Alpine Programs

Gut Sweeps Raptor Speed Series

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USSA
2013-11-30 13:35
 

BEAVER CREEK, CO (Nov. 30) – Swiss Lara Gut set the speed pace for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships with victory in the both the Nature Valley Raptor downhill and super G. Leanne Smith (N. Conway, NH) earned the best result for the U.S. Ski Team with 23rd, which came as perfect weather blanketed the thousands on hand in Beaver Creek for the second straight day of Audi FIS Alpine World Cup racing. Giant slalom will close the women’s weekend on Sunday with slalom World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) taking to the Raptor slope for the first time since training on the hill last spring. NBC will provide live race coverage starting at 2:30p.m. EST.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Swiss Lara Gut set the speed pace for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships with a pair of victories in the Nature Valley Raptor downhill and super G.
  • Gut has now won three of the first four Audi FIS Alpine World Cup races to start the Olympic season.
  • Leanne Smith (N. Conway, NH) earned the best result for the U.S. Ski Team with 23rd, which came as perfect weather blanketed the thousands on hand in Beaver Creek for the second straight day of racing.
  • Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) and Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) also earned World Cup points with 28th and 29th respectively.
  • Giant slalom will close the women’s weekend on Sunday with slalom World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) taking to the Raptor slope for the first time since training on the hill last spring.
  • NBC will provide live race coverage starting at 2:30p.m. EST.

QUOTES
Leanne Smith
The snow is awesome. It’s really responsive and grippy. It’s a good course; just one that I think I very much over-skied. Super G is all about pinning the line and really pushing yourself to be uncomfortable, to be on the edge. Next time hopefully I can be more aggressive and more athletic with the line. That’s ski racing and that’s life so I’m just going to move onto the next one and know that I’m making some really good turns. It’s a long season so you can’t get too bent out of shape in the first race series. I’m looking forward to Lake Louise and progressing from there.

Stacey Cook
Today I think every meter mattered and to be on line on every gate counted. Unfortunately I didn’t do that. There’s a lot that we can learn from this weekend and be more prepared for World Champs next year.

We should have done better here as a group. I think we are better than this, and I think when we get back on the courses that we are a little more familiar with and we can get into our normal pattern again, we’ll start bringing the results we brought last year.

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