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Shiffrin Skis to Best Season Ever

Shiffrin Skis to Best Season Ever

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2014-03-16 07:36
 

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 16) – Sunday’s conclusion to the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season saw Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) close out her best season ever with a 12th-place finish in the foggy giant slalom finale. Anna Fenninger of Austria cut through the clouded, misty top section to seal the victory, which earned her the World Cup giant slalom title to put alongside the overall globe she won before today’s race. Universal Sports is set to air race coverage of the finale at 7:00 p.m. EDT. Next up, Shiffrin heads to Squaw Valley to race giant slalom and fight to regain her slalom title at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships next week, March 19-23.

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Ligety Highlights Successful 2014 Season

Ligety Highlights Successful 2014 Season

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2014-03-16 06:13
 

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 16) – The 2014 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season came to a close Sunday in Lenzerheide, where World Cup giant slalom champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) capped another incredible season and led the USA with a 12th-place finish in the slalom finale. Ultimately, the race and the day went to Austrian Marcel Hirscher, who claimed both the slalom title as well as the World Cup overall title with the impressive conclusion. The race is set to air on Universal Sports at 4:00 p.m. EDT. Next, Ligety heads to Squaw Valley to race giant slalom at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships next week, March 19-23.

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Ligety Takes Dramatic Crystal Globe

Ligety Takes Dramatic Crystal Globe

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2014-03-15 06:54
 

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 15) - The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom title came down to a dramatic last run shootout Saturday, with Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) taking the victory and winning a points tiebreaker with Austria's Marcel Hirscher to claim his fifth crystal globe. Hirscher lost his hold on the globe when he finished the race fourth by a mere hundredth of a second. Universal Sports will air coverage at 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. EDT.

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Mikaela Takes Win and Globe

Mikaela Takes Win and Globe

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2014-03-15 06:46
 

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 15) - Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) put a wrap on a spectacular slalom season, taking a dominant 1.44 second win in the season finale at Lenzerheide to hoist her second straight Audi FIS Alpine World Cup crystal globe. It was her ninth career win and fifth of the season. Universal Sports will air coverage at 4:00 p.m. EDT.

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Squaw Ready for U.S. Championships

Squaw Ready for U.S. Championships

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2014-03-14 17:26
 

SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 14) - Final course preparations are underway at Squaw Valley for the opening of the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships next week, March 19-23. USSA Technical Advisor Tom Johnston provided favorable reports from his initial inspection of Red Dog, the new run being used for the giant slalom and slalom events, with two to three feet of snow. Olympic champions Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin, along with bronze medalist and local favorite Julia Mancuso, are expected to compete.

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USA Finishes Second in Team Event

USA Finishes Second in Team Event

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2014-03-14 07:05
 

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 14) - The U.S. Ski Team, captained by Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) and Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV), powered to second in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals Nations Team Event Friday. Anchored by Shiffrin and Chodounsky, who won every dual on the faster blue course, the team rolled past France in the opening round and Austria in the semifinal before losing on a tie break to Switzerland in the final. Individual racing continues Saturday with men's giant slalom where Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) is in the hunt for a career fifth GS crown and women's slalom, which Shiffrin wrapped up the title last week in Sweden. 

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Super G Top Ten for Mancuso

Super G Top Ten for Mancuso

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2014-03-13 06:37
 

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 13) – Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) skied into the top ten Thursday at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G final, leading the U.S. women during the final speed event of the 2014 season. All three U.S. women finished in the points during the sunny super G finale, with Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) finishing 11th and Leanne Smith (North Conway, NH) 14th behind race winner and World Cup super G champion Lara Gut of Switzerland. The race is set to air on Universal Sports at 1:00 p.m. EST.

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Miller 3rd to Close Super G Season

Miller 3rd to Close Super G Season

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2014-03-13 04:36
 

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 13) – Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) rallied to an impressive third in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G final Thursday, closing the men’s speed events for the 2014 season. Crystal clear skies and hard snow enabled the athletes to lay down a final statement on the season, with Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) gunning into fifth and Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) ninth behind winner Alexis Pinturault of France. The race is set to air on Universal Sports at 11:00 a.m. EST.

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Mancuso Top USA in Downhill

Mancuso Top USA in Downhill

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2014-03-12 05:42
 

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 12) - Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) was tenth to lead the U.S. Ski Team in the final downhill of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season Wednesday. Swiss Lara Gut picked up the win while Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch took the crystal globe, despite not finishing the race. Super G is on tap for Thursday. Universal Sports will broadcast same-day coverage of the downhill at 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. EDT.

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Ligety Adds Downhill Podium to Bio

Ligety Adds Downhill Podium to Bio

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2014-03-12 05:00
 

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 12) - Two-time Olympic champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) became only the second American man in history to podium in all five events, tying for second in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals downhill in Lenzerheide. Ligety, who started fourth to set the early pace, was just .11 off the winning time of Austrian Matthias Mayer, tying with Italian Christof Innerhofer. The finish bumped Ligety up to third in the World Cup overall chase with three races remaining. Universal Sports will broacast same-day coverage at 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. EDT.

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