Vail/Beaver Creek to Host 69+ Nations


VAIL, Colorado (Nov.14) – The traditional alpine skiing powers are coming, but so are countries such as the Cayman Islands, India, the Netherlands and Timor-Leste as preliminary team entries for Vail and Beaver Creek’s 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships have yielded 69 confirmed national team entries to date.

Two additional nations are...

Surgery Sidelines Miller Until January


PARK CITY, UT (Nov. 17) – Olympic champion Bode Miller will undergo outpatient back surgery today but is planning to return to the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in January based on the outcome of the surgery. Miller has been training in Austria and at Copper Mountain the past month but elected to have the surgery to alleviate pain and...

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Slim Win for Norway's Kristoffersen


The men’s World Cup slalom opener could serve as a harbinger for a rivalry to come this season, as the world’s two best slalom skiers, in a league of their own on Sunday, battled it to within twelve-hundredths of a second on the Levi Black course in Finland.
Ligety 18th in Levi Slalom


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...

Ski Racing: Maze Amazes


The start of the 2014-15 slalom season began in Levi, Finland, with all eyes on defending overall slalom champ and Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin, but it was 2013 overall winner Tina Maze who surprised many – and stole the show.
Maze, who started with bib 13, skied a flawless first run to overtake then-leader...
Tough Slalom Start for Shiffrin


LEVI, Finland (Nov. 15) - Olympic gold medalist and reigning World Cup champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) was electrifying in her opening turns on the first run of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom opener. But an uncharacteristically conservative approach on the Levi Black steeps got the best of her, as she fell 1.71 seconds back on the...

Shiffrin and Ligety Poised to Make Magic in Levi


LEVI, Finland (Nov. 13) – Ask any U.S. Ski Team member about these Lapland slalom races north of the Arctic Circle, and you’ll hear that there’s something magical about Levi, Finland. The town is blanketed with snow and Christmas is already in the air. World Cup champions Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety are among 11 U.S. athletes heading to the...

TAKE 5 with Ryan Cochran-Siegle


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Team Named at Copper Mountain


COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Nov. 8) – The sun was shining down on Center Village today where a huge crowd congregated for the 2015 U.S. Alpine Ski Team to be introduced during Nature Valley First Tracks at Copper Mountain. The energy at Copper Mountain, home of the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center, was palpable.
First Tracks Alpine Team Naming


COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Nov. 7) – The 2015 U.S Alpine Ski Team will be announced this Saturday, Nov. 8th during Nature Valley First Tracks, a free public celebration in Copper Mountain’s Center Village. The team presentation is set for 4 p.m. This is one of the few times almost all of the U.S. Ski Team alpine athletes will be together this season...

Billy Demong NYC Marathon Milestone


On Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014,  U.S. Nordic Combined athlete Billy Demong ran the race of his life at the New York City Marathon. Running a marathon has been on his bucket list for a long time, says Demong. Having run cross country as a kid, he knew he had it in himself to finish. Demong only gave himself two months to train leading up to the...

U16 National Championships Move to Sugarloaf


PARK CITY, UT (Nov. 5) – After three years in Park City, UT, the U16 National Championships is moving to Sugarloaf, ME. The Championships will take place Mar. 30-Apr. 4th, 2015 and will feature 96 athletes selected from regional and divisional championships. For the first time, the championship event will include a super G race as...

Columbia Sportswear Signs On With U.S. Freestyle Through 2022 Olympics


PARK CITY, UT (Nov. 4, 2014) – After a successful partnership leading up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team has announced that Columbia Sportswear will be its official uniform partner through the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. The eight-year deal continues the trend of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard...

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World Championships Showcased in New York


NEW YORK CITY (Oct. 29) – International Ski Federation Secretary General Sarah Lewis joined U.S. ski racing officials for a New York City press conference to kick off the World Championship ski season in America. The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will be held in Vail/Beaver...
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Bottom Flats Take Toll on Ligety


SOELDEN, Austria (Oct. 26) - Defending Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) saw a growing lead evaporate with a mistake at the start of the challenging flats on the bottom of the course in Soelden to finish tenth. Ligety was locked in a battle with rival Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who took a .19 second...
Ski Racing: Tie at the Top


SOELDEN, Austria — What started as a race with possibly too little snow nearly became a race with too much, as course crews worked through the nights leading up to the Soelden World Cup opener to provide a firm surface and the best possible conditions for all competitors in Saturday’s race for the ladies.
First GS Win for Mikaela


SOELDEN, Austria (Oct. 25) - Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) celebrated the 100 day mark to the World Championshps in her hometown by winning the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom of her career in Soelden. Shiffrin took a narrow .09 second margin over Austria's Anna Fenninger, then came from behind after losing...