PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 16, 2017) – Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) announced today that he will have surgery on his back, which will cause him to miss the rest of the 2016-17 season. The two-time Olympic gold medalist will focus on the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, intending to come back strong as a medal contender.
WENGEN, Switzerland (Jan. 15, 2017) – Battling a tough weekend of weather, Robby Kelley (Starksboro, VT) was the top American in the classic Wengen slalom and scored his first slalom points, finishing 25th.
Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway was victorious in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup race over Marcel Hirscher of Austria in second. Felix Neureuther of Germany was third.
It was Kelley’s first slalom points in his career. “I was really happy with how I skied first run,” said Kelley, who finished 19th first run. “I was fourth on the pitch first run, so I was trying to get a little more going on the pitch second run, but I went too straight into it. Bummer. I didn’t have a great run but I had to get some points.”
After finishing eighth first run, hopes were high for David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO). He came out of the start with a vengeance, but straddled about halfway down the course and did not finish.
WENGEN, Switzerland (Jan. 14, 2017) – Snow and wind wrecked havoc on Saturday’s scheduled Audi FIS Ski World Cup races, canceling both the men and women’s downhill races in Wengen, Switzerland and Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria.
The women were scheduled to have both a downhill training run and downhill race Saturday in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, but due to heavy snowfall both had to be canceled. Weather also canceled downhill training on Thursday and Friday. Downhill training has been scheduled for Sunday, followed by the downhill race at 12:15 CET (6:15 a.m. EST). The women's alpine combined originally schedued for Sunday has been cancelled.
WENGEN, Switzerland (Jan. 13, 2017) – Friday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup alpine combined produced a surprise podium, and another top 10 World Cup result for Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, CA).
With upwards of six inches of new snow overnight, officials swapped the downhill and slalom events, running the slalom first and the downhill – which was moved to a lower start position – to later in the afternoon.
"Usually downhill (first) I’m more comfortable with… and then you can do the downhill and see where you stand and then go into the slalom.” said Bennett, who finished 10th in the morning slalom. “But with the slalom first, you definitely have to perform to get a better position for the downhill. It’s a little bit more pressure to perform in slalom.”
WENGEN, Switzerland (Jan. 12, 2017) – This weekend, Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria and Wengen, Switzerland welcome the first Audi FIS Ski World Cup speed series of the New Year for the women and the men. The biggest struggle will be with Mother Nature, with snow in the forecast in both locations.
The women will race a downhill and alpine combined this weekend in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, while the men will take on Wengen for alpine combined, downhill and slalom. Fans can catch all of the action on Universal HD and NBCSN, and via live stream on nbcsports.com.
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ALTENMARKT-ZAUCHENSEE, Austria (Jan. 11, 2017) – Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) plans to return to the Audi FIS Ski World Cup circuit this weekend, racing in the Altenmarkt-Zauchensee downhill. Vonn has been recovering from a fracture in her upper right arm, which she suffered after a training crash at Copper Mountain, CO in November. She has been out of the World Cup circuit since February, when she fractured her left tibial plateau while racing in Soldeu-El Tarter, Andorra.
“Words cannot describe how excited I am to be returning to the slopes this week," Vonn told Eurosport. "It’s been a tough three months with over 300 hours of rehabilitation but being able to go fast and compete again makes all of the hard work with it."
FLACHAU, Austria (Jan. 10, 2017) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) rebounded from a disappointing first run to land on the podium in a tie for third Tuesday night under the lights at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom.
Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter, the defending World Cup slalom champion, won her first slalom of the season by 0.58 over Norway’s Nina Loeseth in second, while Shiffrin and Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener tied for third, 0.78 back.
Mikaela Shiffrin scored another podium result in Tuesday night's slalom in Flachau, Austria. (Getty Images/AFP-Johann Groder)
ADELBODEN, Switzerland (Jan. 8, 2017) – David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) was the best U.S. racer of the day, taking 12th place through tough conditions at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom in Adelboden. Michael Ankeny (Deephaven, MN) and Mark Engel (Truckee, CA) grabbed top-30 spots to score points.
The weather was inconsistent at Adelboden, with heavy fog rolling through for many of the racers. However, it didn’t seem to bother Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen, who built a huge lead second run to take the win by 1.83 seconds. Manfred Moelgg of Italy was second, while Marcel Hirscher of Austria was third.