Tim Jitloff has been so close to the World Cup podium he can taste it. Good thing he’s rapidly trending in that direction and has now established himself with the best giant slalom skiers in the world. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom/Francis Bompard)
Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) finished ninth to led the way for the U.S. Team in Monday night’s new Audi FIS Alpine World Cup parallel giant slalom.
Ted Ligety led a re-charged men’s tech team that placed three athletes in the top 12 at Alta Badia Sunday in Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom competition.
It was a heartbreaker for the American fans at Beaver Creek, as expected winner Ted Ligety fell on his first run and did not finish. However, Tim Jitloff took a solid top-15 finish in 14th place and David Chodounsky was 16th.
Giant slalom specialist Tim Jitloff threw down on bumpy snow at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships to take his third national title in a row.
Marcel Hirscher came into the race with the GS globe already secured, which left the men looking for the final World Cup win of the season. 20-year-old Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway took his second World Cup win in a row, while Ted Ligety was sixth.
Marcel Hirscher posted a 3.28 second winning margin in an Audi FIS Ski World Cup in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Ted Ligety was fourth.
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.
Throngs of fans showed up again to Beaver Creek, CO to cheer on the men’s combined athletes at the World Championships. Ted Ligety attacked from the back—starting 29th second run—and grabbed an unlikely bronze medal.
It was a warm day at the Audi FIS World Cup in Adelboden, following a night of heavy rain. Fighting against the bumpy, salted course, Ted Ligety took seventh and Tim Jitloff 14th.
Ted Ligety had a phenomenal second run of giant slalom, skiing from seventh place to second in Alta Badia. Tim Jitloff took 12th.
Ted Ligety stood on the podium again, this time grabbing second place after racing under the lights in Are, Sweden.
Lack of snow across mainland Europe has forced the relocation of men’s and women’s giant slalom and slalom races at Val d’Isere and Courchevel, respectively, to Are, Sweden.
Ted Ligety destroyed the field, coming back from fourth in the first run to take the Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom victory at Beaver Creek for the fifth straight year. Fans can tune-in to NBC at 5:00 p.m. EST today to catch the action.
The men look fast in during two runs of downhill training at the Audi Birds of Prey in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
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Tim Jitloff, like so many Lake Tahoe tykes, was on skis by two and freeskied through most of his youth. He stepped up to the U.S. Development Team in 2005, the same year he captured a Junior World Championship title, and is now on the cusp of his first World Cup podium.
After flashes of brilliance earlier in his career, Jitloff has established himself as one of the best giant slalom skiers in the world…and that’s saying a lot considering his biggest competition, Ted Ligety, is the best in the world. In fact, in training, "Jit" is often faster than Ligety. With four top 15 results under his belt, Jit skied consistently—and consistently fast—this season, grabbing a 9th place finish at Vail/Beaver Creek World Championships on home turf and finishing 17th place in the giant slalom World Cup rankings. And as if that wasn't enough, Jit walked away with his third-straight national giant slalom title at season's end in Sugarloaf, Maine. All eyes on Jit: he'll be gunning for the podium in 2016.
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