ÅRE, Sweden (March 14, 2017) – George Steffey (Lyme, NH; U.S. Ski Team D Team/Stratton Mountain School) rolled out of the 49th start position and just missed cracking the top 10 in slalom at the final event of the 2017 FIS Junior World Ski Championships.
On another warm, wet day competing on salted and peely snow in Åre, Steffey led the Americans with an 11th-place finish. Austria’s Adrian Pertl won the slalom gold, as Bjoern Brudevoll of Norway took the silver medal, and Russia’s Simon Efimov took the bronze. Jett Seymour (Steamboat Springs, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) was 22nd; Andrew Miller (Park City, UT; National Training Group/Park City Ski Team) 26th; and Garret Driller (Tahoe City, CA; U.S. Ski Team N-UNI Team/Montana State University Ski Team) was 29th.
ÅRE, Sweden (March 13, 2017) – The men’s giant slalom and women’s slalom went off at the 2017 FIS Junior World Ski Championships on Monday. Erik Arvidsson (Woodside, CA; U.S. Ski Team C Team/Squaw Valley Ski Team) led the charge in giant slalom landing in 10th. On the women’s side, Nina O’Brien (Edwards, CO; U.S. Ski Team D Team/Burke Mountain Academy/Squaw Valley Ski Team) posted the best American slalom result in 15th.
It was tough conditions for the men, with a full-on World Cup giant slalom hill in terms of length, turns and big terrain changes. The weather was warm and the light was flat, which resulted in a bumpy and hard surface with peely snow. Switzerland’s Loic Meillard took home his second gold of the week, while Norway’s Timon Haugan and France’s Victor Guillot grabbed silver and bronze, respectively.
Just before leaving for the Squaw Valley World Cup series where she swept the wins at both the slalom and giant slalom, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) spent a couple days spring skiing with the kids of Ski & Snowboard Club Vail. Not only did she get great training in at an elite venue, she had the opportunity to inspire young athletes to reach for the medals, just like she has done. Plus, the director of the club is her former coach at Burke Mountain Academy.
SQUAW VALLEY, CA – (March 11, 2017) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) did it again! A day after winning the giant slalom, Shiffrin won again, this time in slalom at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in front of 12,000 fans on a sunny California day.
“I love the crowd,” Shiffrin said. “They cheered so hard! It’s just awesome that 12,000 people today came to watch. In the U.S., that’s so big, and we loved hearing them!”
Saturday’s victory was Shiffrin’s 25th World Cup slalom win and puts her squarely in the driver’s seat to win her first overall World Cup title next week in Aspen, Colorado.
Mikaela Shiffrin won her fourth-straight slalom crystal globe following her victory Saturday at Squaw Valley. (Getty Images/Ezra Shaw)
ÅRE, Sweden (March 11, 2017) – River Radamus (Edwards, CO; U.S. Ski Team D Team/Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) won the silver medal in alpine combined, the third medal for the U.S. at the 2017 FIS Junior World Ski Championships, Saturday.
Switzerland’s Lois Meillard took the gold as Germany’s George Hegele won the bronze. Sam Morse (Sugarloaf, ME; U.S. Ski Team C Team/Carrabassett Valley Academy), who won the downhill earlier in the week, finished sixth after winning the morning super G. Erik Arvidsson (Woodside, CA; U.S. Ski Team C Team/Squaw Valley Ski Team) was 22nd; George Steffey (Lyme, NH; U.S. Ski Team D Team/Stratton Mountain School) 41st.
ÅRE, Sweden (March 10, 2017) - Nina O’Brien (Edwards, CO; U.S. Ski Team D Team/Burke Mountain Academy/Squaw Valley Ski Team) was the top-placed American in alpine combined as Austria’s Nadine Fest won her second gold medal of the 2017 FIS Junior World Ski Championships Friday.
Slovenia’s Meta Hrovat took the silver medal, as Franziska Gritsch of Austria won the bronze. Fest also won the super G title on Thursday.
O’Brien finished 15th Friday, as teammate Patricia Mangan (Derby, NY; U.S. Ski Team C Team/Holimont Racing Club) was 16th and Maureen Lebel (Truckee, CA; Mammoth Mountain Ski & Snowboard Club) finished 21st. Alice Merryweather (Hingham, MA; U.S. Ski Team C Team/Attitash Race Team/Stratton Mountain School), who won the downhill Wednesday, was 24th.
Up next, the men compete in alpine combined at the FIS Junior World Ski Championships Saturday.
SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 10, 2017) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) provided more than 8,000 ski racing fans lining Squaw Valley's Red Dog course with a thrilling victory, and moved one step closer to the overall World Cup title after winning Friday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom.
“It’s awesome,” Shiffrin said. “The people in California are so nice. It’s great to win in front of my own home country crowd.”
Friday’s victory was Shiffrin’s fourth career World Cup giant slalom win and 30th career World Cup victory. Italy’s Federica Brignone finished second, followed by World Cup giant slalom leader Tessa Worley of France in third.
SQUAW VALLEY, CA (Mar. 9, 2017) – The Audi FIS Ski World Cup returns to Squaw Valley for the first time since 1969, when local legend Billy Kidd took home slalom gold on home snow. This weekend, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) will lead the charge on a quest for gold and globes on a challenging, relentless Red Dog track in Squaw Valley for the final stop of the World Cup tour before World Cup Finals in Aspen.
As a part of its NBC partnership, the U.S. Ski Team expanded its broadcast to include both NBC as well as live coverage of the women’s slalom on Saturday on NBCSN, where Shiffrin could wrap up the World Cup slalom title.
SQUAW VALLEY, CA (Mar. 9, 2017) - Millions of fans worldwide will be watching the racing action on Red Dog as the Audi FIS Ski World Cup comes to the Olympic village of Squaw Valley Friday and Saturday. But resort officials and local Olympic champion Julia Mancuso have a forward looking view, hoping that the races inspire the next generation of stars.
Officials from Squaw Valley and the U.S. Ski Team spoke to media Thursday to kickoff the race weekend. A continual theme was how the weekend of ski racing will impact the future.
"It’s been a dream to have a race back at home,” said Mancuso, who came out of the local Squaw Valley Ski Team and went on to become an Olympic champion and win four Olympic medals. Mancuso actually originated the concept, seeing an open weekend on the proposed calendar between the Olympic test event in South Korea and the World Cup Finals in Aspen.
ÅRE, Sweden (Mar. 9, 2017) – For the second day in a row, Sam Morse (Sugarloaf, ME; U.S. Ski Team C Team/Carrabassett Valley Academy) led the charge for the U.S., finishing just .08 seconds off the top of the podium at the 2017 FIS Junior World Ski Championships Thursday. On the women’s side, Maureen Lebel (Truckee, CA; Mammoth Mountain Ski & Snowboard Club) was the top U.S. finisher in ninth.
Though the sun was shining and the conditions were perfect, it was a challenging super G race in Åre and athletes could find the podium from any bib number. Both the men’s and the women’s courses offered a high degree of challenge combined with the terrain on the track.