Alpine skiing: U.S. hoping for a turnaround

Sat Feb 15, 2014 11:33am EST
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By Alan Baldwin

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - The U.S. ski team has just one medal at the halfway point in the Olympic competition but hopes and confidence levels remain high despite the disappointment, Alpine director Patrick Riml told reporters on Saturday.

In Vancouver four years ago, U.S. Alpine skiers took two golds, three silvers and three bronzes with all of them won in the speed events.

At Sochi, the women wrapped up their speed program on Saturday with a single bronze - Julia Mancuso's surprise success in super combined - to their credit.

The men, after a downhill and a super combined that was expected to favor them, have yet to medal.

"We probably expect a little more, to be honest," said Riml after a news conference with women's slalom world champion Mikaela Shiffrin.

"I'm still very pleased with the way the guys are skiing, everybody is very confident and we've got to leave that (disappointment) behind and do a thorough analysis after the Games," he said.

"But we can look ahead now and really prepare ourselves for the upcoming races.

Sunday's men's super-G is the last speed race of the program before the final week is dedicated to the technical disciplines - giant slalom and slalom - but Riml said there was still plenty to play for.   Continued...

Julia Mancuso of the U.S. reacts in the finish area during the women's alpine skiing Super G competition during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center February 15, 2014. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger