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Swiss Surprise as Bennett 11th in Alpine Combined

Swiss Surprise as Bennett 11th in Alpine Combined

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2017-02-13 08:04
 

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 13, 2017) – Standing six-foot-seven-inches tall, Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, CA) is built more like a power forward than a power slalom skier. But competing in his first World Championships, Bennett hammered through a challenging slalom course to an 11th-place finish in Monday’s alpine combined to lead the U.S. at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.

Switzerland’s Luca Aerni surprised the best skiers in the world, winning his first major event in front of the roaring home-country crowd. Prior to Monday’s win, Aerni’s best results were a couple Swiss national titles (slalom 2015, alpine combined 2012) and a handful of top 10 World Cup finishes. Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, currently the best ski racer in the world, took the silver, followed by Aerni’s Swiss teammate Mauro Caviezel taking the bronze.

 


 

Promising Athletes Compete at Upcoming Events

Promising Athletes Compete at Upcoming Events

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2017-02-12 13:01
 

PARK CITY, Utah (Feb. 12, 2017) – As the best in the world compete at the Audi FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, America's rising alpine talent will also be competing – both in St. Moritz for the Longines Future Ski Champions Race and next door at Hinterreit, Austria in the 7 Nations Cup, one of Europe’s premiere U16 events.

 


 

Goldberg Leads USA in World Champs Downhill

Goldberg Leads USA in World Champs Downhill

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2017-02-12 07:43
 

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 12, 2017) – Jared Goldberg (Holladay, UT) led the Americans at the makeup day for the Audi FIS Alpine World Ski Championships downhill, taking 20th.

Beat Feuz of Switzerland, who won the downhill and super G test events at St. Moritz during the 2015-16 season, secured the gold medal in front of the hometown crowd. Canadian Erik Guay continued his dominant week in St. Moritz to take silver and Max Franz of Austria took bronze.

 

 

 


 

Vonn Grabs World Championships Downhill Bronze

Vonn Grabs World Championships Downhill Bronze

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2017-02-12 04:47
 

ST MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 12, 2017) – Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) landed on the podium, taking the bronze medal, to lead all four Americans into the top 15 in Sunday’s downhill at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.

Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec continued her dominant season to take the gold ahead of Austria’s Stephanie Venier, who grabbed the silver. Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) was fifth, Jackie Wiles (Aurora, OR) tied for 12th and Breezy Johnson (Victor, ID) was 15th.

Laurenne Ross
Laurenne Ross was fifth in downhill Sunday in St. Moritz, Switzerland. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Alexis Boichard)

 


 

Fog Postpones World Champs Downhill

Fog Postpones World Champs Downhill

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2017-02-11 07:18
 

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 11, 2017) – After a morning of delays due to fog, Saturday’s Audi FIS Alpine World Ski Championships men’s downhill has been postponed. While it was sunny at the start and finish, a thick cloud settled on the middle of course and would not dissipate.

Both the men's and the women's downhills now are planned for Sunday, with the women starting at 11:15 local time and the men at 13:30 local time. Live stream both events on NBCsports.com/live or the NBC Sports app at 5:15 a.m. ET for the women's downhill and 7:30 a.m. ET for the men. Both events will also air on NBC and NBCSN later in the day.

 

BROADCAST + LIVE STREAMING (times EST)

Sunday, Feb. 12
5:15 a.m. – women’s downhill – nbcsports.com/live – LIVE STREAM
7:30 a.m. – men’s downhill – nbcsports.com/live – LIVE STREAM
12:30 p.m. – women’s downhill – NBC
2:00 p.m. – men’s downhill – NBCSN

 


 

Memories and Duct Tape Propel Vonn To Fifth

Memories and Duct Tape Propel Vonn To Fifth

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2017-02-10 08:35
 

ST MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 10, 2017) – A roll of duct tape and fond memories of growing up racing slalom can go a long way in ski racing. Just ask Lindsey Vonn, who battled to fifth in the alpine combined at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Friday.

Switzerland swept the top two positions in Friday’s race with Wendy Holdener taking the gold and Michelle Gisin the silver – both first time World Championship medalists. Austria’s Michaela Kirchgasser took the bronze - her third career World Championship medal. Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) was 15th and Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) was 22nd.

 


 

Canada 1-3 as Ganong Tops For USA

Canada 1-3 as Ganong Tops For USA

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2017-02-08 07:02
 

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 8, 2017) – Canada’s Erik Guay became the oldest World Champion in alpine skiing history, winning the men’s super G Wednesday at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) was the top American in 14th.

For Guay - the 35-year-old veteran of the Canadian Ski Team and one of only three athletes competing at these World Championships who also competed in the 2003 World Championships in St. Moritz - this victory was made even more special by sharing the podium with his teammate Manuel Osborne-Paradis, who finished third. Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud was second. Wednesday’s race was the first time that two Canadian men have finished on the podium in World Championship history.

 


 

Ross Leads Americans in World Champs Opener

Ross Leads Americans in World Champs Opener

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2017-02-07 07:04
 

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 7, 2017) – Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) led the Americans in the opening event of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, taking 14th in the super G.

After downhill training was canceled on Monday due to too much snow, Tuesday’s super G track was perfect. Twenty-seven-year-old Nicole Schmidhofer of Austria won the race—her first World Championships medal. Tina Weirather of Lichtenstein was second and Swiss Lara Gut took third in front of the home crowd.

 


 

Live From St. Moritz on NBC

Live From St. Moritz on NBC

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2017-02-07 04:04
 

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 6, 2017) – The 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz begins on Tuesday and every event will be streamed live for American fans on NBCsports.com and the NBC Sports app. Plus, NBCSN is presenting over 12 hours of live coverage throughout the week, while NBC will air weekend coverage.

The extensive coverage across NBC Sports Group is the result of a partnership between the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and NBC. The USSA acquired the domestic broadcast rights to ensure development of the strongest possible live streaming and broadcast exposure for alpine ski racing across America, akin to what it did with the Vail/Beaver Creek World Championships two years ago.

 


 

2017 Alpine World Championships Team Named

2017 Alpine World Championships Team Named

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2017-01-31 16:34
 

PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 31, 2017) – 2015 World Championship medalists Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) and Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) will headline a group of 23 athletes—14 men and 9 women—to compete at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland from February 6-19.

With the recent return of Vonn to competition, Shiffrin’s lead for the overall crystal globe and Ganong’s victory in the Garmisch downhill, plus rising stars like Lindsey Vonn Foundation ambassador Jackie Wiles’ consistently strong skiing, the future is bright for this World Championships team. Five-time medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), who has been making a strong and steady comeback, has also been named.

Notably missing from competition will be Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT), who each met World Championship team criteria, but are both sidelined with injuries.

 


 

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