COPPER, CO (Dec. 2, 2015) – Tommy Ford (Bend, OR) proved victorious once again in the second NorAm giant slalom contested at Copper Mountain this season on Tuesday. In contrast to his previous day’s victory, which had Ford coming from the 14th position to ultimately win, this time he found himself leading after run one. When the dust finally settled after a nail-biting second run, Ford was left standing atop the podium flanked by a trio of Norwegians which included a tie for third place between Leif Kristian Haugen and Rasmus Windingstad.
“This makes me level and steady,” Ford said of his two victories. “I believe in myself a little bit more [after today]. I just stuck with an even head and skied well, and found a little extra gear today, so I was psyched on that.”
COPPER, CO (Dec. 1, 2015) – U.S. Ski Team veteran Tommy Ford (Bend, OR) was victorious in the opening NorAm giant slalom race of the season at Copper Mountain, CO on Monday. A race in which several anticipated starters in the upcoming Beaver Creek World Cup took part, Ford leapt from 14th position after the morning’s run, 1.19 seconds behind Germany's Fritz Dopfer’s leading time, to best the field by 0.33 seconds en route to his sixth NorAm victory and his first since 2011. Dopfer, ranked fifth in the world in GS, managed to hang on to a second-place finish and Austrian Roland Leitinger rounded out the podium in third.
“Pretty good gettin’ a win!” exclaimed Ford. “I just ended up being more powerful that run. It was pretty dang good snow, just like, groovin’. A bump here or there, but pretty good all around.”
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta – Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) barely missed another podium in Lake Louise, but took his best-ever super G finish in fourth place. The King of Lake Louise, Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, took the win, trailed by Matthias Mayer of Austria and Peter Fill of Italy.
ASPEN, CO (Nov. 29, 2015)—Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) did it again on Sunday, winning her second Aspen Winternational slalom in two days.
After dominating the field in Saturday’s slalom by over three seconds, Shiffrin showed that she wasn’t letting off the gas. On the first run, she came through the lights 1.99 seconds ahead of the next fastest female, and would eventually win the run by 1.69 seconds. She came out attacking on the second run and bobbled on the second gate, before calming down and ripping to the bottom. She took the win by 2.65 seconds and her teammates Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, MN), Katie Ryan (Aspen, CO) and Resi Stielger (Jackson, WY) hoisted her on their shoulders to celebrate.
Shiffrin celebrates with teammates Ryan, Stiegler and Moltzan. (USSA-Tom Kelly)
ASPEN, CO (Nov. 28, 2015)—It was a historic day at the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational, as Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) dominated her competitors by over three seconds to take the first American women's win at Aspen since 1981.
It had been a high and dry 34 years, with no American standing on top of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup podium at Aspen since Tamara McKinney won in 1981. And Shiffrin didn’t just break the record; she annihilated it, winning the race by 3.07 seconds. That margin broke yet another record—it was the largest women’s slalom win margin since 1968.
“It’s a special day. I was a little bit nervous, but I handled it well,” said Shiffrin. “My skis were great. Everything set up perfectly. I don’t know if the stars will ever align like that again.”
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (Nov. 28, 2015) – After a solid three days of training, Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) threw down a fast run on Saturday to grab third place at the Lake Louise downhill.
The downhill track at Lake Louise was yet again the creator of a comeback fairytale as Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway claimed victory by the narrowest possible margin, just 0.01 seconds, in his first World Cup speed race since an Achilles injury kept him off tour all of last season. He edged out Italian Peter Fill, who held the lead from his bib 4 start all the way until Svindal came down 16 skiers later.
In the final spot on stage, Ganong rounded out the podium at an unlikely venue for the 27 year old. He was the first U.S. Ski Team athlete on course, and his time held up for third place despite numerous attacks from the top 7 skiers.
LAKE LOUISE, Canada (Nov. 28, 2015) – It’s downhill day in Lake Louise and the men have been looking strong. With Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) and Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) racking up a series of top-10 results in training runs, the American Downhillers are ready to kick off the speed season.
Nyman and Ganong have been leading the American charge with Nyman taking a fifth, eighth and a fourth in training runs, and Ganong a ninth, a second and a sixth place. And you can’t count out Marco Sullivan, who took fifth in last year’s Lake Louise downhill and has had two podiums there in the past. They’ll be up against Norwegians Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal, who traded off wins in training, and Canadian Erik Guey, who returns to the World Cup after injury.
ASPEN, CO (Nov. 27, 2015)—It was a crushing day at the Aspen Winternational, as both Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) and Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) both crashed and did not finish.
As the snow fell early during the second run of giant slalom, Shiffrin looked poised to take the first American victory in Aspen since Tamara McKinney won the same race in 1984. Lara Gut of Switzerland sat in third after the completion of the first run, a distant 0.96 seconds behind Shiffrin’s opening pace. Undaunted by the increasing snowfall, Gut took to the course and executed a fearless and aggressive second run, coming through the finish with a slim 0.10-second lead over last year’s GS winner, Eva Maria Brem of Austria. After Italian Frederica Brignone was unable to hold her leading margin from the start, slipping to third, one racer stood between Gut and another World Cup win.
ASPEN, CO (Nov. 26, 2015)—The snowflakes are lightly descending upon Aspen as the sun works its way through the clouds. It’s Thanksgiving Day in Aspen and it’s no surprise it feels magical here. This year, when the Audi FIS Ski World Cup swings through America, Aspen will feature one women’s giant slalom and two slaloms—one rescheduled from Levi.
COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Nov. 21, 2015) - The naming of the 2015-16 U.S. Alpine Ski Team during Nature Valley First Tracks at Copper Mountain was a time of celebration, with 58 athletes having their names read and proudly marching on stage. Some of the biggest applause came for two athletes who were not there to make that walk onto the stage – Ronnie Berlack and Bryce Astle. The two promising young stars were killed in an avalanche last January. Athletes, coaches and families all agreed – they should be honored for their athletic achievements with a place on the team.