SOELDEN, Austria (Oct. 25) - Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) skied a masterful bottom section of the first run to vault into the lead in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup opener in Soelden. Running number one to start the season, Shiffrin arced her way down the Rettenbach Glacier giant slalom, carrying good speed off the steeps and powering through the flats into the finish. Shiffrin, the World Cup slalom champion, is looking for her first giant slalom win. Second run is set for 12:45 p.m. local time, with Universal Sports providing live coverage beginning at 6:30 a.m. EDT.
VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Oct. 25) – As the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup was just hours away from kickoff, the official countdown clock dropped down to 100 days until the opening of the Feb. 2-15 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek. It will mark the third time the Championships have come to the Colorado resorts. Half a planet away in Soelden, Austria, hometown hero Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) and her U.S. Ski Team teammates were ready to open the 2014-15 World Cup campaign.
As Mikaela Shiffrin got ready to kick out of the start in the opening Audi FIS Alpine World Cup in Soelden, the countdown clock ticked down to 100 days until the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek.
PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 24) – The U.S. Ski Team has named Megan Harrod as alpine press officer. Harrod has an extensive background in communications and over 15 years of racing and coaching experience. She will serve as a liaison between U.S. Alpine Ski Team athletes and staff and the public, with a key focus on athlete management while growing awareness of athletes and the team.
SOELDEN, Austria (Oct. 23) – Olympic champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) will reset the numbers Sunday, starting his journey towards a sixth giant slalom title as he seeks a fourth straight win in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season opener in Soelden. Ligety, along with teammates and fellow Olympic champions Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) will open the World Championship season among the favorites this weekend on the Rettenbach Glacier, where over a meter of new snow has fallen. Universal Sports Network will cover the action live both Saturday with women's giant slalom and Sunday for the men.
Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) will go for a fourth straight opener win when the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup debuts this weekend in Soelden.
SOELDEN, Austria (Oct. 23) - The rolling green fields above the Austrian mountain village of Soelden turned white overnight, with up to a meter of fresh snow blanketing the Rettenbach Glacier. Crews worked feverishly overnight to clear the alpine highway from Soelden to the glacier, with the piste opened for race and television support Thursday afternoon. U.S. Ski Team athletes relaxed at their hotel, cleared snow off the Team's Audis and played in the fresh falling snow. The women open Saturday, men on Sunday, with Universal Sports Network providing live coverage.
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With reports of thinning snow conditions in Portillo, the U.S. men’s speed team called an audible in September and moved its early fall camp to Corralco Ski Area in the southern part of Chile.
The training block, which concluded on Sept. 27, was attended by the men’s World Cup speed team, the men’s multi-team, as well as the men’s Europa Cup speed team.
“It was pretty dry up in northern Chile this winter (in the Southern Hemisphere),” said Sasha Rearick, the men’s head alpine coach. “We were getting reports that it was going to be thin, so we hopped on a plane, flew down there and checked it out.”
Earlier in the summer, head coach Rearick scouted the venue while the French were training. On that visit, longtime “friend of the team” Jimmy Ackerson, now the general manager for Corralco, told Rearick anything and everything is possible.
Universal Sports Network Unveils Extensive Coverage of FIS Alpine Ski World Cup
LOS ANGELES, CA (Oct. 16, 2014) – Universal Sports Network will present extensive multi-platform coverage of the 2014-15 FIS Alpine Ski World Cup both on air and at UniversalSports.com starting with the season’s opener in Soelden, Austria this October 25 and 26. Continuing through March 2015, Universal Sports will showcase more than 65 international alpine competitions and 100 hours of exclusive television coverage, including the World Cup finals from Meribel, France. In addition, UniversalSports.com is scheduled to live stream more than 250 hours of full event competition for authenticated users.
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