Anna Fenninger, left, and Nicole Hosp on the podium after the super-G // photo Getty Images

Anna Fenninger, left, and Nicole Hosp on the podium after the super-G // photo Getty Images

Skiing

Austria’s Big Red Machine is back

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — After Austrian racers had on Saturday dominated yet another  edition of the women’s Olympic super-G, the Canadian skier Canadian Marie-Michele Gagnon was asked the obvious: how can this be? And she laughed.

The fourth gold medal — out of eight — in Olympic super-G history? The third Olympic super-G gold in a row?

Bode Miller after his downhill run in the super-combined run // photo Getty Images

Bode Miller after his downhill run in the super-combined run // photo Getty Images

Skiing

Four events: one medal

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Four years ago, after four events up at Whistler, the U.S. alpine ski team could boast five Olympic medals, two of them gold.

Here, after four events, the count for the Americans: one medal, Julia Mancuso’s bronze in the super-combined, the event that mixes one race of downhill and one of slalom.

Jackie Wiles after Saturday's sparkling downhill training run

Jackie Wiles after Saturday's sparkling downhill training run

Skiing

Jackie Wiles: downhill fun

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — When she got to the bottom of the run Saturday, after a time that would land her in fourth place in the third training run for Wednesday’s women’s Olympic downhill, Jackie Wiles, the 21-year-old newcomer on the team, found herself ushered along through the pen where the athletes talk to reporters and TV types, and there, hanging out with the press, was, well, Picabo.

Some people might be all, like, OMG — that’s Picabo Street, maybe the greatest power and speed skier of all time.