BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 5, 2015)—As Steven Nyman, Bode Miller, Ted Ligety, Travis Ganong and Andrew Weibrecht get ready to race the 2015 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships super G on Thursday, they’ll be down one forerunner.
Just before the first bib number starts, the clock will tick for the final forerunner and no athlete will go on course. Instead, it will act as a moment of silence for Ronnie Berlack and Bryce Astle—the two U.S. Ski Team development athletes killed by an avalanche in Soelden, Austria at the beginning of January. Members of both the families will be in attendance.
Ronnie Berlack stood at the bottom of Birds of Prey after forerunning in December 2014. (Justin Samuels)
BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 4, 2015) - Increasing snowfall and wind conspired to cause a postponement of the scheduled men’s super G Wednesday at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Beaver Creek. The race is rescheduled for 11 a.m. MST Thursday. Men's downhill training, originally scheduled for Thursday, is canceled. The women's downhill training will be at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Live coverage on NBCSN is continuing as scheduled at 1 p.m. EST, with live streaming on NBC Sports Live Extra featuring updates from Beaver Creek and highlights of Lindsey Vonn's bronze medal super G.
Snow coats the World Championships stands during inspection, before the race was declared canceled. (Cody Downard)
BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 3. 2015)—The 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships began Tuesday with the women’s super G in Vail/Beaver Creek, CO. In front of her hometown fans, Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) skied her way to a podium spot, taking the bronze medal. All four American starters finished in the top 15.
The morning’s forecast of windy conditions and snow flurries proved to be correct. The women’s super G was slated to begin at 11:00 a.m. at the usual super G start on Beaver Creek’s famed Birds of Prey course, but due to the weather, officials delayed the start time and moved the start gate down to the reserve start, making the course shorter than normal.
Once things got underway, the windy conditions proved to be challenging for the international field of 46 racers. Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) was the first U.S. racer to drop into the course, starting 11th. Mancuso skied aggressively, per usual, but made a few mistakes that kept her from a medaling.
VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 2. 2015)—On Monday, February 2, the opening ceremonies signified the highly anticipated beginning to the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, CO. This year’s competition marks the fourth time in history that the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will be held in America, and the third time the competition returns to Vail/Beaver Creek, CO. The first event of the World Championships will be Tuesday, February 3, when the women super G racers race down the world-renowned Birds of Prey course.
A stack lineup of women racers representing the U.S. Ski Team will slide into the start gate on Tuesday at 1 p.m. EST. Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) and Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) will all be gunning for a World Champs podium.
BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 2, 2015) - A surprise six-inch snowfall brought out the snowblowers on Raptor, delaying the first women's downhill training run. Originally set for 10:30 a.m., officials posted a 2-1/2 hour delay at 9:30 a.m. That was further extended to 1:30 p.m. at the Talon Crew worked feverishly to prepare the track for the women.
BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 1, 2015) - Athletes from around the globe have arrived in Vail/Beaver Creek for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. For the American women, Monday's opening downhill training run down Raptor will be a vital piece towards getting a starting bib for Friday's women's downhill. Racing opens Tuesday with the women's super G.
U.S. Ski Team coaches said Sunday that all three scheduled training runs will be considered in determining who will start on Friday. Audi FIS Ski World Cup leader Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) have already clinched start spots by selection criteria. The remaining two spots are up for grabs between Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA), Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO) and Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR).
Fantasy football. Fantasy baseball. Fantasy basketball. And…fantasy ski racing? Meet your soon-to-be most used app on your smartphone: Fantasy Ski Racer(FSR).
FSR isn’t from some web startup cranking out fantasy sports apps, or from business-suited men at ESPN. Instead, this is World Cup-winning Steven Nyman’s brilliant idea, stemming from a delayed race at Lake Louise a few years ago.
“It all started with Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT) and me, kicking around ideas when it was -30° at a Lake Louise NorAm a few years ago,” said Nyman (Sundance, UT). “I drew what we thought would be sweet on a napkin and got fired up about the idea.”
Nyman handed his brother—a computer engineer—the napkin after the race. “He said he’d make it happen,” remembered Nyman. From there, they enlisted more help from high school friend Pete Rugh, an accomplished web designer.
STAMFORD, CT (Jan. 29, 2015) – NBC Sports Group and Universal Sports Network will present 28 hours of coverage of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, CO from February 3-15. The record television coverage across three networks includes 5.5 hours of coverage planned for NBC, 8.5 hours for NBCSN and 14 for Universal Sports. It's all part of a USSA rights acquisition to ensure live coverage each day from the World Championships.
The broadcast team of Dan Hicks (play-by-play), Steve Porino (analyst), Todd Brooker (analyst), Christin Cooper (analyst), and Carolyn Manno (reporter) will call the action from Beaver Creek. Steve Schlanger will serve as host of the post-race shows.