KVITFJELL, Norway (Feb. 25, 2017) – One “crazy fast” turn got Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) off on the wrong foot in Saturday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill won by Norway’s home-crowd favorite Kjetil Jansrud.
Running the full-length 1994 Olympic downhill course, Jansrud edged out Italy’s Peter Fill by just 0.08 seconds. Switzerland’s Beat Fuez was third. Ganong was 17th, as Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, CA) was the only other American in the points, finishing 19th.
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (Feb. 25, 2017) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) scored valuable points toward the overall World Cup title Saturday, finishing 13th at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G under brilliant blue skies and warm sunshine.
Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec won Saturday’s race by 0.50 seconds over Italy’s Elena Curtoni in second, and 1.09 seconds over Austria’s Stephanie Venier. With the victory Saturday and her second-place finish in the alpine combined Friday, Stuhec is only 258 points behind Shiffrin in the overall standings.
Once again Saturday, athletes faced soft snow surfaces as temperatures in Crans-Montana reached into the lower 40s.
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (Feb. 24, 2017) – The Audi FIS Ski World Cup resumed after the World Championships break with challenging conditions in Crans-Montana which saw the top U.S. racers withdrawing from the start. Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) maintained her overall Audi FIS Ski World Cup lead despite not starting Friday’s alpine combined event.
Italy’s Federica Brignone won the race, which was delayed due to fog and soft course conditions for the first run super G. It was Brignone’s fourth career World Cup victory. Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec was second, followed by Austria’s Michaela Kirchgasser in third. Shiffrin, Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) did not start the first run.
KVITFJELL, Norway (Feb. 24, 2017) – Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) felt all the good sensations of solid run in Friday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill, a make-up race from the canceled December event at Lake Louise, Canada, leading the U.S. in eighth place.
Slovenia’s Bostjan Kline took his first career World Cup victory Friday, nipping Austria’s Matthias Mayer by just 0.19 seconds and Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud by 0.20 in second and third respectively.
Seeing and feeling the course are the two critical components of good ski racing. So when one sensation goes wrong, the other sensation of a finely tuned athlete usually picks up the slack. For Ganong, he felt like he put down a great run Friday, and indeed he did, but the seeing part didn’t go so well.
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (Feb. 24, 2017) – U.S. Ski Team athletes slated to compete in an Audi FIS Ski World Cup women’s alpine combined Friday in Crans-Montana have withdrawn from the race over course safety concerns.
“Due to conditions, we weren't comfortable with the amount of risk our athletes had to take to push to be competitive,” said U.S. Ski Team Women’s Head Coach Paul Kristofic. “Our concern was the bottom pitch, where a number of girls went out, and we decided as a team we weren't willing to take that risk today."
The race was started with the first three athletes crashing. American Laurenne Ross was next to start when officials stopped the race and lowered the start. The race was restarted from the beginning, but three Americans did not compete. Among those scheduled to compete were World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin, as well as Lindsey Vonn and Ross.
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (Feb. 23, 2017) – With the St. Moritz World Championships in the books, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup circuit resumes this weekend at Crans-Montana, Switzerland for the women and Kvitfjell, Norway for the men.
All eyes will be on the young Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), who is fresh off a pair of World Championships medals – including a commanding 1.64-second win to grab the hat-trick slalom title. But that’s not even the biggest reason all eyes are on her.
Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates winning the women's slalom race at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St Moritz. (Getty Images/AFP-Fabrice Coffrini)
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 19, 2017) – David Chodounsky was the leading American skier in the final day of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz, finishing 12th in the slalom. But it was the Austrians' day, who went 1-2 with Marcel Hirscher taking an easy win.
It was another beautiful, sunny day at St. Moritz with the track holding up nicely, despite warmer temperatures. While the first course was a classic rhythmic slalom, the second run was the opposite—full of rhythm changes and tough combinations. But Hirscher made it look simple, finishing .68 seconds ahead of his teammate Manny Feller. Felix Neureuther of Germany, who sat in 10th after a tough first run, put the hammer down in the second run to step onto the podium in third.
Shiffrin Dominates to Third Consecutive Slalom Title
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 18, 2017) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) became the first female skier in 78 years to win three consecutive World Championship slalom titles at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Saturday.
In explosive fashion under a bright blue sky and skiing on a rock-hard course, Shiffrin matched Germany’s Christl Cranz (1937, 1938, 1939) as the only ski racers to win three slalom titles in a row.
Mikaela Shiffrin won Saturday’s FIS Alpine Ski World Championships slalom in St. Moritz, Switzerland (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Alexis Boichard)
SAALFELDEN, Austria (Feb. 16, 2017) – America’s fastest U16 alpine racers headed overseas to compete at the esteemed 7 Nations Cup this week at Saalfelden Hinterreit. Kellen Kinsella (Edwards, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) took two podiums—a win in giant slalom and second in slalom.
A different country in Europe hosts the 7 Nations Cup every year - one of the premiere events in the world for U16 racers. Held in Austria this year, the race featured a deep field with the Americans going against many of the best in the world.
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 17, 2017) – David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) was the top American in Friday’s giant slalom at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz, taking 11th.
While Thursday was sunny and warm, the bright sun hid for most of Friday’s race—proving chillier with tough visibility. Many men struggled with the flat light and falling snow, but you couldn’t see that in Marcel Hirscher’s run, who, after finishing second to Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) in the last two World Championships giant slaloms, finally took his first GS gold. Behind him, his teammate Roland Leitinger was second and Leif Kristian Haugen of Norway third. It is Hirscher’s second medal in St. Moritz, after taking silver in the alpine combined.