Olympian Tommy Ford is one of the fastest movers in ski racing. The U.S. Ski Team took notice after he locked four gold medals at the 2006 U.S. Junior Championships. (Doug Haney/U.S. Ski Team)
U.S. Ski Team athlete Tommy Ford (Bend, OR) is recovering at a hospital in Annecy after surgery on a fractured right femur. Ford suffered the injury while freeskiing Tuesday in La Clusaz.
Ted Ligety shredded to a 1.76 second victory margin in the Audi Birds of Prey giant slalom in Beaver Creek.
Times are dropping and energy is building in Beaver Creek in anticipation of Friday's Audi Birds of Prey downhill featuring Lake Louise podium finisher Marco Sullivan and a recharged men's U.S. speed team.
Hotel Portillo may be closed for the season, but its 9,500 foot slopes are still cranking as Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA), Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) and the men's U.S. Alpine Ski Team wrap up their Portillo camp.
Two weeks into the U.S. Ski Team men's technical camp in New Zealand and U.S. coaches are reporting good progression despite a constant battle with warm weather.
Despite narrowly missing the super G win Friday, Tommy Ford collected the eighth national title of his young career with gold in the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships combined.
Tommy Ford came within .04 of another gold medal as Canadian Dustin Cook squeeked the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships super G title Friday in Winter Park.
Tommy Ford took slalom gold to open men's racing at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships for the seventh national title of his career.
Hundreds of athletes from U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association club programs from across the nation have converged on Winter Park Resort to challenge the America's top skiers beginning Wednesday.
Olympic bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht rallied a bib one start into a trip to the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals Sunday after finishing 23rd behind a Norwegian 1-2 from Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal in the Kvitfjell super G.
Fighting through incredibly soft snow conditions, Ted Ligety was slowed to ninth place in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom at Crans Montana won by Italian Massimiliano Blardone.
Ted Ligety has three weeks to get back to the GS points lead.
Ted Ligety was fourth in the Adelboden giant slalom, but retained his discipline lead as Austrian Marcel Hirscher took the win.
Ted Ligety missed the Alta Badia GS podium by .01 as Italian Massimiliano Blardone claimed victory.
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Olympian Tommy Ford is one of the fastest movers in ski racing. The U.S. Ski Team took notice after he locked four gold medals at the 2006 U.S. Junior Championships. That proved to be a good look, as Ford went on to score World Cup points in his rookie season on the White Circus, along with making the Olympic team for giant slalom.
Ford missed the opening giant slalom World Cup of the season in Soelden due to injury, but bounced back enough to rejoin the tour in Beaver Creek – site of the 2015 World Championships – and even score some points. Some bad luck in Alta Badia and Adelboden slowed him from keeping the GS mojo going, but his momentum hit the brakes hardcore when he crashed into some trees and rocks while freeskiing in La Clusaz, France in mid January.
Good friend and Wilderness First Responder Max Hammer was with him and able to stabilize him for the helicopter ride to nearby Annecy. The result was a fractured right femur and a long recovery in a pre-Olympic year.
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