A collegiate champion turned U.S. Ski Team slalom ace, David Chodounsky is now aiming to crush in giant slalom too. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom/Alexis Boichard)
The 2015/16 alpine season starts now with spring training camps in Mammoth Mountain and Arapahoe Basin.
With a come-from-behind second run, David Chodounsky confirmed his status as a slalom star by winning the U.S. Alpine Championships slalom. The win also gave him the combined victory—adding up both the slalom and the super G results.
The indomitable Marcel Hirscher of Austria took the win, grabbing the slalom World Cup crystal globe from Felix Neureuther and clinching the overall title.
Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety get ready to attack the tech events this weekend during the last races at the World Cup Finals.
Tough spring conditions got the best of the American athletes in Kranjska Gora in the last World Cup race before the World Cup Finals. But it didn’t hold back the top guys, who were in the hunt for World Cup points to pad their crystal globe missions.
After almost two weeks of bluebird skies and warm temperatures, winter weather returned for the last day of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Battling blowing snow and difficult visibility, Ted Ligety took 21st and Tim Kelley 23rd.
With sunny, spring-like temperatures and a slick, fast course, it was a men’s World Champs giant slalom to remember. When it was all said and done, Ted Ligety won the event in historic and thrilling fashion in front of the home crowd.
During Tuesday’s World Champs nations team event, the Canadians stole the show with a silver medal, defeated by the indelible Austrians. The American team made it to the first two rounds, but was ousted in the quarterfinals, tying for fifth.
Tuesday afternoon is the nations team event—a duel paneled slalom at Vail, CO as a part of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Athletes and organizers boast that it’s the most fun race of the two weeks, but what exactly is this team event?
Racers skied through a blizzard of wet snow at the Schladming night slalom on Tuesday—the last Audi FIS World Cup race before the World Championships. Will Brandenburg finished 18th—his first finish all season—and David Chodounsky 19th.
After a solid first run, David Chodounsky loses his pole on the second. He still crossblocks slalom gates to the finish to take 24th overall.
Another warm and cloudy day at the Audi FIS World Cup in Adelboden, Switzerland had the men struggling for results in slalom. David Chodounsky was the top finishing U.S. athlete in 11th, and Ted Ligety was 22nd.
It was a tough evening in Zagreb, Croatia for the U.S. Ski Team men, who are still comprehending Monday’s devastating news from Soelden, Austria. No Americans finished the night slalom, with only Ted Ligety and David Chodounsky qualifying for a second run
It was a tough day at the office for the U.S. Ski Team, with no finishes in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup night slalom in Madonna di Campiglio. After a string of near misses, Germany's Felix Neureuther finally pulled it together for two runs to win.
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When Minnesota born David Chodounsky fell short of making the U.S. Ski Team after high school, he enrolled at Dartmouth and won the NCAA slalom title in his freshman year. Two years later he captained the school to the NCAA overall title then graduated with a double major in engineering and geology. Now that he’s fully focused on skiing, Chodounsky has quickly risen to become the top men’s slalom racer in the U.S.
The numbers keep going the right way for Chodounsky, who posted the best World Cup season of his career in 2014. Stats include a pair of top 10 finishes, including a personal best seventh in the Val d’Isere slalom. With all things flowing the right way, “Daver” also earned the first Olympic start of his career in Sochi. He went on to finish a career-best 19th in the World Cup slalom standings and locked the second U.S. Championship victory of his career at the Squaw Valley slalom.
He carried that momentum to the 2015 season, where his goals included scoring some World Cup giant slalom points—and he did just that. At Birds of Prey, Daver rocketed from bib 66 to finish 17th place in what was a race to remember for Chodounsky. Though it wasn't the best year Chodounsky has seen, he had flashes of brilliance—like when he skied the third fastest run at Zagreb before going out second run. Rest assured, Daver will be a two discipline force to be reckoned with in 2016.
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