SUN VALLEY, ID (March 23, 2016) – 17-year-old Galena Wardle (Aspen, CO – U.S. Ski Team) took home her first-ever national title at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in the event’s inaugural standalone women’s alpine combined.
On another bluebird morning, the women were excited to shred the tight and technical super G course on Sun Valley's Greyhawk before launching into slalom in the afternoon. “It’s a difficult (super G) hill and they have to put so many gates on it because of the amount of vertical,” said Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR – U.S. Ski Team), who won the super G portion of the day. “It’s really turny, very GS-y. Super technical the whole way down and doesn’t ever let up.”
Two weeks before the close of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup season in St. Moritz, Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin had a decision to make. Having just come back from a December knee injury, she had to decide whether or not to go to Lenzerheide, Switzerland for a super G and an alpine combined leading into the World Cup Finals.
She was coming off a top-10 combined finish in Andorra – her first World Cup in that discipline. And speed events were definitely in her plans. It was a challenging decision for the then 20-year-old (she turned 21 a week later).
SUN VALLEY, ID (March 22, 2016) – Day one of the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships kicked off with a bang, with Brennan Rubie (Salt Lake City, UT – U.S. Ski Team) taking the big win in alpine combined for his first national title.
A well-rounded super G, giant slalom and slalom skier, Rubie was solid against the strong field - finishing second in the super G and third in the slalom to boost him 1.46 seconds ahead of Kieffer Christianson (Anchorage, AK – U.S. Ski Team) in second place. Hig Roberts (Steamboat Springs, CO – U.S. Ski Team) fought from 12th in the super G to win the slalom race by almost a half second, launching him to third place.
Fastest junior of the day went to River Radamus (Edwards, CO – U.S. Ski Team), who finished seventh overall.
SUN VALLEY, ID (March 21, 2016) – The Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships kicks off Tuesday and the best skiers from around North America are arriving to the beautiful Sun Valley Resort. While Sun Valley is busy prepping the hill and selecting the best spots for you to watch the race, the athletes are stoked to throw down for one last race series. See who is excited to attend below.
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (March 20, 2016) – The World Cup season wrapped up Sunday with another sunny and warm spring day in the Swiss Alps at the World Cup Finals with men’s slalom and women’s giant slalom. David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) just missed the top 20, while Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) showed promise in GS despite skiing out in the first run.
“It was an unfortunate way to finish the season, but at the same time, we know (David) has made a huge step and we’ve got to stick to that positive here at the end of the season,” Men’s Head Coach Sasha Rearick said. “He really made a step this season in both GS and slalom. Consistency wise, he’s been much better.”
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (March 19, 2016) – She is simply in a class all her own. Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) provided another dominating slalom victory – her fifth win of the season – Saturday at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals.
Shiffrin’s winning margin of 2.03 seconds was stunning, especially considering that a number of her top competitors struggled on the grippy snow surface baked by the warm spring sunshine. In Saturday’s race, she left Slovakia’s Veronika Velez Zuzulova in her wake, along with Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter, who finished second and third respectively. Resi Stiegler (Jackson, WY), who was competing at the World Cup Finals for the first time since 2007, was 11th.
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (March 18, 2016) – Out of the 11 teams entered in the World Cup Finals team event, Switzerland put on a show in front of the home crowd for a win. Team USA made it through the first round, but did not move past the quarterfinals, tying for fifth place.
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (March 17, 2016) – Consistency is the new name of the game for Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR), who popped yet another top-five finish in Thursday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals super G Thursday.
“I’ve had a lot of DNFs and a lot of crashes in the past,” said Ross, who finished fifth Thursday and wrapped up the World Cup season with seven top-five results in downhill and super G, including alpine combined. “This year I was really working on finding the fine line between safety and speed, and I feel like I’ve started to really approach that, more on the safer side. I haven’t had any DNFs in downhill or super G this year, so I’m really happy with that.”
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (March 16, 2016) – Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) scored his fourth-straight downhill podium – an American record - finishing second at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals to wrap up the season Wednesday.
“I skied really, really well today,” Nyman said. “I nailed the top … but the last turn I was a little to shallow and didn’t carry the speed I needed too and that’s where Beat (Feuz) got me and took the lead.”
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (March 15, 2016) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s (USSA) National Training Group (NTG) athlete Ben Ritchie (Waitsfield, VT, National Training Group/Green Mountain Valley School) snagged second place at the Longines Future Ski Champions event.
The Longines event, which alternates between men’s and women’s races each year, brings together the future talents of alpine ski racing to compete against each other on the scene of a major professional circuit competition. This year’s event took place the day prior to the the kick off of the 2016 Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals in St. Moritz.