Viletta surprise winner of Olympic alpine combined

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Sandro Viletta of Switzerland rallied from 14th place after the downhill Friday to win the Olympic alpine combined.
Olympic Medal: Men's Alpine Combined

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SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Sandro Viletta of Switzerland won the Olympic gold medal Friday in the men's alpine combined.
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Germany's Neureuther wins men's slalom

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland, March 17 (UPI) -- Germany's Felix Neureuther put together two solid runs Sunday to win the men's slalom at the World Cup Finals in Switzerland.

Ivica Kostelic wins men's slalom

KRANSJKA GORA, Slovenia, March 10 (UPI) -- Croatian veteran Ivica Kostelic won the men's slalom in Slovenia Sunday for his first World Cup won of the season.

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Ted Ligety of U.S. wins super-combined

SCHLADMING, Austria, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Ted Ligety of the United States won his second gold medal at the Alpine World Championships in Austria by winning the men's super-combined Monday.

Hirscher, Duerr win Moscow slaloms

MOSCOW, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Marcel Hirscher of Austria and Germany's Lena Duerr were the winners of Tuesday's Moscow City Event World Cup slalom races in the Russian capital.

Hirscher wins Kitzbuehel men's slalom

KITZBUEHEL, Austria, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- World Cup points leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria won the men's slalom in Kitzbuehel, Austria.

Neureuther rallies for men's slalom win

WENGEN, Switzerland, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Felix Neureuther of Germany was strong in the second run and nabbed the victory in the men's World Cup slalom in Switzerland Sunday.
Lindsey Vonn leads skiing money lists

Lindsey Vonn leads skiing money lists

THUNERSEE, Switzerland, March 19 (UPI) -- American skiing star Lindsey Vonn, who won 12 races and the women's overall World Cup title, topped the FIS cup money list for both men and women in 2012.

Myhrer wins men's slalom; Kostelic 16th

KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia, March 11 (UPI) -- Sweden's Andre Myhrer led wire-to-wire and captured Sunday's men's World Cup slalom in Slovenia by nearly a half second over Cristian Deville of Italy.
Ted Ligety wins men's GS by 1.61 seconds

Ted Ligety wins men's GS by 1.61 seconds

KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia, March 10 (UPI) -- Ted Ligety of the United States won Saturday's World Cup giant slalom in Slovenia by a wide 1.61-second margin over Alexis Pinturault of France.
Cuche takes super-G at Crans-Montana

Cuche takes super-G at Crans-Montana

CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Defending World Cup super-giant slalom champion Didier Cuche picked up his first super-G title of the season Friday in Switzerland.

Austria's Hirscher wins men's slalom

BANSKO, Bulgaria, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Marcel Hirscher of Austria won his second World Cup race in two days Sunday with a convincing victory in the men's slalom at Bansko, Bulgaria.
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Ivica Kostelic
Ivica Kostelic of Croatia pushes out of the start gate of the men's Super-G of Telus presents FIS World Cup Skiing at Whistler, British Columbia, January 21, 2008. Kostelic finished eighth overall. (UPI Photo/Heinz Ruckemann)

Ivica Kostelić (Croatian pronunciation: ; born November 23, 1979 in Zagreb) is a champion alpine ski racer from Croatia. He won the world championship in slalom in 2003 and three Olympic silver medals in slalom (2010) and combined (2006 and 2010), along with 18 World Cup races. He specializes in slalom and combined, but is also one of the few alpine World Cup ski racers able to score points in all disciplines. He is the elder brother of Janica Kostelić, the winner of three overall World Cup titles and four Olympic gold medals before her retirement due to injuries.

After considerable success in junior competitions, Kostelić's World Cup career has alternated between triumph and injury. His main accomplishments include a World Championship gold medal in slalom in 2003, Olympic silver medal in slalom in Vancouver in 2010, and Olympic silver medals in combined in 2006 (traditional combined) and 2010 (super combined), along with 18 World Cup race victories (11 in slalom, 2 in combined, 3 in super combined, one in parallel-slalom, and one in Super G). He won the slalom World Cup title in 2002, and has also clinched the combined World Cup title for 2011. Since 2008, he has finished among the top six in the overall World Cup standings each season (2008: sixth; 2009: fourth; 2010: fifth). He has also scored points in all disciplines each of those seasons, and his best race results (as of February 2011) are a seventh place in downhill, a second place in giant slalom, and victories in all other disciplines.

Kostelić made his first World Cup start in October 1998 in Sölden, Austria, at the age of 18, but failed to qualify for a second run. He did not finish any of his first 11 World Cup races over 3 seasons, until finally scoring World Cup points for the first time in Sestriere, Italy, in December 2000. His first three seasons on the World Cup all ended prematurely due to injuries, failing to make it past December or January each season. His big breakthrough came during the 2002 season, when he shockingly won the slalom at Aspen, Colorado, in November 2001, his first finish higher than 21st place in any World Cup race. He won two more slaloms that season, and had three additional podiums (top 3), enough to clinch the slalom season title over Bode Miller while avoiding season-ending injury for the first time in his career.

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