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Stiegler Right at Home in Lienz

Stiegler Right at Home in Lienz

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2015-12-29 11:05
 

LIENZ, Austria (Dec. 29, 2015) – A taste of home is just what Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) needed during a lonely ride on the World Cup Circuit, finishing 15th in her father's hometown of Lienz.

“It’s awesome to be racing in Lienz,” said Stiegler, who was the lone American competing in Tuesday’s Audi FIS World Cup slalom. “It’s like a second hometown for me. I was brought over here at a really young age and I’ve been racing this race for like 15 years now. I know it well. I love it. I have so much fun here.”

 


 

Ganong Leads U.S. in Post-Christmas Downhill

Ganong Leads U.S. in Post-Christmas Downhill

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2015-12-29 09:26
 

SANTA CATERINA, Italy (Dec. 29, 2015) – Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) and his U.S. teammates tackled one of the most challenging downhill tracks on the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup circuit Tuesday, where just making it to the finish line was a victory.

“There’s been lots of action, lots of crashes, lots of crazy stuff,” Ganong said after leading the U.S. Ski Team in 17th place. “I would say this is one of the toughest hills we ski. It’s really hard. It’s like Sochi on the top and Bormio on the bottom - super dark, bumpy, super fast speeds. It’s a real deal downhill. It’s a gnarly, gnarly hill - the after-Christmas wake-up call."

 


 

McJames 25th in Lienz GS

McJames 25th in Lienz GS

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2015-12-28 07:39
 

LIENZ, Austria (Dec. 28, 2016) – Megan McJames (Park City, UT) led the U.S. in giant slalom, finishing 25th Monday. Meanwhile, Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) DNFed first run and losing more ground on the overall World Cup to Switzerland's Lara Gut.

“I just don’t quite have the timing right now. I haven’t skied here since 2011 and I feel like when I’m a little unsure of myself I tend to do things that I don’t normally do," commented Vonn after skiing too straight and not finishing the first run. "I’m pushing the limits—of course I’m trying to win. Mistakes happen. Hopefully I can get some more training in the next couple weeks and get the consistency back." 

Gut won the race, extending her overall World Cup lead over Vonn to 158 points. Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirrather was second, followed by Germany’s Rebensburg in third. Eva-Marie Brem of Austria finished fourth, surrendering her World Cup giant slalom lead to Gut by 8 points.

 


 

Chodounsky Scores Again in Night Slalom

Chodounsky Scores Again in Night Slalom

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2015-12-22 15:59
 

MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, Italy (Dec. 22, 2015) – David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO), fresh off a career-best slalom result in Val d’Isere last weekend, kept the momentum flowing and once again popped into the top 10 in Tuesday’s evening slalom.

“I got a result and I’m happy!” Chodounsky said after finishing ninth on the bumpy course, which broke down due to warm temperatures. Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), Michael Ankeny (Deephaven, MN), Mark Engel (Truckee, CA), Hig Roberts (Steamboat Springs, CO), Tim Kelley (Starksboro, VT), did not qualify for the second run. Robby Kelley (Starksboro, VT) DNFed first run.

Teg Ligety
Ted Ligety during the first run of the men's slalom event of the FIS Ski World Cup in Madonna di Campiglio Tuesday. (Getty/AFP-Olivier Morin)

 


 

Downhillers Dominate New PGS Event

Downhillers Dominate New PGS Event

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2015-12-21 14:50
 

VAL GARDENA, Italy (Dec. 21, 2015) – Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV), fresh off a seventh-place finish in Sunday’s traditional giant slalom, finished ninth to led the way for the U.S. Ski Team in Monday night’s new Audi FIS Alpine World Cup parallel giant slalom. Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) were both knocked out in the first round, finishing 24th and 29th respectively.

The first of its kind on the World Cup, the PGS was full of surprises, with many pre-race favorites making early exits and a dark horse or two providing thrilling action in the new format.

