JASNA, Slovakia (March 4, 2016) – The Audi FIS Ski World Cup returns to Jasna, Slovakia for the first time since 1984 for a giant slalom and slalom. A healthy and strong Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) is ready for her first full tech weekend back on the World Cup circuit since returning from a knee injury sustained in Åre, Sweden.
Shiffrin, who turns 21 on March 13, has won 18 World Cup races in her career – 17 of them slalom victories – one shy of Switzerland’s Lise Marie Morerod’s total before reaching the age of 21. Only one other woman – the great Annemarie Moser Pröll – has won more races before turning 21 years old, with 31 victories. Perhaps the weekend will bring an early birthday present for Shiffrin? Only time will tell.
SOLDEU-EL TARTER, Andorra (Feb. 28, 2016) – A day after going down in a sled following a super G crash, Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) came back to win the Audi FIS Ski World Cup alpine combined morning super G, and finish 13th overall, forcing a three-way tie for the combined globe with one event to go.
Mikaela Shiffrin finished eighth in the alpine combined Sunday in Soldeu, Andorra. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Alexis Boichard)
SOLDEU, Andorra (Feb. 26, 2016) – The ladies speed team was able to catch some sunshine and a little taste of the ocean in Barcelona, Spain en route to Soldeu-El Tarter, Andorra this weekend. For the Americans, it’s a long season away from home and the sunshine may have been just what the doctor ordered to recharge the ladies for the remainder of the season.
Andorra is a tiny country located between France and Spain in the Pyrenees mountains, where Soldeu-El Tarter will play host to a super G and alpine combined on Saturday and Sunday. Previously, Andorra has hosted World Cup giant slalom and slalom events, but this speed weekend will be a first for the tiny nation. Luckily, in Andorra’s case, size doesn’t matter. Their fans are crazy about ski racing and they’re stoked World Cup action is returning to their soil.
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (Feb. 15, 2016) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) returned from injury to dominate the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom Monday, taking her 18th World Cup victory.
“That was a pretty incredible race,” said Shiffrin, who suffered a knee injury warming up for a race in December. “I’m glad it’s over, but I enjoyed skiing that last run, it was really rough and a challenge at every single gate. It was just bumpy and a wild ride – tough, but a good fight, and that’s the way it should be."
Mikaela Shiffrin charges en route to her 18th career World Cup victory Monday in Crans-Montana. (Getty Images/AFP-Fabrice Coffrini)
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (Feb. 12, 2016) – Though all eyes seem to be on Fenway Park in Boston for the Polartec Big Air competition, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup tour continues on, with the White Circus paying visit to Crans-Montana, Switzerland and Yazawa Naeba, Japan this weekend.
Snow is lightly falling upon the quaint ski village of Crans-Montana, but earlier the snow wasn’t falling so lightly. The forecast called for 40 cm of snow – a far cry from the spring-like conditions last weekend in Garmisch. It’s a lovely, sparkling sight to see … but it could present some challenges for Saturday’s downhill.
One year ago today, the U.S. Ski Team was anxiously anticipating the start of the 2015 FIS World Ski Championships in the United States. They were waiting for a chance to impress the enormous crowd of screaming, hometown fans. Waiting for an opportunity to take home a coveted World Championships medal and prove their talent. Waiting to make waves in front of the mass of media snapping photos in the finish corral, looking to create new heroes.
“Today, I had a lot of great memories of the 1999 World Championships [in Vail, CO] being a course-slipper,” said Vonn after the first day of downhill training. “I saw all the kids out there and I remember being in the exact same position. Everything has come full circle. I am back here, in my hometown, racing in the World Championships. That’s something most athletes never get a chance to do, and I am just very grateful and looking forward to trying my best.”
DENVER (Jan. 30, 2016) – Atomic, a longtime U.S. Ski Team supplier has been recognized by the Team and SnowSports Industries America (SIA) for its support of the Team and the sport of ski racing. Atomic was presented with the Doc DesRoches Award, presented annual at the SIA Snow Show to a U.S. Ski Team supplier for its work in promotion of the sport.
Atomic was honored for its work with Mikaela Shiffrin, including career long athletic support and integration of Shiffrin as a global brand ambassador for Atomic, along with Austrian star Marcel Hirscher. Atomic has directly integrated Shiffrin into its global dealer promotions and consumer marketing.
Mikaela Shiffrin, a lifelong Atomic athlete and global brand ambassador, assisted in presenting the Doc DesRoches Award. (Getty Images)
As 2015 comes to a close, U.S. Ski Team alpine press officer Megan Harrod takes some time to reflect on the year from one of the U.S. Ski Team’s headquarters, in the sleepy little mountain village of Patsch, Austria with the top 10 moments of the 2015/2016 season so far.
Bryce Bennett reacts after seeing his sixth-place time on the scoreboard at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's downhill on December 19, 2015 in Val Gardena, Italy. (Getty/Agence Zoom-Francis Bompard)