HINTERSTODER, Austria (Feb. 25, 2016) – For the first time since 2011, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup will make Hinterstoder their center stage this weekend. On the challenging track that features a little bit of everything, Austria’s Hannes Reichelt was the last man to prevail here in 2011 in super G. Can new father Andrew “Warhorse” Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) come out on top this weekend?
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (Feb. 23, 2016) – Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) was looking to distance herself from Switzerland’s Lara Gut in the battle for the overall World Cup title, and put on a show for the 7,000 screaming fans at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup city event in downtown Stockholm Tuesday night.
Lindsey Vonn competes at the FIS Ski World Cup city event in Stockholm Tuesday night. (Getty Images/AFP-Jonathan Nackstrand)
Vonn, Gut and 30 of the best skiers in the world lined up to compete head-to-head in the two-run paneled parallel slalom elimination race. Unfortunately for Vonn and Gut, they were both eliminated in the first round. However, each were awarded 15 World Cup points, so Vonn maintained her 23 point advantage over Gut in the battle for the overall World Cup title.
LA THUILE, Italy (Feb. 21, 2016) – The battle continued between Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Switzerland’s Lara Gut for the overall World Cup title at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G Sunday. Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather won her fifth career World Cup race as Gut was second and Vonn finished third.
In the back-and-forth fight for the overall, Vonn, who moved into the lead following her second place downhill finish Saturday, holds a slim 23-point lead over Gut following Sunday’s super G.
“It’s a really big fight to the end of the season,” said Vonn. “We’re almost at the point where you can feel that the (World Cup) finals are coming … and I like that last part of the season.”
CHAMONIX, France (Feb. 20, 2016) – Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) nailed his second downhill podium in a row, snagging second place in Chamonix Saturday.
The light was flat on the hill, but Friday’s heavy snow let up and left the track in clean condition. A ski Mecca, as the racers have been calling Chamonix, it is the first Audi FIS Ski World Cup race series in the location in four years.
Nyman showed his strength as a glider, skiing well throughout the course. Despite a little wild in some sections, he was able to harness his power to ski into the finish in first place. Only Dominik Paris was able to sneak past him to take the win, while Beat Feuz of Switzerland was third.
“I skied well for the most part. I had a mistake on the first split and was a little wild through a couple splits,” said Nyman. “I let the skis keep going - hats off to my technician. He prepared some rocket ships. I’m good at tucking, so I had a great bottom.”
LA THUILE, Italy (Feb. 19, 2016) – Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) wrapped up her eighth overall World Cup downhill title, and moved back into the overall World Cup lead following her second place downhill finish at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Saturday.
Lindsey Vonn finished second in Saturday’s World Cup downhill in La Thuile, Italy. (Getty Images/AFP-Oliver Morin)
“I still have to stay focused on the race everyday and I can’t think about the records, or the future, or the points,” said Vonn after wrapping up a record 20th crystal globe, breaking Ingemar Stenmark record of 19. “But I’m still really proud that I’m able to accomplish that, especially after all my injuries, to be able to consistently wins globes … I’m proud of myself. Hopefully I have more globes to come in the future.”
HAFJELL, Norway (Feb. 19, 2016) – River Radamus' (Edwards, CO, U.S. Ski Team/Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) gold medal streak came to an end as he failed to finish the first run in Friday's slalom at the Winter Youth Olympic Games.
It was tight in the top two with a multinational podium that featured Austria’s Manuel Traninger as the fastest skier just three hundredths ahead of Sweden’s Filip Vennerstroem. Norway’s Odin Vassbotn Breivik rounded out the podium in third, 1.33 seconds out. This was Traninger’s first gold medal of the Games, though he has finished in the top five in every event of the Youth Olympic Games so far.
Radamus’ historic third gold medal was presented by Swiss Olympic downhill gold medalist Dominique Gisin. “I’m sure we will hear a lot about him,” the Swiss Olympic champion told Around the Rings. “His skiing is fantastic; it’s really Bode style.” With that Bode style comes risk-taking and it’s clear Radamus skis to win, not to just finish.
CHAMONIX, France, (Feb. 19, 2016) – Jared Goldberg (Holladay, UT) and Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, CA) patiently waited out Mother Nature’s antics Friday to score World Cup points at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup combined event.
France’s Alexis Pinturault won the event, with Italy’s Dominik Paris in second. Thomas Mermillod Blondin of France was third. Goldberg finished 20th, while Bennett was 21st.
Bryce Bennett grabbed more World Cup points, finishing 21st in the alpine combined. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Alexis Boichard)
Forecasters were calling for 3cm of snow, but when racers woke up Friday morning, the snow was coming down hard, forcing organizers to flip the schedule and run the slalom in the morning and the downhill in the afternoon.
LA THUILE, Italy (Feb. 19, 2016) – Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) threw down a clean and strong run to take fifth place and lead the Americans in the La Thuile downhill. Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) lost a ski and did not finish the race.
“It feels good to be in the top five again,” Ross said. “I am feeling more comfortable now than I have all year, and that confidence is building with time and results.”
It was the first time the Audi FIS Ski World Cup tour visited the challenging and steep La Thuile track. The snow was grippy and dry, allowing the ladies to pick up speed and crank sweeping turns. Even with a big mistake, Lara Gut of Switzerland dominated the field, winning by more than a second over Austrian Cornelia Huetter. Nadia Fanchini of Italy grabbed a podium spot in front of the home crowd, finishing in third.
CHAMONIX, France (Feb. 18, 2016) – The sun was shining down on Les Grand Montets and the American Downhillers on Tuesday. It was the perfect bluebird start to an exciting week of ski racing, as the Audi FIS Ski World Cup returns to the ski Mecca of Chamonix after a four-year hiatus and the crew is excited to be back on Chamonix soil.
The men will take on Chamonix’s Kandahar this weekend in alpine combined and downhill. Watch out for Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT), fresh off a podium at Jeongseon, South Korea. He was the fastest Thursday with Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) 11th and Jared Goldberg (Holladay, UT) 15th. But keep an eye out for the consistently strong Attacking Viking, Kjetil Jansrud who has again finished in the top five in both of this week’s training runs. Hometown favorite, Frenchman Guillermo Fayed, his teammate Adrien Theaux, Austria’s Hannes Reichelt and Canadian Erik Guay will also be solid competitors.
HAFJELL, Norway (Feb. 17, 2016) – Keely Cashman (Squaw Valley, CA, 16, National Training Group/Squaw Valley Ski Team) had another solid finish at the Winter Youth Olympic Games, taking 13th in Thursday’s slalom.
Aline Danioth of Switzerland grabbed her fourth YOG medal in four races, dominating the field by 1.59 seconds. Following Danioth was Ali Nullmeyer of Canada in second and Meta Hrovat of Slovenia in third.
Cashman has finished in the top 15 of each YOG event she has competed, taking 14th in giant slalom and 10th in super G.
“Keely has gained great experience from this amazing international championship against a strong field,” said women’s FIS NTG coach Thomas Erhard. “She has performed as one of the top two (in her age class) in all the races. She never gave up on tough courses with slick conditions, showing the fight it will take to progress!”