KITZBUEHEL, Austria (Jan. 24, 2015)—On a demanding course that started just below Saturday’s shortened downhill run, David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) was the only American finisher in Sunday’s Kitzbuehel slalom, taking 26th place. Mattias Hargin of Sweden won the race, with Austrian Marcel Hirscher in second and Felix Neureuther of Germany in third.
Conditions were tough, with low visibility and plenty of fresh snow. It’s a hill with plenty of terrain changes, so the athletes needed to be on their feet the entire time. Chodounsky, sitting in 13th after a strong first run, lost his pole on the top of the course. But, instead of skiing out, Chodounsky punched every gate with his glove, crossblocking his way to the bottom. Although his time wasn’t fast, he showed dedication by finishing.
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Jan. 25, 2015) - Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) will wing her way home to Vail/Beaver Creek with a 64th career victory, taking a strong win Sunday over Austria's Anna Fenninger in an Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G in St. Moritz. Vonn posted a .24 second margin for the win, coming just eight days before she will step into the super G starting gate at World Championships on Tuesday, Feb. 3.
The St. Moritz super G course presented tough challenges for the athletes. "I was definitely a difficult course today," said Vonn. "There was a lot of terrain and tricky parts."
Her win came a day after a big mistake in the downhill dropped her from podium-challenger to 23rd. "After a bad day comes a good day," said Vonn. "Yesterday I risked a lot and it didn’t pay off. Today I risked a lot and it did pay off. I always like to ski at the limit - it’s what’s won me a lot of races and what’s made me crash and go into the nets. That’s the way I ski."
KITZBUEHEL, Austria (Jan. 24, 2014)—After two hours of weather delays, the famed Hahnenkamm was shortened—with the fastest times coming in at under a minute. Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) was the top American downhiller on Saturday, taking fifth place—his best ever result in Kitzbuehel.
After winning both training runs, Kjetil Jansrud of Norway stepped on top of the podium again. Paris Dominik of Italy was second, just missing first place by .02 seconds, and Guillermo Fayed of France took third.
"This is a good step forward and confidence builder going into Beaver Creek," Nyman said after his downhill run. "I want to give it everything and see what I got. Hopefully I can win or get a medal. I’m stoked."
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Jan. 24, 2015) - Lara Gut of Switzerland took the home nation win in St. Moritz in an Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill. It was a tough day for the USA with Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) leading the way in 12th with a late-race mistake sending Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) tumbling into 23rd position in the final downhill before World Championships.
Early-running Edit Miklos of Hungary had taken an early lead before Gut set the standard running 16th. Only Anna Fenninger of Austria was able to come close, dropping Miklos down to third. Starting 22nd, Vonn was challenging for a podium through the midway mark, but got way low and lost valuable time trying to stay on course.
KITZBUEHEL, Austria (Jan. 23, 2015)—Kitzbuehel has officially started and it was as thrilling as everyone hoped. The Americans came in strong to the super G, with two-time Olympic medalist Andrew “Warhorse” Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) pulling off a career-best World Cup result in fifth place, and Steven Nyman (Squaw Valley, CA) taking 13th.
It was a gnarly course, as always, set more like a downhill than a super G, with both smooth and bumpy sections. But Weibrecht skied it cleanly and aggressively, nailing his line.
“It’s always a great place to have a good result,” said Weibrecht, after his run. “I wanted to start out 2015 skiing really strong and carry everything I had into the new year.”
KITZBUEHEL, Austria (Jan. 22, 2015) – It’s a legendary race. Kitzbuhel’s Hahnenkamm downhill— the “Streif”—is a classic course. It’s regarded as the most demanding track on the circuit and the “Super Bowl” of ski racing. It’s so notable Red Bull created a film about it, “Streif – One Hell of a Ride.” It’s fast, dangerous and thrilling. Get ready.
STAMFORD, Conn (January 5, 2015) – Lindsey Vonn: The Climb, a one-hour documentary that chronicles the remarkable comeback of Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), will debut on Sunday, January 25, at 3 p.m. EST on NBC.
Produced by Red Bull Media House, in association with NFL Films and NBC Olympics, the film will give viewers an inside look into the past 22 months of Vonn’s career. Lindsey Vonn: The Climb documents Vonn’s journey as she recovered from two devastating injuries, and remarkably returned to the top of the podium at a 2014 World Cup downhill race in Lake Louise—a critical milestone as she pursues more victories at the upcoming 2015 World Championships, in her hometown of Vail, Colorado.
VAIL, CO (Jan. 21, 2015) – The U.S. Ski Team has announced the addition of Brandon Dyksterhouse to its women’s technical team as part of a unique partnership with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. Dyksterhouse, a former national level racer and longtime ski coach, will join the Team as interim women’s tech head coach through the remainder of the season to provide support to Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin and the women’s slalom and giant slalom squad.
According to U.S. Ski Team Alpine Director Patrick Riml, the partnership grew out of Dyksterhouse’s work with Team athletes in Vail. He will join a staff that includes Luca de Marchi and Gary Miller. He has already begun working with Team athletes training in Colorado and will remain through World Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek and on through the World Cup Finals.
KITZBUHEL, Austria (Jan. 21. 2015)— The USA’s stars of the future were second recently at Hahnenkamm Juniors 2015. Members and nominees of the U.S. U16 National Training Group traveled to Tyrol to compete in the juniors race held in conjunction with the Hahnenkamm. The skiers raced one giant slalom run and one slalom run on the world-renowned Ganslernhang. In the end, the U16 skiers representing the United States took second overall, finishing behind the home-country team from Tirol.
“It was a great two days. We skied the Kitzbuehel the day before and watched some of the World Cup downhill training runs,” said Michael Rogan, the U16 NTG coach that led the group. “The downhill training was canceled on race days, so we were the main attraction. Both slalom and giant slalom were raced on the World Cup slalom slope. It was injected, very hard and icy. The amount of variation in the terrain is invisible on TV.”
KITZBUEHEL, Austria (Jan. 20, 2015) – Ski racers call it the Super Bowl of their sport. As an athlete, if there’s one race you want to win, it’s the Hahnenkamm in Kitzbuehel, Austria. This weekend, American ski racing fans will have the broadest TV and streaming coverage ever as the U.S. Ski Team takes to the fabled Streif this Saturday, Jan. 24, for the 75th running of the Hahnenkamm. Universal Sports Network and NBCSN will provide a combination of live and same day broadcast coverage, plus live streaming, to bring ski racing’s most popular event to more fans than ever before.