LOS ANGELES (Oct. 30) – The U.S. Ski Team's partner Universal Sports Network will debut Countdown to Sochi, a weekly show capturing the most compelling stories leading up to the 2014 Sochi Games tonight at 8 PM ET – just 100 days from the start of the opening ceremony. The 15-week show will air every Wednesday at 8 PM ET until February 5, and showcase Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls through exclusive interviews and profiles like the new “Train Like a Champion” and “Countdown Conversation” segments. The show will also have extensive coverage of recent winter sports competitions and Olympic qualifying events and “Sochi Social,” a weekly roundup of the hottest topics and trends on social media.
SOELDEN, Austria (Oct. 26) - Slalom World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) skied into sixth place in the Soelden giant slalom to kick off the 2014 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Season. Shiffrin led the U.S. women in the season opener and snagged her career-best World Cup giant slalom result. Switzerland’s Lara Gut sealed her first World Cup GS victory despite a huge mistake on the steeps. Tomorrow Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) will be gunning for his third-straight win in Soelden while Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) returns to the snow for the first time since February 2012. Universal Sports Network will provide live coverage starting at 7:30 a.m. EDT.
SOELDEN, Austria (Oct. 24) – Opening weekend action from the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup comes to America live on television for the first time ever this weekend on the U.S. Ski Team’s partner Universal Sports Network. Universal Sports will kickoff the season with an expanded cable and satellite distribution network and a full schedule of World Cup action. Veteran play-by-play announcer Steve Porino and analyst Doug Lewis return again to call the action. Soelden action kicks off with the women’s giant slalom featuring Mikaela Shiffrin and Julia Mancuso Saturday, with a season preview at 6:00 a.m. EDT and racing at 6:30. Ted Ligety and Bode Miller will be in the starting gate Sunday with start time at 7:30 am EDT. Ligety will be going for a third straight opening win.
SOELDEN, Austria (Oct. 23) – Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), who has won the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup opening race the last two seasons, highlights a group of nine U.S. athletes expected to start the 20th running of the Soelden giant slalom Oct. 26-27. Joining Ligety, who won by a staggering 2.75 second margin in 2012, are Olympic gold medalists Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) and slalom World Champion Mikeala Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO). It will be the first World Cup start for Miller since February of 2012.
COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Oct. 1)-Snowmaking began Tuesday morning on the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain in preparation for the U.S. Alpine Ski Team to begin their road to Sochi training on Colorado snow. The full team of Olympic hopefuls, including Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) will be introduced Nov. 8 during Nature Valley First Tracks Alpine Team Naming - a free all American pep-rally open to the public to kick off the ski and snowboard season. The full day event allows fans to catch the U.S. Ski Team training, participate in a fan-led parade and official naming ceremony, followed by an athlete autograph session and headlining live music in Burning Stones Plaza, located in Center Village.
BEAVER CREEK, CO (Sept. 23) - Beaver Creek Resort received its first natural snow of the season Sunday night, just over two months in advance of the mens' and women's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup races. The back-to-back Audi FIS Alpine World Cup weekends will serve at test events for the Feb. 2-15, 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships with events scheduled at both Vail and Beaver Creek. Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) along with the Best in the World women's speed team open competition Nov. 29-Dec. 1 with a downhill, super G and giant slalom on Raptor, the new women's competition track at Beaver Creek. Men's racing picks up the following weekend featuring Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and multiple-time downhill winner Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) on Birds of Prey.
BEAVER CREEK, CO (Sept. 6) - The alpine legacy of the Vail Valley gained power and grace Friday as the 2015 World Championships Organizing Committee introduced "Raptor" as the name of the newly constructed women's speed track at Beaver Creek Resort. The home of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, Raptor will get its first test Nov. 29-Dec. 1 during the opening races of the women's World Cup speed season, featuring a downhill, super G and giant slalom. Six-time World Cup downhill champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), who returned to on snow training Aug. 31, is targeting the weekend as her return to racing after a season-ending crash last Feb. in Austria. A complement to the legendary Birds of Prey men's race venue, U.S.
Ski Racing Magazine recently caught up with women's technical Head Coach Roland Pfeifer following a recent on snow camp at New Zealand's Coronet Peak.
PARK CITY, UT (Aug. 27) - Warmer than expected conditions meant softer snow than the women’s tech team had hoped for in New Zealand, but it was a productive camp at Coronet Peak, nevertheless.
"Unfortunately, we didn’t ski on injected snow at all since the temperature was just not cold enough,” said tech coach Roland Pfeifer. “But it didn’t hurt us at all. We still had very good conditions to train on. "
The tech team — Mikaela Shiffrin, Resi Stiegler and Julia Mancuso, as well as members of the Development squad — trained slalom and GS from July 23-Aug 11.
After a blitz of summer conditioning, it's time for the women's technical team of Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) and Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) to get back on snow with their annual trek to New Zealand. Ski Racing Magazine caught up with the reigning slalom World Champion just before her flight to the Southern Hemisphere.
AVON, CO — It hasn’t exactly been an offseason of rest and relaxation for Mikaela Shiffrin. The 18-year-old passed through Vail and Park City recently as part of a busy summer schedule that has included stays back East, where she graduated from Burke Mountain Academy in June. In Colorado last week, Shiffrin and her mother Eileen sat in for an interview with FOX Sports conducted by gold medalist Picabo Street, one of the many pre-Olympic media obligations the rising star has had to fulfill this offseason.
PARK CITY, UT (June 24) – The successful athletic leadership that helped guide one of the most successful seasons in women's alpine history will continue to direct the 2014 U.S. Alpine Ski Team with the philosophy that idleness is not an option. Head Coach Alex Hoedlmoser and speed Head Coach Chip White return for their 17th seasons with the U.S. Ski Team, while Roland Pfeifer will continue at the helm of the technical program. During the 2013 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season White led all six of his athletes - four of them for the first time - to the World Cup podium and saw Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) hoist a record fifth straight downhill title. Pfeifer, who begins his third year with the technical group, helped boost Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) to the slalom World Championship and the World Cup slalom title in only her sophomore season on tour.