WEST YELLOWSTONE, MT (Nov. 28, 2015) – Cold temperatures continued into day two of the USSA SuperTour causing delayed races for the 15k/10k freestyle on Saturday. In the men’s 15k race, Brian Gregg (Team GREGG, Madshus) skied to a first place, while Katharine Ogden (Landgrove, VT/U.S. Ski Team) won the women’s 10k.
Gregg finished just before Matt Liebsch (Gear West/Salomon) and Scott Patterson (Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Club) who finished third.
The woman’s 10k was a close race, as Ogden finished just 1.08 seconds ahead of Chelsea Holmes (Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Club). Emilie Cedervaern (New Mexico) who took third.
SuperTour racers will meet again next weekend, December 5-6 in Sun Valley, ID, to compete in a 15k/10k classic race along with a full classic sprint.
ASPEN, CO (Nov. 28, 2015)—It was a historic day at the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational, as Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) dominated her competitors by over three seconds to take the first American slalom win at Aspen since 1981.
It had been a high and dry 34 years, with no American standing on top of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup podium at Aspen since Tamara McKinney won in 1981. And Shiffrin didn’t just break the record; she annihilated it, winning the race by 3.07 seconds. That margin broke yet another record—it was the largest women’s slalom win margin since 1968.
“It’s a special day. I was a little bit nervous, but I handled it well,” said Shiffrin. “My skis were great. Everything set up perfectly. I don’t know if the stars will ever align like that again.”
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (Nov. 28, 2015) – After a solid three days of training, Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) threw down a fast run on Saturday to grab third place at the Lake Louise downhill.
The downhill track at Lake Louise was yet again the creator of a comeback fairytale as Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway claimed victory by the narrowest possible margin, just 0.01 seconds, in his first World Cup speed race since an Achilles injury kept him off tour all of last season. He edged out Italian Peter Fill, who held the lead from his bib 4 start all the way until Svindal came down 16 skiers later.
In the final spot on stage, Ganong rounded out the podium at an unlikely venue for the 27 year old. He was the first U.S. Ski Team athlete on course, and his time held up for third place despite numerous attacks from the top 7 skiers.
LAKE LOUISE, Canada (Nov. 28, 2015) – It’s downhill day in Lake Louise and the men have been looking strong. With Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) and Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) racking up a series of top-10 results in training runs, the American Downhillers are ready to kick off the speed season.
Nyman and Ganong have been leading the American charge with Nyman taking a fifth, eighth and a fourth in training runs, and Ganong a ninth, a second and a sixth place. And you can’t count out Marco Sullivan, who took fifth in last year’s Lake Louise downhill and has had two podiums there in the past. They’ll be up against Norwegians Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal, who traded off wins in training, and Canadian Erik Guey, who returns to the World Cup after injury.
RUKA, Finland (Nov. 28, 2015) - Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) and Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team with solid 14th and 16th place finishes, after the second-stage of the Ruka Triple in a 5k freestyle race on Saturday. The finish boosted Bjornsen into 11th in the standings after two stages of the mini-tour.
In the woman’s competition, Norway’s Therese Johaug dominated the race with a 17.6 second lead over Charlotte Kalla of Sweden after getting tripped up climbing the last hill into the stadium, followed by Sweden’s Ida Ingemarsdotter in third. Johaug leads the tour.
Norway’s Martin Sundby won the men’s 10k finishing over Canada’s Alex Harvey and Dario Cologna of Switzerland to take the tour lead with one stage to go. Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO) was top American in 49th.
RUKA, Finland (Nov. 28, 2015) - Winds continued to hamper jumping in Ruka, with both nordic combined and ski jumping schedules being rewritten daily. High winds forced cancelation of Saturday's opening FIS Nordic Combined World Cup. The qualification and provisional competition round on Friday was also canceled. Officials are looking at Sunday now with a planned 6:00 a.m. EST jump and 9:00 a.m. EST cross country race. Ski jumping lost qualification and a competitioni Friday but were still trying to go Saturday evening Ruka time.
"We haven't jumped since Tuesday," said U.S. Nordic Combined Coach Dave Jarrett.