FLACHAU, Austria (Jan. 14) - Reigning Flachau Night Slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) powered to a .90 second first run lead then cruised to a strong victory Tuesday in the resort south of Salzburg. Shiffrin took the title with a .83 second margin over a hard-charging Frida Hansdotter of Sweden in front of 20,000 screaming Austrian fans as wet snow fell throughout the final run. Universal Sports Network will replay the thrilling race at 8 p.m ET. The women's tour now heads to Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy for a weekend of speed racing.
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DENVER, CO (Jan. 13) - World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) has been named the 2013 Colorado Athlete of the Year along with NFL star quarterback Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos. The pair will be honored with five other competitors from the Rocky Mountain state at the 2013 Colorado Sports Hall of Fame banquet on April 17 in Denver. In only her second full year on the World Cup tour, Shiffrin produced four slalom victories en route to the season-long discipline title. In addition, she won the World Championship gold medal for slalom last February to become the youngest alpine World Champion in American history. The 18-year-old returns to action Tuesday with a night slalom in Flachau, Austria where she is the defending champion. The final will be broadcast on live on Universal Sports Network with a first run recap at 2:30 p.m. ET.
BORMIO, Italy (Jan. 5) - Teen Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) sliced through sloppy snow and rain to win the Bormio slalom for her third straight Audi FIS Alpine World Cup top three finish. It was the sixth World Cup slalom victory of her young career and comes just 33 days before the start of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Leading by a slim .03 after the first run, Shiffrin powered through the rutted snow to hold off a hard-charging Marie Pietilae-Holmner of Sweden by .13 and bump her World Cup slalom points lead to 62 points over Austrian Marlies Schild, who finished sixth. Universal Sports Network will broadcast the race at 11 a.m. ET.
VAL D'ISERE, France (Dec. 22) - Slalom World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) finished a solid eighth Sunday in Val d'Isere to close the first half of the women's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom season. Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein won and posted her sixth World Cup podium of the Olympic winter, adding 100 points to her current overall lead over second place finisher Lara Gut of Switzerland. The women's tour will return Dec. 28-29 in Lienz, Austria - site of Shiffrin's first World Cup podium in 2011 - with a giant slalom and slalom. Universal Sports Network will broadcast the race at 1 p.m. ET.
COURCHEVEL, France (Dec. 17) - World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) skied to an uncharacteristic 12th in Tuesday's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom as Austrian Marlies Schild earned the 34th slalom victory of her storied career. The victory ties Schild with Swiss great Vreni Schneider for the most slalom wins in women's World Cup history. While it's still early in the 2014 World Cup season, Shiffrin retained the slalom lead despite the conservative finish and Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) earned her first points of the winter with 21st.
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Dec. 15) - Olympic champion Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) made another leap toward her champion-level form Sunday with an encouraging 12th in the St. Moritz giant slalom to lead the U.S. Ski Team. Reigning NorAm overall champion Megan McJames (Park City, UT) landed her first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup points of the season with 23rd. Slalom World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), who scored the first World Cup giant slalom podium of her career two weeks ago in Beaver Creek, CO, started bib one in the opening run and slid off course over a roll and did not finish. Tessa Worley of France and Beaver Creek winner Jessica Lindell-Vikarby of Sweden went 1-2 on the sun-soaked 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships venue.
BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 1) – Slalom World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) earned her first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom podium Sunday, taking second during the final event of the Nature Valley Raptor women’s World Cup week. After laying down an inspired first run for the roaring hometown crowd, Shiffrin produced a fluid final run that nearly snatched the win away from Jessica Lindell-Vikarby of Sweden. The final was broadcast live on NBC, and Universal Sports will air a repeat broadcast Wed. Dec 11 from 6-30-8:00 p.m. EST.
BEAVER CREEK, CO (Nov. 26) – American ski racing fans will be treated to LIVE U.S. TV coverage when the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup comes to Beaver Creek, CO later this week. The broadcast package with NBC and NBCSN features the most extensive live coverage ever in America. Racing begins on Friday, Nov. 29 when the Best in the World women’s speed team tests “Raptor,” the world’s newest women’s downhill live on the NBCSN. The following weekend, Olympic Champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) will be live on NBC, looking for a fourth straight year winning in giant slalom. Five of the six World Cup races at Beaver Creek will be televised live in the USA. In addition to live coverage on NBC and NBCSN, both Universal Sports Network and NBCSN will deliver encore presentations of many of the competitions.
LEVI, Finland (Nov. 16) - World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) dominated the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup opening slalom with a wire-to-wire victory to notch the fifth World Cup win of her young career. The 18-year-old was the only athlete in the field to post two sub 58-second runs, besting 2010 Olympic champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany by a massive 1.06 seconds and reigning World Cup overall champion Tina Maze by 1.61. The women's World Cup tour now rolls to North America for a downhill, super G and giant slalom Thanksgiving Weekend in Beaver Creek, CO - host of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
LEVI, Finland (Nov. 13) – This weekend the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tour travels to Levi for the second World Cup race of the season, the precursor to back-to-back speed weeks in Beaver Creek, CO. Top U.S. athletes Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) and Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) will compete alongside a strong list of starters in the slalom races held Saturday and Sunday. Ligety is coming off his season-opening giant slalom win at Soelden, where Shiffrin had the best GS result of her career, finishing sixth. Watch both races live on Universal Sports starting at 6:30 a.m. ET Saturday, when the women take the hill. Men’s coverage airs at 6:30 a.m. ET Sunday.