Resi to compete in Olympic GS and slalom

By Jim Stanford on February 17, 2014

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(Updated with results and slalom start time, after jump)

Stiegler will race in two events in Sochi.

Resi Stiegler of Jackson Hole has been selected to ski in the Olympic giant slalom Tuesday.

Stiegler will be one of four U.S. women to compete in GS. She already had been slated to race in the slalom on Friday.

The giant slalom will begin at 10:30 p.m. MST tonight; organizers have moved up the race because the forecast is calling for snow and rain later in the afternoon. The runs are slated for 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sochi time Tuesday.

NBCOlympics.com will stream the race live, but cable subscribers in Jackson will not be able to watch because Charter Communications has failed to provide an authentication code for its mountain states customers. (Try here for live streaming via European broadcasts.)

NBC will televise the women’s giant slalom in prime time, part of a medley of coverage that starts at 6 p.m. MST Tuesday.

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doc prescribes cure for Charter Internet ills

By Jim Stanford on February 16, 2014

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Earlier this week my Internet service was bogging so badly that it felt like dial-up, or worse. Unable to get any work done, and tired of waiting on hold, I posted a complaint on Charter Communications’ Facebook page. While the company did nothing, a friend happened to spot the post and offered a solution.

For anyone not in our circles still having trouble with Charter (née Optimum, née Bresnan) Internet, the problem is with the company’s domain name servers, or DNS. I’ll let the friend explain:

These are servers that translate (or “resolve”) a domain name like google.com into an Internet address like 123.456.789.123. It is like a phone book for the Internet. Charter/Optimum/Bresnan has used their own DNS servers for years. Something went badly wrong with their recent changeover to Charter and those servers are not working well. When you go to a website like nbc.com, you may actually need to “resolve” more than a hundred domain names in order to display that page. Every ad, every video, every link on the page may use a different domain name. A properly functioning DNS server can do that in milliseconds. But Charter’s DNS servers were taking a LONG time (up to 20-30 seconds) to resolve the domain names.

Here is the prescription (for Mac users): Go to System Preferences > Network > Advanced > DNS > click + and type 8.8.8.8 or 8.8.4.4 into the window. Those are Google’s servers. If using a wireless network, you also can change these settings on your router (Airport Utility for Mac users).

For those not wanting to use Google, other options are 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220 from Open DNS.

Many thanks to Jim Little Jr. for his assistance. By spreading the word so widely, it was like the St. John’s Hospital physician had inoculated half of Jackson from a measles outbreak.

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Resi 2nd in World Cup slalom

By Jim Stanford on March 4, 2012

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In a remarkable turnaround, U.S. Ski Team racer Resi Stiegler of Jackson Hole placed second today in a World Cup slalom in Ofterschwang, Germany.

The podium finish was the first of her career in the World Cup and comes after a string of injuries caused her to miss most of the 2008-10 seasons.

“This is a huge breakthrough and I worked really hard for this,” Stiegler said. “Results are difficult to get even if you are skiing really fast. I almost don’t have words for how I feel.”

Stiegler finished only five-hundredths of a second behind winner Erin Mielzynski of Canada in the two-run race, held on a slushy course. Marlies Schild of Austria was third, locking up the World Cup slalom title.

Since returning from her injuries, Stiegler had been unable to achieve consistent results and considered retiring from the team. “This year was a crazy year,” she said. “Never in my life did I ever want to just throw it in, and I’ve had that feeling so many times this season. I think in the end I knew I worked so hard coming back from so many things I was just determined.”

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Stiegler leads U.S. women at Worlds

By Jim Stanford on February 19, 2011

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Stiegler posted her best result of the season.

Resi Stiegler took another step toward returning to form today, placing 19th in slalom to lead the U.S. women at the Word Championships in Garmisch, Germany.

Finishing both runs was an accomplishment for the 25-year-old U.S. Ski Team racer from Jackson Hole, who missed most of the last three seasons with injuries. She was about 3.7 seconds behind gold medalist Marlies Schild of Austria.

“As hard as I am on myself, I have to be really happy,” Stiegler told Ski Racing magazine. “My goal wasn’t to make World Championships, it was just to finish the season. … This is just a really good step for starting out next season.”

This was Stiegler’s fifth World Championships, which are held every other year. Her best finish was in 2005, when she took sixth in slalom in Bormio, Italy.

She has placed 19th three times, which according to Ski Racing is one place better than her father, Pepi, earned in his lone World Championships in 1962 at Chamonix, France. He won three Olympic medals.

Stiegler got a thrill Friday when Ted Ligety won the gold medal in giant slalom. “It was really a treat to be able to be around the whole team with some really good happy energy!” she wrote on her blog. “Way to go USA!”

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Stiegler returns to racing

By Jim Stanford on November 28, 2010

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Stiegler is back smacking gates on the slalom course.

U.S. Ski Team racer Resi Stiegler of Jackson Hole placed 25th in a World Cup slalom today in Aspen, Colo., her first finish in more than a year after recovering from a broken leg.

“It’s been a long, long road to get back to this point, but wow does it feel good to be here,” Stiegler told the U.S. Ski Team.

The 25-year-old skier has missed most of the last three seasons with a succession of injuries, including breaking both legs, tearing knee ligaments and breaking a foot. She crashed in a training run last November at Copper Mountain, Colo., causing her to miss the Vancouver Olympics.

USA Today has a profile of Stiegler on her long road to recovery, including seeing a sports psychologist to help get over the fear of falling.

Stiegler was more than 4 seconds off the winning pace set by Marie Pietilae-Holmner of Sweden; U.S. teammate Lindsey Vonn placed eighth. Next up for the U.S. slalom skiers are NorAm races in Loveland, Colo.

(Photo by Doug Pensinger, via U.S. Ski Team)

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