ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (March 17, 2016) – Consistency is the new name of the game for Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR), who popped yet another top-five finish in Thursday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals super G Thursday.
“I’ve had a lot of DNFs and a lot of crashes in the past,” said Ross, who finished fifth Thursday and wrapped up the World Cup season with seven top-five results in downhill and super G, including alpine combined. “This year I was really working on finding the fine line between safety and speed, and I feel like I’ve started to really approach that, more on the safer side. I haven’t had any DNFs in downhill or super G this year, so I’m really happy with that.”
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (March 16, 2016) – Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) scored his fourth-straight downhill podium – an American record - finishing second at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals to wrap up the season Wednesday.
“I skied really, really well today,” Nyman said. “I nailed the top … but the last turn I was a little to shallow and didn’t carry the speed I needed too and that’s where Beat (Feuz) got me and took the lead.”
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (March 15, 2016) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s (USSA) National Training Group (NTG) athlete Ben Ritchie (Waitsfield, VT, National Training Group/Green Mountain Valley School) snagged second place at the Longines Future Ski Champions event.
The Longines event, which alternates between men’s and women’s races each year, brings together the future talents of alpine ski racing to compete against each other on the scene of a major professional circuit competition. This year’s event took place the day prior to the the kick off of the 2016 Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals in St. Moritz.
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Mar. 15, 2016) – The Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals kick off on Wednesday, March 16 at the site of the 2017 World Championships in St. Moritz. The sun is shining, the track is reminiscent of that Colorado buttery smooth snow and globes are up for grabs. Plus, nearly all World Cup Finals events will be shown live on NBCSN.
The Olympiabakken at Kvitfjell outside Lillehammer, Norway is a very special course for American Downhillers. It was here in 1994 that Golden Boy Tommy Moe struck Olympic gold on opening day. In the years to follow, U.S. Ski Team stars like Kyle Rasmussen, Daron Rahlves and Bode Miller would all win here.
It was race day at Kvitfjell. After inspection, Squaw Valley ski racer Marco Sullivan buckled his boots at the U.S. Ski Team’s mid-mountain hotel and slid over to the chairlift. He was trying to keep his mind focused as he headed to the top for his number 28 start position.
ASPEN, CO (March 14, 2016) – The first event of the U.S. Alpine Championships kicked off Sunday in Aspen, CO where hometown favorite Wiley Maple (Aspen, CO, U.S. Ski Team/ Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club) defended his national title successfully, winning the downhill. Breezy Johnson (Victor, ID, U.S. Ski Team/Rowmark Ski Academy) took home the title for the women.
While the rest of the U.S. Alpine Champs take place in Sun Valley, ID next week, the downhill is held in conjunction with the NorAm Finals. This year, the venue was Aspen, where the World Cup Finals will be held in 2017. The race was moved up by a day to avoid forecasted heavy snowfall.
“It feels pretty good to win at home,” said Maple. “I was probably the favorite coming in and it was cool to perform under pressure and win in front of the home crowd defending my title. It was a super fun track that I think everyone enjoyed.”
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 13, 2016) – Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) posted the fastest super G time and finished seventh overall as Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener won another weather-challenged race and the Audi FIS Ski World Cup alpine combined crystal globe Sunday.
“I didn’t feel that great about my slalom … so that gave me a bit more ambition and drive for the super G,” said Ross, who finished 21st in the slalom. “I went straight, tried to arc everything, and I feel great about winning the second run.”
KVITFJELL, Norway (March 13, 2016) – Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) just missed a podium spot to lead three Americans into the top 20 in Sunday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G.
“I got caught in some soft snow down at the bottom, but that’s just how it goes – made a mistake and lost some time – but it was a good race and I’m happy with it,” said Weibrecht, who finished fifth Sunday. Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) was 14th and Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) was 17th.
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 12, 2016) – Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) was the top U.S. finisher in 23rd in Saturday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G, won by Austria’s Cornelia Huetter.
“I was definitely skiing a little bit stiff, a little nervous today,” said Ross, who moved into the first seed of starters based on her seventh-place overall in the World Cup super G standings going into Saturday’s race.
Huetter took her first World Cup victory by 0.10 over Switzerland’s Fabienne Suter. Austria’s Tamara Tippler was third. Stacey Cook (Mammoth Lakes, CA) finished 31st.
KVITFJELL, Norway (March 12, 2016) – After a short delay, the fog cleared in Norway to leave a bluebird sky and perfect track for Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) to take his third Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill podium in three races, finishing third.
"I skied really well and I’m happy with how I’m feeling on my skis and my movement and the continued podiums," said Nyman after the race. "Three in a row, that’s kind of cool!"
Even with a bobble at the top, Nyman quickly made up time, nailing an aggressive line to take first from the early leader Canadian Manuel Osborne-Paradis. But it wasn’t quite enough to keep the lead, with Dominik Paris of Italy squeaking out his second downhill win in two races and 24-year-old Frenchman Valentin Giraud Moine surprising the fans to take second.