Angela Ruggiero’s classy – of course – transition

This past February, after a long day tromping around Pyeongchang, assessing the South Korea city’s chances of hosting the 2018 Winter Games, Angela Ruggiero made her way to the hotel gym for a killer workout.

I know, because I was already there, on the treadmill, putting in my miles. For the next hour, while the Olympic athlete put herself through this grueling workout, and the sportswriter trudged along, we talked about how hard it was to stay in shape on the road.


The genuine Katie Uhlaender

It had been nearly three years since an American woman managed so much as a top-three finish in skeleton, the sliding sport on the bobsled track where it’s just you and the sled and you rocket down the track face-first.

All of that changed a few days ago high in the French Alps, on the twists and turns of a course at La Plagne. Annie O’Shea, a Long Island 24-year-old in her second year on the tour, had never before finished higher than seventh. She took second, just 37-hundredths back of Canada’s Mellisa Hollingsworth after both runs — a breakthrough performance.


Lindsey Vonn, like Tim Tebow, comes through big time

Lindsey Vonn certainly has a sense for the moment.

She won the super-G Wednesday at home on the Birds of Prey course in Beaver Creek, Colo. — her first-ever win on an American course. It was her fourth straight World Cup victory. Pretty much every kid in Vail got the day off of school to watch Lindsey race; she sent them all home happy and, from the looks of it, with an autograph, too.


Ted Ligety, master of his craft

Sometimes an athlete wins, and he or she is all giddy and doesn’t have much to say about beyond, wow, I did it! Which, you know, is fine. There’s an eloquence of sorts in sports for breathless excitement.

Then there’s a soliloquy like the one Ted Ligety delivered after he won the giant slalom Tuesday at the Birds of Prey course in Beaver Creek, Colo., with a breathtaking second run to hold off Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, by 69-hundredths of a second, with Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud third.