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Mancuso Top USA in Downhill
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 12) - Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) was tenth to lead the U.S. Ski Team in the final downhill of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season Wednesday. Swiss Lara Gut picked up the win while Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch took the crystal globe, despite not finishing the race. Super G is on tap for Thursday. Universal Sports will broadcast same-day coverage of the downhill at 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. EDT.
- Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) was tenth to lead the USA in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals downhill in Lenzerheide.
- Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch won the crystal globe for downhill despite crashing out of the steep and technical course. Hoefl-Riesch was helicoptered off the slope.
- Austria's Anna Fenninger had a chance to catch Hoefl-Riesch, but was sixth, however she did leap into overall points lead surpassing Hoefl-Riesch by 11 points with three races remaining.
- Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) had won the women's downhill title the past six consecutive seasons.
- Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) was 18th.
- Mancuso finished the downhill season ranked 15th and Cook 18th. Leanne Smith (N. Conway, NH) also finished in the top 30 with 30th.
- The World Cup Finals continue Thursday with super G featuring Mancuso, Cook and Smith.
- Universal Sports will broadcast same-day coverage of the downhill at 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. EDT.
Last downhill of the season and you just really have to go for it. It’s a really tough course. It’s a fun hill. I like it. There’s definitely room for improvement (in my downhill season), so I’m just going to keep working to improve and hopefully next year will be going better. I just had a lot of things going on with equipment, and that always gets into your head, especially when it’s an important year to be in top form.
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:42:13 +0000
Ligety Adds Downhill Podium to Bio
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 12) - Two-time Olympic champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) became only the second American man in history to podium in all five events, tying for second in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals downhill in Lenzerheide. Ligety, who started fourth to set the early pace, was just .11 off the winning time of Austrian Matthias Mayer, tying with Italian Christof Innerhofer. The finish bumped Ligety up to third in the World Cup overall chase with three races remaining. Universal Sports will broacast same-day coverage at 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. EDT.
- Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) tied for second in downhill at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide to become only the second American man to score a top three in each of the five disciplines.
- Ligety and Christof Innerhofer of Italy were .11 off the winning pace of Austria's Matthias Mayer.
- Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) was sixth, Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) eighth.
- Ligety joined an elite group of only eight men - including Miller - who have scored podium finishes in all five World Cup disciplines.
- The best previous downhll for Ligety also came at Lenzerheide, finishing fourth in 2007.
- Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal was fifth to move ahead of Marcel Hirscher for the World Cup overall lead. Ligety overtook Alexis Pinturault of France to jump into third.
- Svindal hoisted the World Cup downhill crystal globe for the second consecutive season, after clinching the title a week ago in Kvitfjell.
- Miller led the U.S. Ski Team in the final downhill standings with seventh, Ganong was ninth and Ligety pulled into the top 30 with 26th.
- Super G is on tap for the men on Thursday.
- Universal Sports will broacast same-day coverage at 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. EDT.
To be on the podium in every single event in my career is pretty cool - I'm psyched about that.
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:00:54 +0000
Chip White to Step Aside after 18 Years
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 11) – After a successful 18 years of coaching with the U.S. Alpine Ski Team, women’s speed Head Coach Chip White will step aside following the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals this week. During his tenure, the women’s speed program produced an impressive 122 World Cup podiums, 13 World Cup titles, 10 World Championship medals and six Olympic medals. Most noteably, White led all six members of his World Cup team to the podium during the 2013 season. He has been named the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) International Alpine Coach of the year on numerous occasians and was a 2012 finalist for the U.S. Olympic Committee’s (USOC) highest coaching honor.
- After 18 years of coaching with the U.S. Ski Team’s women’s speed program, Head Coach Chip White is stepping aside following the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals.
- During his tenure, the women’s speed team rose to become one of the Best in the World garnering 122 World Cup downhill and super G podiums, including 56 victories.
- Many of those results came over the last six years while coaching Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA), Leanne Smith (N. Conway, NH), Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO) and Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR).
