U.S. skiers set gold standard at worlds

Posted: February 18, 2013

JULIA MANCUSO got the ball rolling with a bronze medal in Schladming, Austria, on the same day Lindsey Vonn had a season-ending crash.

Ted Ligety followed with three golds to earn the title from local media of "Der Koenig von Schladming" - "The King of Schladming."

And Mikaela Shiffrin, 17, capped a historic world championships for the U.S. Ski Team by fighting off a serious case of nerves to win the slalom title.

In the end, the U.S. team had the most golds at worlds - the first non-European nation to achieve the feat.

"It's been incredible - hot and cold," U.S. Alpine director Patrick Riml said Sunday. "The rest of our team is stepping up so big."

While Austria led in total medals with eight, the U.S. topped the International Ski Federation's table with four golds. Austria and France were next with two golds each.

"It's nice being in Austria and beating up on the Austrians on their home turf," said Ligety, who won in super-G, super-combined and giant slalom.

Overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher won the men's slalom title on the last day of the skiing world championships for his first individual gold medal at a major event. Ligety failed to finish when he lost his balance and his left boot clicked out of the bindings 15 seconds into his first run.

The United States will host the next skiing world championships in Colorado in 2015.

Tennis * 

Defending champion Victoria Azarenka beat Serena Williams, 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-3, to win the Qatar Open in Doha. Azarenka will give up the No. 1 ranking to Williams on Monday.

Rafael Nadal beat David Nalbandian, 6-2, 6-3, in the final of the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo, his first trophy since a 7-month layoff to treat his left knee.

Philly File * 

The Union beat Toronto FC, 3-0, in its final group match of the preseason Disney Pro Soccer Classic in Orlando, Fla.

Sport Stops * 

Oscar Pistorius' agent says he has been forced to cancel all future races involving Pistorius could concentrate on defending himself against allegations he murdered his girlfriend.

* The Los Angeles Galaxy says Landon Donovan will rejoin the team during the final week of March after a break of almost 4 months. Donovan, 30, had said last fall he was uncertain he wanted to continue playing.

* Dutch speedskater Sven Kramer became the first man to win six all-around world championships in Hamar, Norway, and Ireen Wust won her fourth.

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