Fletcher on Podium Again in Soldier Hollow


SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (Dec. 14) - Germany's Mark Schlott picked up his first FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup win with a narrow one second margin over the U.S. Ski Team's Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO). It was Fletcher's fourth straight podium in the international series at the Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow. Three Americans...

Kelley Wins NorAm Giant Slalom


PANORAMA, BC (Dec. 13 - Ski Racing Magazine News Service)  - The NorAm Cup men and women were back at it today ) in Panorama, BC. The men raced a giant slalom while the women skied a slalom.

Two of the three podium spots in the men's giant slalom were taken by Americans with Robby...

First International Win for Fletcher


SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (Dec. 11) - The U.S. Ski Team's Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) made a statement Sunday, coming from a huge one minute 50 seconds back after the jump to win the FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup at Soldier Hollow by 16.9 seconds. It was his first international win and came at the expense of strong skiers from...

Big Margin Win for Kikkan Randall


DAVOS, Switzerland (Dec. 11) - The U.S. Ski Team's Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) turned on the afterburners in the backstretch and left the field stranded as she won her second straight FIS Cross Country World Cup sprint in the Swiss resort of Davos. Randall, who qualified first, swept every heat by large margins as she won by 1.7 seconds over...

Lodwick Paces USA in Ramsau


RAMSAU, Austria (Dec. 11) - Olympic medalist Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) returned to the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup this weekend, finishing 23rd on Sunday. Lodwick, who was 23rd on the jump, had the 27th fastest cross country time and held his position. Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) moved up to finish 26th. Defending World Cup...

Team Podium for Fletcher, Hendrickson


SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (Dec. 10) - The U.S. Ski Team's Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Nick Hendrickson (Park City, UT) came from behind to strike the podium in a three way battle with France and Germany in a team sprint Saturday at Soldier Hollow. Germany's Michael Duenkel anchored his team to victory, pulling away from France's...

Kearney Leads USA Onslaught in Ruka


RUKA, Finland (Dec. 10) - Olympic champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) opened defense of her FIS Freestyle World Cup title with a strong win in Ruka as three Americans made it to the podium. Eliza Outtrim was second behind Kearney while Sho Kashima (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) finished runnerup to Canada's Michael Kingsbury for his first career podium...

Demong Leads in Ramsau


RAMSAU, Austria (Dec. 10) - Olympic champion Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) skied to his best finish since the Olympic season, finishing 11th in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Ramsau. Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) was 21st with Olympic medalist Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) returning to the World Cup to finish 29th. Norway'...

Career Best for Brooks in Davos


DAVOS, Switzerland (Dec. 10) - APU Nordic skier Holly Brooks (Anchorage) skied to a career best 13th Saturday in the 15k freestyle in Davos with three Americans in the points. Norway's Marit Bjoergen won by an amazing 42 seconds. Tad Elliott (Durango, CO) scored his first World Cup points in 27th as Norway's Petter Northug took the victory....

Moguls Opener in Ruka Saturday


RUKA, Finland (Dec. 9) - The FIS Freestyle World Cup is ready to go with the moguls opener set for Saturday. Defending World Cup and Olympic champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) is ready. U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Moguls Coach Garth Hager was pleased with the training over the past week and feels the team is ready and anxious for the opener....

Fletcher Close Second in FIS Continental Cup


SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (Dec. 9) - The U.S. Ski Team's Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) made up nearly two minutes in cross country but it wasn't quite enough to get past Slovenian Marjan Jelenko who took the win in a FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup on the 2002 Olympic venues. Jelenko won his second career Continental Cup on the strength...

Kasper 4th in Beaver Creek Slalom


BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 8) - Olympian Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT) fought through a nasty virus that hospitalized him less than 36 hours ago to finish fourth in the Audi Birds of Prey slalom. It was also Kasper's first complete race since undergoing hip surgery in September and returning to snow in nearby Vail on Nov. 1. Reigning Audi FIS World Cup...

Vonn Gets Historic Home Win


BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 7) - Calling it the most memorable of her 46 career Audi FIS Alpine World Cup wins, Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) fulfilled the dream she had a child and won at home in the inaugural women's race on Beaver Creek's Birds of Prey. Despite a less than perfect run, Vonn took a .37 victory over Swiss Fabienne Suter to the roar of...

Ligety Comes Back for Birds of Prey Win


BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 6) - Three-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) stormed from behind Tuesday to win the second Audi Birds of Prey GS in Beaver Creek. It was his second win in three GS races and vaulted him into second in the overall Audi FIS Alpine World Cup standings. After sitting fourth with a...

Athlete Spotlight: Emily Cook


PARK CITY, UT—(Dec. 6) Five-time U.S. champion and ex-gymnast Emily Cook grew up in suburban Boston and never let go of a dream to compete in the Olympics. Two Olympic Games and six World Championships later, she is the dominant force in women's aerials. Read on to see what makes Emily tick.

Nordic Combined Comes to Utah


PARK CITY, UT (Dec. 5) – Olympian Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) will lead the U.S. Ski Team this weekend in a three-day FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup series on the 2002 Olympic venues at the Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow. Around a dozen nations are expected to participate. Fletcher, a Steamboat native who lives and trains...

Clean Sweep for Vonn in Lake Louise


LAKE LOUISE, AB (Dec. 4) - Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) completed a historic clean sweep in Lake Louise, topping the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G podium with Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) third. It was Vonn's 45th career World Cup win and 11th in Lake Louise. Following a season opening giant slalom victory in Soelden, Austria, a pair of...

Ligety Narrowly Misses GS Win


BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 4) - First run leader Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) couldn't quite hold on, finishing second in the Audi Birds of Prey giant slalom Sunday in Beaver Creek. With a .21 second lead over Austrian Marcel Hirscher, Ligety went back and forth, in and out of the lead on his second run before falling .16 to the Austrian. Ligety, who...

Podium for Randall, Bjornsen


DUESSELDORF, Germany (Dec. 4) - The U.S. Ski Team's Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) and Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) combined for an historic FIS World Cup podium Sunday in a sprint relay in Duesseldorf. The U.S. team turned in a strong performance, finishing just 1.6 seconds behind Norway in the freestyle sprint. The podium came just a day after...

Bryan Fletcher Tops in Lillehammer


LILLEHAMMER, Norway (Dec. 4) - Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) led the way for the U.S. Ski Team, finishing 16th Sunday in the first trial of the new penalty race format nordic combined World Cup in Lillehammer. Germany's Eric Frenzel led both the jump and cross country to take the win with no penalty rounds.