YUZAWA NAEBA, Japan (Feb. 14, 2016) – Things didn’t go according to plan for the U.S. men’s tech team on another warm and wet day at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom Sunday.
“Not the plan (today),” said David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) of his first run mistake, which eliminate any hope of a second run. “I was skiing well up top, and that was the plan. I wanted to charge...I just went a little too straight over that one roll…and my ski kind of slid out on the rut on the gate.”
Unfortunately, not one U.S. athlete qualified for a second run as Germany’s Felix Neureuther scored his first victory of the season by a scant 0.05 seconds over Sweden’s Andre Myhrer. Austria’s Marco Schwarz rounded out the podium in third.
HAFJELL, Norway (Feb. 13, 2016) - River Radamus (Edwards, CO, U.S. Ski Team/Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) took the biggest victory of his young career, winning the men’s super G at the Youth Olympic Winter Games Saturday.
Pietro Canzio (Italy - left), River Radamus and Manuel Traninger (Austria) pose on the medal podium after men’s super G at the Youth Olympic Winter Games. (YIS/IOC-Jed Leicester)
"The course was pretty technical today," said Radamus. "There were a couple of really key spots that I think I nailed. I didn’t really go in with any sort of expectations - I knew that if I executed my lines and skied the way I wanted to, I would have a chance, but this is definitely a welcome surprise."
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (Feb. 13, 2016) – Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) will have to wait another 24 hours to go for World Cup win No. 77 as Saturday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill was postponed after the Swiss resort received 40cm of new snow.
“Too much snow, race cancelled/postponed until tomorrow. Going to go POWDER skiing!!! Will try to control myself and not take too many runs.” Lindsey Vonn wrote on her Twitter account.
The downhill has been re-scheduled for Sunday (4:30 a.m. EST). The alpine combined event scheduled for Sunday has been cancelled and will not be replaced this season.
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) returns to World Cup racing in Monday’s slalom (4:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. EST), which was re-scheduled from Maribor, Slovenia.
YUZAWA NAEBA, Japan (Feb. 13, 2016) – David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) was the lone U.S. finisher in 26th on another warm, springlike day at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom Saturday.
“Whew, tough GS race today in extremely warm conditions,” Chodounsky wrote on his Instagram account. “Not the greatest race for me but still nice to be in the points!”
World Cup racing returned to the slopes of Yuzawa Naeba for the first time in 41 years as France went 1-2 with Alexis Pinturault taking the victory over teammate Mathieu Faivre. Italy’s Massimiliano Blardone finished third. Overall World Cup leader Marcel Hirscher finished sixth and leads Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen, who finished fourth, by 124 points. Hirscher also leads the overall World Cup giant slalom standings with five races remaining.
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (Feb. 12, 2016) – Though all eyes seem to be on Fenway Park in Boston for the Polartec Big Air competition, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup tour continues on, with the White Circus paying visit to Crans-Montana, Switzerland and Yazawa Naeba, Japan this weekend.
Snow is lightly falling upon the quaint ski village of Crans-Montana, but earlier the snow wasn’t falling so lightly. The forecast called for 40 cm of snow – a far cry from the spring-like conditions last weekend in Garmisch. It’s a lovely, sparkling sight to see … but it could present some challenges for Saturday’s downhill.
You’ve read about Lindsey Vonn’s domination on the North American and European slopes this winter—win after win, podium after podium, breaking records with each victory. But what you might not have read about are Laurenne Ross’ sneaky successes.
Ross happens to be one of the most dynamic athletes on the U.S. Ski Team – not only is she fast and fearless on the mountain, but she is a holistically intriguing woman off the mountain who approaches everything she does in a very individual style...with Laurenne Ross-flair. She writes beautiful prose. She strums a guitar and sings with a voice so beautiful it will quiet the most restless of spirits. She takes stunning photos. She has a keen eye for beauty. She creates.
COURCHEVEL, France (Feb. 8, 2016) – A wide-eyed, talented group of US. Ski and Snowboard Association U16 National Training Group (NTG) athletes traveled to Courchevel, France to compete in the 7 Nations Cup last week, grabbing an experience of a lifetime and solid results – including a pair of podiums by Alix Wilkinson (Park City, UT) and AJ Hurt (Carnelian Bay, CA; Squaw Valley Ski Team).
Though Mother Nature dumped fresh snow on the eve of both events, sunshine greeted on both race days and the race crew had a daunting task on their hands. In an almost World Cup-like fashion, a crew of 40 used a combination of machines and manpower to push all the fresh snow off the track. In the end, they were successful and the whole event went off without a hitch. “It was really first class,” reflected John Cashman, NTG U16 Head Coach.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Feb. 7, 2016) – The battle for the overall World Cup title heated up again on a warm, springlike day at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup as Switzerland’s Lara Gut got the best of Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) in Sunday’s Kandahar super G.
Vonn was gunning for World Cup win No. 77 following her commanding victory in Saturday’s downhill, but Gut, who finished a disappointing 14th Saturday, rebounded to take her 16th World Cup win. Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg, third in the downhill, finished second in the super G. Vonn settled for third Sunday after making a brilliant recovery five gates from the finish, when her right ski went airborne after hitting a bump in the snow.
“The snow was soft, like spring,” Vonn said. “I didn’t risk everything, I probably could have, but I feel like I’m older and wiser now, and to get to the finish healthy and be in third is still a pretty darn good day.