Strong Return for Ross after Dec. Crash


BAD KLEINKIRCHHEIM, Austria (Jan. 8) - Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) led the U.S. Ski Team with eighth in the Bad Kleinkirchheim super G as Swiss racer Fabienne Suter won for her second straight podium. The race also capped a strong return to the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup for Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR), who finished 14th to score points in her...

Randall 8th Going Into Tour Finale


VAL DI FIEMME, Italy (Jan. 7) - Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) showed her continuing growth as a distance skier finishing 12th in the 10k classic in stage eight at the Tour de Ski. The finish dropped her two spots to eighth in the Tour, but kept her in reasonable striking distance for top four finish. Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk took a big win over...

Mancuso 2nd, Three USA in Top 10


BAD KLEINKIRCHHEIM, Austria (Jan. 7) - Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) stormed to second and led three Americans into the top 10 at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill in Bad Kleinkirchheim. World Cup overall and downhill leader Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) survived a big mistake right out of the starting gate to finish fourth, missing the...

Van Takes Second in First World Cup Back


HINTERZARTEN, Germany (Jan. 7) – Lindsey Van (Park City, UT) took second in her first World Cup back from an ankle injury. Windy conditions led to a second round cancelation making the first jump their final result. Van placed only one point behind winner Sabrina Windmueller of Sweden. Young gun Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) was ninth but...

Team Finishes Fifth in Germany


OBERSTDORF, Germany (Jan. 7) – The four-man team comprised of Taylor Fletcher, Johnny Spillane, Bryan Fletcher (all Steamboat Springs, CO) and Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) moved up three spots after jumping to eighth to finish fifth overall in the team event in Oberstdorf. Bryan Fletcher laid down another strong cross country performance...

Ligety 4th, Hirscher Takes Adelboden GS


ADELBODEN, Switzerland (Jan. 7) - Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) was fourth in the classic Adelboden giant slalom Saturday to retain his discipline lead and jump to third in the overall standings. Marcel Hirscher of Austria won for the second straight race to boost his Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall lead. American Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) was 20th...

First Gold for Hoffman


RUMFORD, ME (Jan. 6) - Team CXC's Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) continued her dominance at the U.S. Cross Country Championships winning the women's 20k classic mass start for her fourth career victory. Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO) had a breakthrough gold, taking the men's 30k by nearly a minute.


Diggins, Elliott Strike Gold


RUMFORD, ME (Jan. 5) - Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) of Team CXC picked up her second title of the week while Ski and Snowboard Club Vail's Tad Elliott (Durango, CO) took a third career U.S. gold in day two of the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships at Black Mountain in Rumford. Elliott took a close win in the men's 15kk freestyle while Diggins...

Ligety 14th in Slushy Zagreb Slalom


ZAGREB, Croatia (Jan. 5) - Reigning Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) finished 14th in the Zagreb night slalom as Austrian Marcel Hirscher captured the victory to move into the overall World Cup lead. Rapidly deteriorating course conditions due to warm weather caused havoc for late starters in both the...

Randall Strong Fifth in Pursuit


TOBLACH, Italy (Jan. 5) - American Kikkan Randall turned in another strong performance finishing fifth in the women's 15k pursuit in stage seven of the Tour de Ski. Randall, who came into the pursuit seeded fourth, won a three-skier sprint to the finish to claim the fifth spot. Norway's Marit Bjoergen won to takeover the Tour lead from Poland's...

Randall Vaults Back to Fourth in Tour


TOBLACH, Italy (Jan. 4) - A day after dropping to seventh in the Tour de Ski, Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) came roaring back with a hard fought second in the stage six freestyle sprint at the Tour de Ski in the northern Italy village of Toblach. Randall survived a high traffic semifinals to then square off against Tour leaders Justyna Kowalczyk...

Koos, Diggins Repeat U.S. Sprint Titles


RUMFORD, ME (Jan. 3) - Torin Koos (Wenatchee, WA), skiing out of the Bridger Ski Foundation, and Jessie Diggins ( ) picked up opening day freestyle sprint titles as the U.S. Cross Country Championships opened at Rumford's Black Mountain. The duo both repeated their freestyle titles from 2011 at Rumford. It was the sixth career U.S. title for...

Randall Now Seventh in Tour


TOBLACH, Italy (Jan. 3) - It was a tough day for the U.S. Ski Team in stage five of the Tour de Ski in Toblach. Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) was 29th in a tightly fought 3.3k classic prologue to the three stages in Toblach, dropping to seventh in the overall. Norway's Marit Bjoergen took the win but remains second in the Tour behind Poland's...

Gutsy Vonn 9th in Zagreb Slalom


ZAGREB, Croatia (Jan. 3) - Despite competing with a nasty stomach illness, Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) finished ninth in the Zagreb night slalom as Austrian Marlies Schild produced her fifth straight victory this season. Vonn, who produced the second fastest final run behind Schild, continues to lead the Austrian by 101 points in the Audi FIS...

Randall Up to Fourth in Tour


OBERSTDORF, Germany (Jan. 1) - Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) skied a strong freestyle leg on New Year's Day to take seventh in a mixed technique skiathlon, moving up to fourth in the Tour de Ski standings after four stages. Norway's Marit Bjoergen handed Poland's Justyna Kowalcyk her first Tour loss while Petter Northug of Norway took the men's...

Despite Fall, Randall Moves Up in Tour


OBERSTDORF, Germany (Dec. 31) - A fall on the final climb in the classic sprint semifinals cost Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) a spot in the finals as she finished ninth in stage three of the Tour de Ski in Oberstdorf. Justyna Kowalczyk won her third straight stage while Russian Nikita Kriukov won the men's sprint. Randall retained her World Cup...

Randall Moves Up in Stage Two


OBERHOF, Germany (Dec. 30) - Action in the Tour de Ski heated up on day two, with Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk taking her second straight win and American Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) moving into sixth in the 11-day, nine-stage Tour. German Axel Teichmann took the win over prologue leader Petter Northug of Norway and is in the Tour lead. The Tour...

Schleper Roars in World Cup Retirement


LIENZ, Austria (Dec. 30) – Four-time alpine skiing Olympian Sarah Schleper (Vail, CO) started the final Audi FIS Alpine World Cup of her career Thursday. After 15 seasons including five World Championships and 186 World Cup starts, the 32-year-old known for her...

Randall Strong in Tour Opener


OBERHOF, Germany (Dec. 29) - The U.S. Ski Team's Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) set the pace for the USA in the opening leg of the 11-day Tour de Ski. Randall was tenth in the 2.5k freestyle prologue, 7.2 seconds behind Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk. Andy Newell was 29th in the men's 3.75k behind winner Petter Northug of Norway.


Teen Shiffrin 3rd in Lienz Slalom


LIENZ, Austria (Dec. 29) - Sixteen-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) won the second run to capture the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podium of her young career with third in the Lienz slalom. Shiffrin, who became the youngest U.S. champion in history last spring with a slalom victory at the Putnam Investments U.S. Alpine...