ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Mar. 15, 2016) – The Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals kick off on Wednesday, March 16 at the site of the 2017 World Championships in St. Moritz. The sun is shining, the track is reminiscent of that Colorado buttery smooth snow and globes are up for grabs. Plus, nearly all World Cup Finals events will be shown live on NBCSN.
The Olympiabakken at Kvitfjell outside Lillehammer, Norway is a very special course for American Downhillers. It was here in 1994 that Golden Boy Tommy Moe struck Olympic gold on opening day. In the years to follow, U.S. Ski Team stars like Kyle Rasmussen, Daron Rahlves and Bode Miller would all win here.
It was race day at Kvitfjell. After inspection, Squaw Valley ski racer Marco Sullivan buckled his boots at the U.S. Ski Team’s mid-mountain hotel and slid over to the chairlift. He was trying to keep his mind focused as he headed to the top for his number 28 start position.
ASPEN, CO (March 14, 2016) – The first event of the U.S. Alpine Championships kicked off Sunday in Aspen, CO where hometown favorite Wiley Maple (Aspen, CO, U.S. Ski Team/ Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club) defended his national title successfully, winning the downhill. Breezy Johnson (Victor, ID, U.S. Ski Team/Rowmark Ski Academy) took home the title for the women.
While the rest of the U.S. Alpine Champs take place in Sun Valley, ID next week, the downhill is held in conjunction with the NorAm Finals. This year, the venue was Aspen, where the World Cup Finals will be held in 2017. The race was moved up by a day to avoid forecasted heavy snowfall.
“It feels pretty good to win at home,” said Maple. “I was probably the favorite coming in and it was cool to perform under pressure and win in front of the home crowd defending my title. It was a super fun track that I think everyone enjoyed.”
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 13, 2016) – Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) posted the fastest super G time and finished seventh overall as Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener won another weather-challenged race and the Audi FIS Ski World Cup alpine combined crystal globe Sunday.
“I didn’t feel that great about my slalom … so that gave me a bit more ambition and drive for the super G,” said Ross, who finished 21st in the slalom. “I went straight, tried to arc everything, and I feel great about winning the second run.”
KVITFJELL, Norway (March 13, 2016) – Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) just missed a podium spot to lead three Americans into the top 20 in Sunday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G.
“I got caught in some soft snow down at the bottom, but that’s just how it goes – made a mistake and lost some time – but it was a good race and I’m happy with it,” said Weibrecht, who finished fifth Sunday. Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) was 14th and Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) was 17th.
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 12, 2016) – Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) was the top U.S. finisher in 23rd in Saturday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G, won by Austria’s Cornelia Huetter.
“I was definitely skiing a little bit stiff, a little nervous today,” said Ross, who moved into the first seed of starters based on her seventh-place overall in the World Cup super G standings going into Saturday’s race.
Huetter took her first World Cup victory by 0.10 over Switzerland’s Fabienne Suter. Austria’s Tamara Tippler was third. Stacey Cook (Mammoth Lakes, CA) finished 31st.
KVITFJELL, Norway (March 12, 2016) – After a short delay, the fog cleared in Norway to leave a bluebird sky and perfect track for Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) to take his third Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill podium in three races, finishing third.
"I skied really well and I’m happy with how I’m feeling on my skis and my movement and the continued podiums," said Nyman after the race. "Three in a row, that’s kind of cool!"
Even with a bobble at the top, Nyman quickly made up time, nailing an aggressive line to take first from the early leader Canadian Manuel Osborne-Paradis. But it wasn’t quite enough to keep the lead, with Dominik Paris of Italy squeaking out his second downhill win in two races and 24-year-old Frenchman Valentin Giraud Moine surprising the fans to take second.
KVITFJELL, Norway (Mar. 11, 2016) – The conditions in Norway are looking prime and the stage is set for an American Downhiller vs. Attacking Viking showdown on home turf for the Norwegians. But can the American Downhillers sneak in there for the upset on race day?
In both Thursday and Friday’s training runs, a pair of Attacking Vikings and an Italian came out on top, with Italy’s Peter Fill clocking the fastest time on Thursday followed by Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt-Kilde and Kjetil Jansrud, and Jansrud on top Friday followed by Fill and Kilde yet again. But don’t count out those American Downhillers just yet.
Travis Ganong took fourth in Friday's training run. (Getty Images/Cornelius Poppe)
SUN VALLEY, ID (March 10, 2016) – The Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships are back in Intermountain and the U.S. athletes couldn’t be more stoked. From March 22-27, the best skiers in the nation will head to the place skiing began in the United States – Sun Valley.
The ski history and culture is rich in Sun Valley, the first ski resort in the nation. In its 80th winter, the magic of Sun Valley is bigger and better than ever, and the organizers have worked tirelessly to prep a world-class track and an après ski paradise with something for everyone.
From local ski hills to the PyeongChang Olympics, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) encompasses all athletes that share a passion for skiing and snowboarding. We explore what makes each skier and rider a champion with stories from the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing, next to kids winning a NASTAR medal, landing their first cork 7 or joining a club team. Alongside USSA’s mascot Champ, take a look at how all of these athletes strive to be Best in the World.