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Maple 17th in Saalbach "Real-Deal Downhill"


SAALBACH-HINTERGLEMM (Feb. 21, 2015)—The rarely-used Schneekristall-Zwolfer track is non-stop from top to bottom. A high-speed signature course, racers question whether this track is more challenging than the famed Kitzbuehel one. On a day where the light was flat, the terrain sharp and the wind blowing, the Americans were put to the test, with...

World Championships: 15 Moments to Remember


U.S. Ski Team alpine press officer Megan Harrod chimes in with her experience at February’s hometown World Championships.

Now that the stands are empty, the cowbells have quieted and the dust has settled on the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, all that is left is the memories. As 70 nations descended...

Behind the Gold: Electrical Moment


USSA columnist Tom Kelly takes a look at Ted Ligety's shiny, new gold medal in this week's Behind the Gold.

Alpine ski racing is a unique athletic endeavor. If you’re a track star standing at the starting line for the 100 meters, you know the course is, well, 100 meters. You get on point, watch for the starting gun’s flash and...

World Champs End With Slalom


VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 15. 2015)—After almost two weeks of bluebird skies and warm temperatures, winter weather returned for the last day of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Battling blowing snow and difficult visibility, France’s Jean-Baptiste Grange won a thrilling slalom gold, followed by Germany’s Fritz Dopfer and Felix...

U.S. Ski Team Wraps Strong World Championships


VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 15, 2015) – The U.S. Ski Team wrapped up the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships with a strong closing weekend, finishing with five medals – including two golds – and standing second in the medals behind Austria. It was among the best performances ever by the Team. As the host nation, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard...

Hometown Hero Shiffrin Wins World Champs


VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 14. 2015)—The Vail/Beaver Creek community turned out in force to cheer on their hometown superstar, Mikaela Shiffrin (Vail, CO) in Saturday’s slalom, and Shiffrin treated her family, friends and fans to a triumphant show. Shiffrin won the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships slalom in dramatic fashion, adding to...

Ligety Wins Gold at World Champs


VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 13. 2015)—With only a few days left in the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, spring-like temperatures and a slick, fast course made for a men’s giant slalom to remember. When it was all said and done, Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) won the event in historic and thrilling fashion in front of the home crowd....

Shiffrin 8th and Vonn 14th in Worlds GS


VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 12. 2015)—The speed races wrapped on Beaver Creek’s renowned Birds of Prey terrain and the World Champs focus switched to the technical events. Of the 116 women at the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships giant slalom (GS) on Thursday, Mikaela Shiffrin (Vail, CO) took eighth and Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) was 14th. In...

Shiffrin and Vonn To Race World Champs GS


VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 11. 2015)—Tuesday’s team event marked a transition at the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. The gears are shifting, as the athletes trade speed events for technical races. The downhill and super G races are in the U.S. Ski Team’s rearview mirror, and the athletes are now focused on the upcoming giant slalom...

Behind the Gold: Bode Style


USSA columnist Tom Kelly takes a look at Bode Miller's past and future in this week's Behind the Gold.

A month before the start of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, one of the sport’s most celebrated stars held court with media at the Westin in Avon. After two days of training, first on Raptor and then Vail’s Golden Peak,...

Canadians Take Silver at Team Event


During Tuesday’s FIS Alpine World Ski Championships nations team event, the Canadians stole the show with a silver medal, defeated by the indelible Austrians. Run on Vail’s Golden Peak, the crowd was big, with cheering spectators lining the sides of course. The American team made it to the first two rounds, but was ousted in the quarterfinals,...

What Is the Nations Team Event?


VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 9, 2015)—Tuesday afternoon is the nations team event—a duel paneled slalom at Vail, CO as a part of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Athletes and organizers boast that it’s the most fun race of the two weeks, but what exactly is this team event?


Challenging Day for Vonn at Worlds


VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 9. 2015)—It was another day full of action on Monday at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, CO for the women’s alpine combined. Slovenia’s Tina Maze displayed speed in the morning’s downhill and technical prowess in the afternoon’s slalom to win her ninth career World Championship medal....

Ligety Attacks to Bronze in Combined


VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 8. 2015)—On the coattails of a record-breaking crowd turnout for men’s downhill on Saturday, throngs of fans showed up again to Beaver Creek, CO to cheer on the men’s World Champs combined athletes. Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) attacked from the back—starting 29th second run—and grabbed an unlikely bronze medal....

Bode Miller Talks About His Future


BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 8, 2015) – Bode Miller left his future options open in an exclusive interview with NBC’s Dan Hicks that aired during coverage of the men’s downhill Saturday from Beaver Creek. Miller’s teammate Travis Ganong won the silver medal with three Americans in the top nine...

Ganong Wins Silver For America


VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 7, 2015)—In front of an enormous crowd of 20,000 screaming fans, the U.S. packed three guys into the top ten on Birds of Prey. Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) grabbed an incredible silver medal at Saturday’s FIS Alpine World Ski Championships downhill. Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) was fourth and Andrew Weibrecht (...

Bode Talks About Future on NBC


BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 7, 2015) - What does the future hold in store for Bode Miller? One of the sport's most notable stars over the last decade talked to NBC's Dan Hicks in an interview that will air Saturday on NBC during its coverage of the men's downhill beginning at 2:30 p.m. EST. 

Vonn Misses Downhill Podium


VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 6. 2015)—The FIS Alpine World Ski Championship women’s downhill was run down the famed Raptor course in Beaver Creek, CO on Friday. With uncharacteristically warm temperatures baking the Beaver Creek snow, conditions were challenging and the female racers put on a show for the fans packed into Red Tail Stadium....

Ross Leads Downhill Training


VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 5. 2015)—There was a lot riding on the results from the women’s downhill training runs on Thursday afternoon in Beaver Creek. With it all said and done, the U.S. Ski Team will send Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR), and Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) into Friday’s...

Ligety 9th and Miller Crashes at Worlds Super G


BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 5, 2015)— With bluebird skies overhead, the men raced the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships super G in Beaver Creek, CO. Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) was the top finishing American in ninth place, while Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) made his return to ski racing with a huge crash. In the end, Austria’s Hannes Reichelt was...