VAL D’ISERE, France (Dec. 3, 2016) – Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) led the American’s in the first downhill of the season in 15th Saturday at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup.
Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud won for the second-straight day after taking Friday’s super G victory. Peter Fill of Italy was second. Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, who was second in Friday’s super G, finished third.
An early November storm dropped upwards of three meters of snow on the top of the course in Val d'Isere. However, rain fell on the lower slopes during the same storm. Organizers were able to make enough snow on the lower slopes to host the event, but the conditions proved challenging for the racers, with extremely aggressive snow.
VAIL, CO (Dec. 3, 2016) — The annual Birds of Prey World Cup races at Beaver Creek may have been canceled, but a roster of America's finest World Cup skiers will be on hand Dec. 3 to honor one of the most talented surgeons in sports medicine history.
“The Grateful Steadys” is the moniker of a loose confederation of grateful patients, athletes, Fellows, MDs, friends and fans brought together by a quartet of Olympic skiers to honor retired local orthopedic pioneer, Dr. Richard Steadman. Like many of their peers, the “Core Four”—Andy Mill, Cindy Nelson, Edie Thys Morgan and Christin Cooper-Taché — owe their careers, and post-career active lives, to Steadman’s interventions, and felt it was time for the skiing world to gratefully acknowledge the impact this one man has had on the sport.
LAKE LOUISE, Canada (Dec. 2, 2016) – In the opening downhill of the 2016-17 season, Stacey Cook (Mammoth Lakes, CA) was the top American in Friday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Lake Louise, taking sixth place. Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) also snuck into the top 10, grabbing ninth.
It was an exciting race, as fans had presumed the race was won by Kajsa Kling of Sweden, who was winning for 10 racers after starting 17th. However, Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia and Sophia Goggia of Italy attacked from bib 28 and 29 to take first and second, respectively, thrilling the crowd.
Cook was excited about her finish in what she calls her favorite stop on the World Cup tour. “I’m really excited. Podium or not, I think I skied well today,” said Cook, who has three Lake Louise downhill podiums under her belt. “Our team is super fast right now. It’s a fun, competitive environment.”
VAL D’ISERE, France (Dec. 2, 2016) – Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) and Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, VT) brushed aside the disappointment of losing home field advantage by leading the U.S. to a seventh-place and 15th-place respective finishes in Friday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G.
Norway took the top two spots on the podium with Kjetil Jansrud winning his 15th career World Cup. Aksel Lund Svindal, who is back after suffering a season-ending knee injury in Kitzbuehel last season, was second. Italy’s Dominik Paris was third.
VAL D’ISERE, France (Dec. 1, 2016) – It’s been a slow start to the season for the American Downhillers, with the cancellation of Lake Louise and a move from Beaver Creek to Val d’Isere due to unseasonably warm weather. It’s safe to say the men are anxious to drop into the OK (Oreiller-Killy) course at La Daille, Val d’Isere. Meanwhile, over in Lake Louise, conditions are looking supreme and the Speed Unicorns are looking even better, stacking four in the top six today, led by Alice McKennis (New Castle, CO).
Killington Crowds Leave Lasting Impact on Sport of Skiing
KILLINGTON, VT (Nov. 28, 2016) – Record crowds packed a snow-covered New England mountain venue over Thanksgiving weekend as the International Ski Federation’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup returned to the Killington ski resort near Rutland, VT for the first time in 25 years. With 30,000 spectators over two days, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) anticipates the event to have a significant long-term sport growth and industry impact.
The engagement of fans was greater than anticipated, comparable to the biggest crowds in the 50-year history of the alpine World Cup tour. The production of an eastern USA World Cup was part of a decade-old strategy by the USSA to grow awareness of alpine ski racing across America with a return to the most densely populated area of ski fans.
The event received a strong boost on Sunday when American Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) took her 10th straight World Cup slalom win.
KILLINGTON, VT (Nov. 27, 2016) – In front of a huge hometown crowd and her entire family, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) shone under pressure to win the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom at Vermont’s Killington Mountain. Shiffrin’s win capped off a successful weekend in the east coast that will impact ski racing for decades to come.
Coming in as the odds-on favorite, Shiffrin had a couple of small bobbles in her second run, but put aside all the pre-race pressure to extend her first-run lead and win by .73 seconds ahead of Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia to take her 21st World Cup win. Wendy Holdener of Switzerland was third.
“It’s been incredible,” said Shiffrin. “I knew it was going to be a big one, and special, and I was so excited. It’s the east coast, I know this place, I know these people love to watch ski racing. I’m so proud that they all came out and really cheered that loud!”
KILLINGTON, VT (Dec. 26, 2016) – 16,000 fans showed up at Vermont's Killington Mountain to watch the best giant slalom skiers in the world race their home hill of Superstar. With one of the largest women's alpine racing crowds in the history of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup, the noise was deafening, with people driving from far and wide to cheer on their heroes at the first World Cup in the east coast in 25 years. Delighting the crowd, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) grabbed fifth place and spent hours signing autographs for aspiring athletes after her race.
The day opened with clear, warm weather, but it got steadily colder as precipitation and fog rolled in throughout the day. The track was rough with bumpy conditions due to the wet weather. Tessa Worley of France was first, with first-run leader Nina Loeseth of Norway in second and Sofia Goggia of Italy in third.
KILLINGTON, VT (Nov. 24, 2016) – The athletes are en route to #beastworldcup, and the excitement has been steadily building to what will be one of the biggest events of the season – the first Audi FIS Ski World Cup to make its way east in 25 years. One of New England's premier resorts, Killington Mountain, is primed to play host to the best skiers in the world this weekend, and Superstar will be the big stage.
PARK CITY, UT (Nov. 23, 2016) – The 2017 U.S. Alpine Ski Team has officially been announced and is headlined by Olympic medalists Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) and Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY).
The season commenced with the U.S. Ski Team’s annual Copper Mountain, CO training camp at the U.S. Ski Team’s Speed Center. With a little help from Mother Nature in the form of a storm that served up six inches of snow on Thursday, the Speed Center is now open from top to bottom. When fully operational, it is the only full-length downhill training facility open anywhere in the world this time of year.