April 2, 2012
Julia Mancuso

Julia Mancuso     Photo: Christian Jansky/Wikimedia

Mancuso Takes GS Title at U.S. Nationals

After winning slalom, Shiffrin third

Julia Mancuso won in giant slalom on Saturday at Winter Park, Colorado, taking her second U.S. championship in two days and her fifteenth career national title. Mancuso was nearly half a second faster than Mikaela Shiffrin, who claimed her own U.S. title in slalom on Wednesday. Mancuso finished the World Cup season ranked fourth in overall standings and second in giant slalom behind Lindsey Vonn. Vonn missed a gate on Saturday and later revealed that she has been struggling with knee pain. She will have an MRI this week.

Read more at Ski Racing


Georgie Hincapie

Georgie Hincapie in 2009     Photo: Chuck Abbe/Flickr

Crashes, Records at Tour of Flanders

Boonen's 3rd win is a tie for most ever

The 2012 Tour of Flanders saw Belgian rider Tom Boonen take his third-career win as pre-race favorite Fabian Cancellara fractured his collarbone in four places in a crash. Cancellara, the reigning Olympic time trial champion, hit a water bottle and underwent surgery Monday. GreenEdge rider Sebastian Langeveld is also scheduled for surgery today after a high-speed collision with a spectator. The spectator did not appear to be injured. American George Hincapie also established a new record for most Tour of Flanders finishes when he crossed the race's finish line for the 17th time.

Read more at The Telegraph


González Videla Station in Antarctica

Iceberg near Chile's Gonz├ílez Videla Station in Antarctica     Photo: Liam Q/flickr

Rogue Sailor Andhoy Arrested in Chile

Ship returning from illegal polar expedition

On Saturday, self-proclaimed "viking" sailor Jarle Andhoy and his crew on the yacht Nilaya were detained by Chilean authorities as he returned from an illegal voyage to the Antarctic. All crew members were reportedly alive and well after they were taken into custody for giving a false name for the yacht over the radio. Crew members on the Nilaya had not been heard from since mid-March, when the yacht's boom had snapped and the ship was reportedly running out of supplies. Andhoy failed to obtain permits before embarking on an expedition to Antarctica in January, where he hoped to find the remains of his yacht Berserk, which sank on another illegal voyage the previous year.

Read more at Radio New Zealand