Tim Jitloff has been so close to the World Cup podium he can taste it. Good thing he’s rapidly trending in that direction and has now established himself with the best giant slalom skiers in the world. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom/Francis Bompard)
Giant slalom specialist Tim Jitloff threw down on bumpy snow at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships to take his third national title in a row.
Marcel Hirscher came into the race with the GS globe already secured, which left the men looking for the final World Cup win of the season. 20-year-old Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway took his second World Cup win in a row, while Ted Ligety was sixth.
Marcel Hirscher posted a 3.28 second winning margin in an Audi FIS Ski World Cup in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Ted Ligety was fourth.
With sunny, spring-like temperatures and a slick, fast course, it was a men’s World Champs giant slalom to remember. When it was all said and done, Ted Ligety won the event in historic and thrilling fashion in front of the home crowd.
Throngs of fans showed up again to Beaver Creek, CO to cheer on the men’s combined athletes at the World Championships. Ted Ligety attacked from the back—starting 29th second run—and grabbed an unlikely bronze medal.
It was a warm day at the Audi FIS World Cup in Adelboden, following a night of heavy rain. Fighting against the bumpy, salted course, Ted Ligety took seventh and Tim Jitloff 14th.
Ted Ligety had a phenomenal second run of giant slalom, skiing from seventh place to second in Alta Badia. Tim Jitloff took 12th.
Ted Ligety stood on the podium again, this time grabbing second place after racing under the lights in Are, Sweden.
Lack of snow across mainland Europe has forced the relocation of men’s and women’s giant slalom and slalom races at Val d’Isere and Courchevel, respectively, to Are, Sweden.
Ted Ligety destroyed the field, coming back from fourth in the first run to take the Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom victory at Beaver Creek for the fifth straight year. Fans can tune-in to NBC at 5:00 p.m. EST today to catch the action.
The men look fast in during two runs of downhill training at the Audi Birds of Prey in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) broad a crowd of thousands to a roaring crescendo Friday with another masterful performance in Squaw Valley to win his second consecutive Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships giant slalom title.
Olympian Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) sliced a wire-to-wire FIS giant slalom victory Wednesday to open five days of Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships competition in sun soaked Squaw Valley.
Ted Ligety won his fifth giant slalom of the season and hung on to take his fifth Audi FIS Alpine World Cup crystal globe.
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Tim Jitloff, like so many Lake Tahoe tykes, was on skis by two and freeskied through most of his youth. He stepped up to the U.S. Development Team in 2005, the same year he captured a Junior World Championship title, and is now on the cusp of his first World Cup podium.
After flashes of brilliance earlier in his career, Jitloff has established himself as one of the best giant slalom skiers in the world…and that’s saying a lot considering his biggest competition, Ted Ligety, is the best in the world.
The 2014 season was no slouch winter for “Jit,” who popped a Europa Cup win and then a handful of World Cup top 15s, including a stunning fifth in Alta Badia, Italy to match a career best. He then went on to land 15th in the Olympic giant slalom. In all it was his best season to date and was highlighted by an 18th-place finish in the World Cup giant slalom standings.
That could have been enough for some, but not for Jitloff. Post Euroland, he came home to the Lake Tahoe area and won back-to-back giant slalom races on the 1960 Olympic race hill in Squaw Valley. One of which was his second-straight U.S. giant slalom title.
Coming home to the Tahoe area and skiing two solid GS races was also really good. Those events are more about having fun than anything else, but it’s never bad to win a race and winning them at the end of the season – especially when it’s in front of family and friends – is always good for the motivation to train hard in the summer.
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