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Ligety Wins Alpine Rockfest for 60,000 Euro

Ligety Wins Alpine Rockfest for 60,000 Euro

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2011-12-23 08:03
 

ANDALO, Italy (Dec. 23) - World giant slalom champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) won the Friday's Alpine Rockfest by .02 to claim the 60,000 Euro top prize in Italy. In addition to the big paycheck, Ligety recieved a champagne shower from teammate Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) for his victory. Second went to Italian Giovanni Borsotti with Cyprien Richard of France in third.

The pro giant slalom styled race featured 20 racers competing in four timed rounds with four racers eliminated from each round. Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) was seventh, Miller in 11th and Tommy Ford (Bend, OR) missed qualifying out of the round of 16.

For more details, check out www.vpayalpinerockfest.com.

 


 

Kostelic Wins, Regains Slalom Lead

Kostelic Wins, Regains Slalom Lead

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2011-12-21 11:33
 

FLACHAU, Austria (Dec. 21) - Reigning Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall champion Ivica Kostelic of Croatia regained the World Cup slalom lead by winning a gnarly night slalom by a mere .07 in Flachau Wednesday. Olympian Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT), the lone American to make the second run, finished 26th. The men's World Cup will now break for the Christmas holiday before returning Dec. 29 with the annual downhill in Bormio, Italy.

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Ski Team Visionary Warren Hellman Dies

Ski Team Visionary Warren Hellman Dies

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2011-12-20 16:47
 

PARK CITY, UT (Dec. 20) – The U.S. Ski Team is mourning the loss of Warren Hellman, one of its former leaders and visionaries. Hellman, who passed away Sunday at the age of 77, was a pivotal leader of the Team during the early stages of its rise to greatness in the late '70s and early '80s.

Hellman was a pioneer in private equity investing, starting his firm Hellman & Friedman in 1984. He had a great passion for skiing and supported the sport at every level. He was regarded as a luminary in every field he touched from investment to skiing and his personal avocation, bluegrass music, founding San Francisco's famous Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival held each fall.

 


 

Vonn 8th, Schild Takes 30th Slalom Win

Vonn 8th, Schild Takes 30th Slalom Win

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2011-12-20 11:38
 

FLACHAU, Austria (Dec. 20) - Austrian Marlies Schild took the wire-to-wire win for the 30th Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom win of her career Tuesday as World Cup overall leader Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) finished eighth. Vonn will carry a 554-324 point lead in the overall standings over Schild into the Christmas break. Women's World Cup action returns Dec. 28-29 with a giant slalom and slalom in Lienz, Austria.

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Ligety 10th in Alta Badia SL

Ligety 10th in Alta Badia SL

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2011-12-19 06:36
 

ALTA BADIA, Italy (Dec. 19) - Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom leader Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) was 10th in slalom Monday as Austrian rival and good friend Marcel Hirscher won to move into the World Cup slalom and overall lead. It was Ligety's second slalom top 10 of the season and lands him third in the overall standings going into a Dec. 21 night slalom in Flachau, Austria.

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Ligety .01 off Alta Badia Podium

Ligety .01 off Alta Badia Podium

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2011-12-18 06:51
 

ALTA BADIA, Italy (Dec. 18) - Reigning Audi FIS Alpine World Cup and World giant slalom champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) fell .01 short of the Alta Badia podium Sunday after finishing fourth behind Italian winner Massimiliano Blardone. Ligety, who was leading after the first run by .49, retained the discipline lead 330-265 over Austrian Marcel Hirscher, who finished fifth on the day.

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  • Italian Massimiliano Blardone won the giant slalom for the third time at Alta Badia ('05, '09, '11)
  • Ted Ligety finished fourth, just .01 off the podium after leading the opening run by .49
  • Ligety has finished 1-2-1-4 in the first of nine scheduled giant slalom races this season
  • The Gran Risa slope is the longest giant slalom course on the World Cup tour
  • Bode Miller was 16th and Tim Jitloff 18th as Tommy Ford skied out in the second run
  • A slalom is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 19 in Alta Badia

 

 


 

Schild Continues Slalom Dominance

Schild Continues Slalom Dominance

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2011-12-18 05:23
 

COURCHEVEL, France (Dec. 18) - Austrian Marlies Schild continued her slalom dominance Sunday by winning an Audi FIS Alpine World Cup in snowy Courchevel by a staggering 1.87 seconds over Finn Tanja Poutianen. Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) went out in the first run, yet retained a 236 point lead in the early World Cup overall standings as defending overall winner Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany failed to finish the second run.

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Wind Calls Saslong Classic Downhill

Wind Calls Saslong Classic Downhill

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2011-12-17 06:18
 

VAL GARDENA, Italy (Dec. 17) - Gusty winds forced the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup jury to cancel the 50th running of the famed Saslong Classic men's downhill in Val Gardena Saturday. A brief course hold was put in place after the 17th starter followed by an extended 36 minute hold as winds swirled around the 2.2 mile course. Three more racers were allowed to start before the race was officially canceled following bib 21 with Audi Birds of Prey downhill winner Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) in the gate.

The men's World Cup tour now travels over the Gardena pass to nearby Alta Badia for a giant slalom race on Sunday followed by a slalom Monday featuring defending champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT). For more information on Alta Badia, go to http://www.skiworldcup.it/.

Universal Sports will carry TV coverage from Alta Badia Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

 


 

Heavy Snow Buries Courchevel Slalom

Heavy Snow Buries Courchevel Slalom

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2011-12-17 02:48
 

COURCHEVEL, France (Dec. 17) - A thick blanket of over three feet of snow forced organizers to postpone the women's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom scheduled for Saturday in Courchevel. The race, originally slated as a giant slalom, was swapped to slalom when the forecast called for heavy snow. The slalom is now reset for Sunday with a 9:30 a.m. local start time for the first run and 12:30 p.m. for the second run. Slated to start for the U.S. Ski Team are Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), who will be going for her fifth straight win, Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), Sarah Schleper (Vail, CO), Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) and Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY). The giant slalom has been canceled.

Universal Sports will stream the race live online and carry TV coverage at 11 a.m. ET.

 


 

Miller 2nd in Val Gardena Super G

Miller 2nd in Val Gardena Super G

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2011-12-16 06:02
 

VAL GARDENA, Italy (Dec. 16) - Olympic champion and two-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall winner Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) battled a shortened Val Gardena super G to finish second behind Swiss young gun Beat Feuz. It was Miller's third super G podium at the Italian resort after winning the 2006 race and taking second in 2007. Miller, who won the Audi Birds of Prey downhill two weeks ago, now sits fourth in the overall World Cup standings behind Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), who did not race. Olympic super G bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) was 20th as Wiley Maple (Aspen, CO) scored the first World Cup points of his career with 29th.

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