VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 9. 2015)—It was another day full of action on Monday at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, CO for the women’s alpine combined. Slovenia’s Tina Maze displayed speed in the morning’s downhill and technical prowess in the afternoon’s slalom to win her ninth career World Championship medal. Rounding out the women’s combined podium were Nicole Hosp and Michaela Kirchgasser, both from Austria. Hopes were high for Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), who took seventh in the downhill before straddling in the slalom and DNFing. Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) was the top finishing American in 14th place.
VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 8. 2015)—On the coattails of a record-breaking crowd turnout for men’s downhill on Saturday, throngs of fans showed up again to Beaver Creek, CO to cheer on the men’s World Champs combined athletes. Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) attacked from the back—starting 29th second run—and grabbed an unlikely bronze medal. Austria’s Marcel Hirscher won the combined gold medal, followed by Kjetil Jansrud of Norway.
The men’s combined at the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships is a one-day event that includes the combined time of a morning downhill run with an afternoon slalom run.
BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 8, 2015) – Bode Miller left his future options open in an exclusive interview with NBC’s Dan Hicks that aired during coverage of the men’s downhill Saturday from Beaver Creek. Miller’s teammate Travis Ganong won the silver medal with three Americans in the top nine.
Miller spoke candidly about the accident and his future in ski racing, leaning towards retirement but clearly leaving the door open.
“I was gearing for this since the beginning of the season and it took a lot of focus,” he said. “To come here and put a race together that I thought had a good chance of getting me on the podium and then turn south on me at the bottom of the course is tough to swallow. But, physically, I’ll be alright.”
VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 7, 2015)—In front of an enormous crowd of 20,000 screaming fans, the U.S. packed three guys into the top ten on Birds of Prey. Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) grabbed an incredible silver medal at Saturday’s FIS Alpine World Ski Championships downhill. Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) was fourth and Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) was ninth.
Ganong was surrounded by the Swiss on the podium, as Patrick Kueng took first place and Beat Feuz third.
It was a gloriously sunny day and the place was packed. The stands filled up by 9:00 a.m. MST, with the race not scheduled to start until 11:00. Crowds extended up the side of the race course, reaching above the finish jump. and the cowbells and cheers were deafening as the Americans reached the finish.
“I could actually hear everybody off the jump,” said Jared Goldberg (Holladay, UT).
BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 7, 2015) - What does the future hold in store for Bode Miller? One of the sport's most notable stars over the last decade talked to NBC's Dan Hicks in an interview that will air Saturday on NBC during its coverage of the men's downhill beginning at 2:30 p.m. EST.
VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 6. 2015)—The FIS Alpine World Ski Championship women’s downhill was run down the famed Raptor course in Beaver Creek, CO on Friday. With uncharacteristically warm temperatures baking the Beaver Creek snow, conditions were challenging and the female racers put on a show for the fans packed into Red Tail Stadium. Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) was the top finishing American, taking fifth place.
Slovenia’s Tina Maze displayed unparalleled skill during her gold medal-winning run. Earning the silver, only .02 seconds behind Maze, was Austria’s Anna Fenninger. And, Lara Gut of Switzerland rounded out the women’s downhill podium.
The unseasonably warm temperatures created variable snow in the course’s top and bottom flat sections, which played a role in the downhill’s final standings.
VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 5. 2015)—There was a lot riding on the results from the women’s downhill training runs on Thursday afternoon in Beaver Creek. With it all said and done, the U.S. Ski Team will send Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR), and Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) into Friday’s downhill field.
Despite missing a gate, Austria’s Anna Fenninger finished Thursday’s downhill training run in first place. Fenninger continues to ski fast in Beaver Creek, CO on the coattails of her super G victory on Tuesday. Missing a gate is not penalized by a disqualification in training runs; hence Fenninger’s victory. Vonn also missed a gate en route to finishing 19th overall.
Ross finished as the fastest American skier during the downhill training, coming in sixth. Immediately behind her was Mancuso in seventh overall.
BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 5, 2015)— With bluebird skies overhead, the men raced the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships super G in Beaver Creek, CO. Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) was the top finishing American in ninth place, while Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) made his return to ski racing with a huge crash. In the end, Austria’s Hannes Reichelt was the fastest of the day, followed by Canada’s Dustin Cook and Adrien Theaux of France in second and third, respectively.
BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 5, 2015)—As Steven Nyman, Bode Miller, Ted Ligety, Travis Ganong and Andrew Weibrecht get ready to race the 2015 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships super G on Thursday, they’ll be down one forerunner.
Just before the first bib number starts, the clock will tick for the final forerunner and no athlete will go on course. Instead, it will act as a moment of silence for Ronnie Berlack and Bryce Astle—the two U.S. Ski Team development athletes killed by an avalanche in Soelden, Austria at the beginning of January. Members of both the families will be in attendance.
Ronnie Berlack stood at the bottom of Birds of Prey after forerunning in December 2014. (Justin Samuels)