on Saturday.
Jens Byggmark outshone the favorites to win a slalom in Kitzbuehel on Saturday, for his first World Cup victory.
American Bode Miller claimed his fourth World Cup win of the season on Saturday with a storming performance in the classic Lauberhorn downhill.
American Bode Miller has an opportunity to win his first World Cup European downhills this week in the final races of the year in Bormio on Thursday and Friday.
Massimiliano Blardone of Italy benefitted from a major error by American Bode Miller to win the first men's World Cup giant slalom of the season on Saturday.
Bode Miller narrowly avoided a high-speed collision with a course worker before clinching his first World Cup downhill victory for two years on Friday.
A revived Bode Miller led a United States one-two and Austrian legend Hermann Maier saw the overall Super-G title slip from his grasp at the World Cup finals in Are, Sweden on Thursday.
Many U.S. athletes have not only been frustrated in their quest for Olympic gold, they could find themselves out of the running for advertisers' gold as well.
Michelle Kwan is gone. Bode Miller failed to win even a bronze in his first event. What's a U.S. advertiser at the Winter Olympics to do?
The Olympic favorites have been dropping -- or in some cases not dropping fast enough -- in Torino as a series of stunning upsets and miscalculations left many highly-fancied athletes grasping at what might have been.
Frenchman Antoine Deneriaz took the gold in the men's downhill at the Winter Olympics on Sunday with a heroic challenge down the Kandahar Banchetta slope.
Chad Hedrick of the US won the men's 5,000 meters speed skating gold medal Saturday, a perfect start to his bid to win five gold medals and equal Eric Heiden's 1980 Olympic triumph.
Austrian Klaus Kroell won himself a place in Sunday's Olympic downhill with the best time in Friday's second training run.
Normally an advertiser is thrilled if one of its contracted athletes is dominating pre-Olympic news coverage.
Daron Rahlves underlined his Olympic ambitions with a superb victory in the classic Lauberhorn race, his third win out of six World Cup downhills this season.
Overall World Cup champion Bode Miller has threatened to quit the tour after being fined by the International Ski Federation (FIS) in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia on Thursday.
Austrian Johann Grugger won the men's World Cup super-G on Friday to confirm his arrival as one of the men to watch this season.
Overall World Cup champion Bode Miller claimed his first win of the season and turned the tables on U.S. team mate Daron Rahlves in a giant slalom at Beaver Creek, Colorado, on Saturday.
Local favorite Daron Rahlves pipped fellow American and overall World Cup champion Bode Miller to victory in the men's downhill on Friday.
Aksel Lund Svindal completed a great weekend for Norway when he took advantage of mistakes by some of the big names and hurtled to a maiden World Cup victory in the season's opening men's super-G in Lake Louise..
Olympic champion Fritz Strobl won the season-opening downhill at Lake Louise as pre-race favorites Hermann Maier and Bode Miller finished out of the podium placings on Saturday.
Overall World Cup champion Bode Miller claimed he was being targeted by dope testers in an outspoken press conference on the eve of the first downhill of the season at Lake Louise on Saturday.
Bode Miller finally confirmed his status as the world's best all-round skier by wrapping up the World Cup overall title with just one race to spare.
Bode Miller moved to within a whisker of the men's overall World Cup title after winning the super-G globe at the season-ending finals.
Snow and fog forced a 24-hour postponement of the women's downhill race at the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide.
Hermann Maier won a World Cup downhill race for the first time in more than a year in Kvitfjell while team mate Michael Walchhofer crashed, losing a chance to clinch the season's trophy.
Michael Walchhofer won his second downhill in two days to lead an Austrian sweep of the medals.
Michael Walchhofer skied a near-flawless run on the difficult Kandahar piste to win Friday's World Cup downhill.
Bode Miller's amazing season continued as he claimed his second gold medal at the skiing world championships and led home an American one-two finish in Saturday's men's downhill.
American Bode Miller has won the super-G world title, eclipsing favorite Hermann Maier and finishing ahead of a trio of Austrians to secure gold.
Austria's Thomas Graggaber is recovering in hospital after suffering fractured ribs and a collapsed lung during a training crash for this weekend's Kitzbuehel downhill event, race organizers said.
Italian Kurt Sulzenbacher set the fastest time of the day in training for the weekend's World Cup downhill on the classic Hahnenkamm course.
Michael Walchhofer led Austria to a one-two finish in a World Cup downhill on the famed Lauberhorn, in Wengen, the longest course on the circuit.
Massimiliano Blardone of Italy claimed his first World Cup win as he edged out favorite Bode Miller of the United States in a drama-packed giant slalom on Tuesday.
Italian Giorgio Rocca was guided by advice from compatriot and ski legend Alberto Tomba as he won the World Cup slalom in Chamonix.
France's Antoine Deneriaz solidified his position as the man to beat in the Val Gardena downhill with another strong performance in training Thursday.
Austria's Hermann Maier, humbled by American Bode Miller in the first two races of the season, clocked the fastest time in practice for Saturday's downhill at Val d'Isere.
American Bode Miller has won the latest men's World Cup downhill to celebrate a phenomenal fourth victory in five races.
Austria's Stephan Goergl celebrated the first World Cup win of his career on Thursday when he took the second men's super-g race of the season at Beaver Creek.
American Bode Miller held off the legendary Hermann Maier to win his third successive World Cup race and join a select ban of skiing greats.
American Bode Miller stormed to victory in the opening downhill of the new World Cup season in Lake Louise, clocking 1min 42.75sec to finish nearly a second ahead of France's Antoine Deneriaz.
Bode Miller launched his bid to become the first American in 22 years to win the Alpine ski overall World Cup with a convincing victory in Austria on Sunday.
Hermann Maier has won his fourth overall World Cup crown after Saturday's giant slalom was canceled in heavy fog.
Hermann Maier will almost certainly win his fourth overall World Cup crown after Saturday's giant slalom was canceled in heavy fog.
Bode Miller's third giant slalom victory of the season sent him racing eight points clear in the overall World Cup standings in Slovenia.
Finland's Kalle Palander seized the lead in the giant slalom World Cup standings as main rival Bode Miller failed to finish in a race complicated by heavy rain.
Benjamin Raich regained top spot in the World Cup standings after winning a dramatic floodlit slalom on Tuesday.
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