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Austria: 40 evacuated from cable cars after tree falls

Jan. 28, 2020 12:03 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — About 40 people were evacuated from cable cars in western Austria on Tuesday after a strong gust of wind blew a tree onto the cable, authorities said. Some 35 mountain rescuers were deployed to bring people down from the Hahnenkammbahn, a cabin cableway in Hoefen in Tyrol province, the...

Switzerland's Daniel Yule celebrates winning an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom, in Kitzbuehel, Austria, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)

Swiss skier Yule takes Kitzbuehel slalom for 3rd win in 2020

Jan. 26, 2020 10:00 AM EST

KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) — Daniel Yule ended a 52-year wait for a Swiss slalom victory at Austria’s most prestigious ski racing event on Sunday. Yule won the concluding competition of the traditional Hahnenkamm races, becoming the first Swiss slalom winner here since two-time Olympian Dumeng...

Austria's Matthias Mayer celebrates in the finish area after completing an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill, in Kitzbuehel, Austria, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)

Mayer delights home crowd with Kitzbuehel downhill victory

Jan. 25, 2020 9:57 AM EST

KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) — For the second time in two days at the 80th Hahnenkamm races, Matthias Mayer spread his arms and bent over backward in celebration. While his leading time in Friday's World Cup super-G didn't hold up, his gutsy run on the Streif course on Saturday earned him the victory in the...

United States' Mikaela Shiffrin smiles at the finish line during an alpine ski, women's World Cup downhill, in Bansko, Bulgaria, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)

Shiffrin masters World Cup downhill for 1st win in 2020

Jan. 24, 2020 10:22 AM EST

BANSKO, Bulgaria (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin mastered a tricky course to win a women’s World Cup downhill Friday for her fifth victory of the season and first in 2020. The three-time overall champion from the United States was one third of a second off the lead at her second split but remained flawless...

Austria charges skier, coach in case linked to doping ring

Jan. 22, 2020 10:54 AM EST

INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) — Austrian prosecutors have charged a cross-country ski coach and a skier in connection with a crackdown on a blood doping ring. Prosecutors in the city of Innsbruck said Wednesday they charged coach Gerald Heigl, a former coach with the Austrian ski federation, with sports fraud...

Pilot Hunter Church with Joshua Williamson, James Reed and Kristopher Horn of the United States start their first run of the men's four-man bobsled World Cup race in Igls, near Innsbruck, Austria, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

Church wins US's first men's bobsled medal since 2017

Jan. 19, 2020 10:58 AM EST

IGLS, Austria (AP) — Hunter Church remembers seeing U.S. bobsled great Steven Holcomb win the 2009 world championships, then went up to him afterward and shook his hand. “I told him I wanted to be like him one day,” Church said. For Church, “one day” became Sunday. Church won...

Austria's second placed Janine Flock in the finish area after the women's Skeleton World Cup race in Igls, near Innsbruck, Austria, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

Loelling wins, Henry grabs 1st US skeleton medal of season

Jan. 17, 2020 12:32 PM EST

IGLS, Austria (AP) — Germany’s Jacqueline Loelling won a women’s World Cup skeleton race Friday, while Megan Henry of the U.S. won her first career World Cup medal and the first medal for any American slider on that circuit this season. Loelling finished two runs in 1 minute, 47.44 seconds --...

Austria's Matthias Mayer arrives at the finish area during an alpine ski, men's World Cup combined in Wengen, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Marco Tacca)

Mayer benefits from new rule to win World Cup combined event

Jan. 17, 2020 10:10 AM EST

WENGEN, Switzerland (AP) — Taking advantage of a new race rule, Matthias Mayer scored a rare win for a downhill specialist in a World Cup combined event on Friday. A new format this season gave Mayer first use of the slalom course as leader after the morning downhill. In previous seasons, the slalom...

US-Russia hold new strategic talks on arms control

Jan. 16, 2020 2:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Russia on Thursday held a new round of talks focused on arms control and reducing misunderstandings on critical security issues. Senior U.S. and Russian diplomats met in Vienna, Austria, for the latest session of their strategic security dialogue that aims to limit...

Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz arrives for a joint press conference with Prime Ministers of the V4 after their meeting at the National Museum in Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Austria against use of EU funding to support nuclear energy

Jan. 16, 2020 9:13 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told his counterparts from four central European countries on Thursday that Austria is not ready to accept European Union funding of their nuclear energy projects. After meeting the prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia in...