- Since the 1996/97 season, the team also built an impressive World Cup title and major championship portfolio in speed events, including:
· 13 World Cup titles (all Vonn)
- 6 straight DH ('08-'13)
- 4 straight SG ('09-'12)
- 3 straight SC ('10-'12)
· 10 World Championships medals
- Vonn (2011 – DH silver; 2009 – DH/SG gold; 2007 DH/SG – silver)
- Mancuso (2013 – SG bronze; 2011 – SG silver; 2007 – SC bronze; 2005 – SG
- Hillary Lindh (1997 – DH gold)
· 6 Olympic medals
- Vonn (2010 – DH gold, SG bronze)
- Mancuso (2014 – SC bronze, 2010 – DH silver, SC silver)
- Picabo Street (1998 SG gold)
- A resident of Mammoth Lakes, CA for the past 35 years, White was welcomed into the U.S. Ski Team family in 1990 as a project coach with the men's speed team.
- He joined the women's speed program in 1996, spent 14 seasons as an assistant coach, and was promoted to women's speed Head Coach after the 2010 Olympic season.
- White has been named the USSA International Alpine Coach of the year on numerous occasians and was a 2012 finalist for the USOC's highest coaching honor.
It’s not always just about the podiums, although those are nice touches. But to see the athletes have the quarter-drops, so to speak, and they go, ‘Oh, I get it. When an athlete feels that they can’t do something and then realizes that they actually can, it’s icredibly rewarding for a coach.
It’s a small community in World Cup ski racing when you look at the big picture. And I didn’t realize that until quite a bit later into my career — how unique it is, how few people are lucky enough to have experienced this. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of this team.
This transition will be difficult. I feel camaraderie and a kinship to everybody that I ever coached. Watching them grow as people, not only as athletes — that part I think is really rewarding to see.
More than anything, Chip has brought an incredible amount of passion to coaching this team. He’s created one of the most successful speed teams the U.S. has ever had and that will be remembered by everyone, but we’ll remember him as a guy who would give the world for us to achieve our dreams.
Chip has been the heart of the women's speed team for as long as I can remember. He cares about all of us like a family and it will be hard to see him go. I'm thankful for everything he has done for us and I wish him all the best in the future.
He’s been coaching the speed team since I started racing Europa Cup as a little kid. He’s been such a positive and solid figure for all those years. Chip has incredible passion for coaching and that shows through in his style. He kept things simple and provided an environment for us to believe in our abilities.
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:42:33 +0000
High Level of Competition at U18 Championships
COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (March 10) – The 2014 U.S. Alpine U18 National Championships, which concluded last week on the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain, displayed an elevated level of athlete high performance amongst U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) regional club programs. According to USSA Regional Development Director Lester Keller, the boost is due to a combination of the Best in the World training and racing facility in Copper Mountain and the early success of the newly established National Training Groups (NTG) and Regional Development Programs (RAD).
- A successful U.S. Alpine U18 National Championships concluded Thursday on the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain.
- On display was an incredibly high level of competition among individual athletes and amongst all USSA regional programs and club athletes.
- According to USSA Regional Development Director Lester Keller, the jump is due to early success with newly established U18 and U16 National Training Groups and a Regional Development Program focused on providing regional clubs with tools for success.
- The NTG and RAD programs are closing their first full year and each has contributed to a higher emphasis on peer-to-peer competition, which has in turn boosted both individual athlete and group athletic performance at the development level.
- Next up for many of these the athletes is the NorAm Finals March 11-16 in Canada followed by the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships March 19-23 in Squaw Valley, CA.
Lester Keller, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Regional Development Director
As a practice, the USSA has placed a growing emphasis on elevating the level of peer-to-peer competition for alpine skiing in the United States. We’ve done that through the National Training Groups and the Regional Development Programs, but it is the outstanding leadership at the club level that has driven the success.
We saw an excellent level of competition at this year’s championships due in part to the success of our development programs, but also due to the world class venue we have at Copper Mountain. The Speed Center continues to be a vital asset to the growth of successful alpine programs in the United States.
The athletes that stood on the podium at these championships deserved to be there. There wasn’t a fluky result in any race. They put in the hard work and that dedication was on display with their performances. It’s a true testament that they are making the right steps to successfully transition to the next level of alpine competition.
