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)
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Jan. 29, 2016) – Spring-like temperatures, fog and precipitation have plagued Garmisch this week as the American Downhillers were only able to complete one day of training on the classic Kandahar downhill track. However, the word on the hill is the sun will come out tomorrow.
This weekend’s downhill will go on without the Attacking Viking Aksel Lund Svindal, who crashed during last weekend’s downhill at Kitzbuehel and suffered a torn ACL. But the show must go on at the White Circus, and the cast of characters is still strong. The talk of the training run was Austria’s Hannes Reichelt, who also fell victim to the Streif and was originally expected to be out for 2-3 weeks after being diagnosed with a bone bruise. Quite the contrary for Reichelt, who came back and won the first downhill training run on a dark and warm Thursday in Garmisch.
From local ski hills to the PyeongChang Olympics, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) encompasses all athletes that share a passion for skiing and snowboarding. We explore what makes each skier and rider a champion with stories from the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing, next to kids winning a NASTAR medal, landing their first cork 7 or joining a club team. Alongside USSA’s mascot Champ, take a look at how all of these athletes strive to be Best in the World.
As we continue to explore what makes USSA athletes champions, we’re learning more than we ever expected. To be a champion is holistic – it goes beyond the medals and the titles. It’s someone with great character and an undying belief in themselves; it’s someone who loves their sport with an unmatched passion. We are honored to share these stories with you. In this installation, Alpine Press Officer Megan Harrod sits down with Jared Goldberg to discuss #WhatMakesAChamp.
Set in the shadow of the towering Eiger, the Laubernorn downhill vaults perilously through undulating Swiss cow pastures for over two miles. Its broad, sweeping turns through the upper snowfields belie the steep pitches to come. As you hit the Hanneggschuss – already nearly two minutes into the course – your legs are burning with fire and pain. Speeds hit 80 mph. And you still have 30 seconds to ski!
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OBERJOCH, Germany (Jan. 27, 2016) — Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) suffered an injury to his right knee while training giant slalom in Oberjoch, Germany. According to U.S. Ski Team Medical Director Kyle Wilkens, Ligety will return home to USA for further evaluation.
SCHLADMING, Austria (Jan. 26, 2016) – Under the lights of Schladming with more than 50,000 screaming fans, David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) was set up perfectly for another top Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom result.
“I came out firing up top and felt pretty good, then down at the bottom, I don’t know if I just tightened up a little bit or what. I just didn’t ski well,” said Chodounsky, who was fifth after the first run, but finished 11th. “I’m having great first runs … and one of these times I’m going to put two of them together and it’s going to be pretty sweet.”
Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway took the victory in electrifying fashion, overcoming a 1.10-second first-run deficit to take his sixth slalom victory of the season, extending his overall World Cup slalom lead to 180 points over Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, who finished second Tuesday night. Last year's Schladming winner, Alexander Khoroshilov of Russia finished third.
KITZBUEHEL, Austria (Jan. 24, 2016) – David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) led the way for the Americans in Sunday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom, finishing 11th. Michael Ankeny (Deephaven, MN) posted a career-best World Cup finish in 19th, and Tim Kelley (Starksboro, VT) was 21st.
David Chodounsky competes during the slalom on Sunday in Kitzbuehel, Austria. (Getty/Agence Zoom-Alexis Boichard)