VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 2. 2015)—On Monday, February 2, the opening ceremonies signified the highly anticipated beginning to the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, CO. This year’s competition marks the fourth time in history that the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will be held in America, and the third time the competition returns to Vail/Beaver Creek, CO. The first event of the World Championships will be Tuesday, February 3, when the women super G racers race down the world-renowned Birds of Prey course.
A stack lineup of women racers representing the U.S. Ski Team will slide into the start gate on Tuesday at 1 p.m. EST. Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) and Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) will all be gunning for a World Champs podium.
BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 2, 2015) - A surprise six-inch snowfall brought out the snowblowers on Raptor, delaying the first women's downhill training run. Originally set for 10:30 a.m., officials posted a 2-1/2 hour delay at 9:30 a.m. That was further extended to 1:30 p.m. at the Talon Crew worked feverishly to prepare the track for the women.
BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 1, 2015) - Athletes from around the globe have arrived in Vail/Beaver Creek for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. For the American women, Monday's opening downhill training run down Raptor will be a vital piece towards getting a starting bib for Friday's women's downhill. Racing opens Tuesday with the women's super G.
U.S. Ski Team coaches said Sunday that all three scheduled training runs will be considered in determining who will start on Friday. Audi FIS Ski World Cup leader Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) have already clinched start spots by selection criteria. The remaining two spots are up for grabs between Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA), Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO) and Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR).
Fantasy football. Fantasy baseball. Fantasy basketball. And…fantasy ski racing? Meet your soon-to-be most used app on your smartphone: Fantasy Ski Racer(FSR).
FSR isn’t from some web startup cranking out fantasy sports apps, or from business-suited men at ESPN. Instead, this is World Cup-winning Steven Nyman’s brilliant idea, stemming from a delayed race at Lake Louise a few years ago.
“It all started with Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT) and me, kicking around ideas when it was -30° at a Lake Louise NorAm a few years ago,” said Nyman (Sundance, UT). “I drew what we thought would be sweet on a napkin and got fired up about the idea.”
Nyman handed his brother—a computer engineer—the napkin after the race. “He said he’d make it happen,” remembered Nyman. From there, they enlisted more help from high school friend Pete Rugh, an accomplished web designer.
STAMFORD, CT (Jan. 29, 2015) – NBC Sports Group and Universal Sports Network will present 28 hours of coverage of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, CO from February 3-15. The record television coverage across three networks includes 5.5 hours of coverage planned for NBC, 8.5 hours for NBCSN and 14 for Universal Sports. It's all part of a USSA rights acquisition to ensure live coverage each day from the World Championships.
The broadcast team of Dan Hicks (play-by-play), Steve Porino (analyst), Todd Brooker (analyst), Christin Cooper (analyst), and Carolyn Manno (reporter) will call the action from Beaver Creek. Steve Schlanger will serve as host of the post-race shows.
PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 28) – World Champions Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) headline a strong group of 26 athletes, 14 men and 12 women, named by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to compete in the 2015 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships Feb. 2-15 in Vail/Beaver Creek on home turf. Joining them will be five-time medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) as well as Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill winners Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) and Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT).
It is the strongest team the U.S. has fielded in the three World Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek. So far this season, the U.S. Ski Team has had seven athletes on Audi FIS Ski World Cup podiums including five separate winners.
PARK CITY, UT (January 27, 2015) – The U.S. Ski Team will announce the team for the upcoming FIS Alpine World Ski Championships on a special Podium360 on Wednesday, January 28 at 5 p.m. EST live on Universal Sports Network. The announcement will also be streamed LIVE at UniversalSports.com and usskiteam.com.
U.S. Ski Team Alpine Director Patrick Riml is scheduled to announce the men’s and women’s squads for both the speed and tech events via satellite from the USSA Center of Excellence in Park City, Utah.
While Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) and Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) have all secured a downhill spot based on their World Cup podiums, the fourth spot is still up in the air between at least three other athletes.
SCHLADMING, Austria (Jan. 27, 2014)—Racers skied through a blizzard of wet snow at the Schladming night slalom on Tuesday—the last Audi FIS World Cup race before the FIS Alpine World Championships. Will Brandenburg (Spokane, WA) finished 18th—his first finish all season—and David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) was 19th.
In front of a crowd rivaling Kitzbuehel, Russian Alexander Khoroshilov won his first World Cup—the first World Cup win for Russia in 34 years. Stefano Gross of Italy took second and Felix Neureuther third.
Before Tuesday’s race, Brandenburg had only finished one World Cup race in the past three seasons. But he remained a strong skier, showing speed in training and in runs he finished. This race, Brandenburg said he utilized a new tactic: holding back speed to focus on completing races. “I didn’t gun it that much, but I’m happy with the result,” he said. “I’m getting there. I could have been faster, but I didn’t want to take the risk.”
KITZBUEHEL, Austria (Jan. 24, 2015)—On a demanding course that started just below Saturday’s shortened downhill run, David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) was the only American finisher in Sunday’s Kitzbuehel slalom, taking 26th place. Mattias Hargin of Sweden won the race, with Austrian Marcel Hirscher in second and Felix Neureuther of Germany in third.
Conditions were tough, with low visibility and plenty of fresh snow. It’s a hill with plenty of terrain changes, so the athletes needed to be on their feet the entire time. Chodounsky, sitting in 13th after a strong first run, lost his pole on the top of the course. But, instead of skiing out, Chodounsky punched every gate with his glove, crossblocking his way to the bottom. Although his time wasn’t fast, he showed dedication by finishing.