Ferguson Leads Strong U.S. Finish


PARK CITY, UT (Dec. 22) – The U.S. Ski Team's Dylan Ferguson (Amesbury, MA) soared to a strong win Thursday capping a two-day aerials opener to the International Ski Federation NorAm Cup at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City. Ferguson posted an impressive 121.94 to win over Russian Timoflei Slivets, Wednesday's champion. Madison Olsen (Park...

Kostelic Wins, Regains Slalom Lead


FLACHAU, Austria (Dec. 21) - Reigning Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall champion Ivica Kostelic of Croatia regained the World Cup slalom lead by winning a gnarly night slalom by a mere .07 in Flachau Wednesday. Olympian Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT), the lone American to make the second run, finished 26th. The men's World Cup will now break for the...

Ski Team Visionary Warren Hellman Dies


PARK CITY, UT (Dec. 20) – The U.S. Ski Team is mourning the loss of Warren Hellman, one of its former leaders and visionaries. Hellman, who passed away Sunday at the age of 77, was a pivotal leader of the Team during the early stages of its rise to greatness in the late '70s and early '80s.

Kearney Leads Three to Podium


MERIBEL, France (Dec. 20) - Olympic gold medalist and defending FIS Freestyle World Cup champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) secured her point lead today after a strong dual moguls win in Meribel – her ninth straight since last season - as three Americans stood atop the podium. Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) was third as was Sho Kashima (S. Lake...

Vonn 8th, Schild Takes 30th Slalom Win


FLACHAU, Austria (Dec. 20) - Austrian Marlies Schild took the wire-to-wire win for the 30th Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom win of her career Tuesday as World Cup overall leader Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) finished eighth. Vonn will carry a 554-324 point lead in the overall standings over Schild into the Christmas break. Women's World Cup action...

Ligety 10th in Alta Badia SL


ALTA BADIA, Italy (Dec. 19) - Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom leader Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) was 10th in slalom Monday as Austrian rival and good friend Marcel Hirscher won to move into the World Cup slalom and overall lead. It was Ligety's second slalom top 10 of the season and lands him third in the overall standings going into a...

Ligety .01 off Alta Badia Podium


ALTA BADIA, Italy (Dec. 18) - Reigning Audi FIS Alpine World Cup and World giant slalom champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) fell .01 short of the Alta Badia podium Sunday after finishing fourth behind Italian winner Massimiliano Blardone. Ligety, who was leading after the first run by .49, retained the discipline lead 330-265 over Austrian...

Schild Continues Slalom Dominance


COURCHEVEL, France (Dec. 18) - Austrian Marlies Schild continued her slalom dominance Sunday by winning an Audi FIS Alpine World Cup in snowy Courchevel by a staggering 1.87 seconds over Finn Tanja Poutianen. Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) went out in the first run, yet retained a 236 point lead in the early World Cup overall...

Start Crash Takes Out Randall in Finals


ROGLA, Slovenia (Dec. 18) - FIS Cross Country World Cup leader Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) set the pace in the opening heats but went down hard in a start crash that took her out of Sunday's finals, finishing sixth. Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla, who challenged Randall hard in the semifinals, won her first World Cup while Dario Cologna of...

Career Best Classic Finishes in New Snow


ROGLA, Slovenia (Dec. 17) – It was a day of career bests for U.S. racers in Rogla with classic technique distance racing in heavy new snow. The U.S. Ski Team's technicians delivered the skis with Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) setting the pace finishing 11th, followed by Holly Brooks (Anchorage) 19th and Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, VT) 22nd in the...

Wind Calls Saslong Classic Downhill


VAL GARDENA, Italy (Dec. 17) - Gusty winds forced the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup jury to cancel the 50th running of the famed Saslong Classic men's downhill in Val Gardena Saturday. A brief course hold was put in place after the 17th starter followed by an extended 36 minute hold as winds swirled around the 2.2 mile course. Three more racers...

Heavy Snow Buries Courchevel Slalom


COURCHEVEL, France (Dec. 17) - A thick blanket of over three feet of snow forced organizers to postpone the women's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom scheduled for Saturday in Courchevel. The race, originally slated as a giant slalom, was swapped to slalom when the forecast called for heavy snow. The slalom is now reset for Sunday with a 9:30 a....

Teller Leads USA Into Opener


SAN CANDIDO, Italy (Dec. 16) – X Games champion John Teller (Mammoth Mountain, CA) led a team of six American men, qualifying second Friday for this weekend's opening FIS Freestyle World Cup ski cross in San Candido. Joe Swensson (Niantic, CT) also qualified for the round of 32 finals. World Cups are set for both Saturday and Sunday in the...

Miller 2nd in Val Gardena Super G


VAL GARDENA, Italy (Dec. 16) - Olympic champion and two-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall winner Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) battled a shortened Val Gardena super G to finish second behind Swiss young gun Beat Feuz. It was Miller's third super G podium at the Italian resort after winning the 2006 race and taking second in 2007. Miller, who...

Brandenburg 3rd in Europa Cup SL


POZZA, Italy (Dec. 15) - Olympian Will Brandenburg (Spokane, WA) showed he's back in the wheel house in time for the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup stop in Alta Badia by landing third in a Europa Cup night slalom Thursday. Brandenburg, who opened the year with a pair of NorAm slalom wins, finished .10 behind race winner Axel Baeck of Sweden and .08...

Kelley Wins Back-to-Back NorAms


PANORAMA, BC (Dec. 14 - Ski Racing Magazine News Service) - After his first NorAm Cup win on Dec. 13, American Robby Kelley took first again in Panorama, BC in Wednesday's giant slalom with a time of 2:02.76. The win moves him into eighth...

Gregorak 2nd in Obereggen Europa Cup


OBEREGGEN, Italy (Dec. 14 - Ski Racing Magazine News Service) - The third slalom win of the Europa Cup season went to Patrick Thaler, but American Will Gregorak came from the 58th start position to finish second ahead of Cristian DeVille, a podium finisher in World Cup last week at Beaver Creek.

Canadian Brad Spence won the first leg of...

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...