BEAVER CREEK, CO (March 28) - The U.S. Ski Team women took advantage of another chance to train on Raptor, the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships race hill, with two solid days of super G training earlier this week before snow moved in to cancel Thursday's session. Included in the camp was Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA), Leanne Smith (N. Conway, NH), Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR), Julia Ford (Holderness, NH) and Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO). Shiffrin also joined the group last spring for the first of what they hope will be three training opportunies on the race hill in advance of the Feb. 2-15 World Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek.
VAIL, Colorado (March 23) – The most successful female alpine ski racer in history was honored Saturday evening, March 22, when Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Proell was inducted into the International Ski Racing Hall of Fame as the 2014 Legend of Honor. The Legend of Honor festivities are annually hosted in conjunction with Vail’s Korbel American Ski Classic.
Moser-Proell dominated her competition during the 1970s, with six Overall World Cup titles, including five consecutive season-long crowns from 1971-75. During the course of her 12-year career, she would rewrite alpine ski racing history.
“We are incredibly excited to have this opportunity to honor Annemarie,” explained Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation and head of the 2015 World Championships Organizing Committee. “This is a wonderful celebration of one of the true legends of our sport.”
SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 23) - Two-time Olympian Megan McJames (Park City, UT) capped an outstanding week of Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships racing with an FIS giant slalom win at Squaw Valley. Under postcard perfect California skies, McJames won both runs to build up a 1.58 second victory over fellow Olympian Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY), who narrowly missed the U.S. Championships slalom win just a day before. Anna Marno (Steamboat Springs, CO) rounded out the top three.
SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 22) - Two-time Olympian Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) finished one one-hundredth of a second behind Canadian Marie-Michele Gagnon Saturday as women's slalom officially wrapped up the 2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in Squaw Valley. NorAm slalom champion Lila Lapanja (Incline Village, NV), who grew up near the 1960 Olympic Village, finished third to the roar of the local crowd. Racing action continues Sunday with an FIS women's giant slalom to close out five incredible days in Squaw Valley. NBC will broadcast a one-hour TV special on the event Sunday, March 23 at noon ET.
SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 22) - Olympian David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) produced a blazing final run in sun-soaked Squaw Valley to win the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships slalom title. Third after the first run, Chodounsky laced the bottom section of the Red Dog race hill to bump first-run leader Tim Kelley (Starksboro, VT) to second. Will Brandenburg (Spokane, WA), who was fifth after the opening run, ended the day in third. NBC will broadcast a Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships special on Sunday, March 23 at noon ET.
SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 21) - Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) brought a crowd of thousands to a roaring crescendo Friday with another masterful performance in Squaw Valley to win his second consecutive Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships giant slalom title. The Olympian, who grew up nearby and raced as a young athlete at the 1960 Olympic resort, captured his second victory in three days at Squaw with a 1.61 margin of victory over Brennan Rubie (Salt Lake City). Fellow Olympian Jared Goldberg (Holladay, UT) was third as Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) did not finish the final run. NBC will broadast a one-hour special on the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships Sunday, March 23 at noon ET.
SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 20) - Olympic slalom gold medalist and World Cup slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) continued her storybook season Thursday with victory in the 2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships giant slalom. To kick off the first day of spring, the 19-year-old technical phenom posted a 1.5-second first run lead before expanding it to a massive 1.88-second margin of victory under bluebird Squaw Valley skies. NBC will broadcast a Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships special at noon ET on Sunday, March 23.
SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 19) - Olympian Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) sliced a wire-to-wire FIS giant slalom victory Wednesday to open five days of Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships competition in sun soaked Squaw Valley. The race, a precursor to Friday's U.S. Championship event, was held on Red Dog with incredible snow conditions and a large crowd of fans, friends and families on hand to enjoy the annual alpine skiing end-of-the season celebration. Action continues Thursday with the women's U.S. Championships giant slalom featuring reigning champion Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO).
SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 18) – Sunshine and excellent racing conditions will greet athletes Wednesday when the 2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships kick off on Red Dog at Squaw Valley. A men’s FIS giant slalom will open the six-race program followed by the women’s U.S. championship giant slalom on Thursday. Sochi Olympic medalists Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) are among the hundreds of athletes expected to compete. A parade and celebration is scheduled for Friday to welcome home the medalists and members of the U.S. Ski Team.