LAKE LOUISE, Canada (Dec. 4, 2016) – Jackie Wiles (Aurora, OR) led four American women into the top 20 with a career-best 10th-place finish in the first super G of the season at Audi FIS Ski World Cup.
“I am so thrilled,” said Wiles. “I had high expectations for the downhill and fell short. I had no expectations for today, but I knew that you had charge it hard, and that’s what I do best. So I just gave it my all and I’m very happy.”
VAL D’ISERE, France (Dec. 4, 2016) – After two days of speed, the tech guys were ready to go in Val d’Isere for the Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom. Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) was the top American of the day, taking 11th place.
After a 46-year wait, France won a Val d’Isere GS in front of the home crowd with Mathieu Faivre taking the win after a spectacular second run. His teammate Alexis Pinturault was third and Marcel Hirscher of Austria second.
On perfect, grippy snow, the Americans stacked five racers into the points with Tommy Ford (Bend, OR) finishing just behind Ligety in 14th. Tim Jitloff (Park City, UT) was 18th, Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, VT) 22nd and David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) 27th.
LAKE LOUISE, Canada (Dec. 3, 2016) – The American ladies stacked three in the top 15 on the second day of downhill in Lake Louise, led by Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) in seventh place. Friday’s top American Stacey Cook (Mammoth Lakes, CA) was 11th and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), in only her second Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill, was 13th.
Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia wore a red bib marking her as the World Cup leader in downhill after a surprise win on Friday, and showed that the win wasn’t a fluke. She skied to victory again, ahead of Switzerland’s Lara Gut in second and Edit Miklos of Hungary in third.
Ross was happy with her result, pointing out the conditions that hindered racers starting behind her. “There was a lot of sun at the very beginning of the race and I think for every person, the sun was less and less,” said Ross. “But that’s ski racing. I got lucky… I’m happy with the result.”
VAL D’ISERE, France (Dec. 3, 2016) – Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) led the American’s in the first downhill of the season in 15th Saturday at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup.
Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud won for the second-straight day after taking Friday’s super G victory. Peter Fill of Italy was second. Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, who was second in Friday’s super G, finished third.
An early November storm dropped upwards of three meters of snow on the top of the course in Val d'Isere. However, rain fell on the lower slopes during the same storm. Organizers were able to make enough snow on the lower slopes to host the event, but the conditions proved challenging for the racers, with extremely aggressive snow.
VAIL, CO (Dec. 3, 2016) — The annual Birds of Prey World Cup races at Beaver Creek may have been canceled, but a roster of America's finest World Cup skiers will be on hand Dec. 3 to honor one of the most talented surgeons in sports medicine history.
“The Grateful Steadys” is the moniker of a loose confederation of grateful patients, athletes, Fellows, MDs, friends and fans brought together by a quartet of Olympic skiers to honor retired local orthopedic pioneer, Dr. Richard Steadman. Like many of their peers, the “Core Four”—Andy Mill, Cindy Nelson, Edie Thys Morgan and Christin Cooper-Taché — owe their careers, and post-career active lives, to Steadman’s interventions, and felt it was time for the skiing world to gratefully acknowledge the impact this one man has had on the sport.
LAKE LOUISE, Canada (Dec. 2, 2016) – In the opening downhill of the 2016-17 season, Stacey Cook (Mammoth Lakes, CA) was the top American in Friday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Lake Louise, taking sixth place. Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) also snuck into the top 10, grabbing ninth.
It was an exciting race, as fans had presumed the race was won by Kajsa Kling of Sweden, who was winning for 10 racers after starting 17th. However, Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia and Sophia Goggia of Italy attacked from bib 28 and 29 to take first and second, respectively, thrilling the crowd.
Cook was excited about her finish in what she calls her favorite stop on the World Cup tour. “I’m really excited. Podium or not, I think I skied well today,” said Cook, who has three Lake Louise downhill podiums under her belt. “Our team is super fast right now. It’s a fun, competitive environment.”
VAL D’ISERE, France (Dec. 2, 2016) – Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) and Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, VT) brushed aside the disappointment of losing home field advantage by leading the U.S. to a seventh-place and 15th-place respective finishes in Friday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G.
Norway took the top two spots on the podium with Kjetil Jansrud winning his 15th career World Cup. Aksel Lund Svindal, who is back after suffering a season-ending knee injury in Kitzbuehel last season, was second. Italy’s Dominik Paris was third.
VAL D’ISERE, France (Dec. 1, 2016) – It’s been a slow start to the season for the American Downhillers, with the cancellation of Lake Louise and a move from Beaver Creek to Val d’Isere due to unseasonably warm weather. It’s safe to say the men are anxious to drop into the OK (Oreiller-Killy) course at La Daille, Val d’Isere. Meanwhile, over in Lake Louise, conditions are looking supreme and the Speed Unicorns are looking even better, stacking four in the top six today, led by Alice McKennis (New Castle, CO).
Headlights pierced the morning fog that had settled into the valleys around the Green Mountains in central Vermont as thousands of cars twisted and turned en route to the mountain. In the pre-dawn darkness, nearly a thousand kids and their chaperones made their way to the Killington Ski Club building as clouds obscured the sun - nearly two dozen ski clubs gathering together. This was a special day for ski racers.
For the past 14 months, since the announcement that the Audi FIS Ski World Cup was returning to the Eastern USA, every mom and dad of a young ski racer in New England knew that on Thanksgiving weekend, they would be taking their kids to Killington.
Killington Crowds Leave Lasting Impact on Sport of Skiing
KILLINGTON, VT (Nov. 28, 2016) – Record crowds packed a snow-covered New England mountain venue over Thanksgiving weekend as the International Ski Federation’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup returned to the Killington ski resort near Rutland, VT for the first time in 25 years. With 30,000 spectators over two days, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) anticipates the event to have a significant long-term sport growth and industry impact.
The engagement of fans was greater than anticipated, comparable to the biggest crowds in the 50-year history of the alpine World Cup tour. The production of an eastern USA World Cup was part of a decade-old strategy by the USSA to grow awareness of alpine ski racing across America with a return to the most densely populated area of ski fans.
The event received a strong boost on Sunday when American Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) took her 10th straight World Cup slalom win.