Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah) secured his fourth career Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom overall title with a wire-to-wire victory on March 9 in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. Ligety shredded down the rutted course in 2:35.43 to capture his fifth world cup giant slalom victory of the season.
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Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, Alaska) won her second consecutive FIS Cross Country World Cup overall sprint title with a victory on March 9 in Lahti, Finland. Randall outsprinted world champion Marit Bjoergen of Norway to a photo-finish win by a boot length.
Team USA posted a 9-4 come-from-behind win over Canada on March 10 in Phoenix to earn a spot in the second round of the World Baseball Classic. Adam Jones (San Diego, Calif.) slapped a two-run double in the eighth inning, before Eric Hosmer (Miami, Fla.) put the game away with a three-run double in the ninth. The U.S. finished the weekend with a 2-1 mark, including a 6-2 victory over Italy and a 5-2 loss to Mexico.
Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) garnered a fifth-place finish in the 20-kilometer individual event at the IBU World Cup on March 7 in Sochi, Russia. Burke posted a time of 50:31.6 to record his fifth world cup top-five finish this season. In the women's 15K, Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) placed eighth, while Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) finished 14th. The relay squad of Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.), Burke, Russell Currier (Stockholm, Maine) and Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) closed the world cup with a 10th-place finish.
The U.S. collected 15 medals in the 2013 North American Cup finale, held March 6-10 in Lake Placid, N.Y., to finish the tour with 57 podium appearances. Bree Shaaf (Bremerton, Wash.) paced Team USA, winning all seven races she entered throughout the season and claiming the overall title. Over the weekend, Shaaf teamed with push athletes Cherrelle Garrette (Hayward, Calif.) and Kristi Koplin (Cedar City, Utah) to sweep the women's bobsled races.
The U.S. men's and women's teams both finished seventh at the 2013 World Junior Championships on March 7 in Sochi, Russia. Korey Dropkin (Southborough, Mass.) aided the men's squad to a 4-5 record, while Miranda Solem (Cohasset, Minn.) led the women's team to a 7-6 victory over Japan to finish the tournament with a 4-5 mark.
Christine McCrea (East Windsor, Ct.) bested an all-star field at the $125,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 9 during the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival's CSI-W 5 on March 7 in Wellington, Fla. McCrea piloted Zerly to win in 31.10 seconds, the fastest of 14 double-clear rounds.
Jessica Springsteen (Colts Neck, N.J.) outlasted the field to win the $82,000 1.50 Meter Championship Jumper Classic during the ninth week of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival on March 11 in Wellington, Fla. Piloting Vindicat W, Springsteen rode the gelding through the course in 41.36 for the win.
Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.) earned the silver medal in the grand prix foil event on March 6 in St. Petersburg, Russia. With four individual medals to his credit, Massialas has amassed more individual foil world cup and grand prix medals than any U.S. foil fencer in the last decade.
The U.S. women's team cruised past Trinidad and Tobago, 6-0, at the IHF World League Round 2 tournament in Rio de Janeiro. Five different players scored, including a goal by Claire Laubach (Centreville, Va.) just 90 seconds into the match.