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Gutsy Vonn 9th in Zagreb Slalom

Gutsy Vonn 9th in Zagreb Slalom

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2012-01-03 11:05
 

ZAGREB, Croatia (Jan. 3) - Despite competing with a nasty stomach illness, Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) finished ninth in the Zagreb night slalom as Austrian Marlies Schild produced her fifth straight victory this season. Vonn, who produced the second fastest final run behind Schild, continues to lead the Austrian by 101 points in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall chase.

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Schleper Roars in World Cup Retirement

Schleper Roars in World Cup Retirement

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2011-12-30 08:21
 

LIENZ, Austria (Dec. 30) – Four-time alpine skiing Olympian Sarah Schleper (Vail, CO) started the final Audi FIS Alpine World Cup of her career Thursday. After 15 seasons including five World Championships and 186 World Cup starts, the 32-year-old known for her wildly curly blond hair called the Dec. 29 Lienz slalom her final World Cup roar.

She skied in a brown dress with flowers on her helmet and stopped midway to pick up her three-year-old son Lasse, then carried him through the remaining gates to the finish. She punched the last gate for good measure.

 


 

Teen Shiffrin 3rd in Lienz Slalom

Teen Shiffrin 3rd in Lienz Slalom

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2011-12-29 07:05
 

LIENZ, Austria (Dec. 29) - Sixteen-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) won the second run to capture the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podium of her young career with third in the Lienz slalom. Shiffrin, who became the youngest U.S. champion in history last spring with a slalom victory at the Putnam Investments U.S. Alpine Championships, finished behind Marlies Schild of Austria and Slovenian Tina Maze. Schild has won every World Cup slalom this season.

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Miller Overtakes Downhill Points Lead

Miller Overtakes Downhill Points Lead

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2011-12-29 05:28
 

BORMIO, Italy (Dec. 29) - Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) attacked the washboard surface of the rugged Stelvio downhill in Bormio to finish fifth and overtake the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill lead. Vancouver Olympic downhill gold medalist Didier Defago won the race with teammate Patrick Kueng in second for a historic Swiss 1-2 finish. Miller won the Audi Birds of Prey downhill earlier this month in Beaver Creek, CO and was ninth in the season-opening downhill in Lake Louise, Alberta.

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Vonn 5th in Lienz Giant Slalom

Vonn 5th in Lienz Giant Slalom

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2011-12-28 06:42
 

LIENZ, Austria (Dec. 28) - Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) battled the long and rugged Audi FIS Alpine World Cup in Lienz for fifth to stretch her World Cup overall lead to 231 with just one race remaining before the New Year. Austrian Anna Fenninger, 22, won the race for the first World Cup victory of her young career with Italian Federica Brignone in second and Tessa Worley of France third.

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  • Lindsey Vonn was fifth in the Lienz giant slalom behind race winner Anna Fenninger of Austria
  • Vonn now leads the overall World Cup standings by 231 over Fenninger and is fourth in the GS standings
  • Minimal snow made for slick and bumpy conditions on one of the longest GS venues on the women's circuit
  • Julia Mancuso was 17th and Sarah Schleper 23rd
  • A slalom, the final women's World Cup of 2011, is scheduled for Thursday in Lienz

 

 


 

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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