GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Feb. 6, 2016) – Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) absolutely crushed the Kandahar downhill course in Saturday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup to take her record 76th World Cup victory.
Vonn’s winning time of 1:40.80 was 1.51 seconds faster than Switzerland’s Fabienne Suter in second. Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg was third.
Lindsey Vonn grabbed her 76th career victory at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Saturday. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Christof Stache)
“It was a great day!” Vonn said. “Every day is a new chance to break my own record, which is kind of weird to say, but it still makes it exciting. Every win for me is more special than the last. And my dad is here, so it’s really special.”
JEONGSEON, South Korea (Feb. 5, 2016) – Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) nailed the podium in the first test event for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, taking third at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill in Jeongseon.
On a beautiful sunny day in South Korea, the men got a chance to race the manicured PyeongChang downhill course. While there wasn’t much natural snow, the manmade surface held up for the 54 racers. Nyman stomped a fast run on the short track that heralded his gliding specialty, but Attacking Viking Kjetil Jansrud of Norway snuck ahead of him to take first with Dominik Paris of Italy on Jansrud’s heels in second.
"The snow was very responsive. It’s very similar to Beaver Creek and Lake Louise – dry, grippy," said Nyman after his podium finish. "It’s a joy to ski."
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Feb. 5, 2016) – It’s a little bit like Groundhog Day here in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. First, it was a fresh snowfall, featuring wet, heavy snow into the wee hours of the morning on Thursday. Then, spring-like temperatures of nearly 40 degrees Fahrenheit, with fog and precipitation hit Garmisch once again. Wait a second…weren’t we just here one week ago? Well, it doesn’t look like Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, as early spring is in the forecast. Although, we’re unsure if winter ever arrived in Europe in the first place.
Though a fresh snowfall and spring-like temperatures forced delays in Thursday’s training run, athletes were able to relax before and after the run in the U.S. Ski Team mobile kitchen and lounge, by Giovanni Rana, the Team’s official pasta and sauces sponsor. The mobile kitchen serves as a home away from home for U.S. Ski Team athletes, accompanying the team on numerous European Audi FIS Ski World Cup tour stops.
JEONGSEON, Korea (Feb. 4, 2016) – You never get a second chance to make a first impression and it looks like PyeongChang 2018 is off to a great start with the men’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup events kicking off at the Jeongseon Alpine Center this week with plenty of athlete praise. This event will serve as the first official Olympic test for all sports in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games program.
One year ago today, the U.S. Ski Team was anxiously anticipating the start of the 2015 FIS World Ski Championships in the United States. They were waiting for a chance to impress the enormous crowd of screaming, hometown fans. Waiting for an opportunity to take home a coveted World Championships medal and prove their talent. Waiting to make waves in front of the mass of media snapping photos in the finish corral, looking to create new heroes.
“Today, I had a lot of great memories of the 1999 World Championships [in Vail, CO] being a course-slipper,” said Vonn after the first day of downhill training. “I saw all the kids out there and I remember being in the exact same position. Everything has come full circle. I am back here, in my hometown, racing in the World Championships. That’s something most athletes never get a chance to do, and I am just very grateful and looking forward to trying my best.”
SAINT-BON-TARENTAISE, France (Feb. 1, 2016) – A talented group of U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) U16 National Training Group (NTG) athletes will compete this week at the 7 Nations Cup, one of Europe’s premiere U16 events. Sixteen athletes will represent the U.S. in giant slalom and slalom races at France’s Courchevel ski resort.
Now in its fourth season, the 7 Nations Cup is hosted by a different nation in Europe each year. It is a good international test for the U.S. U16 racers, with deep competition from the strong central European nations. The U.S. U16s have posted three top-five finishes since the event’s inception.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Jan. 31, 2016) – Warm, wet weather and soft, unfavorable course conditions cancelled both the men and women’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup races Sunday.
At the women’s slalom in Maribor, Slovenia, start times were move back as crews worked on fine-tuning the course. However, after 24 racers completed the first run, including Resi Stiegler (Jackson, WY) finishing 13th, the race was cancelled due to unfavorable course conditions.
The Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup giant slalom was cancelled due to weather conditions Sunday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. (Getty/Agence Zoom-Alexis Boichard)
DENVER (Jan. 30, 2016) – Atomic, a longtime U.S. Ski Team supplier has been recognized by the Team and SnowSports Industries America (SIA) for its support of the Team and the sport of ski racing. Atomic was presented with the Doc DesRoches Award, presented annual at the SIA Snow Show to a U.S. Ski Team supplier for its work in promotion of the sport.
Atomic was honored for its work with Mikaela Shiffrin, including career long athletic support and integration of Shiffrin as a global brand ambassador for Atomic, along with Austrian star Marcel Hirscher. Atomic has directly integrated Shiffrin into its global dealer promotions and consumer marketing.
Mikaela Shiffrin, a lifelong Atomic athlete and global brand ambassador, assisted in presenting the Doc DesRoches Award. (Getty Images)
MARIBOR, Slovenia (Jan. 30, 2016) – Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) hoped to extend her World Cup win streak to 76 and her overall Audi FIS Ski World Cup lead in Saturday’s giant slalom Saturday morning. But a soft, sugary course got the best of both her and her top competitor in the hunt for the overall title.
On a warm day in Maribor, Vonn crashed on her second run, taking out a course worker and photographer. However, she got up and skied into the finish. Lara Gut of Switzerland, Vonn’s main competitor for the overall World Cup title, was in prime position to move into the overall World Cup lead, but skied off course in the second run and failed to finish.
“I got a little unlucky with the bib number,” said Vonn, who drew bib 15 and finished 12th in the first run. “The snow unfortunately just isn’t holding up for the later numbers. They did a great job preparing, and it was actually cold last night. I thought it was going to be really good, but it’s like sugar.”
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Jan. 30, 2016) – A bruised and banged up Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) led five Americans into the top 30, with a sixth-place finish, in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Saturday on the Kandahar downhill track.
“I wasn’t really sure I was going to be able to ski this week with my knee - I had a bone bruise after Kitzbuehel,” said Ganong, who skied to his best result ever on the Kandahar downhill track. “I’m just really happy that I pushed through and raced today because it’s an awesome result.”
Steven Nyman finished 10th in Garmisch. (Getty/Agence Zoom-Alexis Boichard)