SESTRIERE, Italy (Dec. 10, 2016) – In a tight race, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) grabbed her third top-10 giant slalom result in a row, taking sixth place at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom in Sestriere, Italy.
Tessa Worley of France was the day's winner, mirroring her teammate Alexis Pinturault who won the men's GS in Val d’Isere, France earlier in the day. Italian Sofia Goggia continued her attack on World Cup podiums in second and Lara Gut of Switzerland was third.
The ladies were skiing on the 2006 Olympic hill for the first time since 2008. “I love the hill,” said Shiffrin, who sat in first after first run. “It’s really nice and especially really nice for GS. There’s a fun course set as well, so it’s a good place for racing.”
VAL D’ISERE, France (Dec. 9, 2016) – On a course defined by shadows, hard snow and relentless terrain, David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) squeaked out an 18th-place finish in Saturday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom.
“I just barely squeaked in the first run,” said Chodounsky, who tied Italy’s Florian Eisath for 30th to qualify for the second run. “This hill is so tough. It’s steep and never lets you go. I felt like I was attacking, but made some mistakes (in the first run), but I opened it up a bit in the second run.”
Chodounsky, along with teammates Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Tommy Ford (Bend, OR) were the only Americans to make the top 30 first run cut. Both Ligety and Ford skied aggressively on the top portion of their second runs. However, they were not able to carry it to the line.
VAL D’ISERE, France (Dec. 9, 2016) – It’s like Groundhog Day here in Val d’Isere, only we’re on the other side of Olympic Avenue this weekend, skiing on the relentless Stade Olympique de Bellevarde. Welcome to the real “Criterium de la Premiere Niege.” Last week was just a tease to the big event this weekend and the French are sure to once again put on a show for the home crowd.
COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Dec. 8, 2016) – Maddie Mastro (Wrightwood, CA) hit the podium with a third-place finish at the U.S. Revolution Tour at Copper Mountain on Thursday. It was a highly-contested event, as it was the first halfpipe competition of the winter season and the first Olympic-standard halfpipe to open in the United States.
Topping the podium for the women’s event were Chinese athletes Liu Jiayu in first and Cai Xuetong in second. Also making the final for the U.S., Zoe Kalapos (Vail, CO) finished fifth.
The U.S. men had a strong showing, with Ryan Wachendorfer (Edwards, CO) leading the charge in fourth place. Wancheng Shi of China was first and the Swiss rounded out the podium with Pat Burgener in second and Jan Scherrer in third.
Also in the top 10 for the men: Chase Blackwell (Longmont, CO) was fifth, Toby Miller (Truckee, CA) was seventh and Benji Farrow (Ludlow, VT) was 10th.