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. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
t was a tough day in Kvitfjell, with 21 DNFs in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G. Only 38 racers made it down the difficult course, with Andrew Weibrecht tying his career-best super G result in fifth place.
In the penultimate Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill of the season, the men were thirsty for results—looking to tighten the race for the overall downhill globe. Travis Ganong was the top American downhiller of the day, finishing in sixth place.
After over two hours of delays, the race finally were finally able to squeak one last downhill into February. Fighting flat light and typical thick fog in Garmisch, Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) was the top American downhiller of the day in sixth.
In the final Garmisch (GAP) downhill training run on the Kandahar, Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) led the charge for the Americans, turning in the fourth-fastest time. The downhill takes place on Saturday.
Andrew Weibrecht skied to a top-10 finish in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G, one spot ahead of Ted Ligety, still nursing a broken wrist.
It was a huge day for the Americans in Beaver Creek, Colorado, with Steven Nyman pulling off a third place podium finish and Travis Ganong grabbing fifth place.
The men look fast in during two runs of downhill training at the Audi Birds of Prey in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
Marco Sullivan pulls out a fifth place finish in Saturday's Lake Louise downhill.
The U.S. Alpine Ski Team men's technical program took it back to basics at last week with athletes from across the country with the goal of elevating the nation's technical skiing ability
Sunshine and excellent racing conditions will greet athletes Wednesday when the 2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships kick off on Red Dog at Squaw Valley.
Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) made another positive stride toward his first Olympic Winter Games with a tie for 10th in a rugged Bormio downhill to lead the U.S. Ski Team.
ackie Wiles (Aurora, OR) and Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, CA) claimed the U.S Alpine Championships downhill titles during a chilly Tuesday at U.S. Ski Team Speed Center.
Triple World Champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) capped a career best season Saturday with massive 1.48 second wire-to-wire slalom victory to close men's competition at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in Squaw Valley.
Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) carved his home mountain to .20 second super G victory at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships to regain a title he first held in 2010.
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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, which is nice.
It was cool to win the title, but I think the biggest thing for me last season was getting those World Cup starts, especially at the big races like Bormio, Wengen and Kitz. I now know what to expect and will be able to bring more intensity on race day next season.
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