Youth sports don’t involve the same combination of size, speed, power and aggression that can make professional sports so dangerous, but injuries still remain a natural part of the game.
Even though minor injuries are often unavoidable, at Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive™ we believe it is a smart policy to take measures to help prevent serious and costly injuries and to identify and treat injuries when they do impact your youth athlete.
ASPEN, CO (Nov 30) - Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) had a fast morning at the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational, winning the first run. But she overskied the second run and dropped to fifth. Nicole Hosp of Austria took the win, improving from seventh place after the first run. Shiffrin remained second in the overall Audi FIS Ski World Cup standings, and is eighth in slalom after two races.
With just a slight lead over Tina Maze after the first run, Shiffrin cited her nerves. “I was really nervous at the start and was a little stiff on the first run,” said Shiffrin. “I just have to not let the nerves impede my skiing.” Although she said she wasn’t as nervous second run, she did remark, “I have some training to do.”
LAKE LOUISE, AB (Nov. 30) - Olympic medalist Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) led the U.S. Ski Team finishing 20th in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G in Lake Louise, Norway's Kjetil Jansrud, the Oympic super G champion, made it a clean sweep winning both opening speed races. The tour now heads to Beaver Creek, CO for the Audi Birds of Prey Race Week.
LAKE LOUISE, AB (Nov. 29) – Marco Sullivan was the American to watch in Saturday’s downhill, holding the top step of the podium for 13 racers, before finally finishing in fifth place. Wednesday’s training run-winner Kjetil Jansrud of Norway squeaked a first place by Manuel Osborne-Paradis and Guillermo Fayed, who tied for second. It was Sullivan's best finish in two seasons, since skiing to the podium in Lake Louise in 2012.
The men’s speed team was in Lake Louise for the first speed series of the season with five U.S. Ski Team racers starting: Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA), Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA), Steve Nyman (Sundance, UT), Jared Goldberg (Holladay, UT) and Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, CA).
ASPEN, CO (Nov. 29) - Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) skied a gutsy second run to salvage a remarkable sixth place finish in the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational. A first-run mistake nearly earned Shiffrin an early exit, but she powered through to stay in contention. Despite being 2.23 seconds out, Shiffrin skied fifth fastest in the second run, winning the bottom. Austria's Eva-Maria Brem won over teammate Kathrin Zettel. Italy's Federica Brignone was third. The women race slalom on Sunday with live coverage of the second run on NBC at 3:00 p.m. EST.
ASPEN, Colo. – Eva-Maria Brem stunned the crowd – and herself – with a virtually flawless first run and then was able to hold on and overcome a second run charge from teammate Kathrin Zettel, the queen of Aspen with the most podiums here of all time, to take her first ever World Cup win.
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta — The sky parted and the thermometer dropped for the World Cup downhill opener in Lake Louise, Canada, on Saturday. After three days of non-stop snow, the men got a chance to race under blue skies, but the course continued to show signs of the recent snowfall.
While the ladies take on Aspen this weekend, the men head to Lake Louise to tackle their first speed series of the season. They’ll kick it off with the opening Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill on Saturday, November 29 followed by the super G on Sunday, November 30.
The men took the first downhill training run at Lake Louise on Wednesday, with Steve Nyman leading the charge for the U.S. starters, finishing 15th. After a mediocre 2014 season, Nyman has been skiing lightning fast in training, with times consistently ahead of the pack. On top of that, he’s feeling great from a strength and conditioning standpoint. To say he’s excited for the season to start would be an understatement.
The women will take over historic Aspen, Colorado for the first time in two years on Thanksgiving weekend for the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational. They’ll kick off the only Audi FIS World Cup stop in the U.S. with a pair of tech races—giant slalom on Saturday, November 29 and slalom on Sunday, November 30.
Mikaela Shiffrin will be looking for redemption this weekend at the Winternational after a disappointing 11th place finish in Levi, Finland. “I'm really psyched for Aspen because I don't think I skied nearly to my potential in Levi,” Shiffrin told Ski Racing. “I’m going back to the drawing board basically and getting back to racing because I love to race, not because I'm Olympic champion.”
“Mikaela loves being in Aspen and really likes the Aspen GS hill,” confirmed women’s tech coach Roland Pfeifer, when asked about Shiffrin's progress. “She is skiing well.”
Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive™ invites you to watch Play Positive Brand Ambassador, actor, father and youth sports dad Chris O'Donnell to talk about how to keep kids motivated throughout the sports season and the importance of setting clear goals for the season to stay focused. “Positive feedback, encouragement, effort is a big part of it.”