WENGEN, Switzerland (January 16, 2016) – Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) battled through fog and flat light to lead four American’s into the top 30 in the classic Lauberhorn downhill Saturday.
Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal won the Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill in dominating fashion on the shortened course, which started from the combined downhill start due to weather conditions. Austria’s Hannes Reichelt and Klaus Kroll were second and third respectively. The victory, which is his first classic downhill win, moved Svindal into the overall World Cup lead by 15 points over Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, who did not compete Saturday.
Travis Ganong competes in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill Saturday in Wengen. (Getty/Agence Zoom-Alexis Boichard)
FLACHAU, Austria (Jan. 15, 2016) – For one athlete, it was a career day, but for an American coach, it was a historic day at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom Friday. Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) was the top American finisher in 28th.
U.S. Ski Team coach Karin Harjo had the distinction of setting the first run course, becoming the first woman in World Cup history to set a slalom course. For Slovakia World Cup veteran Veronika Velez Zuzulova, it was a career day with back-to-back victories.
“As far as the history thing, it hasn’t really hit me yet,” Harjo said. “Probably because a lot of the time I just think of going out and doing my job, and just being another coach on the hill. That’s always been my mentality, being known as a good coach … verses being the woman that set the course. I understand it’s a huge milestone, but more than anything, I believe in working hard, believing in your dreams, and doing the best job you can.”
WENGEN, Switzerland (Jan. 15, 2016) – Jared Goldberg (Holladay, UT) was the top placed American in Friday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup Alpine combined event, but like the rest of the team, he chalked this one up as another training run for Saturday’s main event – the Lauberhorn downhill.
Andrew Weibrecht competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Combined on January 15, 2016 in Wengen, Switzerland. Weibrecht straddled a gate in the afternoon slalom. (Getty/AFP- Alexis Boichard)
“Today was a good day, just like another training run all the way down,” Goldberg said after finishing 12th. “I felt good, I was charging out of the start. Overall, I skied balanced and I'm ready for the next one.”
WENGEN, Switzerland (Jan.14, 2016) – Though Mother Nature provided a challenge for the men here in Wengen – at last – they were able to complete a successful downhill training run in preparation for the 86th edition of the classic Lauberhorn downhill.
Thursday was the calm before another storm – soon enough, nearly 30,000 ski racing enthusiasts will descend upon Wengen and the energy coupled with a pure love of the sport – aided by hefty amounts of Glühwein – will be palpable.
Radamus and Cashman Nominated to Winter Youth Olympic Games
PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 12, 2016) - Two young Americans have been nominated to the alpine team slated to compete in the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway February 12-21.
The International Olympic Committee’s Youth Olympic Games offers a competitive venue for young athletes to not only compete, but also participate in a Learn & Share program designed to inspire and empower youth. The 2016 U.S. Youth Olympic Team will be formally named by the United States Olympic Committee in late January.
Headlining the 2016 U.S. alpine ski team are U.S. Ski Team athlete River Radamus (Edwards, CO), the current national junior champion in slalom, and the National Training Group’s Keely Cashman (Squaw Valley, CA) who has been performing strongly in this season’s Nor-Am Cup and European FIS-level races.
Radamus and Cashman qualified based on results from international competitions this season.
FLACHAU, Austria (Jan. 12, 2016) – Veteran Resi Stiegler led the U.S. team in a night of ‘firsts’ at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom Tuesday night, taking 15th. But under the lights, it was a pair of young U.S. Ski Team members that shined, with Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, MN) and Lila Lapanja (Incline Village, NV) scoring their first career World Cup points.
Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia won the race for her third career World Cup win. Sarka Strachova of the Czech Republic was second, followed by World Cup slalom leader Frida Hansdotter of Sweden in third.
Moltzan and Lapanja joined Stiegler in qualifying for the second run, and both scored their first career World Cup points. Lapanja was 23rd and Moltzan finished 25th. Stiegler, qualifying for the first time in her career for a second run at Flachau, was 15th.
ADELBODEN, Switzerland (Jan. 10, 2016) – Michael Ankeny (Deephaven, MN) skied to his first-ever Audi FIS Ski World Cup finish in the Adelboden slalom, taking 21st. David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) was the only other American finisher in 20th.
After yesterday’s canceled giant slalom, race organizers were hell-bent on having at least one race down the legendary Chuenisbaergli course in Adelboden. After firehoses, an army of workers, and endless buckets of salt were used to firm up the snow for first run, racing finally got underway with a stadium packed full of flag-waving Swiss fans.
After an exhilarating second run, Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen came away with his third victory of the season, beating out Austrian Marcel Hirscher for the win by a scant 0.06 seconds with a blistering final split. Russian Alexander Khoroshilov was third, 0.60 seconds back.
ALTENMARKT, Austria (Jan. 9, 2016) – Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) extended her super G win streak to four with a commanding victory over her top rival in the hunt for the overall World Cup title at Sunday’s Audi FIS Alpine World Cup.
Despite some initial doubt, Vonn absolutely crushed the course for her 73rd overall World Cup victory. Switzerland’s Lara Gut, the current overall World Cup leader, was second. Austria’s Cornelia Huetter in third.
Lindsey Vonn gives the thumbs up after moving atop the leaderboard during Sunday’s super G. (USSA)
ALTENMARKT, Austria (Jan. 9, 2016) – Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) made history again, tying Annemarie Moser-Proell’s World Cup downhill victory record with win number 36 in a two-run Audi FIS World Cup sprint downhill Saturday.
“I’m really happy to tie Annemarie’s record with 36 wins,” Vonn said after the two-run event, the first two-run downhill since 2002 in Åre, Sweden that Vonn also skied when she was 17 years old.
Lindsey Vonn flies into the record books with win number 36 at the downhill in Altenmarkt/Zauchensee, Austria. (Getty/Agence Zoom-Christophe Pallot)
ADELBODEN, Switzerland (January 9, 2016) – Dense fog and light rain led to the cancelation of today’s Audi FIS World Cup men’s giant slalom.
A steady drizzle arrived on Friday afternoon and continued through the night, which alone still wasn’t enough to dampen the chances of the giant slalom as the course was holding up well. But the racers woke up to a heavy fog and after today’s jury inspection concluded at 9:30, it was clear that there would be no chance to stage the giant slalom race.