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)
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 11, 2017) – After a morning of delays due to fog, Saturday’s Audi FIS Alpine World Ski Championships men’s downhill has been postponed. While it was sunny at the start and finish, a thick cloud settled on the middle of course and would not dissipate.
Both the men's and the women's downhills now are planned for Sunday, with the women starting at 11:15 local time and the men at 13:30 local time. Live stream both events on NBCsports.com/live or the NBC Sports app at 5:15 a.m. ET for the women's downhill and 7:30 a.m. ET for the men. Both events will also air on NBC and NBCSN later in the day.
ST MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 10, 2017) – A roll of duct tape and fond memories of growing up racing slalom can go a long way in ski racing. Just ask Lindsey Vonn, who battled to fifth in the alpine combined at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Friday.
Switzerland swept the top two positions in Friday’s race with Wendy Holdener taking the gold and Michelle Gisin the silver – both first time World Championship medalists. Austria’s Michaela Kirchgasser took the bronze - her third career World Championship medal. Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) was 15th and Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) was 22nd.
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 8, 2017) – Canada’s Erik Guay became the oldest World Champion in alpine skiing history, winning the men’s super G Wednesday at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) was the top American in 14th.
For Guay - the 35-year-old veteran of the Canadian Ski Team and one of only three athletes competing at these World Championships who also competed in the 2003 World Championships in St. Moritz - this victory was made even more special by sharing the podium with his teammate Manuel Osborne-Paradis, who finished third. Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud was second. Wednesday’s race was the first time that two Canadian men have finished on the podium in World Championship history.
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 7, 2017) – Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) led the Americans in the opening event of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, taking 14th in the super G.
After downhill training was canceled on Monday due to too much snow, Tuesday’s super G track was perfect. Twenty-seven-year-old Nicole Schmidhofer of Austria won the race—her first World Championships medal. Tina Weirather of Lichtenstein was second and Swiss Lara Gut took third in front of the home crowd.
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 6, 2017) – The 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz begins on Tuesday and every event will be streamed live for American fans on NBCsports.com and the NBC Sports app. Plus, NBCSN is presenting over 12 hours of live coverage throughout the week, while NBC will air weekend coverage.
The extensive coverage across NBC Sports Group is the result of a partnership between the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and NBC. The USSA acquired the domestic broadcast rights to ensure development of the strongest possible live streaming and broadcast exposure for alpine ski racing across America, akin to what it did with the Vail/Beaver Creek World Championships two years ago.
PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 31, 2017) – 2015 World Championship medalists Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) and Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) will headline a group of 23 athletes—14 men and 9 women—to compete at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland from February 6-19.
With the recent return of Vonn to competition, Shiffrin’s lead for the overall crystal globe and Ganong’s victory in the Garmisch downhill, plus rising stars like Lindsey Vonn Foundation ambassador Jackie Wiles’ consistently strong skiing, the future is bright for this World Championships team. Five-time medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), who has been making a strong and steady comeback, has also been named.
Notably missing from competition will be Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT), who each met World Championship team criteria, but are both sidelined with injuries.
STOCKHOLM (Jan. 31, 2017) – There are times when a slight mistake pays dividends in ski racing. And for Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), her first run mistake was the key to victory in Tuesday night’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup city event.
In the first race of the evening, in front of thousands of energized Swedish fans, Shiffrin and Adeline Baud Mugnier of France were locked in a tight battle until Shiffrin went wide with seven gates to go. However, Baud Mugnier, sensing an upset over the No. 1 seed, pushed too hard and fell into Shiffrin’s lane.
“Starting first, I had really no idea how the course was going to run, and I just tried to go for it,” said Shiffrin. “There was a bit of bumpiness at the bottom of the course, and I just didn’t stand on my outside ski, but Adeline kind of hit the bumps and shot into my course. Actually it was quite lucky for me that I made that mistake and slowed down, because if I hadn’t she might have hit me.”
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (Jan. 30, 2017) – Spirits are high and the athletes are feeling the energy of a special place called Hammarbybacken, home to this year’s only City Event on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup schedule.
It’s not often athletes escape to the city life for an event like this, and Stockholm seems the perfect home for it. Tickets are sold out and the crowd will be rowdy Tuesday night for the event, in which Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) is a clear favorite. Shiffrin has never won a City Event, but did podium with a third-place finish in Moscow in 2013. Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) will also compete in Tuesday’s event. No American men qualified for the event.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Jan. 29, 2017) - Tommy Ford (Bend, OR) picked up his third Audi FIS Ski World Cup top-15 giant slalom result of the season, finishing 14th on Sunday.
Austria’s Marcel Hirscher skied to his 20th career World Cup giant slalom victory by a massive 1.50 seconds ahead of Matts Olsson of Sweden in second and 1.95 seconds in front of Stefan Luitz of Germany in third. With his victory, Hirscher pulled further ahead of Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen, who finished seventh Sunday, in the overall World Cup standings.
Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV), who is returning to form following a back injury last month, posted his first top 20 of the season, finishing 20th on the demanding and dark Kandahar course.