LIENZ, Austria (Dec. 29) - Sixteen-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) won the second run to capture the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podium of her young career with third in the Lienz slalom. Shiffrin, who became the youngest U.S. champion in history last spring with a slalom victory at the Putnam Investments U.S. Alpine Championships, finished behind Marlies Schild of Austria and Slovenian Tina Maze. Schild has won every World Cup slalom this season.
LIENZ, Austria (Dec. 28) - Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) battled the long and rugged Audi FIS Alpine World Cup in Lienz for fifth to stretch her World Cup overall lead to 231 with just one race remaining before the New Year. Austrian Anna Fenninger, 22, won the race for the first World Cup victory of her young career with Italian Federica Brignone in second and Tessa Worley of France third.
Lindsey Vonn was fifth in the Lienz giant slalom behind race winner Anna Fenninger of Austria
Vonn now leads the overall World Cup standings by 231 over Fenninger and is fourth in the GS standings
Minimal snow made for slick and bumpy conditions on one of the longest GS venues on the women's circuit
Julia Mancuso was 17th and Sarah Schleper 23rd
A slalom, the final women's World Cup of 2011, is scheduled for Thursday in Lienz
FLACHAU, Austria (Dec. 20) - Austrian Marlies Schild took the wire-to-wire win for the 30th Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom win of her career Tuesday as World Cup overall leader Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) finished eighth. Vonn will carry a 554-324 point lead in the overall standings over Schild into the Christmas break. Women's World Cup action returns Dec. 28-29 with a giant slalom and slalom in Lienz, Austria.
COURCHEVEL, France (Dec. 18) - Austrian Marlies Schild continued her slalom dominance Sunday by winning an Audi FIS Alpine World Cup in snowy Courchevel by a staggering 1.87 seconds over Finn Tanja Poutianen. Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) went out in the first run, yet retained a 236 point lead in the early World Cup overall standings as defending overall winner Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany failed to finish the second run.
COURCHEVEL, France (Dec. 17) - A thick blanket of over three feet of snow forced organizers to postpone the women's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom scheduled for Saturday in Courchevel. The race, originally slated as a giant slalom, was swapped to slalom when the forecast called for heavy snow. The slalom is now reset for Sunday with a 9:30 a.m. local start time for the first run and 12:30 p.m. for the second run. Slated to start for the U.S. Ski Team are Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), who will be going for her fifth straight win, Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), Sarah Schleper (Vail, CO), Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) and Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY). The giant slalom has been canceled.
Universal Sports will stream the race live online and carry TV coverage at 11 a.m. ET.
Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin began turning heads almost instantly when she finished top 15 in her first two NorAm Cup races. But the heads started spinning when she won a super combined in British Colombia two weeks later, and then ski fans and coaches went cross-eyed when she landed a World Cup podium during her rookie season—at age 16. She then proceeded to blow the world apart with a World Championship slalom gold medal and the World Cup slalom title during her sophomore year.
ASPEN, CO (Nov. 22) – It's been a month since Olympic downhill – yes downhill – champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) arced the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom victory of her career. So, what do we have to look forward to when the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational rolls into Aspen this weekend – NBC Olympics analyst and 1984 Olympic giant slalom champion Christin Cooper has a few thoughts…
VAIL, CO (Nov. 5) – Mountain Plaza roared Saturday as the 2012 U.S. Alpine Ski Team - including Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) and Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) - was introduced during a public celebration drawing a huge crowd to Vail Mountain.
"Every one of us feels amazing support from our hometowns, but the reception the U.S. Ski Team receives in Vail is always something special," said Vonn, who became the first woman in American history to win in all five alpine disciplines with her season opening giant slalom win in Soelden, Austria.
The public celebration - First Tracks presented by Nature Valley - was webcast live on Universal Sports. Universal Sports will carry complete digital and broadcast coverage of the entire Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season. For complete information log on to www.UniversalSports.com.