SOELDEN, Austria (Oct. 24, 2015) - On an icy injected course in Soelden, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) threw down two solid runs of giant slalom to walk away with second place at the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup of the 2015-16 season. She finished behind Italian Federica Brignone, who won her first World Cup. Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein took third.
Brignone had stood on the podium seven times without recording a single victory. All that changed on the Rettenbach glacier as Brignone completed two nearly flawless giant slalom runs down a slope so icy the 14,000 fans in attendance could practically see their reflections while watching the competition.
Brignone held nearly a second lead over Shiffrin—who had won last year’s giant slalom in Soelden—after the first run. Although Shiffrin was pleased with her first run, she knew Brignone would be hard to touch.
Team Naming + NASTAR Pacesetting Trials Moved to Nov. 21
COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Oct. 23, 2015)—Due to U.S. Ski Team athletes’ training schedule and warmer weather in Colorado, the date of the U.S. Ski Team’s annual Nature Valley First Tracks celebration and team announcement and Putnam Investments NASTAR Pacesetting Trials has been pushed from November 6 to November 21.
The tech teams have found training opportunities in Europe and will remain there until after the first Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom race in Levi, Finland the weekend of November 14.
SOELDEN, Austria (Oct. 20, 2015) – On Saturday, all eyes will turn to the majestic Rettenbach Glacier in Soelden for the 2015-16 Audi FIS Ski World Cup opener. In the ski racing community, this could very well be considered Mecca.
The excitement and speculation around the season opener is swirling and surging around the glacier. Who will come out on top? Will Mikaela Shiffrin (Vail, CO) prevail, winning her second straight Soelden season opening giant slalom? Will Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) regain his Soelden dominance? Will Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO)—the winningest female in World Cup history—be back in the start hut?
Bryce Bennett: U.S. Ski Team Yeti #WhatMakesAChamp
The U.S. Ski Team and Copper Mountain teamed up to give away a chance to race Olympic champion Ted Ligety and other U.S. Ski Team athletes at the Putnam Investments NASTAR Pacesetting Trials by asking the ski community, “What makes you a champion?” Ligety shared his answers, and now U.S. Ski Team member Bryce Bennett explores #WhatMakesAChamp.
At 6’7”, Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, CA) towers over his competition. In fact, he’s the tallest guy on the circuit, and looks a little bit like a yeti when charging down mountains at 90 mph. But don’t let that height fool you—he’s not good at basketball (self-proclaimed) and he is a gentle giant with a great attitude, a strong sense of fearlessness and serious love for the sport.
The U.S. Ski Team and Copper Mountain teamed up to give away a chance to race Olympic champion Ted Ligety by asking the ski community “What makes you a champion?” Ligety shared his answers, and now former U.S. Ski Team member Bryon Friedman says what makes him a champion.
PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 12, 2015)—The U.S. Ski Team and Copper Mountain have teamed up to give away a chance to race Olympic champion Ted Ligety by asking the ski community “What makes you a champion?”
Inspired by the official U.S. Ski Team mascot, Champ, the Team has kicked off articles asking elite athletes about the moment they truly felt like a champion. Now, the question has been turned to the greater ski racing audience. From October 12-25 — the opening weekend of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Soelden — fans and ski racers can enter on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using words, videos or photos to describe what makes them a champion using the hashtag #WhatMakesAChamp. Ted Ligety will select his favorite answer.
PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 9, 2015) – Try telling an alpine ski racer who specializes in speed to move slowly. It’s not easy. Tommy “BZ” Biesemeyer (Keene, NY) is no exception. After sustaining an ACL and MCL injury in 2014, Biesemeyer had to come to terms with the fact that he had pain that never really went away. Now, Biesemeyer has done the work and put in the time the right way: by moving slowly.
For someone who is accustomed to reaching speeds upwards of 90 mph, a slow return-to-snow progression can be tough mentally. But Biesemeyer is taking it all in stride and keeping things in perspective. He’s been putting in countless hours in at the Center of Excellence gym with teammate Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, VT) under Strength and Conditioning Coach Tracy Fober.