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.
KVITFJELL, Norway (Mar. 11, 2016) – The conditions in Norway are looking prime and the stage is set for an American Downhiller vs. Attacking Viking showdown on home turf for the Norwegians. But can the American Downhillers sneak in there for the upset on race day?
In both Thursday and Friday’s training runs, a pair of Attacking Vikings and an Italian came out on top, with Italy’s Peter Fill clocking the fastest time on Thursday followed by Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt-Kilde and Kjetil Jansrud, and Jansrud on top Friday followed by Fill and Kilde yet again. But don’t count out those American Downhillers just yet.
Travis Ganong took fourth in Friday's training run. (Getty Images/Cornelius Poppe)
SUN VALLEY, ID (March 10, 2016) – The Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships are back in Intermountain and the U.S. athletes couldn’t be more stoked. From March 22-27, the best skiers in the nation will head to the place skiing began in the United States – Sun Valley.
The ski history and culture is rich in Sun Valley, the first ski resort in the nation. In its 80th winter, the magic of Sun Valley is bigger and better than ever, and the organizers have worked tirelessly to prep a world-class track and an après ski paradise with something for everyone.
From local ski hills to the PyeongChang Olympics, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) encompasses all athletes that share a passion for skiing and snowboarding. We explore what makes each skier and rider a champion with stories from the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing, next to kids winning a NASTAR medal, landing their first cork 7 or joining a club team. Alongside USSA’s mascot Champ, take a look at how all of these athletes strive to be Best in the World.
JASNA, Slovakia (March 7, 2016) – A day after winning the slalom by over two seconds, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) took 14th in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom in Jasna, Slovakia.
Rescheduled from Saturday’s canceled GS, the weather lacked the amount of fog, snow and wind to which the racers were becoming accustomed in Jasna. But even with the bad weather throughout the weekend, the long course was in perfect condition with the racers able to grip it and rip it.
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (March. 6, 2016) – David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) posted his second-best Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom result of the season, finishing seventh Sunday.
“Coming down into the lead is always good,” said Chodounsky, who shared the top spot with Sweden’s Mattias Hargin until France’s Alexis Pinturault relegated them to second midway through the second run. “I’m really happy for that.”
Austria’s Marcel Hirscher won for the second-straight day in commanding fashion. His winning time was 0.81 seconds over second-place finisher Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway. Stefano Gross of Italy was third. With his second-place finish, Kristoffersen wrapped up the overall World Cup slalom title with 811 points, as Hirscher is second with 700 points with only one slalom race remaining. However, Hirscher extended his overall World Cup lead to 353 points over Kristoffersen with six races remaining in the 2015-16 season.