Mikaela Shiffrin Is Striving For Perfection

Mikaela Shiffrin's style is sure-footed and rhythmic. Like the best slalom skiers, she sets up her turns high. She thinks a few turns ahead. And Shiffrin—who in Sochi last winter became the youngest racer ever to win Olympic gold in slalom and who thus spent several days as a cheery, effervescent staple of NBC… » 12/02/14 4:29pm 12/02/14 4:29pm

Why Bode Miller Mattered

In a way, it's fitting for Bode Miller's Olympic career to end like this, if this is indeed the end. Having re-injured his knee in Wednesday's giant slalom, in which he finished 20th, the 36-year-old absented himself from the last ski race of the Sochi Olympics, today's slalom. He'd spent his career sliding and… » 2/22/14 2:45pm 2/22/14 2:45pm

Why It Took 90 Years For Women's Ski Jumping To Make The Olympics

The first measured ski jump was explicitly a show of manhood. In 1809, the story goes, a lieutenant in the Norwegian military launched himself 9.5 meters through the air "to show his soldiers what a courageous fellow he was." The sport that grew out of that jump was likewise a test of manliness—far too dangerous, it… » 2/11/14 11:59am 2/11/14 11:59am

The Non-Skier's Guide To Ski Racing (And Ski Crashing)

Olympic skiing began this morning—men's downhill, airing on tape delay at 11 a.m.—and if you're like most viewers, you either watch the sport with quadrennial befuddlement or you change the channel entirely. As a former ski racer, and someone who started scooting around on skis at about the same time I was working out… » 2/09/14 10:30am 2/09/14 10:30am