CORONET PEAK, New Zealand (Aug. 24 - Ski Racing Magazine News Service) Will Brandenburg snagged a slalom win, a nice point race and a bit of prestige in out lasting Austrian veteran Rainer Schoenfelder for the New Zealand Winter Games victory Wednesday. A full second behind the Austrian after the first leg of the race Brandenburg was a rocket in the second run to wind up nearly a half second up on the field.
CORONET PEAK, New Zealand (Aug. 22 - Ski Racing Magazine News Service) Much as he did last season Warner Nickerson has turned an August New Zealand ski race into a low point opportunity as he collected the win in the opening salvo of the NZ Winter Games in a GS at Cornet Peak with Colby Granstrom on the podium in third and five Americans packed into the top 10 finishers. Those results pleased coach Peter Korfiatis no end considering where the guys were starting.
CORONET PEAK, New Zealand (Aug. 20) - Reigning U.S. slalom champion Colby Granstrom (Lake Stevens, WA) was second Saturday in the final giant slalom of a four day Southern Cup race series at Coronet Peak. Canadians Philip Brown and David Donaldson surrounded the American as Warner Nickerson (Gilford, NH), Tommy Biesemeyer (Keene, NY), David Chodoundsky (Crested Butte, CO) and Will Gregorak (Longmont, CO) also finished in the top 10. Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel won the women's race with Avril Dunleavy (Salt Lake City) as the top U.S. racer in fourth. The men's U.S. Ski Team will pick up racing on Monday with the New Zealand Winter Games, also at Coronet Peak.
CORONET PEAK, New Zealand (Aug. 19 - Ski Racing Magazine News Service) With a full day of training also on tap for the men's team in New Zealand Friday (Aug. 19) Americans got a second place from Thomas Biesemeyer and a four in the top 10 performance in the first GS of the summer season at Coronet Peak. Swede Jon Olsson got the win by a significant margin (.62) with a brilliant second run. Canadian David Donaldson took third leading a group of three teammates into the top 10.
The American group followed up a morning of training before the races, including groups in slalom, super G and GS all running simultaneously.
PARK CITY, UT (Aug. 18 - Ski Racing Magazine News Service) - Lindsey Vonn says she's feeling “more prepared,” “more confident,” and is looking forward to concentrating on the World Cup this coming season. Aside from a short break immediately following the end of the 2010-11 season, Vonn has been building toward regaining the World Cup overall title she held in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
“Honestly, I really didn't stop working out,” Vonn said. “I spent probably three weeks off with my brother and family and Thomas, but I was still working out. It wasn't a legitimate program, but I was very motivated after last season. I didn't want to take as much time off as I did last year.”
CORONET PEAK, New Zealand (Aug. 18 - Ski Racing Magazine News Service) - Japan's Akira Sasaki topped Wednesday's winner on Thursday in slalom racing at New Zealand's Coronet Peak with Will Brandenburg leading a large U.S. showing once again on the podium.
Sasaki, among the oldest competitors in the race at 30, moved past Norwegian Lars Elton Myhre in the second run to take the win by four hundredths with Brandenburg third a tenth off the winning pace.
CORONET PEAK, New Zealand (Aug. 17 - Ski Racing Magazine News Service) - The U.S. men's team got to throw a little racing into the training mix Wednesday with a Coronet Peak slalom as the big storm in New Zealand began to wear down.
Norway's Lars Elton Myhre got the win with Canadian David Donaldson and Will Brandenburg of the U.S. tied for second a tenth and a half off the pace. Will Gregorak was fourth, Tim Kelley sixth and Seppi Stiegler 11th.
Coach Mike Day reported the “race crew at Coronet did a great job piling off 70cm or so of snow,” to get the race in after a three say snowstorm caused difficulties across the island.
QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand (Aug. 16 - Ski Racing Magazine News Service) - The snowstorm that has continued to hammer New Zealand since the weekend has been billed as “the Storm of the Century,”; or the “worst in 50 years.”
But while member of the U.S. Ski Team are feeling some effects from the heavy snow fall, most of that has been a result of canceled flights or transportation issues. The bigger factor is that it has snowed in cities which rarely see any of the white stuff, let alone enough to require plowing. Winds have been estimated as high as 90kph.
“It just keep snowing down here,” reported Julia Mancuso on her Facebook page. “Normally it just snows on the mountains, but this storm is bringing us snow everywhere. ... I hope it clears soon, cause I am getting stir crazy.”
JACKSON HOLE, WY (Aug. 9 - Ski Racing Magazine News Service) - For slalom specialist Resi Stiegler, this summer’s training camp in New Zealand is special. Though she was able to complete last season, she has not been snow ready during the summer months in three years with a string of injuries.
“It’s amazing, I don’t think I realized how amazing it was going to feel,” said Stiegler. “The last couple weeks I realized how awesome it is that I’m not doing one-legged bunggee squats and I’m actually doing power lifts.”
The 25-year-old, Jackson Hole, Wyoming native’s troubles with injuries started in 2007 when she fractured her left arm and tore ligaments in her right knee. Her latest setback, a badly broken leg suffered in November of 2009, took her out of racing until December of 2010.
PARK CITY, UT (Aug. 8 - Ski Racing Magazine News Service) - American alpine racers will spend a good part of August in the southern hemisphere at on-snow, pre-season camps. The first stop is New Zealand for tech training before moving to Chile for speed camps.
The U.S. racers join their fellow elite level competitors from around the world seeking summer time snow ahead of the start of the World Cup season only three months a way (Oct. 22) in Soelden, Austria.