PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (March 4, 2017) – For the second-straight day, Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) finished second at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G test event for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
It was déjà vu all over again as Italy’s Sofia Goggia won for the second-straight day, followed by Vonn in second and Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec in third – same podium as Saturday’s downhill. Fresh off the heels of her first World Cup victory Saturday, Goggia’s narrow 0.04-second victory over Vonn was her 11th podium appearance of the season.
Lindsey Vonn (left), Italy's Sofia Goggia and Slovenia's Ilka Stuhec once again shared the podium at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup on Sunday. (Getty Images/AFP-Fabrice Coffrini)
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (Mar. 4, 2017) – David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) was the top U.S. finisher at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom in Kranjska Gora taking 21st place. Marcel Hirscher of Austria won the race, clinching his sixth consecutive overall World Cup crystal globe.
A storied race that has been on the alpine circuit since it began in 1967, the Vitranc Pokal is the last World Cup series for the men before World Cup Finals, March 15-19 in Aspen, Colorado. Notably missing was Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), who is out with an injury, but has won at the Slovenian venue a record six times.
The second run weather deteriorated quickly, with a thick cloud settling on the course and rain drizzling on the racers. The snow was good—the rain working with the salted snow—but visibility was tough, causing a number of race holds throughout the second run.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (March 4, 2017) – Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) finished second to lead four American women into the top 11 in Saturday’s downhill at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup test event for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Italy’s Sofia Goggia finally won her first World Cup event of the season after finishing on the podium nine times this season. World Cup downhill leader Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia was third. Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) was fourth. Stacey Cook (Mammoth Lakes, CA) sixth and Jackie Wiles (Aurora, OR) was 11th.
Lindsey Vonn finished second the Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre on Saturday in South Korea. (Getty Images-Sean M. Haffey)
PYEONGCHANG, Korea (Mar. 3, 2017) – The women’s speed team will look to put a rough Audi FIS Ski World Cup weekend in Crans-Montana, Switzerland behind them as they take on the Olympic test event at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre this weekend with a downhill on Saturday and super G on Sunday. Meanwhile, the men head to Kranjska Gora, Slovenia for a tech series.
South Korea wouldn’t be the first place you’d expect for an Audi FIS Ski World Cup venue, but nestled into one of the most remote areas of South Korea in the Gariwang mountain surrounded by a 500-year-old sacred forest, the temps are cold and the snow surface is hard. That, combined with the handiwork of man, myth and legend - Wyoming’s cattle rancher-turned-snow-master Tom Johnston - provides for some sweet conditions.
The 19-year-old German ski racer gave a tug on the laces of her leather boots, clicking them into the cables on her long wooden skis. Behind her was the towering Piz Nair, the iconic peak on Corviglia at St. Moritz, high in the Swiss Alps.
A day earlier she had won silver in the downhill on Piz Nair - five minutes, 38 seconds down the mountain. It was the first medal of her young career. Now it was time for slalom, as she placed her bamboo poles into the snow and pushed out onto the course.
Christl Cranz was the first great superstar of women's alpine ski racing - a new sport in the 1930s, making its Olympic debut in 1936. Belgium born, her family moved to Germany after World War I when she was just a child. She was skiing by six and took to it with a passion, eventually winning a dozen world titles and her sport's first Olympic gold at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany in 1936.
KVITFJELL, Norway (Feb. 26, 2017) - Tommy Biesemeyer (Keene, NY) was the top-placed American in Sunday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G, won by Italy’s Peter Fill.
It was a career-first super G victory for Fill, as Austria’s Hannes Reichelt was second, and Canada’s Erik Guay finished third. Biesemeyer was 19th. Brennan Rubie (Salt Lake City) finished 33rd, Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, CA) 34th, Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) 45th and Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) in 47th.
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (Feb. 26, 2017) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) won her first career Audi FIS Ski World Cup alpine combined event Sunday, and increased her overall World Cup lead heading into final races of the season.
Racing once again under brilliant blue skies and on a soft track, Shiffrin laid down a solid first run of super G, and then attacked the second run slalom to take the victory over Italy’s Federica Brignone in second, and Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec in third.
“I was really psyched with my super G this morning,” Shiffrin said. “I took a really big step forward from yesterday and I was happy with that. Of course the slalom was great; I made a little mistake at the top, but I was attacking so I don’t think it cost me too much. I’m happy to go into the U.S. races with the overall lead.”
SUN VALLEY, ID (Feb. 26, 2017) - For more than three decades, Ski Racing and its publisher Gary Black, Jr., have been an impactful voice for alpine ski racing worldwide. The U.S. Ski Team is mourning the passing of Black, 75, who died peacefully Saturday (Feb. 25) at his home in Sun Valley.
A native of Baltimore, Black had a lifelong love for newspaper publishing, adventure and skiing. He combined those passions in 1984 when he purchased Ski Racing Magazine, the journal of international ski racing that was started in 1968 by the late Bill Tanler. In his tenure as publisher he grew Ski Racing to become the global voice of alpine ski racing, evolving from a newspaper to a modern digital source of ski racing news today.
KVITFJELL, Norway (Feb. 25, 2017) – One “crazy fast” turn got Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) off on the wrong foot in Saturday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill won by Norway’s home-crowd favorite Kjetil Jansrud.
Running the full-length 1994 Olympic downhill course, Jansrud edged out Italy’s Peter Fill by just 0.08 seconds. Switzerland’s Beat Fuez was third. Ganong was 17th, as Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, CA) was the only other American in the points, finishing 19th.
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (Feb. 25, 2017) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) scored valuable points toward the overall World Cup title Saturday, finishing 13th at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G under brilliant blue skies and warm sunshine.
Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec won Saturday’s race by 0.50 seconds over Italy’s Elena Curtoni in second, and 1.09 seconds over Austria’s Stephanie Venier. With the victory Saturday and her second-place finish in the alpine combined Friday, Stuhec is only 258 points behind Shiffrin in the overall standings.
Once again Saturday, athletes faced soft snow surfaces as temperatures in Crans-Montana reached into the lower 40s.