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.
MARIBOR, Slovenia (Jan. 8, 2017) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) skied to her 24th career slalom victory Sunday at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup, and extended her overall World Cup lead to more than 300 points.
Shiffrin, who took a 0.17 first run lead over Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener, powered through the second run to win her 27th career World Cup race. Holdener finished second as Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter was third.
Mikaela Shiffrin scored her 24th career Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom victory in Maribor Sunday. (Getty Images/AFP-Jure Makovec)
ADELBODEN, Switzerland (Jan. 7, 2017) – Battling a tough course and flat light, Tommy Ford (Bend, OR) was the top American finisher at the Adelboden giant slalom, taking 19th place.
Alexis Pinturault took his 19th Audi FIS Ski World Cup win, making him the most successful French skier of all time—over the famed Jean-Claude Killy. Marcel Hirscher of Italy put down a blazing second run, but finished second overall, just .04 seconds behind Pinturault. Hirscher’s teammate Philipp Schoerghofer was third.
Hirscher’s result brought him to 100 World Cup podiums—level with Marc Girardelli’s podium count—making him the second most successful skier in history, behind Ingemar Stenmark.
MARIBOR, Slovenia (Jan. 7, 2017) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) charged to her 12th career top-five giant slalom result, finishing fourth in Saturday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup. Tessa Worley of France won ahead of Italy’s Sofia Goggia in second and Swiss Lara Gut in third.
Shiffrin took a slim 0.07 first run lead over Goggia on a straight course set. On the second run, she charged the middle section of the course – grabbing a 0.13-second lead at the second split – but wasn’t able to carry her speed through to the finish.
“It was a super fast course and I didn’t quite match the speed that I was carrying,” Shiffrin said. “I’m still learning, so all in all, it’s not a terrible day.”
MARIBOR, Slovenia (Jan. 6, 2017) – Old Man Winter has finally arrived in Europe, and he’s been bringing snow, wind and cold temperatures across Europe. And so, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup tech train rolls from the Zagreb station onward to Maribor for the women and Adelboden, Switzerland for the men.
The women will race a giant slalom and slalom this weekend in Maribor, then the iconic night slalom on Tuesday in Flachau, while the men now travel to Adelboden for one of the tour's classic GS/SL weekends. Fans can catch all of the action live on NBCSN on both Saturday and Sunday, and via live stream on nbcsports.com.
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) has won the last two World Cup giant slalom races, both held in Semmering, Austria. Prior to that, her last GS win was in October 2014 at Soelden, Austria. She’s been on a tech roll, winning four of the last five tech events (two slalom races, two giant slalom races), and she’ll look to carry that fire into the weekend.