CHAMONIX, France, (Feb. 19, 2016) – Jared Goldberg (Holladay, UT) and Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, CA) patiently waited out Mother Nature’s antics Friday to score World Cup points at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup combined event.
France’s Alexis Pinturault won the event, with Italy’s Dominik Paris in second. Thomas Mermillod Blondin of France was third. Goldberg finished 20th, while Bennett was 21st.
Bryce Bennett grabbed more World Cup points, finishing 21st in the alpine combined. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Alexis Boichard)
Forecasters were calling for 3cm of snow, but when racers woke up Friday morning, the snow was coming down hard, forcing organizers to flip the schedule and run the slalom in the morning and the downhill in the afternoon.
LA THUILE, Italy (Feb. 19, 2016) – Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) threw down a clean and strong run to take fifth place and lead the Americans in the La Thuile downhill. Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) lost a ski and did not finish the race.
“It feels good to be in the top five again,” Ross said. “I am feeling more comfortable now than I have all year, and that confidence is building with time and results.”
It was the first time the Audi FIS Ski World Cup tour visited the challenging and steep La Thuile track. The snow was grippy and dry, allowing the ladies to pick up speed and crank sweeping turns. Even with a big mistake, Lara Gut of Switzerland dominated the field, winning by more than a second over Austrian Cornelia Huetter. Nadia Fanchini of Italy grabbed a podium spot in front of the home crowd, finishing in third.
CHAMONIX, France (Feb. 18, 2016) – The sun was shining down on Les Grand Montets and the American Downhillers on Tuesday. It was the perfect bluebird start to an exciting week of ski racing, as the Audi FIS Ski World Cup returns to the ski Mecca of Chamonix after a four-year hiatus and the crew is excited to be back on Chamonix soil.
The men will take on Chamonix’s Kandahar this weekend in alpine combined and downhill. Watch out for Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT), fresh off a podium at Jeongseon, South Korea. He was the fastest Thursday with Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) 11th and Jared Goldberg (Holladay, UT) 15th. But keep an eye out for the consistently strong Attacking Viking, Kjetil Jansrud who has again finished in the top five in both of this week’s training runs. Hometown favorite, Frenchman Guillermo Fayed, his teammate Adrien Theaux, Austria’s Hannes Reichelt and Canadian Erik Guay will also be solid competitors.
HAFJELL, Norway (Feb. 17, 2016) – Keely Cashman (Squaw Valley, CA, 16, National Training Group/Squaw Valley Ski Team) had another solid finish at the Winter Youth Olympic Games, taking 13th in Thursday’s slalom.
Aline Danioth of Switzerland grabbed her fourth YOG medal in four races, dominating the field by 1.59 seconds. Following Danioth was Ali Nullmeyer of Canada in second and Meta Hrovat of Slovenia in third.
Cashman has finished in the top 15 of each YOG event she has competed, taking 14th in giant slalom and 10th in super G.
“Keely has gained great experience from this amazing international championship against a strong field,” said women’s FIS NTG coach Thomas Erhard. “She has performed as one of the top two (in her age class) in all the races. She never gave up on tough courses with slick conditions, showing the fight it will take to progress!”
PARK CITY, UT (Feb. 17, 2016) – The road to Sochi looks slightly different but not any less promising in 2016 as the 2014 Olympic Games venue plays host to the 2016 FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has named a group of 12 elite athletes to compete at the 2016 Junior World Ski Championship scheduled for Feb. 24-Mar. 5 at Rosa Khutor in Sochi, Russia. Each athlete heralds from top USSA club programs across the country including Breezy Johnson (Victor, ID), currently ranked second in Europa Cup downhill standings and first in NorAm downhill standings, Erik Arvidsson (Woodside, CA), who is currently ranked fourth for the NorAm overall title and Drew Duffy (Warren, VT), currently ranked fifth in NorAm super G and the surprise U.S. National Champion in super G in 2015.
Towering at 6’4”, not only is Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) a physical specimen and American Downhiller beast, but he also happens to be one of the kindest, most genuine souls on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup tour. A gentle giant, if you will. The three-time World Cup winner – the Val Gardena master – and three-time Olympian is no stranger to success on the mountain, though Nyman knows success off the mountain is just as – if not more – important.
HAFJELL, Norway (Feb. 17, 2016) – River Radamus (Edwards, CO, U.S. Ski Team/Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) grabs the hat trick Wednesday at the Winter Youth Olympic Games, with his third gold medal of the Games in the giant slalom.
Lindsey Vonn, Ambassador for the Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games, poses for a photograph with River Radamus during her visit to the Games Monday. (YIS/IOC-Thomas Lovelock)
HAFJELL, Norway (Feb. 16, 2016) – Keely Cashman (Squaw Valley, CA, 16, National Training Group/Squaw Valley Ski Team) grabbed 14th place Tuesday in the giant slalom at the Youth Olympic Winter Games.
The giant slalom podium featured Switzerland’s Melanie Meillard finishing first, with Germany’s Katrin Hirtl-Stanggassinger finishing second and Switzerland’s Aline Danioth rounding out the podium in third.
“Snow was bullet proof and it was an excellent race,” said women’s NTG head coach Thomas Erhard. “Great learning experience for her at a major Championship.”
One of the top skiers in the world in her age group, Cashman also finished 10th in the super G on Saturday. Onward and upward, Cashman will now look ahead to Thursday’s slalom.
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (Feb. 15, 2016) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) returned from injury to dominate the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom Monday, taking her 18th World Cup victory.
“That was a pretty incredible race,” said Shiffrin, who suffered a knee injury warming up for a race in December. “I’m glad it’s over, but I enjoyed skiing that last run, it was really rough and a challenge at every single gate. It was just bumpy and a wild ride – tough, but a good fight, and that’s the way it should be."
Mikaela Shiffrin charges en route to her 18th career World Cup victory Monday in Crans-Montana. (Getty Images/AFP-Fabrice Coffrini)
HAFJELL, Norway (Feb. 14, 2016) - River Radamus (Edwards, CO, U.S. Ski Team/Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) doubled-up Sunday at the Olympic Youth Winter Games, grabbing his second gold medal of the Games in the alpine combined.
“The first (gold) came definitely as a shock,” Radamus said. “To win two in two days, is pretty awesome.”
Gold medal winner River Radamus during the slalom portion of the alpine combined at the Youth Olympic Winter Games Sunday. (YIS/IOC-Arnt Folvik)