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Vonn Podiums in Rescheduled Super G


BANSKO, Bulgaria (March 2, 2015) - The weather finally lifted in Bansko, after a weekend of delays and cancelations due to heavy fog. In a sun-drenched, technically set super G, Lindsey Vonn grabbed third place. Podium regulars Anna Fenninger of Austria and Tina Maze of Slovenia went one-two—identical results to Sunday’s alpine combined.

Dominating Win for Hirscher


GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (March 1, 2015) - Austria's Marcel Hirscher took revenge for his World Championship loss, posting a 1.99 second first run before charging to a 3.28 second win in an Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) was fourth.

Delays and Weather at Bansko Alpine Combined


BANSKO, Bulgaria (Mar. 1, 2015)—After two days of delays and canceled races, the race organizers at Bansko were determined to complete the Audi FIS Ski World Cup alpine combined. But the race was marred by tough snow and fog in the super G portion, which caused many racers trouble. Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) was the...

Sullivan is Top American in Delayed Downhill


GARMISCH, Germany (Feb. 28, 2015)—After over two hours of delays, the race organizers were finally able to squeak one last downhill into February. Fighting flat light and typical thick fog on the Garmisch Kandahar, Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) was the top American downhiller of the day, finishing in sixth place.

It was an Austrian-...

Nyman Finds Fast Line in Final Training Run


GARMISCH, GERMANY  (Feb. 27, 2015) – 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—0.75 seconds off leader Hannes Reichelt. The Kandahar track is known to be one of the most challenging tracks on the circuit and the weather can...

Strong Junior Worlds Team Named


PARK CITY, UT (Feb. 26, 2015) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association named a group of 16 elite athletes to compete at the 2015 FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships scheduled for March 6-13 at Hafjell, Norway.

Weather Cancels Bansko Super G


After a morning of delays, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G in Bansko, Bulgaria was canceled due to weather.

Mikaela Shiffrin Thanks World Champs Fans


After winning the gold in the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships slalom, most athletes wave at the crowd and celebrate their win with friends and family. Mikaela Shiffrin did just that, but when she headed back to Europe for the remaining World Cup races, she took some time to say thank you to every fan, volunteer and organizer of her...

Ganong Battles Bug to Finish 9th in Saalbach


SAALBACH-HINTERGLEMM, Austria (Feb. 22, 2015)—In a turny, technical super G set by American coach Forest Carey that did not excuse any mistakes, the Austrian Matthias Mayer once again emerged victorious. That makes for two gold medals in two days for the Austrian who figured out this challenging track full of blind gates, fallaways and big...

Strong Shiffrin Wins in Maribor Rain


MARIBOR, Slovenia (Feb. 22, 2015)—Through rain and soft snow in Maribor, Mikaela Shiffrin (Vail, CO) had two flawless slalom runs at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup, never giving up first place. Shiffrin took the win by more than a second over Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia and Sarka Strachova of the Czech Republic.

Shiffrin Fifth in Maribor


MARIBOR, SLOVENIA (Feb. 21, 2015)—The best female ski racers in the world competed in front of a rowdy Slovenian crowd on Saturday that rivaled that of the World Championships in Beaver Creek, CO. They were loud and they were ready to see hometown heroine Tina Maze perform. Just two Americans competed in Maribor: Mikaela Shiffrin (Vail, CO) and...

Maple 17th in Saalbach "Real-Deal Downhill"


SAALBACH-HINTERGLEMM (Feb. 21, 2015)—The rarely-used Schneekristall-Zwolfer track is non-stop from top to bottom. A high-speed signature course, racers question whether this track is more challenging than the famed Kitzbuehel one. On a day where the light was flat, the terrain sharp and the wind blowing, the Americans were put to the test, with...

World Championships: 15 Moments to Remember


U.S. Ski Team alpine press officer Megan Harrod chimes in with her experience at February’s hometown World Championships.

Now that the stands are empty, the cowbells have quieted and the dust has settled on the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, all that is left is the memories. As 70 nations descended...

Behind the Gold: Electrical Moment


USSA columnist Tom Kelly takes a look at Ted Ligety's shiny, new gold medal in this week's Behind the Gold.

Alpine ski racing is a unique athletic endeavor. If you’re a track star standing at the starting line for the 100 meters, you know the course is, well, 100 meters. You get on point, watch for the starting gun’s flash and...

World Champs End With Slalom


VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 15. 2015)—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, France’s Jean-Baptiste Grange won a thrilling slalom gold, followed by Germany’s Fritz Dopfer and Felix...

U.S. Ski Team Wraps Strong World Championships


VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 15, 2015) – The U.S. Ski Team wrapped up the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships with a strong closing weekend, finishing with five medals – including two golds – and standing second in the medals behind Austria. It was among the best performances ever by the Team. As the host nation, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard...

Hometown Hero Shiffrin Wins World Champs


VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 14. 2015)—The Vail/Beaver Creek community turned out in force to cheer on their hometown superstar, Mikaela Shiffrin (Vail, CO) in Saturday’s slalom, and Shiffrin treated her family, friends and fans to a triumphant show. Shiffrin won the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships slalom in dramatic fashion, adding to...

Ligety Wins Gold at World Champs


VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 13. 2015)—With only a few days left in the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, spring-like temperatures and a slick, fast course made for a men’s giant slalom to remember. When it was all said and done, Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) won the event in historic and thrilling fashion in front of the home crowd....

Shiffrin 8th and Vonn 14th in Worlds GS


VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 12. 2015)—The speed races wrapped on Beaver Creek’s renowned Birds of Prey terrain and the World Champs focus switched to the technical events. Of the 116 women at the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships giant slalom (GS) on Thursday, Mikaela Shiffrin (Vail, CO) took eighth and Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) was 14th. In...

Shiffrin and Vonn To Race World Champs GS


VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 11. 2015)—Tuesday’s team event marked a transition at the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. The gears are shifting, as the athletes trade speed events for technical races. The downhill and super G races are in the U.S. Ski Team’s rearview mirror, and the athletes are now focused on the upcoming giant slalom...