SAALFELDEN, Austria (Feb. 16, 2017) – America’s fastest U16 alpine racers headed overseas to compete at the esteemed 7 Nations Cup this week at Saalfelden Hinterreit. Kellen Kinsella (Edwards, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) took two podiums—a win in giant slalom and second in slalom.
A different country in Europe hosts the 7 Nations Cup every year - one of the premiere events in the world for U16 racers. Held in Austria this year, the race featured a deep field with the Americans going against many of the best in the world.
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 17, 2017) – David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) was the top American in Friday’s giant slalom at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz, taking 11th.
While Thursday was sunny and warm, the bright sun hid for most of Friday’s race—proving chillier with tough visibility. Many men struggled with the flat light and falling snow, but you couldn’t see that in Marcel Hirscher’s run, who, after finishing second to Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) in the last two World Championships giant slaloms, finally took his first GS gold. Behind him, his teammate Roland Leitinger was second and Leif Kristian Haugen of Norway third. It is Hirscher’s second medal in St. Moritz, after taking silver in the alpine combined.
PARK CITY, UT (Feb. 15, 2017) – A strong and deep team of 15 rising stars – seven women and eight men – have been named to the FIS Alpine Junior World Championships Team. The team is led by defending Junior Worlds downhill champion Erik Arvidsson (Woodside, CA), who led the charge of four men in the top 10 last year – a feat that had never been before achieved. The team will represent the U.S. in Åre, Sweden in six events from March 8-14.
This year’s team boasts significant depth on both the men’s and women’s sides. Chosen athletes come from the U.S. Ski Team C, D and N-UNI teams, the USSA National Training Group, as well as top USSA club programs across the nation. Headlining the team and joining Arvidsson will be Sam Morse (Sugarloaf, ME) and Florian Szwebel (Avon, CO) who finished fourth and seventh, respectively, in last year’s World Juniors downhill in Sochi, Russia.
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 16, 2017) – With the fastest second run of the day, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) grabbed her first career World Championships giant slalom medal Thursday, finishing second on a sun-soaked course at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
Tessa Worley of France took the victory, her second World Championship giant slalom title, as Italy’s Sofia Goggia finished third, her first World Championship medal as well. Megan McJames (Park City, UT) was the only other American to qualify for the second run, finishing 21st.
Mikaela Shiffrin grabbed her first giant slalom medal at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St Moritz. (Getty Images/AFP-Fabrice Coffrini)
Lindsey Vonn stood at the top of Engiadina looking out at the expanse of Swiss alpine peaks in every direction. It was a scenario she had been a part of many times before - her seventh World Championships. Now 32 years old, the then Lindsey Kildow was just 17 when she pushed into the same start for her very first European World Cup downhill at St. Moritz in 2001. She finished 57th out of 64 starters that day.
Like any pro sports athlete, if you're a ski racer you play through the pain. You don't win 77 World Cups without some agony of defeat. One of life's best measurements as a ski racer is how you come back from adversity.
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 14, 2017) – It was a gorgeous day for the team event at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships—a thrilling head-to-head race pitting one country against another. This year, France was victorious, taking home the gold medal for their country.
Behind France, Slovakia was second and Sweden third in the event that will be featured for the first time in the Olympic Games in 2018.
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 13, 2017) – Standing six-foot-seven-inches tall, Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, CA) is built more like a power forward than a power slalom skier. But competing in his first World Championships, Bennett hammered through a challenging slalom course to an 11th-place finish in Monday’s alpine combined to lead the U.S. at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
Switzerland’s Luca Aerni surprised the best skiers in the world, winning his first major event in front of the roaring home-country crowd. Prior to Monday’s win, Aerni’s best results were a couple Swiss national titles (slalom 2015, alpine combined 2012) and a handful of top 10 World Cup finishes. Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, currently the best ski racer in the world, took the silver, followed by Aerni’s Swiss teammate Mauro Caviezel taking the bronze.
PARK CITY, Utah (Feb. 12, 2017) – As the best in the world compete at the Audi FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, America's rising alpine talent will also be competing – both in St. Moritz for the Longines Future Ski Champions Race and next door at Hinterreit, Austria in the 7 Nations Cup, one of Europe’s premiere U16 events.
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 12, 2017) – Jared Goldberg (Holladay, UT) led the Americans at the makeup day for the Audi FIS Alpine World Ski Championships downhill, taking 20th.
Beat Feuz of Switzerland, who won the downhill and super G test events at St. Moritz during the 2015-16 season, secured the gold medal in front of the hometown crowd. Canadian Erik Guay continued his dominant week in St. Moritz to take silver and Max Franz of Austria took bronze.
ST MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 12, 2017) – Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) landed on the podium, taking the bronze medal, to lead all four Americans into the top 15 in Sunday’s downhill at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec continued her dominant season to take the gold ahead of Austria’s Stephanie Venier, who grabbed the silver. Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) was fifth, Jackie Wiles (Aurora, OR) tied for 12th and Breezy Johnson (Victor, ID) was 15th.
Laurenne Ross was fifth in downhill Sunday in St. Moritz, Switzerland. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Alexis Boichard)