2014 U.S. ALPINE U18 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
(Athlete, Region; Club) NTG=National Training Group
Downhill – March 2
1. Cody Wilson - Western; NTG (Squaw Valley Ski Team)
2. James Lebel - Western; Lake Tahoe Racing
3. Jeffrey Read - Canada
4. Ian Griffith - Western; NTG (Park City Ski Team)
5. Peter Fucigna - Eastern; Waterville Valley Black and Blue Trail Smashers
1. Isabella Wright - Western; NTG
2. Haley Cutler - Western; Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation
3. Alexander Skovran - Eastern; Green Valley Mountain School
4. Nina O’Brien - Eastern; NTG (Burke Mountain Academy)
5. Heidi Livran - Rocky/Central; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail
Super G – March 3
1. Cody Wilson - Western; NTG (Squaw Valley Ski Team)
2. Florian Szwebel – Rocky/Central; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail
3. Jordan Cashman - Western; Squaw Valley Ski Team
4. Jack Leitch - Canada
5. James Lebel - Western; Lake Tahoe Racing
1. Stephanie Lebby - Western; NTG
2. Alexandra Skovran - Eastern; Green Valley Mountain School
3. Patricia Mangan - Eastern; NTG (Holimont Racing Club)
4. Isabella Wright - Western; NTG
5. Lindsay Ahmann - Western; Mission Ridge Ski Education Foundation
Giant Slalom – March 4
1. Philp Huston - Canada
2. Peter Fucigna - Eastern; Waterville Valley Black and Blue Trail Smashers
3. James Ferri - Eastern; Killington Mountain School
4. James Lebel - Western; Lake Tahoe Racing
5. Corey McConville – Canada; Burke Mountain Academy
1. Stephanie Lebby - Western; NTG
2. Nina O’Brien - Eastern; NTG (Burke Mountain Academy)
3. Erika McCormick – Rocky/Central; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail
4. Danielle Brownell-Patty – Eastern; Burke Mountain Academy
5. Patricia Mangan – Eastern; NTG (Holimont Racing Club)
Slalom - March 5
1. Erik Arvidsson – Western; Squaw Valley Ski Team
2. Benjamin Throm – Rocky/Central; Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club
3. James Ferri – Eastern; Killington Mountain School
4. Colby Lane – Rocky/Central; Aspen Valley SSC
5. Aleck Sullivan – Eastern; Burke Mountain Academy
1. Stephanie Lebby – Western; NTG
2. Nina O’Brien – Eastern; NTG (Burke Mountain Academy)
3. Megan McGrew Rocky/Central; NTG (Ski and Snowboard Club Vail)
4. Patricia Mangan – Eastern; NTG (Holimont Racing Club)
5. Isabella Wright – Western; NTG
1. Florian Szwebel – Rocky/Central; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail
2. Jeffrey Read - Canada
3. James Ferri – Eastern; Killington Mountain School
4. Aleck Sullivan – Eastern; Burke Mountain Academy
5. Cody Wilson – Western; NTG (Squaw Valley Ski Team)
1. Stephanie Lebby – Western; NTG
2. Nina O’Brien – Eastern; NTG (Burke Mountain Academy)
3. Patricia Mangan – Eastern; NTG (Holimont Racing Club)
4. Alexandra Skovran – Eastern; Green Valley Mountain School
5. Danielle Brownell-Patty – Eastern; Burke Mountain Academy
Parallel Slalom – March 6
1. James Ferri – Eastern; Killington Mountain School
2. George Steffey – Eastern; Stratton Mountain School
3. Peter Fucigna – Eastern; Waterville Valley Black and Blue Trail Smashers
4. Wyatt Queirolo – Eastern; Killington Mountain School
1. Nina O’Brien – Eastern; NTG (Burke Mountain Academy)
2. Stephanie Lebby – Western; NTG
3. Danielle Brownell-Patty – Eastern; Burke Mountain Academy
4. Anna Wilson – Eastern; Burke Mountain Academy
REGIONS CUP POINTS
Western – 213
Eastern – 200
Rocky/Central - 139
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:39:26 +0000
USSA Updates Alpine Champs Schedule
PARK CITY, UT (March 9) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association is making changes to its schedule for the upcoming March 19-23 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in Squaw Valley. The scheduled super G races have been canceled to allow organizers to focus on giant slalom and slalom races. The super G events will not be rescheduled. In addition to the U.S. Championship giant slalom and slalom events, USSA is also adding an International Ski Federation giant slalom for men and women.
