SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 21) - Olympic gold medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) took full advantage of home snow to win the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships giant slalom for a record 16th U.S. title. The Olympic gold medalist from Squaw Valley finished .88 in front of a red-hot Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), 18, who had just locked the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom title in Switzerland. The race opened the four-day culmination of the alpine ski racing year with over 500 young athletes from across the country converging at the 1960 Olympic mountain to hunt for U.S. titles.
SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 18) – World Championship gold medalists Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) roll to the hometown of Olympic gold winner and record setting major championship medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) March 20-24 for the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships. Mancuso, who cut her teeth with the Squaw Valley Ski Team, has eight Olympic and World Championship medals and a record 15 U.S. Championships – a number she'll be gunning to boost this week in Squaw. Over 500 top racers from U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association programs will descend on the legendary 1960 Olympic host mountain this week for the annual championships.
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 17) – Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) skied into eighth place Sunday during the World Cup giant slalom final, finalizing her fourth place overall finish in the Audi FIS World Cup standings for the second year in a row. Sunday capped an historic season for the Best in the World U.S. Ski Team with 18-year-old teammate Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) climbing to the fifth overall position and taking the globe for slalom. Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) won a record 17th globe for downhill and finished eighth overall despite her season-ending injury in Schladming. Slovenian Tina Maze won the giant slalom race Sunday. Next the team returns home for the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley.
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 16) – World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) came from behind to win her fourth slalom race of the season, sealing the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom title of her young career. Shiffrin, who celebrated her 18th birthday March 13th, became the first U.S. slalom World Cup champion since Tamara McKinney in 1983-84. The thrilling race came to a crescendo as Shiffrin erased a 1.17 first run deficit with the fastest final run time to win over Bernadette Schild of Austria and overall champion Tina Maze of Slovenia. Maze, who has posted a record shattering 2,314 point season, led the slalom standings by seven points going into the winner-take-all race.
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 15) - Less than 24 hours before kicking out of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals start gate for the slalom battle of the ages, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) was honored in Lenzerheide as the Longines Rising Star, signifying the top young female racer of 2013. Shiffrin will enter Saturday's race just seven points behind overall, super G and giant slalom title winner Tina Maze of Slovenia for a winner-take-all matchup for the season-long slalom crown. The 18-year-old athlete has three slalom wins this season and is the World Championships gold medaslist in the discipline. Frenchman Alexis Pinturault, 21, captured the men's Rising Star honor.
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 11) – The March 13-17 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals will cap a record shattering year for the U.S. Alpine Ski Team that has already included 31 World Cup podiums and 16 victories from 10 different athletes. Triple World Champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) enters the week having already secured the fourth giant slalom title of his career and stands poised to finish no worse than a career best third in the overall standings.
OFTERSCHWANG, Germany (March 10) – After leading the first run, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) powered through softening snow to finish third Sunday in Ofterschwang - her fifth Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom podium of the season. World Cup overall and giant slalom champion Tina Maze won the race to set up a winner take all showdown for the slalom title at World Cup Finals as she jumped eight points ahead of Shiffrin in the standings. The race is set for March 16 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
OFTERSCHWANG, Germany (March 9) - Birthday girl Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) battled wet snow and flat light to finish eighth in the Ofterschwang giant slalom. Austria’s Anna Finninger took control of third in the Audi FIS Alipine World Cup overall standings with the victory, while regulating Tina Maze of Slovenia to second. Maze had already secured the World Cup overall and giant slalom titles prior to the race, but still posted another record becoming the first woman in history with eight giant slalom podium finishes in a season.
SCHLADMING, Austria (Feb. 17) – The U.S. Alpine Ski Team wrapped up one of its most successful World Championships in history, leaving Schladming with the official medals title with four gold plus a bronze. The medals will bring a start advantage for the Americans as the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships head to the USA in 2015 at Vail/Beaver Creek – the first time since 1999. Over 300,000 spectators jammed the mountainside in the Austrian village of Schladming over the last two weeks to watch American Ted Ligety win three gold, teen Mikaela Shiffrin capture the slalom and veteran Julia Mancuso bronze in super G.