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.
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.
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.
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.
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 11) – After a successful 18 years of coaching with the U.S. Alpine Ski Team, women’s speed Head Coach Chip White will step aside following the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals this week. During his tenure, the women’s speed program produced an impressive 122 World Cup podiums, 13 World Cup titles, 10 World Championship medals and six Olympic medals. Most noteably, White led all six members of his World Cup team to the podium during the 2013 season. He has been named the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) International Alpine Coach of the year on numerous occasians and was a 2012 finalist for the U.S. Olympic Committee’s (USOC) highest coaching honor.
COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (March 10) – The 2014 U.S. Alpine U18 National Championships, which concluded last week on the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain, displayed an elevated level of athlete high performance amongst U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) regional club programs. According to USSA Regional Development Director Lester Keller, the boost is due to a combination of the Best in the World training and racing facility in Copper Mountain and the early success of the newly established National Training Groups (NTG) and Regional Development Programs (RAD).
PARK CITY, UT (March 9) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association is making changes to its schedule for the upcoming March 19-23 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in Squaw Valley. The scheduled super G races have been canceled to allow organizers to focus on giant slalom and slalom races. The super G events will not be rescheduled. In addition to the U.S. Championship giant slalom and slalom events, USSA is also adding an International Ski Federation giant slalom for men and women.
NATURE VALLEY U.S. ALPINE CHAMPIONSHIPS Squaw Valley, CA Wednesday, March 19 Men’s FIS giant slalom (not U.S. Championship event)
Thursday, March 20 Women’s U.S. Championship giant slalom
Friday, March 21 Men’s U.S. Championship giant slalom
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (March 9) - The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup regular season wrapped up Sunday with Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) leading the U.S. Ski Team with 16th in the Kranjska Gora slalom, one day after taking his career sixth giant slalom win at the venue. German Felix Neureuther took advantage of the spring weather and charged to his fourth World Cup win of the season to overtake Austrian Marcel Hirscher for the slalom points lead going into World Cup Finals. Only the top 25 racers in each discipline qualify for the March 12-16 finale held in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Universal Sports Network will broadcast the race at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET.
ARE, Sweden (March 8) - Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) won her fourth Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom of the season on Saturday to mathematically clinch a second straight World Cup title in the discipline. The stunning victory earned the 18-year-old a space in history as the youngest woman to reach eight World Cup slalom wins. She turns 19 on March 13. Universal Sports Network will broadcast the race at 1 p.m. ET.
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (March 8) - Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) captured a historic giant slalom victory Saturday in Kranjska Gora to become the first man in Audi FIS Alpine World Cup history to have won six times at the same venue. The stunning 23rd win of his career also moved Ligety within 50 points of Austrian Marcel Hirscher, who finished fourth, for the 2014 World Cup giant slalom title. The title will be decided March 15 at the World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Universal Sports Network will broadcast the Kranjska Gora giant slalom at 11 a.m. ET.