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.
KVITJELL, Norway (Feb. 28) - Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) knifed through rugged snow and limited visibility Friday to earn the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podium finish of his career with third in the first of two Kvitfjell downhills. Fresh off what was a career-best fifth at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games downhill in Sochi, Ganong wiped his goggles mid run as rain and wet snow pelted the fog-shortned course. Olympic super G champion Kjetil Jansrud of Norway and Austrian Georg Streitberger tied for a unique victory. Universal Sports Network will broadcast the race at 11 a.m. ET.
JASNA, Slovakia (Feb. 27) - Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, MN; Buck Hill Ski Team/Ski and Snowboard Club Vail) produced the best big race result of her young career Thursday with sixth in the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships giant slalom to open women's competition in Jasna. Moltzan, who has three Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom starts to her credit, finished ninth in the opening run and jumped three more slots to finish .85 off the podium. The Italian team found their flow in the fog-plauged race as Marta Bassino and Karoline Pichler captured gold and silver ahead of Rosina Schneeberger of Austria. Women's medal competition continues Friday with slalom.
JASNA, Slovakia (Feb. 26) - The 2014 FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships officially opened Wednesday in Jasna, Slovakia with Nick Krause (Northboro, MA; Stratton Mountain School) leading the way for the U.S. Ski Team with 21st in the men's super G. Also landing in the super G top 30 was Sam Dupratt (Park City, UT; Park City Ski Education Foundation) with 27th. Dupratt then held his speed in the afternoon slalom to finish 28th in the overall super combined event. Drew Duffy (Warren, VT; Green Mountain Valley School) also popped into the combined points with 30th. The super G race was won by Marco Schwarz of Austria while Itlalian Matteo DeVettori powered to the combined win. Action continues Thursday with the women's giant slalom medal event and the first of two men's downhill training sessions.
INNSBRUCK, Austria (Feb. 25) - Audi FIS Alpine World Cup action returned to the main stage Tuesday with a Nations Team Event in Innsbruck, where Sweden edged Norway for the first post Olympic podium. The U.S. Ski Team comprised of David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO), Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY), Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT) and Julia Ford (Holderness, NH) finished fourth, norrowly missing the podium rounds. After drawing a bye in the first round, the U.S. edged France in the quarter final before being bounced by Norway in the semifinal. A second team event will be staged at the March 12-16 World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
The World Cup tour returns to individual racing Feb. 28-March2 with a pair of men's downhill races and a super G in Kvitfjell, Norway. Women move to Crans Montana, Switzerland with March 1-2 with downhill and super combined.
SOCHI, Russia (Feb. 23) – A record-matching 17 Team USA skiers and snowboarders left the Sochi Olympic Winter Games with medals, including a record eight gold. From Sage Kotsenburg’s opening day slopestyle snowboarding gold to teen Mikaela Shiffrin’s brilliant slalom win under the lights Friday night, the American athletes electrified Sochi fans and NBC viewers coast-to-coast. The performances were punctuated with five athletes winning alpine medals along with eight of 18 medals in new freeskiing and snowboarding events. The new events were received well by the International Olympic Committee for bringing a relevant, youthful feel to the competition program.
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 22) – The dramatic conclusion of alpine skiing at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games Saturday featured an impressive 13th by Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT) to top the results for Team USA during an incredibly difficult slalom finale. Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) skied into sixth place in his first run and put forth a heroic effort to tame the wild course, but he missed a gate and went out halfway through his second run. Five of the top eight skiers did not finish their second run on the deteriorating snow, while Austria’s Mario Matt was able to piece together a gold medal run. The wild alpine finale will air on NBC’s Primetime Olympic coverage Saturday at 8:00 p.m. EST and can be replayed in its entirety on NBCOlympics.com.
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 21) – Eighteen-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) became the youngest Olympic gold medalist in women’s slalom history Friday with her victory under the lights at Rosa Khutor. The World Champion capped off the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games for the women’s U.S. Alpine Ski Team with two stunning performances, giving her the first U.S. slalom victory since Phil Mahre in 1984. Marlies Schild and Kathrin Zettel of Austria skied to silver and bronze. The historic event airs Friday night on NBC’s Primetime Olympic coverage starting at 8:00 p.m. EST and can be replayed in its entirety on NBCOlympics.com. Next up, Olympic giant slalom champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) guns for a second medal in the men’s slalom Saturday at Rosa Khutor.