Alpine

Arvidsson and O’Brien Lead the Tech Charge

Arvidsson and O’Brien Lead the Tech Charge

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2017-03-13 15:59
 

ÅRE, Sweden (March 13, 2017) – The men’s giant slalom and women’s slalom went off at the 2017 FIS Junior World Ski Championships on Monday. Erik Arvidsson (Woodside, CA; U.S. Ski Team C Team/Squaw Valley Ski Team) led the charge in giant slalom landing in 10th. On the women’s side, Nina O’Brien (Edwards, CO; U.S. Ski Team D Team/Burke Mountain Academy/Squaw Valley Ski Team) posted the best American slalom result in 15th.

It was tough conditions for the men, with a full-on World Cup giant slalom hill in terms of length, turns and big terrain changes. The weather was warm and the light was flat, which resulted in a bumpy and hard surface with peely snow. Switzerland’s Loic Meillard took home his second gold of the week, while Norway’s Timon Haugan and France’s Victor Guillot grabbed silver and bronze, respectively.

 


 

Shiffrin Inspires Young Ski Racers at Vail

Shiffrin Inspires Young Ski Racers at Vail

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2017-03-13 14:35
 

Just before leaving for the Squaw Valley World Cup series where she swept the wins at both the slalom and giant slalom, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) spent a couple days spring skiing with the kids of Ski & Snowboard Club Vail. Not only did she get great training in at an elite venue, she had the opportunity to inspire young athletes to reach for the medals, just like she has done. Plus, the director of the club is her former coach at Burke Mountain Academy.

Read more about Shiffrin’s visit to SSCV and how her upbringing shaped her into the skier she is today in John Meyer’s Denver Post article.

 


 

Squaw Valley Sweep for Shiffrin

Squaw Valley Sweep for Shiffrin

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2017-03-11 15:58
 

SQUAW VALLEY, CA – (March 11, 2017) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) did it again! A day after winning the giant slalom, Shiffrin won again, this time in slalom at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in front of 12,000 fans on a sunny California day.

“I love the crowd,” Shiffrin said. “They cheered so hard! It’s just awesome that 12,000 people today came to watch. In the U.S., that’s so big, and we loved hearing them!”

Saturday’s victory was Shiffrin’s 25th World Cup slalom win and puts her squarely in the driver’s seat to win her first overall World Cup title next week in Aspen, Colorado.

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Mikaela Shiffrin won her fourth-straight slalom crystal globe following her victory Saturday at Squaw Valley. (Getty Images/Ezra Shaw)

 


 

Radamus Second In Junior Worlds Combined

Radamus Second In Junior Worlds Combined

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2017-03-11 14:06
 

ÅRE, Sweden (March 11, 2017) – River Radamus (Edwards, CO; U.S. Ski Team D Team/Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) won the silver medal in alpine combined, the third medal for the U.S. at the 2017 FIS Junior World Ski Championships, Saturday.

Switzerland’s Lois Meillard took the gold as Germany’s George Hegele won the bronze. Sam Morse (Sugarloaf, ME; U.S. Ski Team C Team/Carrabassett Valley Academy), who won the downhill earlier in the week, finished sixth after winning the morning super G. Erik Arvidsson (Woodside, CA; U.S. Ski Team C Team/Squaw Valley Ski Team) was 22nd; George Steffey (Lyme, NH; U.S. Ski Team D Team/Stratton Mountain School) 41st.

 


 

O’Brien 15th in Junior Worlds Alpine Combined

O’Brien 15th in Junior Worlds Alpine Combined

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2017-03-10 18:12
 

ÅRE, Sweden (March 10, 2017) - Nina O’Brien (Edwards, CO; U.S. Ski Team D Team/Burke Mountain Academy/Squaw Valley Ski Team) was the top-placed American in alpine combined as Austria’s Nadine Fest won her second gold medal of the 2017 FIS Junior World Ski Championships Friday.

Slovenia’s Meta Hrovat took the silver medal, as Franziska Gritsch of Austria won the bronze. Fest also won the super G title on Thursday.

O’Brien finished 15th Friday, as teammate Patricia Mangan (Derby, NY; U.S. Ski Team C Team/Holimont Racing Club) was 16th and Maureen Lebel (Truckee, CA; Mammoth Mountain Ski & Snowboard Club) finished 21st. Alice Merryweather (Hingham, MA; U.S. Ski Team C Team/Attitash Race Team/Stratton Mountain School), who won the downhill Wednesday, was 24th.

