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Vonn 5th in Lienz Giant Slalom

12/28/2011

LIENZ, Austria (Dec. 28) - Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) battled the long and rugged Audi FIS Alpine World Cup in Lienz for fifth to stretch her World Cup overall lead to 231 with just one race remaining before the New Year. Austrian Anna Fenninger, 22, won the race for the first World Cup victory of her young career with Italian Federica Brignone in...

Ligety Wins Alpine Rockfest for 60,000 Euro

12/23/2011

ANDALO, Italy (Dec. 23) - World giant slalom champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) won the Friday's Alpine Rockfest by .02 to claim the 60,000 Euro top prize in Italy. In addition to the big paycheck, Ligety recieved a champagne shower from teammate Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) for his victory. Second went to Italian Giovanni Borsotti with Cyprien...

Kostelic Wins, Regains Slalom Lead

12/21/2011

FLACHAU, Austria (Dec. 21) - Reigning Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall champion Ivica Kostelic of Croatia regained the World Cup slalom lead by winning a gnarly night slalom by a mere .07 in Flachau Wednesday. Olympian Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT), the lone American to make the second run, finished 26th. The men's World Cup will now break for the...

Ski Team Visionary Warren Hellman Dies

12/20/2011

PARK CITY, UT (Dec. 20) – The U.S. Ski Team is mourning the loss of Warren Hellman, one of its former leaders and visionaries. Hellman, who passed away Sunday at the age of 77, was a pivotal leader of the Team during the early stages of its rise to greatness in the late '70s and early '80s.

Vonn 8th, Schild Takes 30th Slalom Win

12/20/2011

FLACHAU, Austria (Dec. 20) - Austrian Marlies Schild took the wire-to-wire win for the 30th Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom win of her career Tuesday as World Cup overall leader Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) finished eighth. Vonn will carry a 554-324 point lead in the overall standings over Schild into the Christmas break. Women's World Cup action...

Ligety 10th in Alta Badia SL

12/19/2011

ALTA BADIA, Italy (Dec. 19) - Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom leader Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) was 10th in slalom Monday as Austrian rival and good friend Marcel Hirscher won to move into the World Cup slalom and overall lead. It was Ligety's second slalom top 10 of the season and lands him third in the overall standings going into a...

Ligety .01 off Alta Badia Podium

12/18/2011

ALTA BADIA, Italy (Dec. 18) - Reigning Audi FIS Alpine World Cup and World giant slalom champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) fell .01 short of the Alta Badia podium Sunday after finishing fourth behind Italian winner Massimiliano Blardone. Ligety, who was leading after the first run by .49, retained the discipline lead 330-265 over Austrian...

Schild Continues Slalom Dominance

12/18/2011

COURCHEVEL, France (Dec. 18) - Austrian Marlies Schild continued her slalom dominance Sunday by winning an Audi FIS Alpine World Cup in snowy Courchevel by a staggering 1.87 seconds over Finn Tanja Poutianen. Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) went out in the first run, yet retained a 236 point lead in the early World Cup overall...

Wind Calls Saslong Classic Downhill

12/17/2011

VAL GARDENA, Italy (Dec. 17) - Gusty winds forced the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup jury to cancel the 50th running of the famed Saslong Classic men's downhill in Val Gardena Saturday. A brief course hold was put in place after the 17th starter followed by an extended 36 minute hold as winds swirled around the 2.2 mile course. Three more racers...

Heavy Snow Buries Courchevel Slalom

12/17/2011

COURCHEVEL, France (Dec. 17) - A thick blanket of over three feet of snow forced organizers to postpone the women's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom scheduled for Saturday in Courchevel. The race, originally slated as a giant slalom, was swapped to slalom when the forecast called for heavy snow. The slalom is now reset for Sunday with a 9:30 a....

Miller 2nd in Val Gardena Super G

12/16/2011

VAL GARDENA, Italy (Dec. 16) - Olympic champion and two-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall winner Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) battled a shortened Val Gardena super G to finish second behind Swiss young gun Beat Feuz. It was Miller's third super G podium at the Italian resort after winning the 2006 race and taking second in 2007. Miller, who...

Brandenburg 3rd in Europa Cup SL

12/15/2011

POZZA, Italy (Dec. 15) - Olympian Will Brandenburg (Spokane, WA) showed he's back in the wheel house in time for the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup stop in Alta Badia by landing third in a Europa Cup night slalom Thursday. Brandenburg, who opened the year with a pair of NorAm slalom wins, finished .10 behind race winner Axel Baeck of Sweden and .08...

Kelley Wins Back-to-Back NorAms

12/15/2011

PANORAMA, BC (Dec. 14 - Ski Racing Magazine News Service) - After his first NorAm Cup win on Dec. 13, American Robby Kelley took first again in Panorama, BC in Wednesday's giant slalom with a time of 2:02.76. The win moves him into eighth...

Gregorak 2nd in Obereggen Europa Cup

12/14/2011

OBEREGGEN, Italy (Dec. 14 - Ski Racing Magazine News Service) - The third slalom win of the Europa Cup season went to Patrick Thaler, but American Will Gregorak came from the 58th start position to finish second ahead of Cristian DeVille, a podium finisher in World Cup last week at Beaver Creek.

Canadian Brad Spence won the first leg of...

Kelley Wins NorAm Giant Slalom

12/13/2011

PANORAMA, BC (Dec. 13 - Ski Racing Magazine News Service)  - The NorAm Cup men and women were back at it today ) in Panorama, BC. The men raced a giant slalom while the women skied a slalom.

Two of the three podium spots in the men's giant slalom were taken by Americans with Robby...

Kasper 4th in Beaver Creek Slalom

12/08/2011

BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 8) - Olympian Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT) fought through a nasty virus that hospitalized him less than 36 hours ago to finish fourth in the Audi Birds of Prey slalom. It was also Kasper's first complete race since undergoing hip surgery in September and returning to snow in nearby Vail on Nov. 1. Reigning Audi FIS World Cup...

Vonn Gets Historic Home Win

12/07/2011

BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 7) - Calling it the most memorable of her 46 career Audi FIS Alpine World Cup wins, Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) fulfilled the dream she had a child and won at home in the inaugural women's race on Beaver Creek's Birds of Prey. Despite a less than perfect run, Vonn took a .37 victory over Swiss Fabienne Suter to the roar of...

Ligety Comes Back for Birds of Prey Win

12/06/2011

BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 6) - Three-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) stormed from behind Tuesday to win the second Audi Birds of Prey GS in Beaver Creek. It was his second win in three GS races and vaulted him into second in the overall Audi FIS Alpine World Cup standings. After sitting fourth with a...

Clean Sweep for Vonn in Lake Louise

12/04/2011

LAKE LOUISE, AB (Dec. 4) - Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) completed a historic clean sweep in Lake Louise, topping the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G podium with Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) third. It was Vonn's 45th career World Cup win and 11th in Lake Louise. Following a season opening giant slalom victory in Soelden, Austria, a pair of...

Ligety Narrowly Misses GS Win

12/04/2011

BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 4) - First run leader Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) couldn't quite hold on, finishing second in the Audi Birds of Prey giant slalom Sunday in Beaver Creek. With a .21 second lead over Austrian Marcel Hirscher, Ligety went back and forth, in and out of the lead on his second run before falling .16 to the Austrian. Ligety, who...

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