SOCHI, Russia (Feb. 27, 2016) – The next generation of ski racers kicked off the FIS Junior World Ski Championships on Saturday, with American Erik Arvidsson (Woodside, CA, U.S. Ski Team/Squaw Valley Ski Team/Bear Valley) snagging a huge win in the downhill.
A regular on the NorAm Cup podium in speed events, Arvidsson smoked the 2014 Olympic downhill track, skiing the course tactfully to win by two-tenths of a second. He adds to the line up of previous American Junior Worlds winners including current World Cup athlete Ryan Cochran-Siegle, U.S. Ski Team assistant coach Chris Beckmann and Olympic gold medalist Tommy Moe.
HINTERSTODER, Austria (Feb. 27, 2016) – Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT), Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) and Thomas Biesemeyer (Keene, NY) all scored World Cup points in Saturday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G, just not as many as they were shooting to score.
“It was just a tough race for me today,” said Weibrecht, who woke up sick on race day and struggled to a 22nd place finish after narrowly escaping disaster midway down the course after catching too much air off a roller. “It was really hard to get up and just get the energy to come out. I put my best effort in, but I didn’t expect a lot. I didn’t expect to make it down to be honest. I just made mistakes the whole way, so it wasn’t the kind of race I was looking for.”
SOLDEU, Andorra (Feb. 26, 2016) – The ladies speed team was able to catch some sunshine and a little taste of the ocean in Barcelona, Spain en route to Soldeu-El Tarter, Andorra this weekend. For the Americans, it’s a long season away from home and the sunshine may have been just what the doctor ordered to recharge the ladies for the remainder of the season.
Andorra is a tiny country located between France and Spain in the Pyrenees mountains, where Soldeu-El Tarter will play host to a super G and alpine combined on Saturday and Sunday. Previously, Andorra has hosted World Cup giant slalom and slalom events, but this speed weekend will be a first for the tiny nation. Luckily, in Andorra’s case, size doesn’t matter. Their fans are crazy about ski racing and they’re stoked World Cup action is returning to their soil.
HINTERSTODER, Austria (Feb. 26, 2016) – The World Cup returned to Hinterstoder for the first time in five years as France’s Alexis Pinturault won his second Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom race of the season. Tommy Ford (Bend, OR) was the top U.S. finisher in 29th.
Marcel Hirscher of Austria finished second and extended his overall World Cup lead to 103 points over Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen, who finished fourth. Thomas Fanara of France finished third. Friday’s giant slalom replaced the cancelled event from Adelboden.
Up next, the men compete in super G Saturday at Hinterstoder, followed by another giant slalom race Sunday.
HINTERSTODER, Austria (Feb. 25, 2016) – For the first time since 2011, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup will make Hinterstoder their center stage this weekend. On the challenging track that features a little bit of everything, Austria’s Hannes Reichelt was the last man to prevail here in 2011 in super G. Can new father Andrew “Warhorse” Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) come out on top this weekend?
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (Feb. 23, 2016) – Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) was looking to distance herself from Switzerland’s Lara Gut in the battle for the overall World Cup title, and put on a show for the 7,000 screaming fans at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup city event in downtown Stockholm Tuesday night.
Lindsey Vonn competes at the FIS Ski World Cup city event in Stockholm Tuesday night. (Getty Images/AFP-Jonathan Nackstrand)
Vonn, Gut and 30 of the best skiers in the world lined up to compete head-to-head in the two-run paneled parallel slalom elimination race. Unfortunately for Vonn and Gut, they were both eliminated in the first round. However, each were awarded 15 World Cup points, so Vonn maintained her 23 point advantage over Gut in the battle for the overall World Cup title.
LA THUILE, Italy (Feb. 21, 2016) – The battle continued between Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Switzerland’s Lara Gut for the overall World Cup title at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G Sunday. Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather won her fifth career World Cup race as Gut was second and Vonn finished third.
In the back-and-forth fight for the overall, Vonn, who moved into the lead following her second place downhill finish Saturday, holds a slim 23-point lead over Gut following Sunday’s super G.
“It’s a really big fight to the end of the season,” said Vonn. “We’re almost at the point where you can feel that the (World Cup) finals are coming … and I like that last part of the season.”
CHAMONIX, France (Feb. 20, 2016) – Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) nailed his second downhill podium in a row, snagging second place in Chamonix Saturday.
The light was flat on the hill, but Friday’s heavy snow let up and left the track in clean condition. A ski Mecca, as the racers have been calling Chamonix, it is the first Audi FIS Ski World Cup race series in the location in four years.
Nyman showed his strength as a glider, skiing well throughout the course. Despite a little wild in some sections, he was able to harness his power to ski into the finish in first place. Only Dominik Paris was able to sneak past him to take the win, while Beat Feuz of Switzerland was third.
“I skied well for the most part. I had a mistake on the first split and was a little wild through a couple splits,” said Nyman. “I let the skis keep going - hats off to my technician. He prepared some rocket ships. I’m good at tucking, so I had a great bottom.”
LA THUILE, Italy (Feb. 19, 2016) – Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) wrapped up her eighth overall World Cup downhill title, and moved back into the overall World Cup lead following her second place downhill finish at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Saturday.
Lindsey Vonn finished second in Saturday’s World Cup downhill in La Thuile, Italy. (Getty Images/AFP-Oliver Morin)
“I still have to stay focused on the race everyday and I can’t think about the records, or the future, or the points,” said Vonn after wrapping up a record 20th crystal globe, breaking Ingemar Stenmark record of 19. “But I’m still really proud that I’m able to accomplish that, especially after all my injuries, to be able to consistently wins globes … I’m proud of myself. Hopefully I have more globes to come in the future.”
HAFJELL, Norway (Feb. 19, 2016) – River Radamus' (Edwards, CO, U.S. Ski Team/Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) gold medal streak came to an end as he failed to finish the first run in Friday's slalom at the Winter Youth Olympic Games.
It was tight in the top two with a multinational podium that featured Austria’s Manuel Traninger as the fastest skier just three hundredths ahead of Sweden’s Filip Vennerstroem. Norway’s Odin Vassbotn Breivik rounded out the podium in third, 1.33 seconds out. This was Traninger’s first gold medal of the Games, though he has finished in the top five in every event of the Youth Olympic Games so far.
Radamus’ historic third gold medal was presented by Swiss Olympic downhill gold medalist Dominique Gisin. “I’m sure we will hear a lot about him,” the Swiss Olympic champion told Around the Rings. “His skiing is fantastic; it’s really Bode style.” With that Bode style comes risk-taking and it’s clear Radamus skis to win, not to just finish.