CHAMONIX, France (Feb. 18, 2016) – The sun was shining down on Les Grand Montets and the American Downhillers on Tuesday. It was the perfect bluebird start to an exciting week of ski racing, as the Audi FIS Ski World Cup returns to the ski Mecca of Chamonix after a four-year hiatus and the crew is excited to be back on Chamonix soil.
The men will take on Chamonix’s Kandahar this weekend in alpine combined and downhill. Watch out for Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT), fresh off a podium at Jeongseon, South Korea. He was the fastest Thursday with Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) 11th and Jared Goldberg (Holladay, UT) 15th. But keep an eye out for the consistently strong Attacking Viking, Kjetil Jansrud who has again finished in the top five in both of this week’s training runs. Hometown favorite, Frenchman Guillermo Fayed, his teammate Adrien Theaux, Austria’s Hannes Reichelt and Canadian Erik Guay will also be solid competitors.
HAFJELL, Norway (Feb. 17, 2016) – Keely Cashman (Squaw Valley, CA, 16, National Training Group/Squaw Valley Ski Team) had another solid finish at the Winter Youth Olympic Games, taking 13th in Thursday’s slalom.
Aline Danioth of Switzerland grabbed her fourth YOG medal in four races, dominating the field by 1.59 seconds. Following Danioth was Ali Nullmeyer of Canada in second and Meta Hrovat of Slovenia in third.
Cashman has finished in the top 15 of each YOG event she has competed, taking 14th in giant slalom and 10th in super G.
“Keely has gained great experience from this amazing international championship against a strong field,” said women’s FIS NTG coach Thomas Erhard. “She has performed as one of the top two (in her age class) in all the races. She never gave up on tough courses with slick conditions, showing the fight it will take to progress!”
PARK CITY, UT (Feb. 17, 2016) – The road to Sochi looks slightly different but not any less promising in 2016 as the 2014 Olympic Games venue plays host to the 2016 FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has named a group of 12 elite athletes to compete at the 2016 Junior World Ski Championship scheduled for Feb. 24-Mar. 5 at Rosa Khutor in Sochi, Russia. Each athlete heralds from top USSA club programs across the country including Breezy Johnson (Victor, ID), currently ranked second in Europa Cup downhill standings and first in NorAm downhill standings, Erik Arvidsson (Woodside, CA), who is currently ranked fourth for the NorAm overall title and Drew Duffy (Warren, VT), currently ranked fifth in NorAm super G and the surprise U.S. National Champion in super G in 2015.
Towering at 6’4”, not only is Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) a physical specimen and American Downhiller beast, but he also happens to be one of the kindest, most genuine souls on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup tour. A gentle giant, if you will. The three-time World Cup winner – the Val Gardena master – and three-time Olympian is no stranger to success on the mountain, though Nyman knows success off the mountain is just as – if not more – important.
HAFJELL, Norway (Feb. 17, 2016) – River Radamus (Edwards, CO, U.S. Ski Team/Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) grabs the hat trick Wednesday at the Winter Youth Olympic Games, with his third gold medal of the Games in the giant slalom.
Lindsey Vonn, Ambassador for the Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games, poses for a photograph with River Radamus during her visit to the Games Monday. (YIS/IOC-Thomas Lovelock)
HAFJELL, Norway (Feb. 16, 2016) – Keely Cashman (Squaw Valley, CA, 16, National Training Group/Squaw Valley Ski Team) grabbed 14th place Tuesday in the giant slalom at the Youth Olympic Winter Games.
The giant slalom podium featured Switzerland’s Melanie Meillard finishing first, with Germany’s Katrin Hirtl-Stanggassinger finishing second and Switzerland’s Aline Danioth rounding out the podium in third.
“Snow was bullet proof and it was an excellent race,” said women’s NTG head coach Thomas Erhard. “Great learning experience for her at a major Championship.”
One of the top skiers in the world in her age group, Cashman also finished 10th in the super G on Saturday. Onward and upward, Cashman will now look ahead to Thursday’s slalom.
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (Feb. 15, 2016) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) returned from injury to dominate the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom Monday, taking her 18th World Cup victory.
“That was a pretty incredible race,” said Shiffrin, who suffered a knee injury warming up for a race in December. “I’m glad it’s over, but I enjoyed skiing that last run, it was really rough and a challenge at every single gate. It was just bumpy and a wild ride – tough, but a good fight, and that’s the way it should be."
Mikaela Shiffrin charges en route to her 18th career World Cup victory Monday in Crans-Montana. (Getty Images/AFP-Fabrice Coffrini)
HAFJELL, Norway (Feb. 14, 2016) - River Radamus (Edwards, CO, U.S. Ski Team/Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) doubled-up Sunday at the Olympic Youth Winter Games, grabbing his second gold medal of the Games in the alpine combined.
“The first (gold) came definitely as a shock,” Radamus said. “To win two in two days, is pretty awesome.”
Gold medal winner River Radamus during the slalom portion of the alpine combined at the Youth Olympic Winter Games Sunday. (YIS/IOC-Arnt Folvik)
YUZAWA NAEBA, Japan (Feb. 14, 2016) – Things didn’t go according to plan for the U.S. men’s tech team on another warm and wet day at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom Sunday.
“Not the plan (today),” said David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) of his first run mistake, which eliminate any hope of a second run. “I was skiing well up top, and that was the plan. I wanted to charge...I just went a little too straight over that one roll…and my ski kind of slid out on the rut on the gate.”
Unfortunately, not one U.S. athlete qualified for a second run as Germany’s Felix Neureuther scored his first victory of the season by a scant 0.05 seconds over Sweden’s Andre Myhrer. Austria’s Marco Schwarz rounded out the podium in third.