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.
HAFJELL, Norway (Feb. 13, 2016) - River Radamus (Edwards, CO, U.S. Ski Team/Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) took the biggest victory of his young career, winning the men’s super G at the Youth Olympic Winter Games Saturday.
Pietro Canzio (Italy - left), River Radamus and Manuel Traninger (Austria) pose on the medal podium after men’s super G at the Youth Olympic Winter Games. (YIS/IOC-Jed Leicester)
"The course was pretty technical today," said Radamus. "There were a couple of really key spots that I think I nailed. I didn’t really go in with any sort of expectations - I knew that if I executed my lines and skied the way I wanted to, I would have a chance, but this is definitely a welcome surprise."
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (Feb. 13, 2016) – Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) will have to wait another 24 hours to go for World Cup win No. 77 as Saturday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill was postponed after the Swiss resort received 40cm of new snow.
“Too much snow, race cancelled/postponed until tomorrow. Going to go POWDER skiing!!! Will try to control myself and not take too many runs.” Lindsey Vonn wrote on her Twitter account.
The downhill has been re-scheduled for Sunday (4:30 a.m. EST). The alpine combined event scheduled for Sunday has been cancelled and will not be replaced this season.
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) returns to World Cup racing in Monday’s slalom (4:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. EST), which was re-scheduled from Maribor, Slovenia.
YUZAWA NAEBA, Japan (Feb. 13, 2016) – David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) was the lone U.S. finisher in 26th on another warm, springlike day at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom Saturday.
“Whew, tough GS race today in extremely warm conditions,” Chodounsky wrote on his Instagram account. “Not the greatest race for me but still nice to be in the points!”
World Cup racing returned to the slopes of Yuzawa Naeba for the first time in 41 years as France went 1-2 with Alexis Pinturault taking the victory over teammate Mathieu Faivre. Italy’s Massimiliano Blardone finished third. Overall World Cup leader Marcel Hirscher finished sixth and leads Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen, who finished fourth, by 124 points. Hirscher also leads the overall World Cup giant slalom standings with five races remaining.
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (Feb. 12, 2016) – Though all eyes seem to be on Fenway Park in Boston for the Polartec Big Air competition, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup tour continues on, with the White Circus paying visit to Crans-Montana, Switzerland and Yazawa Naeba, Japan this weekend.
Snow is lightly falling upon the quaint ski village of Crans-Montana, but earlier the snow wasn’t falling so lightly. The forecast called for 40 cm of snow – a far cry from the spring-like conditions last weekend in Garmisch. It’s a lovely, sparkling sight to see … but it could present some challenges for Saturday’s downhill.
You’ve read about Lindsey Vonn’s domination on the North American and European slopes this winter—win after win, podium after podium, breaking records with each victory. But what you might not have read about are Laurenne Ross’ sneaky successes.
Ross happens to be one of the most dynamic athletes on the U.S. Ski Team – not only is she fast and fearless on the mountain, but she is a holistically intriguing woman off the mountain who approaches everything she does in a very individual style...with Laurenne Ross-flair. She writes beautiful prose. She strums a guitar and sings with a voice so beautiful it will quiet the most restless of spirits. She takes stunning photos. She has a keen eye for beauty. She creates.