 


 

Vonn Rebounds For Courchevel GS

Vonn Rebounds For Courchevel GS

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2015-12-20 09:41
 

COURCHEVEL, France (Dec. 20, 2015) - Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), still feeling a bit rattled from Saturday’s near downhill disaster in Val d’Isere, was the lone U.S. finisher in Sunday’s Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom.

“I didn’t really feel very balanced today,” Vonn said after finishing 13th and surrendering her overall World Cup Lead to Switzerland’s Lara Gut. “I think I rung my bell a little bit yesterday.

“I came over a roll and caught my inside ski and it launched me,” Vonn said of Saturday’s near disaster. “I’m lucky I didn’t crash; it definitely did not feel good. I’ve been trying to recovery and be ready for today, but wasn’t really in it. I tried everything - got a lot of therapy but wasn’t quite right today.”

Lindsey Vonn was 10th after first run.

 


 

Ligety Leads Recharged U.S. Team

Ligety Leads Recharged U.S. Team

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2015-12-20 09:00
 

ALTA BADIA, Italy (Dec. 20, 2015) – Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) led a recharged men’s tech team, just missing the podium, as the Americans rebounded from a disappointing first run performance. Ligety led the way, finishing fourth, followed by Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) in seventh, and Tommy Ford (Bend, OR) in 12th.

Austria’s Marcel Hirscher won his third-straight Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom, and became the only racer in history to win three times at Alta Badia. Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway was second, followed by Victor Muffat-Jeandet of France in third.

Following a disappointing first run for the Americans, the athletes and coaching staff made a few changes to re-charge for the second run. Ford was first to start the second run and posted the fastest second run of the day.

“I finally let it go second run and skied really well … skied clean,” Ford said.

 


 

Bennett Surprises At Val Gardena Downhill

Bennett Surprises At Val Gardena Downhill

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2015-12-19 09:30
 

VAL GARDENA, Italy (Dec. 19, 2015) – Bryce Bennett electrified the crowd with an attack from the back to lead the U.S. men and score a career-best sixth-place finish at Saturday’s Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup downhill.

Long after Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal won yet another downhill this season, Bennett, wearing bid 57, stepped into the starting gate and looked Svindal-esque as he capitalized on his large six-foot-seven-inch frame to keep his skis on the snow and carry speed through key sections where other skiers were thrown off line and forced to make recoveries.

Bryce Bennett
Starting with bib 57, Bryce Bennett attacked to score a career-best sixth-place finish Saturday (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Alexis Boichard)

 


 

Ross Leads U.S. Women into Top 20

Ross Leads U.S. Women into Top 20

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2015-12-19 07:32
 

VAL D’ISERE, France (Dec. 19, 2015) – Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) cracked the top 10 as Lindsey Vonn’s (Vail, CO) bid for a record-tying downhill victory hit a bump in the road Saturday.

Vonn, the current overall World Cup leader, was .13 faster than Switzerland’s Lara Gut at the first split time when she hit a bump midway down the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill course and briefly became airborne. She eventually landed and skied safely off the course for a DNF. That ended her bid for a record-extending 72nd World Cup win and record-tying 36th downhill victory.

Lindsey Vonn recovers to stay on her feet, but DNFs during Saturday's downhill race in Val d'Isere, France (NBC)

 


 

Weibrecht Top American at Val Gardena Super G

Weibrecht Top American at Val Gardena Super G

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2015-12-18 10:26
 

VAL GARDENA, Italy (Dec. 18, 2015) – Coming off a career-best super G result at Beaver Creek, Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) was once again the top American, finishing fifth, at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G Friday.

The winning ways of Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal continued as the Attacking Viking captured the Val Gardena super G for the fourth time in his career and fourth victory this season. Following Svindal in second and third, respectively, were two of his countrymen, Kjetil Jansrud and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, marking the third ever Norwegian World Cup podium sweep and first ever in super G. Austria’s Matthias Meyer was fourth.

 


 

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