ARE, Sweden (March 6) - Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) finished 15th Thursday to lead the U.S. Ski Team in the first of two Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom races held in Are. Austrian Anna Fenninger took the win for her second straight World Cup giant slalom victory, moving her firmly into the chase for both the overall and giant slalom titles. Fenninger now trails Germany Maria Hoefl-Riesch by a 67 points in the overall chase and Swede Jessica Lindell-Vikarby by 54 points in giant slalom. A second giant slalom will be staged Friday under the lights in Are with a slalom closing the three race series on Saturday.
JANSA, Slovakia (March 5) - U.S. Ski Team National Training Group athlete Breezy Johnson (Salt Lake City; Rowmark Academy) finished 15th in the FIS Alpine Junior World Championships women's downhill to claim the top finish among athletes under 18. Johnson was just .05 behind teammate Katie Ryan (Aspen, CO; Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club) who posted the top finish among all U.S. athletes with 14th. Katharine Irwin (Vail, CO; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail) also produced a solid run to finish 18th. Super G champion Corinne Suter of Switzerland won for her second gold medal of the championships. Also claiming gold Wednesday was Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen, who won the men's slalom for his second victory in two days. Ty Sprock (Stateline, NV; Treble Cone Ski Academy) posted the top U.S. men's result with 31st to close the 2014 Junior World Championships.
JASNA, Slovakia (March 4) - Team Norway dominated the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships Tuesday with a clean sweep of the men's giant slalom podium led by Olympic giant slalom bronze medalist Henrik Kristoffersen. Sandy Vietze (Warren, VT; Green Mountain Valley School) led the U.S. with 37th as the team was hampered by missing to giant slalom skier Nick Krause (Northboro, MA; Stratton Mountain School) who was injured during the downhill. Medal competition continues Wednesday with men's slalom and potentially the women's downhill if weather cooperates.
JASNA, Slovakia (March 3) - Katie Ryan (Aspen, CO; Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club) took an aggressive line Monday to open women's speed competition at the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships with fifth in super G, just .24 from the podium. Joining Ryan, who has already locked the 2014 NorAm downhill title, was Katharine Irwin (Vail, CO; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail) in eighth. One run of slalom was also contested Monday with the two-run combined time determining the super combined champion. Lila Lapanja (Incline Village, NV; Sugar Bowl Academy/Diamond Peak) posted the top finish for the U.S. Ski Team with 17th. Action continues Tuesday in Jasna with men's giant slalom and women's downhill training.
JANSA, Slovakia (March 2) - Brian McLaughlin (Topsfield, MA; Green Mountain Valley School) and Sam Morse (Carrabassett Valley, ME; Carrabassett Valley Academy) finished 16-17 to lead the U.S. Ski Team in men's downhill Sunday at the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships. Morse, who also competed later that afternoon in the Nations Team Event, was second among athletes under 18 to stand on the U18 podium. Sandy Vietze (Warren, VT; Green Mountain Valley School) also finished inside the top group with 29th behind race winner Adrian Smiseth Sejersted of Norway. The next medal event in Jasna is women's super G on March 3.
CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland (March 2) - Olympic super combined bronze medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) lost a pole, but hung on to lead the U.S. Ski Team with 18th Sunday in the final downhill prior to the March 10-17 World Cup Finals. Only the top 25 athletes in each discipline qualify to start at World Cup Finals. Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) finished 21st in the race and will also have a downhill start during the March 12 women's race. Andrea Fischbacher, who did not make the 2014 Austrian Olympic Team, produced a stunning charge from bib 29 to win the race ahead of teammate Anna Fenninger. Universal Sports Network will broadcast the race at 11 a.m. ET.
KVITFJELL, Norway (March 2) - Olympic super G silver medalist Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) needed a solid Audi FIS Alpine World Cup result Sunday and he got one, finishing a World Cup career-best seventh in the last super G before the World Cup Finals. The result locked a start in the discipline at the March 13 race in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, where only the top 25 athletes in each discipline can start. Sochi super G bronze medalist Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) finished 12th, behind Olympic champion Kjetil Jansrud of Norway, who won his second race in three days. The race will air at 1 p.m. ET on Universal Sports Network.
CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland (March 1) - Overnight snow and a particularly stagnant bank of fog forced race organizers to bump Saturday's FIS Alpine World Cup women's downhill to Sunday, effectively canceling the orginally scheduled super combined. The weather pattern also caused havoc Friday, scrapping what would have been a second downhill training run on the brand new World Cup speed track. Sunday's downhill will now be the final World Cup downhill before the March 10-17 World Cup Finals slated for Lezerheide, Switzerland. Only the top 25 athletes in each discipline qualify to start at World Cup Finals.
KVITFJELL, Norway (March 1) - Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA), who 24 hours earlier stamped the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup top three of his career, finished fourth Saturday, a mere .05 from a second downhill podium in Kvitfjell. The race was held from the super G start after consecutive days of fog, rain and wet snow made it impossible for the crews to prepare the full length 1994 Olympic speed track. Canadian Erik Guay hit 88 mph on the final speed trap to secure the win, the fifth of his career, with a time of 1:22.17. Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) also landed in the top 10 with eighth in the final men's downhill prior to the March 10-16 World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Universal Sports Network will broadcast the race at 1 p.m. ET.
JASNA, Slovakia (Feb. 28) - Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, MN; Buck Hill Ski Team/Ski and Snowboard Club Vail) continued her strong skiing Friday with fourth in the FIS Alpine Junior World Championships slalom, just .49 from the podium. Joining Moltzan in the top 10 was teammate Lila Lapanja (Incline Village, NV; Sugar Bowl Academy/Diamond Peak) in sixth. Foreste Peterson (Berkeley, CA; Squaw Valley Ski Team) also put in a solid performance to finish 19th behind race winner Petra Vhlova of Slovakia. Moltzan was sixth just a day earlier in the giant slalom. Junior Worlds action continues Saturday with men's downhill.