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Smith 14th in Bumpy Val d'Isere Downhill

12/21/2013

VAL D'ISERE, FRANCE (Dec. 21) - Leanne Smith (N. Conway, NH) survived a bumpy Val d'Isere downhill to lead the U.S. Ski Team with a tie for 14th on a track that bounced eight racers, including four Americans, off course. Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), in her first race in two weeks, was among the non finishers. Vonn was rattled in the midsection of...

Believe in U.S.: Ted Ligety

12/20/2013

“Ski racing is a huge confidence sport, so having belief in yourself is really important because you’re always on the fine line of going down and falling.” – Olympic Champion Ted Ligety. Believe in U.S. is the rallying cry of the U.S. Ski Team going into the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Athletes like Ted Ligety ride on the wings of belief...

Miller 8th in Foggy Val Gardena Super G

12/20/2013

VAL GARDENA, Italy (Dec. 20) - Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) charged through difficult visibility on the upper half of the Saslong super G and made an incredibly athletic move at the final gate to lead the U.S. Ski Team with eighth in Val Gardena. Uncharacteristically warm temperatures in the Italian valley caused the fog to blanket the upper...

Shiffrin 12th in Courchevel Slalom

12/17/2013

COURCHEVEL, France (Dec. 17) - World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) skied to an uncharacteristic 12th in Tuesday's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom as Austrian Marlies Schild earned the 34th slalom victory of her storied career. The victory ties Schild with Swiss great Vreni Schneider for the most slalom wins in women's World Cup...

Mancuso 12th in St. Moritz Giant Slalom

12/15/2013

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Dec. 15) - Olympic champion Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) made another leap toward her champion-level form Sunday with an encouraging 12th in the St. Moritz giant slalom to lead the U.S. Ski Team. Reigning NorAm overall champion Megan McJames (Park City, UT) landed her first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup points of the...

Career Best Slalom for Chodounsky

12/15/2013

VAL D'ISERE, France (Dec. 15) - David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) produced a courageous final run Sunday to post a career-best Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom with seventh in Val d'Isere. The 2007 NCAA overall champion for alpine skiing was 14th after the opening run and produced the fourth-fastest final run time to jump seven more slots on...

Super G Strides Continue for Cook

12/14/2013

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Dec. 14) – Two-time Olympian Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) continued to make strides in super G Saturday as she jumped from the 37th start position to finish 16th in St. Moritz. It’s the second straight weekend Cook has made a big move in super G after vaulting from 38th to 18th last Sunday in the Audi FIS Alpine...

Hirscher Wins Val d'Isere GS

12/14/2013

VAL D’ISERE, France (Dec. 14) – For the first time since 2009, Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) missed an Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom final. The two-time giant slalom world champion and four-time World Cup title winner was the first racer out of the gate, but slid out on his left hip on the lower portion of the steep and icy Face de...

Vonn to Skip St. Moritz Series

12/11/2013

PARK CITY, UT (Dec. 11) - The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup is heading to Europe after two weekends in North America with the men racing giant slalom and slalom in Val d'Isere and women taking on a super G and giant slalom in St. Moritz. Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), who had a successful return to racing this past weekend in...

Wiles and Bennett Snag U.S. DH Titles

12/10/2013

COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Jan. 10) – Jackie 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. It was the second straight U.S. downhill gold for Wiles, who nearly scored Audi FIS Alpine World Cup points last weekend in both Lake Louise...

Believe in U.S.: Bode Miller

12/09/2013

“When you go into the Steilhang in Kitzbuhel and you land, if you don’t drop into the turn with 100-percent confidence, you crash every time. That’s why the ski racers we’ve all seen at the top are rock solid. They’re unflappable in terms of their belief and confidence.” – Olympic Champion Bode Miller. Believe in U.S. is the rallying cry of...

Vonn Cracks Top 5 in Lake Louise

12/08/2013

LAKE LOUISE, AB (Dec. 8) – Four-time World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) skied confidently into the top five in the Lake Louise super G Sunday, showing her strength and ability to mount a podium challenge for the first time since her return to the World Cup circuit Friday. Leanne Smith (North Conway, NH) finished just behind Vonn in...

Ligety and Miller One-Two in Birds GS

12/08/2013

BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 8) – Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) produced a riveting one-two giant slalom finish for the U.S. Ski Team Sunday to close the Audi Birds of Prey race week in Beaver Creek. It was the first time two Americans shared the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom podium since Miller and Daron Rahlves...

Better Day for Vonn and U.S. Team

12/07/2013

LAKE LOUISE, AB (Dec. 7) – The U.S. Ski Team women showed a bit of improvement Saturday with Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) finishing 11th in her second downhill race since her season-ending injury this past February at World Championships. The U.S. speed team women posted three top-20 results in the second of two downhill runs...

Ligety Just Off Birds SG Podium

12/07/2013

BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 7) – Super G World Champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) found his speed in the Audi Birds of Prey super G on Saturday finishing fifth, just one tenth of a second from the podium, in front of a roaring Beaver Creek crowd. Five-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) made a stunning recovery to finish 14th behind...

Vonn Returns to World Cup Tour

12/06/2013

LAKE LOUISE, AB (Dec. 6) – U.S. Ski Team athlete Julia Ford (Plymouth, NH) shed a little light on a tough day for the U.S. women’s speed team, as she finished a career-best 21st in the first of two Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhills in Lake Louise. Friday also marked the return of Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), who finished a...

Another Positive Stride for Miller

12/06/2013

BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 6) – Five-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) rallied into 13th-place despite continuous snow and sub-zero temperatures in the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup opening. Miller, who is back on the World Cup tour after taking a year off to heal his knee, moved up in the results again this week to show continual...

Young Guns Charge Lake Louise Training

12/05/2013

LAKE LOUISE, AB (Dec. 5) – U.S. Ski Team athletes fine-tuned their lines on the legendary Lake Louise women’s downhill in preparation for the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill double-header this weekend. U.S. Ski Team rookie Jackie Wiles (Aurora, OR) and Julia Ford (Plymouth, NH) charged from the back of the pack to lead for the USA, tying for...

Ganong Strong in Birds of Prey Training

12/05/2013

BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 5) – Despite sub-zero temperatures, Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) cranked an impressive seventh in the only Audi Birds of Prey downhill training run able to be run prior to tomorrow’s World Cup race. Both the two previously scheduled training runs were canceled due to complications with a winter storm that has...

Vonn to Start Lake Louise Speed Series

12/05/2013

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (Dec. 5) -­ Four-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) will start the three-race Audi FIS World Cup speed series beginning Friday in Lake Louise. After a successful opening training run Wednesday where she dialed in her race line, Vonn is opting to not start the final training run today in...

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