PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 28) – World Champions Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) headline a strong group of 26 athletes, 14 men and 12 women, named by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to compete in the 2015 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships Feb. 2-15 in Vail/Beaver Creek on home turf. Joining them will be five-time medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) as well as Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill winners Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) and Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT).
It is the strongest team the U.S. has fielded in the three World Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek. So far this season, the U.S. Ski Team has had seven athletes on Audi FIS Ski World Cup podiums including five separate winners.
PARK CITY, UT (January 27, 2015) – The U.S. Ski Team will announce the team for the upcoming FIS Alpine World Ski Championships on a special Podium360 on Wednesday, January 28 at 5 p.m. EST live on Universal Sports Network. The announcement will also be streamed LIVE at UniversalSports.com and usskiteam.com.
U.S. Ski Team Alpine Director Patrick Riml is scheduled to announce the men’s and women’s squads for both the speed and tech events via satellite from the USSA Center of Excellence in Park City, Utah.
While Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) and Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) have all secured a downhill spot based on their World Cup podiums, the fourth spot is still up in the air between at least three other athletes.
SCHLADMING, Austria (Jan. 27, 2014)—Racers skied through a blizzard of wet snow at the Schladming night slalom on Tuesday—the last Audi FIS World Cup race before the FIS Alpine World Championships. Will Brandenburg (Spokane, WA) finished 18th—his first finish all season—and David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) was 19th.
In front of a crowd rivaling Kitzbuehel, Russian Alexander Khoroshilov won his first World Cup—the first World Cup win for Russia in 34 years. Stefano Gross of Italy took second and Felix Neureuther third.
Before Tuesday’s race, Brandenburg had only finished one World Cup race in the past three seasons. But he remained a strong skier, showing speed in training and in runs he finished. This race, Brandenburg said he utilized a new tactic: holding back speed to focus on completing races. “I didn’t gun it that much, but I’m happy with the result,” he said. “I’m getting there. I could have been faster, but I didn’t want to take the risk.”
KITZBUEHEL, Austria (Jan. 24, 2015)—On a demanding course that started just below Saturday’s shortened downhill run, David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) was the only American finisher in Sunday’s Kitzbuehel slalom, taking 26th place. Mattias Hargin of Sweden won the race, with Austrian Marcel Hirscher in second and Felix Neureuther of Germany in third.
Conditions were tough, with low visibility and plenty of fresh snow. It’s a hill with plenty of terrain changes, so the athletes needed to be on their feet the entire time. Chodounsky, sitting in 13th after a strong first run, lost his pole on the top of the course. But, instead of skiing out, Chodounsky punched every gate with his glove, crossblocking his way to the bottom. Although his time wasn’t fast, he showed dedication by finishing.
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Jan. 25, 2015) - Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) will wing her way home to Vail/Beaver Creek with a 64th career victory, taking a strong win Sunday over Austria's Anna Fenninger in an Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G in St. Moritz. Vonn posted a .24 second margin for the win, coming just eight days before she will step into the super G starting gate at World Championships on Tuesday, Feb. 3.
The St. Moritz super G course presented tough challenges for the athletes. "I was definitely a difficult course today," said Vonn. "There was a lot of terrain and tricky parts."
Her win came a day after a big mistake in the downhill dropped her from podium-challenger to 23rd. "After a bad day comes a good day," said Vonn. "Yesterday I risked a lot and it didn’t pay off. Today I risked a lot and it did pay off. I always like to ski at the limit - it’s what’s won me a lot of races and what’s made me crash and go into the nets. That’s the way I ski."
KITZBUEHEL, Austria (Jan. 24, 2014)—After two hours of weather delays, the famed Hahnenkamm was shortened—with the fastest times coming in at under a minute. Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) was the top American downhiller on Saturday, taking fifth place—his best ever result in Kitzbuehel.
After winning both training runs, Kjetil Jansrud of Norway stepped on top of the podium again. Paris Dominik of Italy was second, just missing first place by .02 seconds, and Guillermo Fayed of France took third.
"This is a good step forward and confidence builder going into Beaver Creek," Nyman said after his downhill run. "I want to give it everything and see what I got. Hopefully I can win or get a medal. I’m stoked."
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Jan. 24, 2015) - Lara Gut of Switzerland took the home nation win in St. Moritz in an Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill. It was a tough day for the USA with Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) leading the way in 12th with a late-race mistake sending Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) tumbling into 23rd position in the final downhill before World Championships.
Early-running Edit Miklos of Hungary had taken an early lead before Gut set the standard running 16th. Only Anna Fenninger of Austria was able to come close, dropping Miklos down to third. Starting 22nd, Vonn was challenging for a podium through the midway mark, but got way low and lost valuable time trying to stay on course.
KITZBUEHEL, Austria (Jan. 23, 2015)—Kitzbuehel has officially started and it was as thrilling as everyone hoped. The Americans came in strong to the super G, with two-time Olympic medalist Andrew “Warhorse” Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) pulling off a career-best World Cup result in fifth place, and Steven Nyman (Squaw Valley, CA) taking 13th.
It was a gnarly course, as always, set more like a downhill than a super G, with both smooth and bumpy sections. But Weibrecht skied it cleanly and aggressively, nailing his line.
“It’s always a great place to have a good result,” said Weibrecht, after his run. “I wanted to start out 2015 skiing really strong and carry everything I had into the new year.”
KITZBUEHEL, Austria (Jan. 22, 2015) – It’s a legendary race. Kitzbuhel’s Hahnenkamm downhill— the “Streif”—is a classic course. It’s regarded as the most demanding track on the circuit and the “Super Bowl” of ski racing. It’s so notable Red Bull created a film about it, “Streif – One Hell of a Ride.” It’s fast, dangerous and thrilling. Get ready.