Skiing her best is the most important thing to Mikaela Shiffrin (Avon, Colo.), but numbers, not so much. Saturday’s slalom victory may not have been her best skiing, but it resulted in a huge win - FIS Ski World Cup victory number 50 in Courchevel, France.
The time has come, the superpipe is taking shape, and Copper Mountain is welcoming freeski and snowboard halfpipe superstars from across the globe to compete at the 2018 Toyota U.S. Grand Prix. This year the event holds special significance as it marks over a decade of partnership between Copper Mountain and U.S. Ski & Snowboard. Not to mention, early Colorado snow will make for excellent training and competition conditions.
With 100 days to go, the countdown begins in earnest for the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships presented by Toyota, taking place at Utah's Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain, and Solitude Mountain Resort February 1-10.
Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) was selected to lead the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team into Sunday's Closing Ceremony as flag bearer, as announced today by the United States Olympic Committee. Diggins was chosen by a vote of fellow members of Team USA.
Shiffrin Adds Combined Silver
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) added another Olympic medal to her collection, taking silver in the alpine combined Thursday at the Jeongseon Alpine Center. Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.) racing in her final Olympic event, won the first run downhill, but straddled a gate in the slalom and did not finish.
Downhill Bronze for Vonn
Racing in her final Olympic downhill race, four-time Olympian Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.) won the bronze medal, leading three Americans into the top-seven Wednesday at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre.
Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.) finished fourth and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) was fifth in the third and final downhill training run at at Jeongseon Alpine Centre.
With the announced move of the Olympic alpine combined event from Friday to Thursday, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) will not start in Wednesday’s Olympic downhill in order to focus on the combined.
Cochran-Siegle Leads Team USA in Giant Slalom
Finally healthy following a couple seasons of injuries and setbacks, Ryan Cochran-Siegle once again led Team USA, finishing tied for 11th, in the giant slalom at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games Sunday. Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah), the defending Olympic gold medalist, was 15th.
Biesemeyer Injured In Downhill Training
Team USA downhill skier Tommy Biesemeyer (Keene, N.Y.) suffered a season-ending right ankle injury during downhill training on Wednesday. He was taken by team medical staff to a local clinic, where he was treated and released. He will not compete in the men’s downhill. His place in the race will be taken by Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, Vt.).
Ligety Fifth In Alpine Combined
Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah) finished fifth in the men's alpine combined to lead Team USA at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre Tuesday afternoon at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Weather Postpones Women’s Giant Slalom
Due to strong winds and the changing weather forecast, the women’s Olympic giant slalom scheduled for Monday has been postponed to Thursday.
“It’s a bummer that we’re not able to race today,” said Mikaela Shiffrin. “But with the training block I’ve had, I’m prepared and feeling good. I’ll use this time to continue to train and refocus on Wednesday’s slalom race. We have a great gym and space to eat and take plenty of naps, so I’ll use this time to recharge.”
Men’s Downhill Postponed
Due to the strong wind, Sunday's men's downhill was rescheduled for Thursday, February 15 at 11:00 a.m. KT/9:00 p.m. EST Wednesday. The men's super-G will now move to Friday, February 16 at 11:00 a.m. KT / 9:00 p.m. EST Thursday. Based on the official forecast, the jury has also canceled Monday’s alpine combined downhill training.
Women’s Giant Slalom
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) makes her PyeongChang debut in the giant slalom Monday at 10:15 a.m. KT. NBC will broadcast the first run live at 8:15 p.m. EST Sunday. Both the first and second runs will stream live on NBCOlympics.com. In addition to Shiffrin, Resi Stiegler (Jackson, Wyo.), Megan McJames (Park City, Utah) and Tricia Mangan (Buffalo, N.Y.) will start for Team USA.
Goldberg Eighth In Final Downhill Training
Jared Goldberg (Squaw Valley, Calif) finished eighth in the third and final downhill training run before Sunday’s race. Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, Calif.) was ninth, followed by Thomas Biesemeyer (Keene, N.Y.) 13th; Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, Vt.) 20th; and Wiley Maple (Aspen, Colo.) 23rd.
Morgan Schild qualified third and will compete in the medal round Sunday at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. (Courtesy of U.S. Ski & Snowboard / Getty Images)
Bennett Sixth in Second Downhill Training
For the second-straight day, Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, Calif.) led Team USA in downhill training on the Jeongseon downhill track, finishing sixth, on a weather-shortened course.
Jared Goldberg was 11th in the first training run at the Jeongseon Alpine Center Thursday. (Getty Images/AFP - Javier Soriano)
Bennett Leads Team USA in First Training Run
Team USA experienced its first taste of the Jeongseon downhill track in the first of three training runs Thursday. Racing under bright sunshine, and on a hard-fast, Colorado-snow-like track, Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, Calif.) led the way in seventh. “That was so much fun!” Bennett said after his run.