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.
If you’re a fan of winter sports and the Olympic Winter Games, you’re in for a special treat this month! U.S. Ski & Snowboard is heading to PyeongChang with one of its strongest teams ever – more than 100 athletes competing in alpine, freestyle, snowboard, freeski, cross country, nordic combined and ski jumping events.
From the thrill of downhill to the bump and grind of skicross and snowboardcross, to the Olympic debut of snowboard big air – NBC will broadcast and stream all events LIVE throughout the 2018 Games in PyeongChang.
Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen leap onto the podium after finishing third in the team sprint at the 2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. (Andrew Shinn)
Scandinavian countries, Germany, Italy, and Russia dominated women’s cross-country competitions for 60 years, but that began to change in 2012 with the breakout of the U.S. Women’s Cross-Country Team.
Slopestyle skiers Maggie Voisin, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper are among the 15 athletes nominated to the Olympic Freeski Team. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski & Snowboard)
A strong and deep U.S. Olympic Freeskiing Team is headed to PyeongChang for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
U.S. Ski and Snowboard athletes posted some remarkable results last weekend as Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) continued to establish herself as one of the most dominant athletes in any sport in the world, landing two downhill podiums, including her first win, in Lake Louise, Canada. Sadie Bjornsen (Anchorage, Alaska) skied to another podium finish in a classic sprint in Lillehammer, Norway, and the U.S. Ski Team men’s alpine athletes took to the famed Birds of Prey course in Beaver Creek, where Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah) led the charge in giant slalom and Tommy Ford (Bend, Ore.) skied to his first top-10 World Cup finish.
Timberline's Palmer Snowfield in February. (Timberline)
Home to the Palmer Snowfield, Timberline has long been known as a summer training site for U.S. Olympic athletes.
“Timberline has a long and storied history as a summer training site for The United States Ski Team. From Tony Sailer, Billy Kidd, Steve and Phil Mahre to Ted Ligety; from Cindy Nelson and Picabo Street to Julia Mancuso and Mikaela Shiffrin ... All have trained at Timberline in the summer as well as virtually all other U.S. Olympic Alpine athletes," commends Timberline's president, Jeff Kohnstamm.
Olympic athletes in all disciplines, including alpine racing, snowboarding, freestyle and freeskiing, will participate in summer training at Timberline.
“This partnership really allows us to ramp up what we are dong there, training more extensively, across more teams,” USSA’s Luke Bodensteiner told SnoCountry.com.
The 2017 summer training season is especially important. The 2018 Winter Olympics, taking place in PeongChang, South Korea, are only a year away.
“Getting time on snow in really specialized venues like Timberline are make and break for our team. Creating that access, with priority to training space, bringing teams for pretty extensive periods of time, is going to make a real difference for us in the Olympics,” Bodensteiner told us.
Although it will not eliminate the need for international travel, the ease and accessibility of the Palmer snowfield will mean less time U.S. athletes will have to be traveling for summer training.
Timberline also offers a hard-to-find facility in the summer: a half pipe.
U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing will be training in High Cascade Snowboard Camp's and Windells Camp's terrain parks, where they’ll find a full 22-foot halfpipe, 22-foot pipe with airbag, large jump to airbag, and every type of freestyle feature found in today's top terrain parks. That coupled with camp-specific handle tows will allow team members to access parks without lapping Palmer chair.
In the final day of action at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in front of a big crowd of ski racing fans at Sun Valley, Idaho, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO – U.S. Ski Team) wrapped up the season with her second national title in giant slalom Sunday.
Consistency is the new name of the game for Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR), who popped yet another top-five finish in Thursday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals super G Thursday.
The Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals kick off today (Wednesday, March 16) at the site of the 2017 World Championships in St. Moritz. The sun is shining, the track is reminiscent of that Colorado buttery smooth snow and globes are up for grabs. Plus, nearly all World Cup Finals events will be shown live on NBCSN.