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  • Warmer weather draws crowds to Norge ski competitions Jan 24, 2015 5:56 PM
    The Norge 110th Annual International Ski Jump Tournament on Saturday had unusually warm weather that attracted a crowd but slowed skiers down during competition. The tournament continues Sunday with gates opening at noon. About 5,000 enthusiasts are expected.

     
  • Winds force early end to Norge ski-jumping competition Jan 25, 2015 6:02 PM
    Weather conditions have never forced the cancellation of the Norge Ski Tournament in the event’s 110-year history, but Sunday came close. Organizers were forced to cut the competition short Sunday as high winds — at times gusting over 30 mph in the region — made conditions at the Fox River Grove event unsafe for jumpers.

     
  • Fox River Grove ski tournament marks 110 years this weekend Jan 23, 2015 5:16 AM
    While most suburbanites would welcome this week's warmer temperatures, Fox River Grove residents are praying for snow. The Norge Ski Tournament marks its 110th year this weekend in Fox River Grove. Organizers said with temperatures rising keeping the slopes snowpacked will be a challenge.

     
  • American skier Lindsey Vonn breaks all-time World Cup wins record Jan 19, 2015 8:49 AM
    Lindsey Vonn provisionally won a super-G on Monday to break Annemarie Moser-Proell’s 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup victories. For win No. 63, the American clocked 1 minute 27.03 seconds down the Olympia delle Tofane course to finish 0.85 ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria. Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein was third, 0.92 back.

     
  • Reasons (and places) to love snow, ice and cold Jan 14, 2015 2:26 PM
    Local TV news anchors are aghast, reporting on the recent cold snap as if it were a wild freak of nature that’s descended upon us without warning. Pardon me, but … isn’t this typical January weather? It’s a time of snow, ice and cold that is best greeted with skis, sleds, snowshoes and skates. If it’s going to be cold, that’s how you make the best of it.

     
  • Bob Frisk: Best Sports Quotes of 2014 Dec 26, 2014 10:58 AM
    “Discipline? Those morons (the Bears) don't know even know to spell the word.” Bob Frisk, who spent 50 years covering sports for the Daily Herald, offers up his annual column of favorite quotes from the world of sports. Here's his 2014 version of funny, witty and sarcastic quotes.

     
  • Norge Autumn Ski Jump concludes Sunday Oct 4, 2014 7:08 PM
    The 29th annual Norge Autumn Ski Jump continues Sunday at Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the competition is held rain or shine.

     
  • Morton Arboretum perfect setting to try cross-country skiing Mar 3, 2014 8:11 PM
    A Batavia couple finds the Morton Arboretum in Lisle an ideal place to try their luck at cross-country skiing. As members of the arboretum, the couple knew they could rent skis, boots and poles at the outdoor museum to take a crack at the sport.

     
  • American teen wins Olympic slalom Feb 21, 2014 5:01 PM
    American Mikaela Shiffrin won by more than a half-second to become, at 18, the youngest slalom champion in Olympic history. “It’s going to be something that I chalk up as one of my favorite experiences for the rest of my life,” she said. Shiffrin’s gold gave the United States five Alpine medals.

     
  • Ligety dominates for gold in Olympic giant slalom Feb 19, 2014 6:59 AM
    Ted Ligety won the giant slalom at the Sochi Games with a dominating performance Wednesday, becoming the first American man to win two Olympic gold medals in Alpine skiing. Leading after the first run, Ligety sped down the Rosa Khutor course in a two-leg combined time of 2 minutes, 45.29 seconds.

     
  • Bode Miller out of slalom after tweaking left knee Feb 19, 2014 11:43 AM
    Bode Miller’s Sochi Olympics are over, one race earlier than he had hoped. Given that he’ll be 40 by the time the 2018 Games roll around, the American’s Olympic career might very well be done, too. Miller will skip the last event on the Alpine schedule, the slalom, after tweaking his surgically repaired left knee while finishing 20th in Wednesday’s giant slalom with a two-run time of 2 minutes, 47.82 seconds, more than 2 seconds slower than gold medalist Ted Ligety.

     
  • Women ski jumpers find fight well worth it Feb 14, 2014 6:46 PM
    Ski jumping for women makes its Olympic debut after a long road and a relentless fight.

     
  • Viletta stuns favorites to win super-combined; Miller finishes fourth Feb 14, 2014 10:31 AM
    For Sandro Viletta, it was a stunning Olympic gold. For Ivica Kostelic, it was the same old Olympic silver. Viletta took advantage of a blistering slalom run to beat the favored Kostelic in Friday’s super-combined. Defending champion Bode Miller made a big mistake during his downhill run and finished sixth, while world champion Ted Ligety had a ragged slalom leg and placed 12th.

     
  • Olympic thoughts while trying to survive winter Feb 13, 2014 9:52 PM
    The good and bad from the Olympics, plus some very random thoughts and more in this week's Spellman's Scorecard.

     
  • Illinois can cheer on some local Olympians Feb 7, 2014 5:30 AM
    Minus the 10 Blackhawks players on Olympic rosters, here’s a look at the other Olympians on Team USA with Illinois connections.

     
  • Women ski jumpers thrilled at Olympic opportunities Jan 26, 2014 6:11 PM
    More than 60 skiers took part Sunday in the 109th annual Norge International Ski Jump Tournament in Fox River Grove, but it was the nine women competitors who had extra motivation this year. For the first time, women ski jumpers will be competing for medals at next month’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, something long overdue according to some of the competitors at this weekend’s Norge event.

     
  • Ski jump competitors, fans flock to Fox River Grove Jan 26, 2014 12:40 AM
    Norge Ski Club’s international ski jumping tournament kicked off at noon Saturday with junior jumpers on the smaller hills. Others from around the globe will also compete through Sunday for a chance to represent their respective divisions in Alaska. “Kids competing today also could be on the next official Olympic team,” said Norge spokesman Charlie Sedivec.

     
  • Fox River Grove ski tournament takes flight this weekend Jan 21, 2014 3:22 PM
    With the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games just two weeks away, winter sports enthusiasts can get into the Olympic spirit at this weekend’s 109th annual Norge Ski Jump Tournament in Fox River Grove. "You get a national Olympic sport right in your own backyard," said Gene Brown, the Norge Ski Club's corresponding secretary. "It can give people a taste of what the athletes have to go through."

     
  • Without Vonn, U.S. team needs to find top gear Jan 9, 2014 2:04 PM
    Going into Saturday’s World Cup race in Austria, the U.S. women's Alpine team is looking for its first top-10 result of the season in downhill — a sharp contrast to last year, when six American speed skiers reached the podium at least once.

     
  • Globe-trotting Lake County ER doc at home for Sochi Olympics Jan 8, 2014 8:01 AM
    When Dr. Timur Kouliev of Lake County leaves Monday for his job as a medical coordinator for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, he'll be returning to a place where his family vacationed when he was growing up in Moscow. “I stayed with my family in Sochi when I was a child,” remembers Kouliev, 36, who was born in Russia and took summer vacations to the resort city from his family home in Moscow. “We went to the beach.”

     
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