LEVI, Finland (Nov. 16) - Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) finished 18th, 3.33 seconds out, Sunday in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup tour's first slalom. David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) finished 26th, 4.32 seconds out. Small mistakes in the wrong spots cost Ligety and Chodounsky time. Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen laid down an aggressive and fast second run, beating his great rival and last year's winner Austria's Marcel Hirscher with an overall time of 1:50:39. It was win number two for Kristoffersen, who had played the position of second fiddle throughout the 2014 season. Germany's Felix Neureuther looked a bit stiff in the lower back first run, but dominated the top section of the second run to round out the podium.
FAIRLEE, VT (Nov. 21) – World Cup Supply, Inc. (WCS), a supplier for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), announced today that it has acquired 300m (984 ft.) of inflatable air pads from SPM s.p.a. of Italy. This safety system, used for primarily for alpine ski racing and super moto-bike racing, will be available for rent throughout North American and represents World Cup Supply’s ongoing commitment to providing the infrastructure required to make action sports as safe as they can possibly be. The new system will debut at the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational in Aspen, CO on Nov. 29-30th. WCS recently renewed its partnership agreement with the USSA which includes the exclusive supply of air pads for multiple USSA organized events over the next five years.
PARK CITY, UT (Nov. 21) – USSA athletes and clubs will continue to have world class training conditions thanks to HKD Snowmakers who re-signed as the official snowmaking supplier of the U.S. Ski Team through 2019. HKD is responsible for snowmaking at the U.S. Speed Center in Copper, CO. The Speed Center provides athletes with early season training largely possible through HKD Snowmaking's commitment to USSA and its athletes.
Laurenne Ross took the second of two FIS super G races at Colorado’s Copper Mountain yesterday, racing against athletes like Tina Weirather, Viktoria Rebensburg and Ilka Stuhec.
Thrilled about the result, Ross said she was notably more aggressive in the second race. “I took a little bit of a deeper line. I was a little bit more level and technically skiing better and pinning it a little more,” she told Ski Racing.
Mikaela Shriffrin also participated in the races, her first super Gs since Sochi in 2013. Not thrilled with her results—16th and 15th, respectively—she was still upbeat and determined to continue branching into speed this season. “I’m trying to take it all in stride and learn as much as I can,” said Shriffrin.
PARK CITY, UT (Nov. 19) – The Sprint U.S. Grand Prix has a long legacy of creating Olympic champions. This year many of them will return to compete on the 2014-15 tour, including 2014 Olympic champions Maddie Bowman, Joss Christensen, Kaitlyn Farrington, David Wise and Sage Kotsenburg. Over $400,000 in prize money will be awarded at the three Grand Prix tour stops. The season opener will be held at Colorado’s Copper Mountain Resort. California’s Mammoth Mountain will host stop number two and Utah’s Park City Mountain Resort will host the tour finale. The Grand Prix will host FIS World Cup level and Platinum level AFP events at Copper and Park City and the Mammoth Mountain’s stop will be part of this year’s TTR World Snowboard Pro Tour.