STOCKHOLM, Sweden (Jan. 30, 2017) – Spirits are high and the athletes are feeling the energy of a special place called Hammarbybacken, home to this year’s only City Event on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup schedule.
It’s not often athletes escape to the city life for an event like this, and Stockholm seems the perfect home for it. Tickets are sold out and the crowd will be rowdy Tuesday night for the event, in which Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) is a clear favorite. Shiffrin has never won a City Event, but did podium with a third-place finish in Moscow in 2013. Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) will also compete in Tuesday’s event. No American men qualified for the event.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Jan. 29, 2017) - Tommy Ford (Bend, OR) picked up his third Audi FIS Ski World Cup top-15 giant slalom result of the season, finishing 14th on Sunday.
Austria’s Marcel Hirscher skied to his 20th career World Cup giant slalom victory by a massive 1.50 seconds ahead of Matts Olsson of Sweden in second and 1.95 seconds in front of Stefan Luitz of Germany in third. With his victory, Hirscher pulled further ahead of Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen, who finished seventh Sunday, in the overall World Cup standings.
Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV), who is returning to form following a back injury last month, posted his first top 20 of the season, finishing 20th on the demanding and dark Kandahar course.
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (Jan. 29, 2017) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) showed off her speed skills, coming from bib 31 to steal fourth place in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G in Cortina—her best ever finish in a speed event.
It was a bright and sunny day in Cortina with 60 women racing the super G course set by U.S. Ski Team coach Chris Knight. Lara Gut of Switzerland came into the race heavily favored, trying to take the overall lead from Shiffrin, but a crash at a tough blind gate caused her to DNF. The race was assumed over after the first 30, but Shiffrin, running 31st, put down a crazy fast run, even leading a few of the splits, to finish just off the podium in fourth. Staring at the board after skiing through the lights, she let out a yell, surprising even herself by the fast result.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Jan. 28, 2017) – Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) was again the top American down the dark Kandahar downhill, this time finishing 12th.
Saturday’s race was the official Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill day in Garmisch, as Friday’s race was a makeup race from Wengen. While Ganong won in yesterday’s attempt, he skied the rough and bumpy course to finish just outside of the top 10 in 12th Saturday.
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (Jan. 28 2017) – Breezy Johnson (Victor, ID) posted a career-best Audi FIS Ski World Cup result, finishing 10th to lead five Americans into the top 30 in downhill Saturday.
Switzerland’s Lara Gut won her seventh World Cup downhill race Saturday. Italy’s Sofia Goggia was second, followed by World Cup downhill leader Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia in third. Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), shooting for her 78th World Cup victory, was leading at the first interval until she crashed into the nets - the same section she crashed in Friday’s training run.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Jan. 27, 2017) - Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) brushed aside a 15-minute course hold to win his second Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill, leading five Americans into the top 30.
“I was able to push and stick to my plan and not be too fazed by all the crashes and everything,” Ganong said. “It was a tough day for sure. But I’m super happy to win today.”
Travis Ganong won his second career World Cup downhill victory Friday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Alain Grosclaude)
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (Jan. 26, 2017) – The Dolomites stage is set for Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), a.k.a. the “Speed Queen,” to prevail. She already has a record 11 Audi FIS Ski World Cup victories in Cortina d’Ampezzo in all disciplines, including the last four World Cup races held here.
The immediate future in Cortina certainly looks bright for Vonn, and it’s not just because the sun is shining and the snow is sparkling in this Dolomitic paradise. After winning her 77th career World Cup in Garmisch, Germany last week in just her second race back from injury, Vonn heads to one of her favorite tracks on the circuit for a downhill and super G. Add to that the fact that, in the first of two training runs, she grabbed the third-fastest time, just .22 seconds off Slovenian Ilka Stuhec’s pace. And, she knows where she can cut time.
DENVER (Jan. 26, 2017) – One of the U.S. Ski Team's most progressive new equipment suppliers, Swiss ski manufacturer Stöckli, has been honored by the Team and SnowSports Industries America (SIA). Stöckli was presented with the Doc DesRoches Award at the SIA Snow Show Thursday (Jan. 26) for its promotion of the U.S. Ski Team and its athletes.
Stöckli is the newest U.S. Alpine Ski Team ski supplier, joining in 2014 and supporting a half-dozen athletes including Olympic champion Julia Mancuso and World Cup veteran Stacey Cook.
Over the past decade, Lindsey Vonn has established herself as one of the world's most notable athletes. People on the street know Lindsey Vonn. They recognize her as an accomplished ski racer and cultural hero of her time - a glamorous woman whose image has graced every level of global media.
What they don't see is the Lindsey Vonn who spends six to eight hours in the gym every day - sweating and toiling to tone her 32-year-old body to accomplish things never before achieved in her sport. And with each painful injury, that work becomes harder.
It was no surprise that last weekend in the Bavarian village of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany she broke down in tears - letting her emotions loose in the finish area, hugging her father, doing a dance with the fans and looking back up at the imposing Kandahar run with a smile.