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.
ALTENMARKT-ZAUCHENSEE, Austria (Jan.8, 2016) – Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) led the final training run in Altenmarkt/Zauchensee Friday, after taking third in Thursday’s training. The Audi FIS Ski World Cup will feature a rare two-run sprint downhill Saturday with super G Sunday. The men's tour stops in Adelboden for a giant slalom and slalom. TV broadcasts will be LIVE on NBCSN for both men and women, so make sure to set your DVR to record the early morning broadcasts.
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.
It was mid-afternoon at Val Gardena in the Italian Dolomites. The sun was dropping behind the Sassolungo massif creating even more shadows along the Saslong downhill. In Santa Christina, bands were playing as Italy celebrated downhill champion Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway.
It was well over two hours since the start. The finish crowd had thinned with just a few racers to go. Ever loyal, American stars Andrew Weibrecht, Travis Ganong, Marco Sullivan and Jared Goldberg had stuck around to cheer on one more teammate – Bryce Bennett starting 57th.
Bryce is one of those athletes you just have to love. At first glance you would think the Squaw Valley native was a basketball star, soaring 6-feet-7-inches. But ski racing is Bryce’s passion. His sly smile, sense of humor and simply genuineness lights up the room. He’s someone you want to see have success, like his 29th and first World Cup points in Beaver Creek. That was a day for celebration!
SANTA CATERINA, Italy (Jan. 6, 2016) – USA struggled in Wednesday’s rescheduled Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom in Santa Caterina, Italy, with no American skiers making the flip. Austrian Marcel Hirscher took the win, catapulting himself into the World Cup overall lead.
There’s something about Austrians and new World Cup venues that just works. Perhaps it’s a sign that the force is strong or it’s something in their training. Whatever the magic “it” is, it has put them at the top of the podium at all of the last three venue debuts on the men’s World Cup slalom circuit.
Hirscher kept that streak alive, adding win number four by beating out slalom points leader Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway and Alexander Khoroshilov of Russia in the first ever men’s World Cup slalom race at the venue.
PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 5, 2016) – January 5, 2016 marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic deaths of U.S. Ski Team athletes Ronnie Berlack (Franconia, NH) and Bryce Astle (Sandy, UT), who were killed in an avalanche in Austria. In the year since their death, the ski racing community has learned more about the dangers of avalanches in order to prevent similar situations.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA)—the parent organization of the U.S. Ski Team—has been working with The Avalanche Project to create awareness about the importance of avalanche education. This has been a joint effort of the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) and regional organizations.
Teammates, friends and family will honor their fallen friends today and hope that everyone continues to teach themselves about the dangers of avalanches. #skiersforsafety
SANTA CATERINA, Italy (Jan. 5, 2016) – Resi Stiegler continued her consistent comeback after her knee injury, taking 14th in the Santa Caterina slalom—her fourth top 15 this season.
But top 15 isn't enough for Stiegler, who is looking for the podium. “I’m pretty excited to get another top 15. I do want a lot more and it’s hard to watch other girls that you know you can beat being in the top five,” said Stiegler. “I wasn’t that far behind when I came down. So obviously that’s what I need to start doing—pushing the envelope a little bit and really putting it on the line a little bit more. I need to get in there; I want to get in there.”
Resi Stiegler attacks the Santa Caterina slalom. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Christophe Pallot)
Chodounsky + Stiegler Eye Top 10 in Santa Caterina
SANTA CATERINA, Italy (Jan. 4, 2016) – The men’s and women’s tech teams will each take on an Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom race, relocated from Zagreb, Croatia to Santa Caterina, Italy due to a combination of a lack of snow and unusually warm temperatures—a harsh reality much of Europe has faced so far this winter. But Santa Caterina is a lot whiter than it was one week ago for the men’s downhill.
On the women’s side, a strong and consistent Resi Stiegler (Jackson, WY) looks to break into the top 10. Last week in her father’s hometown of Lienz, Stiegler participated in her first bib draw in eight years. Of the four World Cup slalom races this year, Stiegler has finished top 20, including a top 10 on home soil in Aspen—the best comeback post-injury finish she’s had in her career. But Stiegler’s hungry for more. Her sights are set on the top 10.