MARIBOR, Slovenia (Jan. 6, 2017) – Old Man Winter has finally arrived in Europe, and he’s been bringing snow, wind and cold temperatures across Europe. And so, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup tech train rolls from the Zagreb station onward to Maribor for the women and Adelboden, Switzerland for the men.
The women will race a giant slalom and slalom this weekend in Maribor, then the iconic night slalom on Tuesday in Flachau, while the men now travel to Adelboden for one of the tour's classic GS/SL weekends. Fans can catch all of the action live on NBCSN on both Saturday and Sunday, and via live stream on nbcsports.com.
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) has won the last two World Cup giant slalom races, both held in Semmering, Austria. Prior to that, her last GS win was in October 2014 at Soelden, Austria. She’s been on a tech roll, winning four of the last five tech events (two slalom races, two giant slalom races), and she’ll look to carry that fire into the weekend.
ZAGREB, Croatia (Jan. 5, 2017) – Battling bad luck with weather, David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) was the top American finisher at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup night slalom in Zagreb, taking 16th.
Today, though, it was the World Cup veterans who stole the show. Manfred Moelgg of Italy was crowned VIP Snow Queen, with Felix Neureuther of Germany second and Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen in third.
It was a blustery day with a strong headwind blowing up the hill at the athletes. Some got lucky and some fell victim to the gusts. Chodounsky was one of the unlucky skiers. “It was really crazy up there,” he said. “I went through that hairpin and I literally could not see the next gate and I didn’t know where to go. I snowplowed it—slid my skis a little bit until it cleared enough to see the gate and then I kept going.”
ZAGREB, Croatia (Jan. 3, 2017) – Resi Stiegler (Jackson, WY) put down two solid runs to grab seventh place at the Zagreb night slalom—her first Audi FIS Ski World Cup top 10 of the season. Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) straddled first run and did not finish.
After crashing in Semmering, Stiegler was on a mission for a strong finish in Zagreb. After finishing eighth first run, she pulled out all the stops for second run and even with a slight mistake, skied into seventh. “I was a little nervous coming into this race and I wanted to have a good one,” said Stiegler. “I’ve been trying to get back in the top 10! I love this [Zagreb].”
Stiegler poses with Canadian Marie-Michele Gagnon (who finished sixth) in the finish.
ZAGREB, Croatia (Jan. 2, 2017) – The stage is set for the 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup “Snow Queen Trophy” race in Zagreb, Croatia. The trophy itself, won by Mikaela Shiffrin each of the last two years the race was held (2013 and 2015), glistens in the hotel lobby under a blue light. It’s up for grabs, and both the men and the women will be fighting for it under the lights in this Zagreb slalom series.
Fans will be able to witness Shifrrin’s attempt to make history LIVE on NBCSN tomorrow, with coverage of the second run starting at 10:00 a.m. EST.
All eyes will be on Shiffrin, who can tie the World Cup women’s record of eight successive slalom victories, held by Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider (1988-89) and Croatia’s own Janica Kostlic (2000-01), who will be in attendance tomorrow. Of course, Shiffrin isn’t big on the records, but this girl is on fire…in fact, she’s won the last 12 World Cup slalom races in which she has started, including 14 of the last 15.
SEMMERING, Austria (Dec. 29, 2017) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) put together a brilliant, come-from-behind second run to sweep the tech series at Semmering and take her seventh-straight Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom victory.
Mikaela Shiffrin skis to her third win in three days. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Laurent Salino)
SANTA CATERINA, Italy (Dec. 29, 2016) – In alpine combined, athletes usually favor one run over the other, but sometimes it all comes together and the results follow. Such was the case in Thursday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup alpine combined (super G/slalom) for Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, VT), who led three Americans into the top 30 with a career-best 10th place finish.
“It feels really good to kind of put it on the edge for the super G portion … I think I did pretty well with that,” said Cochran-Siegle, who finished 12th coming from the 50th start position in the morning super G. “Then in slalom, I just tried hanging in there. I think I skied pretty well once I got into the course, but the top was a little slow. Those top guys are very, very good slalom skiers, so I’m pretty happy to be where I am.”
SEMMERING, Austria (Dec. 28, 2016) – Wet, heavy snow can’t slow you down when you’re having fun. Just ask Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), who battled through a snowstorm to win her second giant slalom in a row at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Wednesday in Semmering.
“There was so much snow coming down, I could feel my skis in the track speeding up, and then coming out slowing down,” Shiffrin said. “And I was like ‘oh, this isn’t good, it’s gotta be slow!’ So I kept fighting and fighting.”
Mikaela Shiffrin won her second-straight Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom in Semmering, Austria, Tuesday. (Getty/Agence Zoom-Laurent Salino)
SANTA CATERINA, Italy (Dec. 28, 2016) – Strong winds forced the cancellation of Wednesday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup Downhill.
Following two start delays, the winds wouldn’t let up and the forecast didn’t improve, so unfortunately, the only option left was to cancel the downhill.
With two cancellations already this season (Lake Louise – rescheduled in Kvitfjell / Beaver Creek – rescheduled in Val d’Isère) and a very tight World Cup calendar, the Santa Caterina downhill will not be replaced on the calendar. So the 2016/17 season will now have eight downhills instead of nine.
The sun was shining, but the wind was howling as #AmericanDownhillers await a snowcat ride for course inspection Wednesday. (USSA)
SEMMERING, Austria (Dec. 27, 2016) – Maybe it wasn’t perfect, but it was fast and capped off with a double fist pump and celebratory “Yeah!”
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) won her second career Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom race Tuesday in Semmering, a make up event from last week’s race that was canceled due to wind in Courchevel, France.
“Today I felt really good just going for it,” Shiffrin said when asked about her reaction coming across the finish line and realizing she had won. “I wasn’t trying to ski perfect; I was just trying to ski fast. I believed in myself for the first time in a GS race, and that was very emotional.
SANTA CATERINA, Italy (Dec. 27, 2016) – The Audi FIS Ski World Cup circuit resumed Tuesday with a make up race on a steep, dark and challenging course. But none of that mattered to Tommy Biesemeyer (Keene, NY), who posted a career-best eighth-place finish to lead five Americans into the top 30 Tuesday.
“Everybody here is a good skier, but I actually believe that I’m a great skier!” Biesemeyer said. “I don’t mean to sound arrogant, but I’m just really trying to focus on my abilities, my skiing characteristics, and a hill like this I think plays to my advantage where I can channel my innate skiing ability into a technical, steep, dark and intimidating hill.”