Another in the long line of Squaw Valley powder hounds, Bryce Bennett blasted onto the U.S. Ski Team in the same way he hucks cliffs at Squaw – by going big. Like he did when he snagged sixth in Val Gardena. (Francis Bompard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
The men’s team tackles Kitzbuehel: the Super Bowl of ski racing in Austria. While to women’s team faces a weekend of challenging races with a downhill and super G in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
Friday’s Audi FIS Ski Word Cup alpine combined produced a surprise podium, and another top 10 World Cup result for Bryce Bennett.
Tommy Biesemeyer posted a career-best eighth-place finish to lead five Americans into the top 30 in Tuesday’s World Cup super G.
Steve Nyman led the American’s in the first downhill of the season in 15th Saturday at the Audi FIS Ski Alpine World Cup.
Travis Ganong and Ryan Cochran-Siegle led the U.S. Team to seventh-place and 15th-place respective finishes in Friday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G.
Jared Goldberg was 20th and Bryce Bennett 21st at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup combined event.
Warm temperature, fog and precipitation have plagued Garmisch, but the forecast is calling for sunshine on the classic Kandahar downhill track for Saturday’s downhill.
Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, CA) finished ninth, while Drew Duffy (Warren, VT) scored his first World Cup points in 27th at the alpine combined event Friday in Kitzbuehel, Austria.
Jared Goldberg (Holladay, UT) was the top placed American in Friday’s Audi FIS World Cup Alpine super combined event on the Lauberhorn track in Wengen.
Eighteen U.S. athletes will be competing this weekend in downhill, combined, slalom and giant slalom in the Audi FIS World Cup events in Wengen and Flachau.
Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) and his U.S. teammates tackled one of the most challenging downhill tracks on the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup circuit Tuesday, where just making it to the finish line was a victory.
Bryce Bennett led the U.S. men and scored a career-best finish at Saturday’s Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup downhill.
Andrew Weibrecht reminded ski racing fans that he is still a threat in downhill, tying for fifth place after starting 34th at the Birds of Prey downhill.
The sun has been shining on the famous Birds of Prey downhill track the last two days, but don’t be mistaken – it has been cold and the conditions have been perfect.
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Another in the long line of Squaw Valley powder hounds (Julia Mancuso, Marco Sullivan, Travis Ganong), Bryce Bennett blasted onto the U.S. Ski Team in the same way he hucks cliffs at Squaw – by going big. An invite to a 2011 spring tryout camp proved to be the only opportunity he needed, as he successfully punched a ticket onto the team by showing coaches his form on the hard stuff is just as solid as it is in the fluff.
Bennett opened the 2013-14 season with a bang, winning the U.S. downhill title on the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain in early December. He made a major play for an Olympic nod with starts in Lake Louise, Bormio, Wengen and Kitzbuehel, but with a stacked men’s speed team, Sochi was a tough ticket to punch. Bennett then refocused on the NorAm tour and delivered the downhill title, solidifying his World Cup start for the 2015 World Championship season.
2016, though...that was Bennett's year. It began with his first World Cup downhill points at Birds of Prey when he landed in 29th. But it was in Val Gardena that Bennett really WOW'd the crowd. Starting in 57th, Bennett came down on the classic Saslong downhill track, Bennett crossed the finish line 1.04 seconds back in sixth place. The once hush crowd erupted in cheers as Bennett lifted his goggles in sheer disbelief before letting a well-deserved fist pump fly.
“I’m still surprised. I crossed the finish and saw sixth and I was like, what? No chance! The timer is broken!” an exhilarated Bennett said in the finish. “I just got in the zone somehow. I’ve been working on it, and it clicked a little bit. I just laser beamed the whole course, just focused every section and it was fast.”
Bennett looks ahead to the 2017 season, where he hopes to find consistency in the points. You got this, big guy.
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