NATURE VALLEY U.S. ALPINE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Squaw Valley, CA
Wednesday, March 19
Men’s FIS giant slalom (not U.S. Championship event)
Thursday, March 20
Women’s U.S. Championship giant slalom
Friday, March 21
Men’s U.S. Championship giant slalom
Saturday, March 22
Men’s and women’s U.S. Championship slaloms
Sunday, March 23
Women’s FIS giant slalom (not U.S. Championship event)
Calum Clark, Vice President, Events, USSA
Squaw Valley is an amazing race venue with an enormous amount of community support and expertise. While we’re disappointed that weather has impacted the scheduled super G events, we’re also confident now that Squaw Valley can produce a high level of organization to provide a great U.S. Championship for our clubs nationwide as well as our returning Olympians.
Sun, 09 Mar 2014 18:11:07 +0000
Ligety 16th in Kranjska Gora Slalom
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (March 9) - 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. German Felix Neureuther took advantage of the spring weather and charged to his fourth World Cup win of the season to overtake Austrian Marcel Hirscher for the slalom points lead going into World Cup Finals. Only the top 25 racers in each discipline qualify for the March 12-16 finale held in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Universal Sports Network will broadcast the race at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET.
- Olympic giant slalom gold medalist Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) finished 16th in both runs during the final Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom of the regular season.
- Will Brandenburg (Spokane, WA) finished in the World Cup top 30 for the first time since 2012 with 23rd while Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT) was 26th.
- David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO), who is qualified for slalom at the World Cup Finals, hooked a tip near the bottom of the first run and was disqualified. Colby Granstrom (Lake Stevens, WA) went out in the first run.
- German Felix Neureuther took full advantage of the spring weather to capture his fourth win of the season and overtake Austrian Marcel Hirscher for the World Cup slalom lead.
- Hirscher, who finished fifth in the race, will carry a slim four point overall margin over Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway into World Cup Finals.
- Only the top 25 racers in each discipline along with athletes with over 500 World Cup points and the Junior World Champions qualify to compete at the March 12-16 finale in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
- Ligety and Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) have over 500 points and can start every race at World Cup Finals. Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) will race downhill and super G. Olympic silver medalist Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) will start super G. Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) has qualified for giant slalom and Chodounsky will race slalom.
- Representing the women's team at Lenzerheide is Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) in giant slalom and slalom. Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) and Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) can start downhill and super G. Joining Mancuso and Cook in the super G is Leanne Smith (N. Conway, NH).
- Universal Sports Network will broadcast the race at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday.
Sasha Rearick, U.S. Ski Team Men's Head Coach
It was a great race, there was excellent competition today in absolutely perfect weather. It was warm, so the snow did soften up a bit for the second run, but they did a great job holding it together with salt.
Ted had two consistent runs without any major mistakes. It was balanced skiing, but nothing blazing. It was also good to see Brandenburg back in the points for the first time in a few years. He had tremendous speed for the top two thirds of the course in both runs, then backed off a bit toward the bottom. Still, this was a good result to move forward on.
Sun, 09 Mar 2014 13:09:15 +0000
Shiffrin Locks Second Straight Slalom Title
ARE, Sweden (March 8) - Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) won her fourth Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom of the season on Saturday to mathematically clinch a second straight World Cup title in the discipline. The stunning victory earned the 18-year-old a space in history as the youngest woman to reach eight World Cup slalom wins. She turns 19 on March 13. Universal Sports Network will broadcast the race at 1 p.m. ET.
- Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) won her fourth Audi FIS Alpine World Cup of the season to mathematically lock a second consecutive World Cup title in the discipline.
- The stunning victory earned the 18-year-old a space in history as the youngest woman to reach eight World Cup slalom wins. She turns 19 on March 13.
- The first World Cup win of her career came on Dec. 20, 2012 during a night slalom in Are.
- Shiffrin is already the youngest Olympic slalom and World Champion in women's alpine history.
- Frida Hansdotter of Sweden was the only other athlete in the title hunt and was second after the first run, but finished fourth to lock the title for Shiffrin before the final race of the season.
- Shiffrin opened a .66 gap on the field in the first run despite stormy weather. She then held on to the lead to win by .60 over Maria Pietilae-Holmer of Sweden. Anna Swenn-Larsson, also of Sweden, was third for the first World Cup podium of her career.
- Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) skied from the 40th start position to 14th for her best finish of the season, but she did not qualify for the top 25 World Cup Finals.
- Universal Sports Network will air the race, which was the final women's World Cup of the regular season, at 1 p.m. ET.
My first win was, of course, amazing. It just seemed like such a perfect night to get a World Cup win. It was a dream come true and kind of the start of all of this, because in my mind I finally felt like I really could be a good ski racer at the World Cup level.
