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.
STAMFORD, Conn (January 5, 2015) – Lindsey Vonn: The Climb, a one-hour documentary that chronicles the remarkable comeback of Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), will debut on Sunday, January 25, at 3 p.m. EST on NBC.
Produced by Red Bull Media House, in association with NFL Films and NBC Olympics, the film will give viewers an inside look into the past 22 months of Vonn’s career. Lindsey Vonn: The Climb documents Vonn’s journey as she recovered from two devastating injuries, and remarkably returned to the top of the podium at a 2014 World Cup downhill race in Lake Louise—a critical milestone as she pursues more victories at the upcoming 2015 World Championships, in her hometown of Vail, Colorado.
VAIL, CO (Jan. 21, 2015) – The U.S. Ski Team has announced the addition of Brandon Dyksterhouse to its women’s technical team as part of a unique partnership with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. Dyksterhouse, a former national level racer and longtime ski coach, will join the Team as interim women’s tech head coach through the remainder of the season to provide support to Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin and the women’s slalom and giant slalom squad.
According to U.S. Ski Team Alpine Director Patrick Riml, the partnership grew out of Dyksterhouse’s work with Team athletes in Vail. He will join a staff that includes Luca de Marchi and Gary Miller. He has already begun working with Team athletes training in Colorado and will remain through World Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek and on through the World Cup Finals.
KITZBUEHEL, Austria (Jan. 20, 2015) – Ski racers call it the Super Bowl of their sport. As an athlete, if there’s one race you want to win, it’s the Hahnenkamm in Kitzbuehel, Austria. This weekend, American ski racing fans will have the broadest TV and streaming coverage ever as the U.S. Ski Team takes to the fabled Streif this Saturday, Jan. 24, for the 75th running of the Hahnenkamm. Universal Sports Network and NBCSN will provide a combination of live and same day broadcast coverage, plus live streaming, to bring ski racing’s most popular event to more fans than ever before.
Ski racing is a big investment of time, energy and money for families, and for that investment parents want results. But what results really matter? How can parents maximize their children's enjoyment and potential in alpine ski racing? How can they be sure their child is getting the best coaching, going to the right races, learning the right skills, using the right equipment and having fun all the while? The first step is learning more about the sport and how parents can support their children. USSA is hosting live webinars where parents will learn about how young ski racers should progress in their development, how best to manage competition days, and what opportunities exist in their region for them. Parents will be able to ask questions to clarify their understanding. These web presentations are free and open to any ski racing parent, simply click on the weblink below when the webinar is scheduled to start.
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (Jan. 19, 2015) - Sheer perfection! Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) put down a near flawless super G run Monday to win her 63rd Audi FIS Ski World Cup and etch her name into the record books as the winningest women's World Cup racer ever. Skiing at the end of the top seed in the 22nd start position, Vonn took command from the start and posted a .85 second margin over Austria's Anna Fenninger.
The win—her second straight in two days—boosted her beyond the mark of 62 set by Austria's Annemarie Moser-Proell between 1970-80.
"It’s amazing—words can’t describe my feeling," said Vonn. "63 feels incredible. I’m really proud of what I’ve done and I’m excited about the future."
Vonn skis to first in the Cortina super G. (Getty Images-AFP/Alberto Pizzoli)
WENGEN, Switzerland (Jan. 18, 2015)—It was thigh-burning, legs-shaking race at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in Wengen, complete with crashes, screaming fans and course holds. Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) was the top American finisher of the day, grabbing 14th place, while Hannes Reichelt from Austria took first. Competing on home turf, Beat Feuz and Carlo Janka of Switzerland rounded out the podium.
It was a perfect bluebird day on the Lauberhorn—one of the classic downhills on the World Cup circuit. The men reached 100mph speeds in front of the 30-40,000-person crowd, and had to put everything they had into this course—the fastest guys had times of 2 minutes, 36 seconds, which makes this the longest World Cup downhill.
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (Jan. 18, 2015) - With a powerful run through sunshine and fog, Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) etched her name into the ski racing history book, winning her 62nd career Audi FIS Ski World Cup at the Cortina downhill by .32 over Austria's Elisabeth Goergl. The win by Vonn matched the seemingly unbeatable record of 62 World Cup wins set by Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proell that had stood for 35 years.
"It’s a pretty special moment for me," said Vonn, whose parents were in Cortina. "These records mean a lot to me and my family."
WENGEN, Switzerland (Jan. 17, 2015)—The men were back on the Wengen slalom hill again on Saturday, but this time for a traditional slalom Audi FIS Ski World Cup. David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) took 18th, while Ted Ligety (Park City, CO) finished 27th. Felix Neureuther of Germany claimed his second win of the season.
With Hirscher straddling on the first run, the race seemed like was anyone’s game. Neureuther took first, while Adelboden-winner Stefano Gross of Italy came in second and Henrik Kristofferson of Norway third.
Unlike Friday’s alpine combined, it started to snow—which meant low visibility and varying conditions down the course. Even with the course crew working to clear the 8 inches of new snow, the course quickly rutted up and hindered the later start positions. “There’s only so much you can do today,” said Chodounsky after the first run. “Conditions are not ideal, which makes it really tough, especially for the back of the pack.”