ASPEN, CO (Nov. 24) - The U.S. Ski Team's Mikaela Shiffrin put together two solid runs, coming out of the 42nd start position to finish ninth - a career best giant slalom - at the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational. Slovenia's Tina Maze picked up the win to remain undefeated in GS as the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup began a two weekend swing in the USA. Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) was 15th while a still ailing Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) was 21st. NBC will broadcast the GS from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Sunday followed by live coverage of the slalom on the NBC Sports Network from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
ASPEN, CO (Nov. 21) – All eyes will be watching Mikaela Shiffrin, Julia Mancuso and potentially Lindsey Vonn when the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational takes over the historic Colorado ski town Thanksgiving weekend with a pair of Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tech races. Vonn, who was walloped last week with a stomach illness, returned to gate training on Nov. 18, but remains day-to-day on whether she'll start in Aspen. Mancuso has been training in Colorado since early Nov. and was third in the Aspen giant slalom last season. Shiffrin carries momentum from a third place slalom finish two weeks ago in Finland. The event also marks the World Cup return of Resi Stiegler, who tore her ACL at the March World Cup Finals. NBC and NBC Sports Network will carry TV coverage from Aspen beginning at 1 p.m. ET on Nov. 25 with the second run of slalom airing live on NBC Sports Network at 3 p.m. ET.
LEVI, Finland (Nov. 10) – Seventeen-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin converted a trip to the Arctic Circle into the second Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom podium of her career after finishing third in Levi. While she doesn't yet have a driver's license or a high school diploma – she graduates from Burke Mountain Academy next spring – the podium came in only the 12th World Cup slalom start of her young career. Olympic slalom champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany won with Finn local Tanja Poutianen in second as wind and challenging light drifted in and out of both runs. Universal Sports will air the race at 10 a.m. ET. The World Cup tour now swings to North America for the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational Nov. 24-25 in Aspen, CO.
LEVI, Finland (Nov. 7) – Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin will carry the U.S. Ski Team torch to the Arctic Circle this weekend for a pair of Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom races set for Nov. 10-11 in Levi. Ligety is fresh off a historic 2.75 second victory at the World Cup opener in Soelden and Shiffrin returns to the discipline that brought her first World Cup podium last season. The annual Scandinavian slaloms were canceled last season when unseasonably warm temperatures didn't allow for snowmaking on the Levi Black World Cup slope. Additional U.S. starters are Will Brandenburg, Nolan Kasper, David Chodounsky and Hailey Duke. Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso will miss the race in order to focus on the Nov. 24-25 Nature Valley Aspen Winternational in Aspen, CO. Bode Miller and Resi Stiegler will also sit out Levi to continue their injury recovery. The 2013 U.S. Alpine Ski Team will be named Nov. 15 during Nature Valley First Tracks at Vail, CO.
SOELDEN, Austria (Oct. 27) - Veteran Tina Maze of Slovenia charged to a strong Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season opening giant slalom win with a .42 margin over Austria's Kathrin Zettel on the Rettenbach Glacier in Soelden. It was Maze's third Soelden win but first since 2005. It was a tough day for the U.S. Ski Team as defending champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) was off the pace in the first run before going out in the second after hooking her left hand on a gate. Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) lost a ski and went down in the first run and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) missed the top 30 final by .01.
SOELDEN, Austria (Oct. 25) – All eyes are focused on defending Soelden champions Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) this weekend when the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup opens with a pair of giant slalom races high on the Rettenbach glacier. The duo combined to sweep the top of the podium last October with Vonn picking up the first World Cup giant slalom win of her career and Ligety notching his fourth straight podium in Soelden. With the race start at 10,000 feet, the Soelden race hill opens with a gradual pitch then takes a diving turn over the glacier knuckle onto a notoriously icy pitch into the glacier stadium.
SOELDEN, Austria (Oct. 19) – The U.S. Ski Team, including defending Soelden champions Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) spent Friday morning training on the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup race hill in Soelden, then met with journalists high on the Rettenbach glacier. The opportunity to train on the race hill is a direct result of the team partnership with Soelden and the Oetztal Region, including Obergurgl-Hochgurgl. In addition to prime training opportunities, the U.S. Ski Team also has an apartment house for use by all levels of U.S. Ski Team athletes. The World Cup season kicks off Oct. 27 with women's giant slalom, followed by the men's race on Oct. 28. The U.S. Ski Team will then return to America to open training on the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain.
SOELDEN, Austria (Oct. 12) – Teen sensation Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) and Audi FIS Alpine World Cup veteran Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) are feeling strong as they prep for the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season at the U.S. Ski Team European Training Base in Soelden, Austria. The pair, who each landed their first World Cup podium last winter, have been training on the Rettenbach Glacier above the World Cup race hill since early October. Shiffrin returned to snow for the first time since the August training block in New Zealand and the block marks Stielger's return to snow after having ACL surgery following the March World Cup Finals.
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.