LAKE LOUISE, AB (Nov. 30) - Olympic medalist Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) led the U.S. Ski Team finishing 20th in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G in Lake Louise, Norway's Kjetil Jansrud, the Oympic super G champion, made it a clean sweep winning both opening speed races. The tour now heads to Beaver Creek, CO for the Audi Birds of Prey Race Week.
LAKE LOUISE, AB (Nov. 29) – Marco Sullivan was the American to watch in Saturday’s downhill, holding the top step of the podium for 13 racers, before finally finishing in fifth place. Wednesday’s training run-winner Kjetil Jansrud of Norway squeaked a first place by Manuel Osborne-Paradis and Guillermo Fayed, who tied for second. It was Sullivan's best finish in two seasons, since skiing to the podium in Lake Louise in 2012.
The men’s speed team was in Lake Louise for the first speed series of the season with five U.S. Ski Team racers starting: Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA), Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA), Steve Nyman (Sundance, UT), Jared Goldberg (Holladay, UT) and Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, CA).
ASPEN, CO (Nov. 29) - Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) skied a gutsy second run to salvage a remarkable sixth place finish in the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational. A first-run mistake nearly earned Shiffrin an early exit, but she powered through to stay in contention. Despite being 2.23 seconds out, Shiffrin skied fifth fastest in the second run, winning the bottom. Austria's Eva-Maria Brem won over teammate Kathrin Zettel. Italy's Federica Brignone was third. The women race slalom on Sunday with live coverage of the second run on NBC at 3:00 p.m. EST.
ASPEN, Colo. – Eva-Maria Brem stunned the crowd – and herself – with a virtually flawless first run and then was able to hold on and overcome a second run charge from teammate Kathrin Zettel, the queen of Aspen with the most podiums here of all time, to take her first ever World Cup win.
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta — The sky parted and the thermometer dropped for the World Cup downhill opener in Lake Louise, Canada, on Saturday. After three days of non-stop snow, the men got a chance to race under blue skies, but the course continued to show signs of the recent snowfall.
While the ladies take on Aspen this weekend, the men head to Lake Louise to tackle their first speed series of the season. They’ll kick it off with the opening Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill on Saturday, November 29 followed by the super G on Sunday, November 30.
The men took the first downhill training run at Lake Louise on Wednesday, with Steve Nyman leading the charge for the U.S. starters, finishing 15th. After a mediocre 2014 season, Nyman has been skiing lightning fast in training, with times consistently ahead of the pack. On top of that, he’s feeling great from a strength and conditioning standpoint. To say he’s excited for the season to start would be an understatement.
The women will take over historic Aspen, Colorado for the first time in two years on Thanksgiving weekend for the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational. They’ll kick off the only Audi FIS World Cup stop in the U.S. with a pair of tech races—giant slalom on Saturday, November 29 and slalom on Sunday, November 30.
Mikaela Shiffrin will be looking for redemption this weekend at the Winternational after a disappointing 11th place finish in Levi, Finland. “I'm really psyched for Aspen because I don't think I skied nearly to my potential in Levi,” Shiffrin told Ski Racing. “I’m going back to the drawing board basically and getting back to racing because I love to race, not because I'm Olympic champion.”
“Mikaela loves being in Aspen and really likes the Aspen GS hill,” confirmed women’s tech coach Roland Pfeifer, when asked about Shiffrin's progress. “She is skiing well.”
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VAIL, CO (Nov. 22) - Olympic champion Ted Ligety suffered an injury to his left wrist when he hooked his hand on a gate while training today at Vail’s Golden Peak. According to U.S. Ski Team Medical Director Kyle Wilkens, Ligety suffered a left wrist carpal dislocation. He underwent surgery with U.S. Ski Team physician Dr. Randy Viola at the Vail Valley Medical Center Saturday afternoon. Doctors anticipate he should be back skiing shortly. He will be fitted with a special splint to wear while skiing. There was no determination yet as to whether it will impact his participation in the Audi FIS Ski World Cups in Lake Louise or Beaver Creek. He has been scheduled to ski in the super G at Lake Louise Nov 30 before the tour heads to the Audi Birds of Prey Race Week in Beaver Creek.
ASPEN, CO (Nov. 22) - It's time to go ski racing in Colorado! The International Ski Federation has given the final go-ahead to both Aspen and Beaver Creek for upcoming Audi FIS Ski World Cup races. Cold snowmaking temperatures mixed with natural snow have helped Colorado resorts prepare for the start of the season. The women open with a giant slalom and slalom at the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational Dec. 29-30, while the men preview the World Championships with a downhill, super G and giant slalom at Beaver Creek for the Audi Birds of Prey Race Week Dec. 5-7. Admission is free, or watch the action on NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports.