Despite being one of the tallest slalom racers on tour, Brandenburg is able to ski an incredibly tight line around the gates. His secret: fast feet. (Primoz Jeroncic/PhotoSI.com)
In just one conversation with Brandenburg you’ll find there’s a beauty in the relationship between his head and heart you will seldom find in humans, let alone professional athletes with a top-10 Olympic result on their list of accomplishments.
After almost two weeks of bluebird skies and warm temperatures, winter weather returned for the last day of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Battling blowing snow and difficult visibility, Ted Ligety took 21st and Tim Kelley 23rd.
During Tuesday’s World Champs nations team event, the Canadians stole the show with a silver medal, defeated by the indelible Austrians. The American team made it to the first two rounds, but was ousted in the quarterfinals, tying for fifth.
Tuesday afternoon is the nations team event—a duel paneled slalom at Vail, CO as a part of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Athletes and organizers boast that it’s the most fun race of the two weeks, but what exactly is this team event?
Racers skied through a blizzard of wet snow at the Schladming night slalom on Tuesday—the last Audi FIS World Cup race before the World Championships. Will Brandenburg finished 18th—his first finish all season—and David Chodounsky 19th.
Ted Ligety had a beautiful first run in Sunday's slalom, but straddled a gate second run and skied out. David Chodounsky finished 22nd.
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 was 18th, David Chodounsky 26th as Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen took the win in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Levi.
Olympian David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) produced a blazing final run in sun-soaked Squaw Valley to win the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships slalom title.
The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup regular season wrapped up Sunday with Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) leading the U.S. Ski Team with 16th in the Kranjska Gora slalom, one day after taking his career sixth giant slalom win at the venue.
Erik Schlopy, a three-time Olympian and 2003 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships medalist, has joined the U.S. Ski Team men’s alpine technical staff.
Alpine skier Will Brandenburg was named champion of the annual Sundance Sufferfest bike race. (Photo: Riley Steinmetz)
Triple World Champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) capped a career best season Saturday with massive 1.48 second wire-to-wire slalom victory to close men's competition at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in Squaw Valley.
Ted Ligety skied a strong downhill and capped it off with a near perfect slalom to take his second gold of the World Championships winning the super combined.
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Will Brandenburg comes from a family of competitive swimmers, but he'd rather be racing outside. After breaking out as a junior in 2007, he caught the injury plague for a few seasons. He then worked his butt off to land a coaches discretion spot for the 2010 Olympic super combined. He didn't disappoint, turning a 19th in the opening downhill into the second fastest slalom run, behind teammate Ted Ligety and ahead of gold medal winner Bode Miller, to finish the race in 10th.
Harder on himself than any coach, Brandenburg opened the 2013 World Cup season with a promising top 15 in Levi, Finland. Then, unfortunately, he got the DQ bug. While Brandenburg won sections and made some of the cleanest, tightest turns of any slalom racer on tour, he couldn't put it together all the way to the finish.
Undeterred, Brandenburg knows he can challenge the best and will be worth watching in both slalom and super combined when the spotlight shifts to Sochi.
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