Rossi resigns post as USA Luge director

LAKE PLACID (AP) – USA Luge has accepted the resignation of longtime executive director Ron Rossi.

The executive board says it decided to move the organization in a new direction. The change comes less than a year before the Sochi Olympics.

An interim executive director will be appointed while the board conducts a search for a new director.

Rossi, a 1984 Olympian who became the first American luger to finish in the top 10 in the Winter Olympics, was executive director for 28 years. He also served as an athlete representative on the National Luge Committee, executive board and National Team Committee.

Rossi helped oversee the growth of USA Luge, and the team won Olympic doubles medals at the 1998 and 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The U.S. team also has had success at world championships.

World Cup-leading Kingsbury, Kearney win moguls

VOSS, Norway (AP) – Olympic and World Cup champion Hannah Kearney of the United States has won the women’s gold medal in moguls at the freestyle skiing world championships.

Mikael Kingsbury beat Canada teammate Alex Bilodeau for the men’s title.

Kingsbury, the World Cup champion and season leader, and Bilodeau, the Vancouver Olympic champ, bettered their first-round results. In the championship-deciding round for the top six, Kingsbury finished on 27.59 points, and Bilodeau on 26.95.

Patrick Deneen of the United States, the 2009 world champ, was third.

Kearney showed her class, topping a good first run worth 26.48 with a second decisive effort of 26.70 for the title. Miki Ito of Japan was second with 24.92 points, and Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Canada was third with 23.48.