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.
The athletes are en route to #beastworldcup, and the excitement has been steadily building to what will be one of the biggest events of the season – the first Audi FIS Ski World Cup to make its way east in 25 years.
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) kicked off the season with a bang, nailing the podium at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom in Soelden, taking second place. Lara Gut of Switzerland dominated the race, winning by 1.44 seconds.
The spirit of ski racing is swirling around Soelden, as the crew preps the stage for one of the biggest shows in ski racing: the Audi FIS Ski World Cup opener kicking off the 50th anniversary of the tour.
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.