Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah) captured gold in the super-G at the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships on Feb. 6 in Schladming, Austria. Running 10th in flat light, Ligety knifed the bottom section of the course to move into the lead over France's Gauthier De Tessieres by 0.2 of a second. It marked his third world championships medal and second gold.
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Julia Clukey (Augusta, Maine) slid to a second-place finish and secured her first world cup medal at the FIL Luge World Cup on Feb. 9 in Lake Placid, N.Y. Competing on her home track, Clukey had a total time of 1:28.735 and jumped to sixth place in the world cup standings. A day later, Team USA claimed silver in the team relay event. Clukey and Chris Mazdzer (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) combined with the doubles team of Matt Mortensen (Huntington Station, N.Y.) and Preston Griffall (Salt Lake City, Utah) to record a total time of 2:35.001.
Brady Ellison (Glendale, Ariz.) totaled 885 points to win the men's recurve championship at the Vegas Shoot, which ran from Feb. 8-10 in Las Vegas. Ellison shot a 293 on day one followed by consecutive 296 performances over the weekend. On the women's side, Miranda Leek (Des Moines, Iowa) had a three-day total of 873 and finished second behind South Korea's Sung Eun Jeon (879).
Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) finished 13th in the men's 12.5-kilometer pursuit at the 2013 IBU World Championships on Feb. 10 in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic. Bailey shot clean and posted a time of 33:55.4. On the women's side, Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) completed the 10K pursuit in 33:01.0 and five penalties to finish 47th.
Elizabeth Newell (Oakland, Calif.) secured the first gold for the U.S. at the 2013 Pan American Continental Track Championships on Feb. 8 in Mexico City. Newell edged Colombia's Jannie Milena in the 10-kilometer scratch race to claim the top spot on the podium. Later that day, Madalyn Godby (Louisville, Colo.) set her second unofficial national record of the week, while also capturing her second bronze medal at the event. She placed third in the women's 200 flying start time trial with a time of 10.933, breaking the previous mark of 11.046.
Less than a week after winning gold and bronze at the Arizona Junior Saber World Cup, sisters Emma and Sophie Keehan (Chandlre, Ariz.) again found themselves on the podium together. Emma Keehan earned the silver medal, while Sophie Keehan shared the bronze in the junior women's saber event at the Pan American Championships on Feb. 8 in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Also finding a spot on the podium was Jessenia Zambrano (New York, N.Y.). The 15-year-old earned the silver medal in the cadet women's foil competition.
Daryl Homer (Bronx, N.Y.) placed sixth at the Madrid Saber World Cup on Feb. 9. Homer posted a 3-1 record to finish sixth and climb to No. 10 in the world ranking.
Meryl Davis (West Bloomfield, Mich.) and Charlie White (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) totaled 187.36 points in their free skate to capture their third Four Continents gold medal on Feb. 10 in Osaka, Japan. Joining Davis and White on the medal stand was Madison Chock (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Evan Bates (Ann Arbor, Mich.), who took the bronze. Meanwhile in the pairs event, Marissa Castelli (Cranston, R.I.) and Simon Shnapir (Sudbury, Mass.) executed a strong free skate and captured the bronze.
Jake Dalton (Reno, Nev.) used a strong second-day effort to clinch the all- around title at the Winter Cup Challenge on Feb. 9 in Las Vegas. Dalton won the floor exercise and still rings en route to the title.