American Travis Ganong found himself sandwiched between two Swiss racers all gracing the podium for the first time at an FIS World Championship. Ganong won a silver medal on the Beaver Creek Birds of Prey course Saturday. The USA's Steve Nyman finished just off the podium by just 0.03 seconds in fourth spot.
Travis Ganong from Squaw Valley, Calif. took advantage of a new course for the men's Audi FIS Ski World Cup tour and punched through for his career first victory, winning the Santa Caterina downhill high above Bormio in Italy.
UPDATE (March 1): Travis Ganong, who 24 hours earlier stamped the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup top three of his career, finished fourth Saturday, a mere .05 from a second downhill podium in Kvitfjell.
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 9) – Jamie Anderson (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) cleaned up her second run to earn the first-ever women’s slopestyle snowboarding gold medal Sunday at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Her smooth style during her final run secured her the gold with a score of 95.25, putting her on top of the podium.
Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) skied a fast and tight line but plowed through a panel and lost time, finishing eighth in the men’s downhill. Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) was fifth in his first Olympic appearance.
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Photo: Jamie Anderson in Cadrona World Cup (USST.Oliver Kraus)
Hometown favorite Julia Mancuso and teen star Mikaela Shiffrin and will battle for national titles at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley, Calif. March 20-24.
American Travis Ganong delivered a gutsy run on the grueling Stelvio downhill at Bormio, Italy to finish a career best seventh. The Stelvio is known for its leg punishing ice and bumps while racers hit speeds of 75 mph.