Alpine

THROWBACK: Victory at the 2015 World Champs

by
Courtney Harkins
2016-02-03 17:15
 

One year ago today, the U.S. Ski Team was anxiously anticipating the start of the 2015 FIS World Ski Championships in the United States. They were waiting for a chance to impress the enormous crowd of screaming, hometown fans. Waiting for an opportunity to take home a coveted World Championships medal and prove their talent. Waiting to make waves in front of the mass of media snapping photos in the finish corral, looking to create new heroes.

 “Today, I had a lot of great memories of the 1999 World Championships [in Vail, CO] being a course-slipper,” said Vonn after the first day of downhill training. “I saw all the kids out there and I remember being in the exact same position. Everything has come full circle. I am back here, in my hometown, racing in the World Championships. That’s something most athletes never get a chance to do, and I am just very grateful and looking forward to trying my best.”

Nerves were rampant on Feb. 3, 2015, but there was no need, as USA picked up medal after medal throughout the championships. Relive each one by reading through the recaps, watch the runs or just take a look at the amazing photos that summed up the mind-blowing two weeks of World Cup ski racing in America.


(Getty Images-AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)

DAY ONE: Lindsey Vonn wins super G bronze.


(Cody Downard)

DAY TWO: Super G scrubbed due to wind and snow.

DAY THREE: A ghost forerunner descends Birds of Prey in honor of Ronnie Berlack and Bryce Astle.

DAY THREE: Bode Miller has an epic crash, slicing his leg in the super G and ends up out for the rest of the season.


(Cody Downard)

DAY FOUR: Vonn barely misses the podium in downhill and takes fifth.


(Getty Images-AFP/Mark Ralston)

DAY FIVE: In front of 20,000 people, Travis Ganong nails a silver medal in downhill.

DAY SIX: Ted Ligety attacks from 29th place to take a bronze medal in the alpine combined.


(Getty Images-AFP/Nathan Bilow)

DAY SEVEN: Laurenne Ross finishes top 15, while Lindsey Vonn straddles in women's combined.


(Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Alexis Boichard)

DAY EIGHT: Team Event fun takes place, with the Canadians dominating. Paula Moltzan has a photo-worthy crash.

DAY 10: Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn finish in the top 15 in GS.

DAY 11: Ted Ligety shows how to celebrate after winning his fifth World Cup GS title.

DAY 12: Mikaela Shiffrin wins the slalom in front of her hometown.

DAY 13: The World Championships wraps with men's slalom.

Next up for World Championships, the U.S. Ski Team heads to St. Moritz, Switzerland in 2017.