Up next, the men compete in alpine combined at the FIS Junior World Ski Championships Saturday.

 


 

Thrilling World Cup Victory for Shiffrin

Thrilling World Cup Victory for Shiffrin

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2017-03-10 16:31
 

SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 10, 2017) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) provided more than 8,000 ski racing fans lining Squaw Valley's Red Dog course with a thrilling victory, and moved one step closer to the overall World Cup title after winning Friday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom.

“It’s awesome,” Shiffrin said. “The people in California are so nice. It’s great to win in front of my own home country crowd.”

Friday’s victory was Shiffrin’s fourth career World Cup giant slalom win and 30th career World Cup victory. Italy’s Federica Brignone finished second, followed by World Cup giant slalom leader Tessa Worley of France in third.

 


 

Watch Shiffrin’s Globe Quest on NBC

Watch Shiffrin’s Globe Quest on NBC

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2017-03-09 22:42
 

SQUAW VALLEY, CA (Mar. 9, 2017) – The Audi FIS Ski World Cup returns to Squaw Valley for the first time since 1969, when local legend Billy Kidd took home slalom gold on home snow. This weekend, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) will lead the charge on a quest for gold and globes on a challenging, relentless Red Dog track in Squaw Valley for the final stop of the World Cup tour before World Cup Finals in Aspen.

As a part of its NBC partnership, the U.S. Ski Team expanded its broadcast to include both NBC as well as live coverage of the women’s slalom on Saturday on NBCSN, where Shiffrin could wrap up the World Cup slalom title.

 


 

Squaw Valley Hopes to Motivate Future Generation

Squaw Valley Hopes to Motivate Future Generation

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2017-03-09 18:30
 

SQUAW VALLEY, CA (Mar. 9, 2017) - Millions of fans worldwide will be watching the racing action on Red Dog as the Audi FIS Ski World Cup comes to the Olympic village of Squaw Valley Friday and Saturday. But resort officials and local Olympic champion Julia Mancuso have a forward looking view, hoping that the races inspire the next generation of stars.

Officials from Squaw Valley and the U.S. Ski Team spoke to media Thursday to kickoff the race weekend. A continual theme was how the weekend of ski racing will impact the future.

"It’s been a dream to have a race back at home,” said Mancuso, who came out of the local Squaw Valley Ski Team and went on to become an Olympic champion and win four Olympic medals. Mancuso actually originated the concept, seeing an open weekend on the proposed calendar between the Olympic test event in South Korea and the World Cup Finals in Aspen. 

 


 

Morse Top 5 in Barnburner Super G

Morse Top 5 in Barnburner Super G

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2017-03-09 18:11
 

ÅRE, Sweden (Mar. 9, 2017) – For the second day in a row, Sam Morse (Sugarloaf, ME; U.S. Ski Team C Team/Carrabassett Valley Academy) led the charge for the U.S., finishing just .08 seconds off the top of the podium at the 2017 FIS Junior World Ski Championships Thursday. On the women’s side, Maureen Lebel (Truckee, CA; Mammoth Mountain Ski & Snowboard Club) was the top U.S. finisher in ninth.

Though the sun was shining and the conditions were perfect, it was a challenging super G race in Åre and athletes could find the podium from any bib number. Both the men’s and the women’s courses offered a high degree of challenge combined with the terrain on the track.

 


 

USA Sweeps Downhill at Junior Worlds

USA Sweeps Downhill at Junior Worlds

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2017-03-08 06:39
 

ÅRE, Sweden (March 8, 2017) – Sam Morse (Sugarloaf, ME; U.S. Ski Team C Team/Carrabassett Valley Academy) and Alice Merryweather (Hingham, MA; U.S. Ski Team C Team/Stratton Mountain School) led a U.S. downhill gold-medal sweep at the 2017 FIS Junior World Ski Championships Wednesday. This was the second-straight U.S. downhill gold medal for junior men.

"It’s awesome to see athletes perform to their abilities when it counts,” said U.S. Alpine Development Director Chip Knight. “Kudos to them and to everyone who contributed to making it happen.”

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Sam Morse stands atop the men's podium at Junior Worlds. (FIS)

 


 

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