Brennan Rubie scored World Cup points in the first start of his career and has the fearless attitude it takes to be fast at every level of ski racing. (Eric Schramm)
Battling a tough course and flat light, Tommy Ford (Bend, OR) was the top American finisher at the Adelboden giant slalom, taking 19th place.
Ryan Cochran-Siegle led three Americans into the top 30 with a career-best 10th place finish.
Day one of the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships kicked off with a bang, with Brennan Rubie (Salt Lake City, UT – U.S. Ski Team) taking the big win in alpine combined, his first national title.
After the dual slalom kicked off the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ, the Games wrapped with a slalom and a giant slalom at Coronet Peak near Queenstown. Brennan Rubie grabbed the sole American podium, taking third in the GS.
With sunny, spring-like temperatures and a slick, fast course, it was a men’s World Champs giant slalom to remember. When it was all said and done, Ted Ligety won the event in historic and thrilling fashion in front of the home crowd.
Ted Ligety stood on the podium again, this time grabbing second place after racing under the lights in Are, Sweden.
The men look fast in during two runs of downhill training at the Audi Birds of Prey in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
As the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup gets underway this weekend in Soelden, the clock ticked down to 100 days until the Feb. 2-15 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek.
Ted Ligety goes for a fourth straight on Sunday, with Mikaela Shiffrin and Julia Mancuso opening on Saturday.
Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) broad a crowd of thousands to a roaring crescendo Friday with another masterful performance in Squaw Valley to win his second consecutive Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships giant slalom title.
Ted Ligety was fourth in the super G at the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup leading four U.S. men into the points.
Times are dropping and energy is building in Beaver Creek in anticipation of Friday's Audi Birds of Prey downhill featuring Lake Louise podium finisher Marco Sullivan and a recharged men's U.S. speed team.
Tommy Ford came within .04 of another gold medal as Canadian Dustin Cook squeeked the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships super G title Friday in Winter Park.
Robby Kelley won a NorAm giant slalom in Panorama, BC with Brennan Rubie in third.
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Brennan Rubie was involved in U.S. Ski Team camps until he punched a ticket into the U.S. Development program in 2010. Since then, the Snowbird shredder has won NorAm races, scored World Cup points and is quickly easing into his role as the next American giant slalom ace.
After a long rehab from a fractured leg he suffered during the 2013 season, Rubie was back in the saddle for 2014. Rubie finished second in the NorAm GS standings in 2014 to hold on to his World Cup GS start for 2015, but struggled to put two runs together on the World Cup circuit in 2015. From there, Rubie hit the road to build confidence on the FIS and Europa Cup tours and brought that confidence into World Championships grabbing 26th in GS. Rubie then finished the season off strong, scoring some solid low point NorAm and FIS results.
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