Shriffrin Is 'Snow Queen' Again With World Cup Slalom In Zagreb

Westin Zagreb salutes ShiffrinMikaela 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. 

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American Travis Ganong Claims First World Cup Downhill In Italy; Mikaela Shiffrin Podiums At Austrian GS

Travis Ganong at Beaver Creek downhill 2014Travis 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. 

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Lindsey Vonn's Comeback In High Gear In France; One Win From Tying All-Time Record

Lindsey Vonn and Winnie at Val d'sereThe 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.

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America's Steven Nyman Wins Brutal Val Gardena World Cup Downhill For Third Time

Steven Nyman (Facebook)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.

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Shiffrin .02 Off Podium In World Cup Slalom In Sweden; Ligety Second In GS

Maria Pietilae Holmner SweThe Audi FIS World Cup men's and women's tour moved to Are, Sweden this weekend from snow-starved Courcheval. Here's what happened:

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Olympic Champ Ted Ligety Injures Wrist In training; Status Pending

Ted LigetyOlympic 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. 

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World Cup: Shiffrin, Ligety Have Rough Slalom Starts In Finland

Tina Maze at Levi

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.

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U.S. Alpine Ski Team Named At Copper Mountain; Vonn's Back

2015 Ski Team named at Copper Mt.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.

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Alex Hoedlmoser Will Lead U.S. Men’s Speed Team; Longtime Women’s Coach

Alex Hoedlmoser (right)

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.

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U.S. Ski Team Fires Men’s Head Speed Coach After Conviction In Austria

Andreas EversAndreas Evers, head speed coach for the U.S. Ski Team, has been fired after he was convicted and sentenced to four months in prison, plus 20 months probation Thursday (April 24) in Austria on money laundering charges. Evers was hired by the U.S. team in 2012 and served two seasons.
 
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Stefan Abplanalp Named Head Coach Of Women’s Alpine Speed Skiers

Stefan AbplanalpA worldly veteran alpine ski coach who most recently led the Norwegian speed racers to a powerful resurgence has joined the U.S. Ski Team. Stefan Abplanalp is already on the job as head coach of the women’s alpine speed team. He replaces Chip White, who recently resigned after 18 years with the team.

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Women’s Speed Coach Chip White Steps Down; Ligety Second In Downhill Finale

Chip White on Swedish TVChip White, who has successfully coached the U.S. women’s speed racers for the past 18 years announced he plans to step aside following this week’s World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

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20 Named To U.S. Alpine Team For Sochi Olympics

Sochi Winter OlympicsThe 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.

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Miller, Cook, Mancuso: Speeding To Sochi Again Saturday

Bode Miller at Beaver CreekThe alpine speed race to Sochi continued Saturday with more drama building for Americans. Bode Miller finished third in the fabled Hahnenkamm World Cup downhill in Kitzbuehel, Austria, while U.S. ladies Stacey Cook and Julia Mancuso packed in their third Top Ten finishes in a row in another downhill at Cortina, Italy.

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Shiffrin Back On Podium At Austrian Giant Slalom Saturday

Lienz, AustriaWorld Champion slalom skier Mikaela Shiffrin from Eagle-Vail, Colo. was back on the podium in Lienz, Austria Saturday, showing once again she is a threat in the Giant Slalom as well. She finished third. It was her second GS podium appearance.

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Mixed Results For Americans As World Cup Tour Moves To Europe; Chodounsky Gets Top-Ten Finish

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After several weeks in North America, both the women and men of the U.S. alpine team looked as if they missed the home cooking in their debuts in Europe.
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Heavy Snow A Boost For Western Resorts, Bust For World Cup Ski Racers

Stevens Pass

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.”

 

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Lindsey Vonn Injured In Training Run Tuesday; Torn ACL Means 'Aggressive Therapy'

Lindsey Vonn back on snow

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.

 

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U.S. Teen Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Slalom Opener In Finland

Mikaela Shiffrin

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.

 

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Vonn Skips Soelden World Cup Opener To focus On Beaver Creek

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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.

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