SOLDEU-EL TARTER, Andorra (Feb. 28, 2016) – A day after going down in a sled following a super G crash, Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) came back to win the Audi FIS Ski World Cup alpine combined morning super G, and finish 13th overall, forcing a three-way tie for the combined globe with one event to go.
Mikaela Shiffrin finished eighth in the alpine combined Sunday in Soldeu, Andorra. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Alexis Boichard)
HINTERSTODER, Austria (Feb. 28, 2016) – Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) is getting closer to dialing in the equipment issues he’s been struggling with the past few weeks. In Sunday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom, he almost found the right combination, finished as the top American in 23rd.
“Today, I knew I wanted to come out and put together a solid day,” said Jitloff. “The first run was a step in the right direction.”
France’s Alexis Pinturault won his second-straight giant slalom – he also won Friday’s GS in Hinterstoder – in commanding fashion by 1.14 seconds over Austria’s Marcel Hirscher. Norway’s Henrik Kristofferson was third.
The past couple of weeks have been a struggle for the 31-year-old, six-time U.S. Champion as he has worked diligently to perfect his equipment set up. However, the combination of canceled races and long training hours has taken a toll, physically and emotionally.
SOLDEU-EL TARTER, Andorra (Feb. 27, 2016) – On a day full of delays, crashes and tough conditions, Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) powered through fresh snow to take second in the Soldeu Audi FIS Ski World Cup, her first podium spot since Garmisch in 2013.
Battling wind and snow that caused the race start to be lowered and the start time pushed back by three hours, many skiers struggled down the gnarly course, including Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), who was a pre-race favorite. Vonn slid out of the course, crashing near the bottom, and was taken off the hill on a sled by ski patrol. Her injuries are being evaluated.
Lindsey Vonn had to be carried off the mountain after crashing in Saturday’s World Cup super G.
SOCHI, Russia (Feb. 27, 2016) – The next generation of ski racers kicked off the FIS Junior World Ski Championships on Saturday, with American Erik Arvidsson (Woodside, CA, U.S. Ski Team/Squaw Valley Ski Team/Bear Valley) snagging a huge win in the downhill.
A regular on the NorAm Cup podium in speed events, Arvidsson smoked the 2014 Olympic downhill track, skiing the course tactfully to win by two-tenths of a second. He adds to the line up of previous American Junior Worlds winners including current World Cup athlete Ryan Cochran-Siegle, U.S. Ski Team assistant coach Chris Beckmann and Olympic gold medalist Tommy Moe.
HINTERSTODER, Austria (Feb. 27, 2016) – Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT), Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) and Thomas Biesemeyer (Keene, NY) all scored World Cup points in Saturday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G, just not as many as they were shooting to score.
“It was just a tough race for me today,” said Weibrecht, who woke up sick on race day and struggled to a 22nd place finish after narrowly escaping disaster midway down the course after catching too much air off a roller. “It was really hard to get up and just get the energy to come out. I put my best effort in, but I didn’t expect a lot. I didn’t expect to make it down to be honest. I just made mistakes the whole way, so it wasn’t the kind of race I was looking for.”
SOLDEU, Andorra (Feb. 26, 2016) – The ladies speed team was able to catch some sunshine and a little taste of the ocean in Barcelona, Spain en route to Soldeu-El Tarter, Andorra this weekend. For the Americans, it’s a long season away from home and the sunshine may have been just what the doctor ordered to recharge the ladies for the remainder of the season.
Andorra is a tiny country located between France and Spain in the Pyrenees mountains, where Soldeu-El Tarter will play host to a super G and alpine combined on Saturday and Sunday. Previously, Andorra has hosted World Cup giant slalom and slalom events, but this speed weekend will be a first for the tiny nation. Luckily, in Andorra’s case, size doesn’t matter. Their fans are crazy about ski racing and they’re stoked World Cup action is returning to their soil.
HINTERSTODER, Austria (Feb. 26, 2016) – The World Cup returned to Hinterstoder for the first time in five years as France’s Alexis Pinturault won his second Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom race of the season. Tommy Ford (Bend, OR) was the top U.S. finisher in 29th.
Marcel Hirscher of Austria finished second and extended his overall World Cup lead to 103 points over Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen, who finished fourth. Thomas Fanara of France finished third. Friday’s giant slalom replaced the cancelled event from Adelboden.
Up next, the men compete in super G Saturday at Hinterstoder, followed by another giant slalom race Sunday.
HINTERSTODER, Austria (Feb. 25, 2016) – For the first time since 2011, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup will make Hinterstoder their center stage this weekend. On the challenging track that features a little bit of everything, Austria’s Hannes Reichelt was the last man to prevail here in 2011 in super G. Can new father Andrew “Warhorse” Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) come out on top this weekend?
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (Feb. 23, 2016) – Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) was looking to distance herself from Switzerland’s Lara Gut in the battle for the overall World Cup title, and put on a show for the 7,000 screaming fans at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup city event in downtown Stockholm Tuesday night.
Lindsey Vonn competes at the FIS Ski World Cup city event in Stockholm Tuesday night. (Getty Images/AFP-Jonathan Nackstrand)
Vonn, Gut and 30 of the best skiers in the world lined up to compete head-to-head in the two-run paneled parallel slalom elimination race. Unfortunately for Vonn and Gut, they were both eliminated in the first round. However, each were awarded 15 World Cup points, so Vonn maintained her 23 point advantage over Gut in the battle for the overall World Cup title.
LA THUILE, Italy (Feb. 21, 2016) – The battle continued between Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Switzerland’s Lara Gut for the overall World Cup title at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G Sunday. Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather won her fifth career World Cup race as Gut was second and Vonn finished third.
In the back-and-forth fight for the overall, Vonn, who moved into the lead following her second place downhill finish Saturday, holds a slim 23-point lead over Gut following Sunday’s super G.
“It’s a really big fight to the end of the season,” said Vonn. “We’re almost at the point where you can feel that the (World Cup) finals are coming … and I like that last part of the season.”