Wiggins’ Olympic throne up for auction

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For a nation that thinks highly of its thrones, and even more so of those granted the right to sit upon them, it should be no surprise that the seat one of Great Britain’s most decorated Olympians reclined in as he received his record breaking seventh career medal is fetching a pretty price at auction.

“2012 has definitely been Bradley Wiggins’ year, not only triumphing at the Olympics, but also winning the Tour de France, just weeks before,” auctioneer Graham Budd said of the British pedaling hero.

Budd also referred to the image of Wiggo on the throne as “resplendent,” which is a word we’ll now add to our every day vocabulary. Budd believes the throne could bring in between £10,000 and £15,000 when it goes up for aunction Nov. 6.

Wiggins became the first Briton in history to win the famous Tour de France, a grueling 21-stage bicycle race. He then rang in the Olympics – literally – by sounding a bell at the London 2012 Opening Ceremony, and then figuratively by becoming the talk of the first week with his victory and celebratory antics.

How resplendent!

Watch NBC Sports’ Alpine skiing World Cup preview video

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NBC Sports will air coverage of 87 Alpine skiing races at 22 resorts across the globe this fall and winter, from October through March, in the final full season before the 2018 Olympics.

Highlights include fall and winter stops in the U.S. with races in Killington, Vt.; Beaver Creek, Colo.; Squaw Valley, Calif.; and the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colo., in March.

Lindsey Vonn‘s highlighted World Cup stop will be downhill and super-G races in Lake Louise, Canada, the first weekend of December.

The world championships in February will be in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin will look to defend titles.


Skier goes airborne in World Cup opener (video)

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Canadian skier Phil Brown was fortunate to walk away from an airborne crash at the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, on Sunday.

Brown failed to finish his first run, losing contact with the snow early on and falling hard onto his side.

He tweeted a video of the crash, with slow-motion replays, with a soundtrack of Irish singer Enya‘s “Only Time.”

The World Cup season continues with men’s and women’s slaloms in Levi, Finland, in three weeks.

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