BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 6) - Three-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) stormed from behind Tuesday to win the second Audi Birds of Prey GS in Beaver Creek. It was his second win in three GS races and vaulted him into second in the overall Audi FIS Alpine World Cup standings. After sitting fourth with a .14 deficit in the first run, Ligety won the second run by .72 for the 10th victory of his career and second in Beaver Creek. Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) was 10th, Tommy Ford (Bend, OR) 15th and Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) 29th as four Americans landed in the top 30. In 13 World Cup races this season, the U.S. Ski Team has combined for 10 podium finishes, including seven victories. World Cup women will take their first race runs on the famed Birds of Prey track Wednesday with a super G, featuring local hero Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), who enters the race after sweeping three World Cup races last weekend in Lake Louise, Alberta.
LAKE LOUISE, AB (Dec. 4) - Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) completed a historic clean sweep in Lake Louise, topping the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G podium with Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) third. It was Vonn's 45th career World Cup win and 11th in Lake Louise. Following a season opening giant slalom victory in Soelden, Austria, a pair of downhill victories and Sunday's super G win in Lake Louise, Vonn now has four victories in the five races she's started this season. It was the second podium finish for Mancuso, who was also third in the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational giant slalom last weekend. The women's alpine tour now moves to Beaver Creek, CO - site of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Championships - for a Dec. 7 super G. It will be the first women's World Cup race to be held in Beaver Creek.
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BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 4) - First run leader Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) couldn't quite hold on, finishing second in the Audi Birds of Prey giant slalom Sunday in Beaver Creek. With a .21 second lead over Austrian Marcel Hirscher, Ligety went back and forth, in and out of the lead on his second run before falling .16 to the Austrian. Ligety, who held onto his Audi FIS World Cup lead, was the defending champion at Beaver Creek. The men are back on the same hill for a rescheduled World Cup GS on Tuesday.
LAKE LOUISE, AB (Dec. 3) - Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) rocketed to her second Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill win in as many days Saturday to notch the 44th victory of her career and 10th in Lake Louise. Vonn has now stood on the top of the podium in three of the four World Cup races she's started this season including a giant slalom victory on the opening World Cup event in Soelden, Austria. The decisive 1.68 second victory was the second largest margin of victory in her career following the blistering 1.95 gap she put on the rest of the World Cup field Friday in the opening Winterstart race. French racer Marie Marchand-Arvier was second with 2011 downhill World Champion Elisabeth Goergl of Austria in third. Stacey Cook (Mammoth, CA) was ninth, Leanne Smith (North Conway, NH) 11th, Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) 23rd and Chelsea Marshall (Pittsfield, VT) 26th as five Americans landed in the top 30 for the second straight day.
BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 3) - On a snowy, blustery day in Beaver Creek, Olympic bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) continued his comeback from injury last year to put down a career best top 10 World Cup run in the Audi FIS Birds of Prey super G. Sandro Viletta of Switzerland came out of start 30 to take the win ahead of Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal. Friday's downhill winner Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) was 21st after a big mistake at the top took him out of contention. Action continues in Beaver Creek Sunday with the men's giant slalom, with Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) looking to defend his title.
LAKE LOUISE, AB (Dec. 2) - Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) left no doubt to her ownership of the Lake Louise downhill. After her six-year downhill win string was snapped a year ago, Vonn came storming back Friday to win by 1.95 seconds over late-starting Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein. Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO) was an impressive eighth in her return to action after suffering a broken knee nearly a year ago. It was the largest margin of victory in Vonn's career and moved her to fourth on the women's World Cup all-time list with 43 wins. Vonn has now won nine races in Lake Louise with 16 podiums in only 27 starts at the Canadian resort. Her victory came hours after Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) captured the Audi Birds of Prey downhill win in Beaver Creek, CO and created the first time two Americans had won downhills on the same day since Dec. 2004 when Miller won in Beaver Creek and Vonn (then Kildow) captured the first win of her career in Lake Louise.
BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 2) - Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) took maximum risk, but skied a flawless run to take his 33rd career Audi FIS Alpine World Cup win on the Birds of Prey downhill in Beaver Creek by a slim .04 margin over Swiss Beat Feuz. It was an historic third win for Miller in the Birds of Prey downhill and his first at Beaver Creek since 2006 when he and teammate Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA) went one-two. Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) was the next American in 22nd as four Americans finished in the top-30 points. Hours later, Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) captured a downhill win in Lake Louise, ALB to create the first time two Americans had won downhills on the same day since Dec. 2004 when Miller won in Beaver Creek and Vonn (then Kildow) captured the first win of her career in Lake Louise.
BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 1 - Ski Racing Magazine News Service) - A trio of Austrians topped the final training run for the Birds of Prey downhill at Beaver Creek. Though there was some wind that played a role in the outcome, the course conditions were said to be excellent, fast and hard but with enough grip to let the racers do what they wanted.
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The three Austrians covered the full range of the team on hand. The fastest was Hannes Reichelt who might have been considered a complete surprise as little as a week ago. Second fastest was near rookie Matthias Mayer who said he missed a gate - or two. The third was veteran Klaus Kroell the winner at Wengen a year ago.
“I got good wind,” said Kroell, downplaying his placing in typical fashion.
LAKE LOUISE, ALB (Dec. 1 - Ski Racing Magazine News Service) - Swiss racer Dominique Gisin led the way Thursday at the third downhill training run in Lake Louise ahead of tomorrow’s opening World Cup women’s downhill. Gisin skied the 3,068-meter course in one minute, 53.04 seconds.
American Lindsey Vonn, who owns 14 top-three finishes in Lake Louise, tallied her third top-three training run finish in as many days with the second-fastest time, .19 seconds behind Gisin.
Yesterday’s leader, Swiss Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden landed third today, 0.27 seconds behind the leader.
American Stacey Cook had her third strong showing in a training run this week with a 10th-place finish today. Julia Mancuso, who opted to sit out of yesterday’s run, finished 15th today after finishing 23rd in the first training run.