COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (Feb. 7) - One year before the 2014 Olympic Winter Games open, U.S. Ski Team sensation and Sochi hopeful Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) was named the January Athlete of the Month by the U.S. Olympic Committee for two stunning Audi FIS Alpine World Cup victories. Shiffrin thrilled an overflowing Croatian crowd with a 1.19 second slalom victory to take the prestigious Snow Queen Trophy to open the month in Zagreb, Croatia. The wire-to-wire win rewrote history as the 17-year-old became the first American to win two world cup races in a single season before the age of 18. She also became the youngest woman to win two world cup slalom races in a single season since 1977. In her next slalom event two weeks later, Shiffrin triumphed again with a stunning come-from-behind win in Flachau, Austria.
MOSCOW, Russia (Jan. 29) - Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) boosted her Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom lead to 33 points over top challenger Tina Maze of Slovenia with third in the Moscow City Event. World Cup overall and slalom leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria captured the men's victory while German Lena Duerr captured her first World Cup with the women's win. It was the final competition before the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships open on Feb. 4 in Schladming, Austria.
MARIBOR, Slovenia (Jan. 27) - Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) finished eighth in the Maribor slalom to retain her lead in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom points going into Tuesday's City Event in Moscow. Race winner Tina Maze did not dissapoint her home town crowd and produced a brilliant wire-to-wire victory for her seventh win of the season. Maze now leads the overall World Cup standings with a massive 1,654 points, more than double runner-up Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany. Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) is third, Shiffrin seventh and Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) eighth.
MARIBOR, Slovenia (Jan. 26) - Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) powerfully mastered the Golden Fox in Maribor for a stunning giant slalom victory to capture the 59th Audi FIS Alpine World Cup win of her career. Third after the opening run, Vonn accelerated immediately after breaking the start wand, nearly went on her hip mid run and picked up speed all the way to the finish to win the second run, regulating hometown hero Tina Maze to second. The four-time World Cup overall champion is now three short of Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proell's women's victory record of 62. Universal Sports Network will broadast the race at 1:30 p.m. ET.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Jan. 24) – This weekend Universal Sports Network will feature the famed Hahnenkamm races in Kitzbuehel, Austria featuring Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and women's technical events in Maribor, Slovenia with Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) during “Winter Bowl,” the final Audi FIS Alpine World Cup weekend before the World Championships. From Friday, Jan. 25 through Sunday, Jan. 27, Universal Sports Network will broadcast full coverage of both alpine stops as Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) seeks his second downhill victory of the season and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) guns for her third slalom victory this season.
FLACHAU, Austria (Jan. 15) - Seventeen-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) spent the day doing high school homework, then she won the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup night slalom in Flachau for a historic third win of her incredibly young career. The stunning victory drew immediate comparisons to Austrian great Annmarie Moser-Proell, who won her third World Cup race at exactly the same age - to the day. Moser-Proell would go on to win a women's World Cup record 62 races over the course of her 11 year career. Shiffrin, who was voted World Cup Rookie of the Year last season by her peers, poured on speed throughout her final run to extend her lead in the discipline to 81 points as first run leader Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany went out and World Cup overall leader Tina Maze of Slovenia finished fifth.