VAL D’ISERE, France (Dec. 9, 2016) – On a course defined by shadows, hard snow and relentless terrain, David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) squeaked out an 18th-place finish in Saturday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom.
“I just barely squeaked in the first run,” said Chodounsky, who tied Italy’s Florian Eisath for 30th to qualify for the second run. “This hill is so tough. It’s steep and never lets you go. I felt like I was attacking, but made some mistakes (in the first run), but I opened it up a bit in the second run.”
VAL D’ISERE, France (Dec. 9, 2016) – It’s like Groundhog Day here in Val d’Isere, only we’re on the other side of Olympic Avenue this weekend, skiing on the relentless Stade Olympique de Bellevarde. Welcome to the real “Criterium de la Premiere Niege.” Last week was just a tease to the big event this weekend and the French are sure to once again put on a show for the home crowd.
Gold comes in many forms. Last weekend on the icy pitch of the fabled O.K. course in Val d’Isere, France, a 15th place World Cup super G result gleamed brighter than an Olympic medal for Vermont’s Ryan Cochran-Siegle.
It had been nearly four years since his last major international speed event in February 2013. On the third gate of the combined downhill at the 2013 World Championships in Schladming, Austria, he crashed, shredding his left knee. Multiple surgeries and hundreds of days in the gym later, he scored a career-best finish on a weekend that could define his pathway leading up to the PyeongChang Olympics in just 14 months.
LAKE LOUISE, Canada (Dec. 4, 2016) – Jackie Wiles (Aurora, OR) led four American women into the top 20 with a career-best 10th-place finish in the first super G of the season at Audi FIS Ski World Cup.
“I am so thrilled,” said Wiles. “I had high expectations for the downhill and fell short. I had no expectations for today, but I knew that you had charge it hard, and that’s what I do best. So I just gave it my all and I’m very happy.”
VAL D’ISERE, France (Dec. 4, 2016) – After two days of speed, the tech guys were ready to go in Val d’Isere for the Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom. Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) was the top American of the day, taking 11th place.
After a 46-year wait, France won a Val d’Isere GS in front of the home crowd with Mathieu Faivre taking the win after a spectacular second run. His teammate Alexis Pinturault was third and Marcel Hirscher of Austria second.
On perfect, grippy snow, the Americans stacked five racers into the points with Tommy Ford (Bend, OR) finishing just behind Ligety in 14th. Tim Jitloff (Park City, UT) was 18th, Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, VT) 22nd and David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) 27th.
LAKE LOUISE, Canada (Dec. 3, 2016) – The American ladies stacked three in the top 15 on the second day of downhill in Lake Louise, led by Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) in seventh place. Friday’s top American Stacey Cook (Mammoth Lakes, CA) was 11th and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), in only her second Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill, was 13th.
Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia wore a red bib marking her as the World Cup leader in downhill after a surprise win on Friday, and showed that the win wasn’t a fluke. She skied to victory again, ahead of Switzerland’s Lara Gut in second and Edit Miklos of Hungary in third.
Ross was happy with her result, pointing out the conditions that hindered racers starting behind her. “There was a lot of sun at the very beginning of the race and I think for every person, the sun was less and less,” said Ross. “But that’s ski racing. I got lucky… I’m happy with the result.”
VAL D’ISERE, France (Dec. 3, 2016) – Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) led the American’s in the first downhill of the season in 15th Saturday at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup.
Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud won for the second-straight day after taking Friday’s super G victory. Peter Fill of Italy was second. Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, who was second in Friday’s super G, finished third.
An early November storm dropped upwards of three meters of snow on the top of the course in Val d'Isere. However, rain fell on the lower slopes during the same storm. Organizers were able to make enough snow on the lower slopes to host the event, but the conditions proved challenging for the racers, with extremely aggressive snow.
VAIL, CO (Dec. 3, 2016) — The annual Birds of Prey World Cup races at Beaver Creek may have been canceled, but a roster of America's finest World Cup skiers will be on hand Dec. 3 to honor one of the most talented surgeons in sports medicine history.
“The Grateful Steadys” is the moniker of a loose confederation of grateful patients, athletes, Fellows, MDs, friends and fans brought together by a quartet of Olympic skiers to honor retired local orthopedic pioneer, Dr. Richard Steadman. Like many of their peers, the “Core Four”—Andy Mill, Cindy Nelson, Edie Thys Morgan and Christin Cooper-Taché — owe their careers, and post-career active lives, to Steadman’s interventions, and felt it was time for the skiing world to gratefully acknowledge the impact this one man has had on the sport.