Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sports summary

Vonn, Ligety sweep Soelden giant slaloms

For the first time, the U.S. Ski Team has taken the gold in both the men's and women's FIS World Cup giant slalom season openers at Soelden, Austria. Lindsey Vonn, 27, and Ted Ligety, 27, were the American winners—Vonn something of a surprise and Ligety right on target.

Saturday, Vonn used a stunning bottom section on the second run to win her first-ever World Cup GS on the circuit's toughest GS course by .04 seconds over Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg. Vonn's 42nd World Cup victory (21 DH, 14 SG, 4 combined, 2 SL, 1 GS) was the first U.S. women's GS victory in 20 years, and the first in Europe since Tamara McKinney in 1984. She became only the fifth women in World Cup history to win in all five disciplines. Julia Mancuso was 10th on the Rettenbach Glacier.

Reigning World Cup GS men's champion and GS world champion Ligety matched Vonn on Sunday with a .29-second victory over France's Alexis Pinturault for his ninth World Cup career gold. "It's always good for your confidence to start off the year with a victory," Ligety said. U.S. racer Bode Miller placed ninth—the 146th time he has finished in the top 10 of a World Cup alpine ski race.

Pleasant day for Valley Club Ball Buster golf

Befuddle the golfer!

Maximum difficulty and awkward lies were the themes for The Valley Club's annual Ball Buster golf tournament held on a pleasant Saturday, Oct. 23 at the mid-valley course. Head golf professional Jaime Sharp and assistant pro Eric Huus created a "monster course" featuring hidden tee boxes and hole locations strategically placed to challenge even the best tour players. The high scores reflected the difficulty of the course they created.

Winning the gross division was Phil O'Reilly with a 92 followed by John Wolcott 96, John Baker 103 and Jamie Everitt 104. Cooper Minnis captured the net division with a 77, followed by Rob McGowan 85, Dean Hovencamp 88 and Jim Sedin 91.

Trail Creek 12k run Oct. 29 is staging the Trail Creek 12-kilometer (7.4 mile) trail run on Saturday, Oct. 29 starting and finishing at Trail Creek Cabin east of Sun Valley Resort. The single-track trail course with about 1,850 feet of climbing is suitable for novice and veteran trail runners. Costumes are encouraged because it is Halloween weekend. Start time is 10 a.m. Online registration for $30 closes Oct. 27 at Race day registration from 8:30-9:30 a.m. is $40. No dogs will be permitted.

Sign up for SVSEF winter programs

The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation is accepting applications for new and returning athletes for the 2011-12 winter season. Founded in 1966, the SVSEF offers teams in four different disciplines—alpine, freestyle, cross country and snowboard. For more information, visit, or call Jody at 726-4129 ext. 101.

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