LAKE LOUISE, AB (Feb. 7) - Just a day after leading a first-ever American podium sweep, Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) was back on the winner's stand, finishing second in the season-opening Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G in Lake Louise. Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) was sixth, while Lara Gut of Switzerland took the win and Tina Maze of Slovenia rounded out the podium.
Vonn, whose return to ski racing after a knee injury happened just on Friday, came in eighth that day before winning Saturday's downhill. Although she lamented her timing-based mistakes on the course, she said, "It was a solid day and a phenomenal weekend for me." This was Vonn's best super G finish since she won in St. Moritz in December 2012.
BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 6) - While the ladies were busy with a historic podium sweep for the U.S. up in Lake Louise, Andrew Weibrecht led the charge as four U.S. men finished in the top 25 Saturday at the Audi Birds of Prey super G at Beaver Creek. Hannes Reichelt of Austria snagged the victory today, while Norway's seemingly unstoppable Kjetil Jansrud made an unbelievable recovery to finish second, with France's Alexis Pinturault rounding out the podium in third position.
The conditions on the Birds of Prey super G track were "money," as every coach noted, however the course set was fairly challenging at the top steeps before it opened up and was straight the rest of the way. There were a couple of big turns thrown into the mix, which threw a lot of guys off and kept the crowd on their feet with incredible recoveries. In a race with 19 total DNF's, course reports were vital for the guys in order to determine the best plan of attack for their run.
LAKE LOUISE, AB (Dec. 6) – Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) reclaimed her title as Queen of the Downhill at Lake Louise on Saturday, winning her 60th Audi FIS Ski World Cup and capping a first-ever U.S. Ski Team podium sweep. At the World Cup dubbed Lake Lindsey, she regained her crown as she pulled out the win by almost a half second. Early-running Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) took the lead and held it until Vonn bumped her into second. Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) rounded out the podium in third. It was the best finish in two seasons for all three athletes.
BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 5) - It was a huge day for the Americans in Beaver Creek, Colorado, with Steven Nyman pulling off a third place podium finish and Travis Ganong grabbing fifth place. Kjetil Jansrud of Norway, who won both the super G and downhill in Lake Louise last week, took another win and Beat Feuz of Switzerland finished second.
The notoriously well-prepped Audi Birds of Prey course looked fast on Friday, with light snow falling in the early morning, but clearing up in time for the first run.
LAKE LOUISE, AB (Dec. 5) - Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) led a solid effort by the U.S. Ski Team's women's speed squad that saw four athletes in the top nine, including Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO). It was the strongest U.S. women's downhill team performance in two seasons. Tina Maze of Slovenia took the win with Ross fourth, Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) seventh, Vonn eighth and Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) ninth. Ross missed the podium by just .03. The women race a second downhill Saturday, with super G on Sunday.
LAKE LOUISE, AB (Dec. 4) - What a difference a year makes! Just 12 months ago, Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) was skiing on a bad knee and the number one women's speed team in the world was struggling. Today, the U.S. Ski Team is charging into Friday's Audi FIS Ski World Cup opener with optimism based on a strong preparation season and standout results in the three days of official training. Race time is 2:30 p.m. EST with live coverage on the Universal Sports Network.
Thursday's final training run saw Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) third fastest, followed by teammate Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) and Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) in fifth. Vonn was close behind in 13th. The four have been consistent all week and were joined by Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO), who was fourth in the opening training run. Nine women will start for the USA.
BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 4) – It’s been an exciting couple of downhill training days in Beaver Creek, Colorado, with the U.S. men skiing fast and preparation for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in full force. Though the World Championships is still a ways away, its energy is lingering in the air. An incredible new stadium has been built, and the crew, like always, has done a great job prepping for the weekend. The track is buttery smooth and the weather looks perfect for Friday’s Audi Birds of Prey downhill.
LAKE LOUISE, AB (Dec. 2) - The women’s speed team is in frigid Lake Louise for Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhills on Friday and Saturday, plus super G on Saturday. But it was Tuesday’s downhill training that had the sports world abuzz, with a strong American showing and Lindsey Vonn’s long awaited return to ski racing.
It was an emotional day for the U.S. Ski Team after a disappointing season-opening week here a year ago. The Americans put on a great performance, with six racers in the top 20—Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO) in fourth, Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) seventh, Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) 10th, Jackie Wiles (Aurora, OR) 11th, Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) 15th, and Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) 18th.
Out of the top 20, Julia Ford (Plymouth, NH) finished 29th, Katie Ryan (Aspen, CO) 52nd and Abby Ghent (Edwards, CO) 63rd.
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ASPEN, CO (Nov 30) - Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) had a fast morning at the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational, winning the first run. But she overskied the second run and dropped to fifth. Nicole Hosp of Austria took the win, improving from seventh place after the first run. Shiffrin remained second in the overall Audi FIS Ski World Cup standings, and is eighth in slalom after two races.
With just a slight lead over Tina Maze after the first run, Shiffrin cited her nerves. “I was really nervous at the start and was a little stiff on the first run,” said Shiffrin. “I just have to not let the nerves impede my skiing.” Although she said she wasn’t as nervous second run, she did remark, “I have some training to do.”