The start of the 2014-15 slalom season began in Levi, Finland, with all eyes on defending overall slalom champ and Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin, but it was 2013 overall winner Tina Maze who surprised many – and stole the show.
Maze, who started with bib 13, skied a flawless first run to overtake then-leader Frida Hansdotter and held on after a bobble on the pitch in the second run to take the win.
“I’m really happy I managed to finally finish the first run in first position and end up that way; that was always hard for me, and today I made it,” said Maze. “It’s good to be here to have this time to get ready for slalom. The hill was just super nice, and I gave my best so I’m really happy.”
LEVI, Finland (Nov. 15) - Olympic gold medalist and reigning World Cup champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) was electrifying in her opening turns on the first run of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom opener. But an uncharacteristically conservative approach on the Levi Black steeps got the best of her, as she fell 1.71 seconds back on the first run, finishing 11th. Levi Black is known as one of the toughest slalom slopes on the women's circuit, combining a rather flat top section with a steep pitch, which requires skiers to quickly adapt. Today was Slovenian Tina Maze’s day. She conquered the challenging slope snagging the win and a Lapland reindeer. After a disappointing 2014 season, Maze claimed her fourth career World Cup slalom victory, and her first slalom win in two seasons. Sweden's Frida Hansdotter finished in second, 0.34 seconds back and Austria's Kathrin Zettel rounded out the podium, 0.52 seconds out.
LEVI, Finland (Nov. 13) – Ask any U.S. Ski Team member about these Lapland slalom races north of the Arctic Circle, and you’ll hear that there’s something magical about Levi, Finland. The town is blanketed with snow and Christmas is already in the air. World Cup champions Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety are among 11 U.S. athletes heading to the winter wonderland for the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom races set for this Saturday and Sunday hoping to make magic happen. Shiffrin is fresh off her first ever World Cup GS win at the World Cup opener in Soelden, Austria. Additional U.S. starters are Will Brandenburg, Nolan Kasper, David Chodounsky, Will Gregorak, Tim Kelley, Michael Ankeny, Paula Moltzan, Resi Stiegler and Hailey Duke. The 2014 U.S. Alpine Ski Team was named Nov. 8 during Nature Valley First Tracks at Copper Mountain, CO.
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COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Nov. 8) – The sun was shining down on Center Village today where a huge crowd congregated for the 2015 U.S. Alpine Ski Team to be introduced during Nature Valley First Tracks at Copper Mountain. The energy at Copper Mountain, home of the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center, was palpable. Olympic gold medalists Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) were on hand as 42 athletes were named during a public celebration to kick off the start of the 2015 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup and Vail/Beaver Creek 2015 World Championships winter.
The 2015 U.S. Alpine Ski team was publicly introduced on Nov. 8 during Nature Valley First Tracks, a public celebration at Copper Mountain, CO – home of the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center.
COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Nov. 7) – The 2015 U.S Alpine Ski Team will be announced this Saturday, Nov. 8th during Nature Valley First Tracks, a free public celebration in Copper Mountain’s Center Village. The team presentation is set for 4 p.m. This is one of the few times almost all of the U.S. Ski Team alpine athletes will be together this season. Home to the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center, Copper Mountain is the U.S. Ski Team’s early season training resort partner. Despite challenging early season conditions, the team at Copper Mountain has provided early season training for the U.S. Ski Team this week in preparation for the upcoming season. Copper Mountain will also open its hill to the public on Friday, Nov. 7th.
PARK CITY, UT (Nov. 5) – After three years in Park City, UT, the U16 National Championships is moving to Sugarloaf, ME. The Championships will take place Mar. 30-Apr. 4th, 2015 and will feature 96 athletes selected from regional and divisional championships. For the first time, the championship event will include a super G race as well as giant slalom and slalom. Sugarloaf is a legendary Eastern race venue that has hosted multiple Nor-Am Cup races and National Championships.