MT. HUTT, New Zealand (July 26) – Challenging snow conditions have shifted the annual women's alpine summer training camp to Mt. Hutt near Christchurch. Originally slated for Coronet Peak, warm weather rerouted U.S. women, including Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) to the more northern location. Despite the venue change, Head Coach Alex Hoedlmoser reported excellent progress thanks to hard snow conditions and Mt. Hutt's assistance in providing priority training opportunities.
PARK CITY, UT (July 13) – The women's U.S. Alpine Ski Team, including Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), will begin their first on-snow camp since May next week at Coronet Peak in New Zealand. The annual multi-week summer session is heavily focused on technique with gate training almost exclusively locked on giant slalom for speed skiers, while technical skiers will also work on slalom. Both groups will test numerous ski, boot and binding set-ups throughout the camp. The landscape of Coronet Peak allows U.S. coaches to train athletes on up to five different slopes each injected with water to varying degrees in order to mimic a multitude of different Audi FIS Alpine World Cup race conditions.
FRANCONIA, NH (April 23) - The Eastern Ski Writers Association (ESWA) has awarded Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO; Burke Mountain Academy) and Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, VT; Cochran's/Mt. Mansfield Ski and Snowboard Club) with the 2012 Don A. Metivier Golden Ski Award. This is Shiffrin’s second and Cochran-Siegle's third consecutive win. The winners will be officially recognized at the New England Ski Museum in Franconia, NH on June 1, during a 5-7 p.m. ET ceremony. The Golden Ski Award has been presented to the top male and female skiers in the East since 1969.
WINTER PARK, CO (March 31) - Olympic gold medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA/Squaw Valley Ski Team) powered through exaustingly soft snow at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships to take giant slalom gold and up her own national title record to 15. Nineteen-year-old Norwegian Kristine Gjelsten Haugen was second ahead of 17-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO/Burke Mountain Academy). Anna Marno (Steamboat Springs, CO/Steamboat Spings Winter Sports Club) was third among juniors to conclude women's racing in Winter Park.
WINTER PARK, CO (March 26) – Hundreds of athletes from U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association club programs from across the nation have converged on Winter Park Resort to challenge the America's top skiers, including Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) for national titles at the March 28-April Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships. Sunshine is predicted throughout the week as slalom, giant slalom, super G and a traditional combined are contested on the Lower Hughes race arena with prize money awarded to the top three finishers each day.
SCHLADMING, Austria (March 17) – Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) set the women's single-season Audi FIS World Cup points record Saturday with an eighth place finish in the season slalom finale. The finish elevated her to 1,980 points, 10 more than the former record set by Croatian Janica Kostelic in 2006. Vonn can set the all-time mark for men and women, surpassing Hermann Maier's single-season record of 2,000 points set in 2000, with a 12th place or better finish in Sunday's giant slalom - the final race of the season.
ARE, Sweden (March 10) - Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) tied for ninth in a windy Are slalom to land her fourth Audi FIS Alpine World Cup top 10 of the season and secure a trip to the World Cup Finals in her rookie season. Four-time overall champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) was in the hunt to add to her 1,808 point total, but skied out a few gates from the finish as best friend Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany took the win.
SOLDEU-GRANDVALIRA, Andorra (Feb. 10) - Relentless high winds across the Pyrenees canceled the first of two Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom races scheduled in the small Andorran village of Soldeu. Overnight gusts hit 100 mph destroying banners and lifting finish tents into the Valira d'Orient river. The race was a make-up for the Dec. 17 giant slalom that was canceled after three feet of snow fell in Courchevel, France.
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