Mikaela Shiffrin from Eagle-Vail, Colo. celebrated the New Year in style, winning her second straight Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom in Zagreb, Croatia and laying claim for the second time to the Snow Queen Trophy.
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.
The stunningly successful comeback of American superstar ski racer Lindsey Vonn kept rolling as she won the Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill at Val d'Isere, France Saturday. The win put her just one victory away from matching Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell for the all-time World Cup win record of 62. This was Vonn's 61st World Cup win and her fifth at the famed French resort.
America's Stephen Nyman (Sundance, Utah) got the best of what could only be described as a course in Val Gardena, Italy marked by extreme conditions. He won his third career World Cup downhill on the famous Saslong course by a .31 second margin over World Cup downhill leader Kjetil Jansrudof Norway.
The Audi FIS World Cup men's and women's tour moved to Are, Sweden this weekend from snow-starved Courcheval. Here's what happened:
Olympic champion Ted Ligety suffered an injury to his left wrist while training at Vail’s Golden Peak. According to U.S. Ski Team Medical Director Kyle Wilkens, Ligety suffered a left wrist carpal dislocation.
There’s no new reindeer to add to American slalom star Mikaela Shiffrin’s herd. Shiffrin had an uncharacteristically bad day at Levi, Finland where first prize is a reindeer. At least she could visit the reindeer she won last year and named Rudolph. Meanwhile, Sunday, Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety finished 18th, 3.33 seconds out on the men's first slalom of the season.
The sun was shining down on Center Village at Copper Mountain, Colo., where a huge crowd congregated for the 2015 U.S. Alpine Ski Team to be introduced during the Nature Valley First Tracks.
The coaching situation on the U.S. Ski Team seems to have cleared following the team’s release of former men’s head coach Andreas Evers who is facing money laundering charges in Austria. Longtime women’s speed coach Alex Hoedlmoser will close the gender gap and lead the men’s speed team.
The U.S. Ski Team was named Sunday for the upcoming Winter Olympiad at Sochi, Russia. Included were Olympic gold medalists Bode Miller, Ted Ligety, Julia Mancuso and World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin. Missing, of course, is veteran gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, recovering from knee injuries.
The first major snowstorm of the season sent ski racers packing, and powder hounds reaching for fat skis.
“It’s the first powder storm of the season, and the crowd is going wild,” said Emily Moench, communications manager for Snowbird on Wednesday morning. “Powder hounds are chomping at the bit.”
Just when it looked like Olympic Champion Lindsey Vonn was on the road to a comeback in time for the Sochi Games in February, she crashed once again Tuesday in a downhill training run at Copper Mountain, Colo. She was not admitted to the hospital, however, and underwent an MRI in nearby Vail.
It didn’t take long for the USA’s teen star Mikaela Shiffrin from Eagle-Vail, Colo. to make it clear her stunning performances last winner were no fluke. Shiffrin, 18, dominated the opening World Cup slalom in Levi, Finland Saturday with a wire-to-wire victory.
Four-time overall World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn won’t race this weekend in the opening giant slalom race in Soelden, Austria, according to the U.S. Ski Team.