Then when I came to do my first press conference [after the 2012 win in Are] everyone was so nice and I met this little girl right outside. She was really young and she had leukemia. Her mom just said, ‘Do you think you could take a picture with her. It would really make her day.’ I just keep thinking about that, like she was a little lucky charm for me for some reason. It just seemed like my first win, and it was such a great day for me, and here’s this girl and all she wants is a picture. It put everything in perspective. Since then I’ve carried that same motto, that I can win Olympics, it is all great, but it could be a lot worse so I have to be grateful for everything I have.
I’m just really comfortable on slalom skis. It feels so easy to me when I’m loose and I let my skis go and it just seems like they find the finish for me and I don’t have to work so hard.
My next goal is to win in GS. Hopefully I can get some good training in and have some confidence, because I know my GS skiing is fast enough to win, but I really have to do my best skiing and that seems to be slipping away from me a little bit.
Roland Pfeifer, U.S. Ski Team Women's Technical Head Coach
She’s very comfortable in slalom. That’s her domain. Her run started off very fast. Fortunately she had very good conditions at the end of the race. She almost had sunshine at the top of the course, so it was good enough for her to just kind of cruise down and wrap up the title.
I just go day by day and hope I can do a good job. It makes me a little bit proud and I must be doing something right with Mikaela. We’re all still thinking about what’s going to be her future. It’s very challenging to make the next step. We need to be very inventive to even extend our gap a little bit more and get better and better. Mikaela is such an invaluable athlete for the U.S. Ski Team. She is the golden feet, so we really need to focus what we’re going to do with her. The whole thing makes me think about what I’m going to do next year to balance her.
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 13:39:00 +0000
Historic 6th Kranjska Gora Win for Ligety
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (March 8) - Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) captured a historic giant slalom victory Saturday in Kranjska Gora to become the first man in Audi FIS Alpine World Cup history to have won six times at the same venue. The stunning 23rd win of his career also moved Ligety within 50 points of Austrian Marcel Hirscher, who finished fourth, for the 2014 World Cup giant slalom title. The title will be decided March 15 at the World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Universal Sports Network will broadcast the Kranjska Gora giant slalom at 11 a.m. ET.
- Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) won the Kranjska Gora giant slalom to become the first man in Audi FIS Alpine World Cup history to win six times at the same venue.
- Athletes with five wins at the same venue are Ingemar Stenmark (Adelboden, Kitzbuehel and Madonna di Campiglio), Alberto Tomba (Sestriere), Hermann Maier (Kitzbuehel), Didier Cuch (Kitzbuehel) and Aksel Lund Svindal (Lake Louise).
- The historic 23rd World Cup win of his career moves Ligety within 50 points of Austrian Marcel Hirscher going into the final giant slalom race of the season on March 15 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
- The down-to-the-wire World Cup Finals battle will be for the fifth World Cup giant slalom title of Ligety's career.
- Ligety opened a .42 second first run lead and then held on to win the race by .18 over Austrian Benjamin Raich. Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen was third ahead of Hirscher.
- Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) finished a solid eighth to jump to 19th in the giant slalom standings and qualify for the top 25 World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide.
- Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) was 24th in the race and can also race the giant slalom at World Cup Finals becuase he has over 500 World Cup points.
- A slalom will be contested Sunday in Kranjska Gora to close the World Cup regular season.
- Universal Sports Network will broadcast the race at 11 a.m. ET.
This is definitely a really cool hill. It has so much personality and it’s really a fun hill to ski. It has the steep parts. It has some rolls. It has a little bit of a gliding section. So it’s a true GS skier’s hill. I just try to stay ahead of the rut as always. I’m not the kind of person that tries to cut off line, so I just tried to ski smart and be clean as much as I could.
Now the GS title isn’t so far away, but it’s still kind of far away with the mistakes I’ve made so far this year. I’m just skiing race to race and wins are always important even if they don’t go for the title. At this point the giant slalom globe isn’t a huge goal of mine. I have to win and he has to falter, which is not a really good strategy. If it was anybody else besides Marcel I would say it’s doable, but Marcel is not the kind of guy that gives anybody any gifts.
I went into the day and I was kind of on the cusp up there in 22nd, and I just knew that it wasn’t a walk. So there is that stress of knowing, ‘Okay, I need to have a pretty decent day here to make sure that I get the job done.’ In the first run I think I was a little bit nervous because of that and I didn’t ski so great. I think that was just not me. I wasn’t really flowing. I was a little bummed out after the first run, but I knew how it always is here in Kranjska. The first run is always kind of a toss up anyway. If you have an early enough number you can really make big moves in the second run, and that’s exactly what happened. I used it to my benefit. I skied as free as I can and made a big jump, obviously.
When you think about the previous years, actually the last couple, I was in 28th or 29th, but I needed to have a great day. In this go-around I knew I needed to ski solid, but sometimes just trying to be solid isn’t really a good thing. You need to just be free and take the risk. You’ve got to charge. In years past I’ve taken too much risk on that hill in the second run.
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 12:47:20 +0000
Mancuso 20th in Final Regular Season GS
ARE, Sweden (March 7) - Olympic medalists Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) finished 20th and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) 24th in the last Audi FIS Alpine World Cup women's giant slalom prior to the World Cup Finals. Rain and high winds forced the organizers to lower the start for each run, cutting at least 15 seconds off the run times. Austrian Anna Fenninger won for the second straight day to move into the overall World Cup points lead and jump within 14 points of giant slalom leader Jessica Lindell-Vikarby of Sweden. A slalom featuring Shiffrin, the current World Cup leader in the discipline, will be contested Saturday to close competition in Are.
- Olympic medalists Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) finished 20th and 24th in the last Audi FIS Alpine World Cup women's giant slalom before the March 12-16 World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
- Shiffrin, who has over 500 World Cup points and is currently sixth in the giant slalom standings, is the only American woman qualified to race giant slalom at Finals.
- Austrian Anna Fenninger won for the second straight day to move into the World Cup overall lead and cut Swede Jessica Lindell-Vikarby's advantage in the giant slalom standings to 14 points.
- Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg finshed second, followed by Vikarby in a race where the start was lowered for both runs due to rain and high winds.
- A slalom will close competition in Are Saturday featuring Shiffrin, the Olympic gold medalist and current World Cup leader in the discipline, and Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY). Mancuso will not start in favor of preparing for Monday's downhill training run in Lenzerheide.
Both first runs yesterday and today were actually really good; I just made a huge mistake in each. In the second runs I was just slow. So I’m just hoping that I can get it under control so I ski fast and mistake free, then I can ski fast both runs.
I’ve been feeling pretty good since the Olympics. I took a little bit of a break. I went to New York for some media, then came back and had a couple days off and then did some training. My slalom feels good and feels comfortable to me, so I’m excited to get back on my skis.
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:54:42 +0000
Shiffrin 15th in Are Giant Slalom
ARE, Sweden (March 6) - Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) finished 15th Thursday to lead the U.S. Ski Team in the first of two Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom races held in Are. Austrian Anna Fenninger took the win for her second straight World Cup giant slalom victory, moving her firmly into the chase for both the overall and giant slalom titles. Fenninger now trails Germany Maria Hoefl-Riesch by a 67 points in the overall chase and Swede Jessica Lindell-Vikarby by 54 points in giant slalom. A second giant slalom will be staged Friday under the lights in Are with a slalom closing the three race series on Saturday.
- Olympic slalom gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) led the U.S. Ski Team with 15th in the first of two Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slaloms scheduled for Are, Sweden.
- Shiffrin finished 13th in the opening run after sliding low on a right boot turn that forced her to ski uphill to stay on course. She skied cleanly in the final, but wasn't able to make up ground in the soft snow conditions.
- Sochi super combined bronze medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) was 28th and fellow Olympian Megan McJames (Park City, UT) did not qualify for the second run.
- Later in the day, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Shiffrin and Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) as February Athletes of the Month for their stunning gold medal performances in Sochi.
- Austria's Anna Fenninger won her second straight World Cup giant slalom to move within 54 points of discipline leader Jessica Lindell-Vikarby. Fenninger is also now within 67 points of German Maria Hoefl-Riesch for the overall title.
- Anemone Marmottan of France was second for the first World Cup podium of her career, while Austrian Eva-Maria Brem and Lara Gut of Switzerland tied for third.
- A second giant slalom will be held Friday under the lights followed by a slalom Saturday, the final women's race before the March 12-16 World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
- Universal Sports Network will broadcast the entire weekend on their 24 hour television network.
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