Brennan Rubie scored World Cup points in the first start of his career and has the fearless attitude it takes to be fast at every level of ski racing. (Eric Schramm)
Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) broad a crowd of thousands to a roaring crescendo Friday with another masterful performance in Squaw Valley to win his second consecutive Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships giant slalom title.
Ted Ligety was fourth in the super G at the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup leading four U.S. men into the points.
Times are dropping and energy is building in Beaver Creek in anticipation of Friday's Audi Birds of Prey downhill featuring Lake Louise podium finisher Marco Sullivan and a recharged men's U.S. speed team.
Tommy Ford came within .04 of another gold medal as Canadian Dustin Cook squeeked the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships super G title Friday in Winter Park.
Robby Kelley won a NorAm giant slalom in Panorama, BC with Brennan Rubie in third.
Mountain Plaza roared Saturday as the 2012 U.S. Alpine Ski Team - including Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) and Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) - was introduced during a public celeb
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Brennan Rubie was involved in U.S. Ski Team camps via a coach’s invitation until he punched a ticket into the U.S. Development program in 2010. Since then, the Snowbird shredder has gone on to win NorAm races and score World Cup points.
The 2013 season was looking incredibly good for Rubie, who scored Audi FIS Alpine World Cup points during the first start of his career. It just happened to be the Birds of Prey super G in early December, the site of the 2015 World Championships. With that kind of confidence in his pocket, Rubie began a lightning tear of the NorAm series with back-to-back NorAm giant slalom wins in Canada followed by a super G victory. He even made the World Cup flip in the Adelboden giant slalom before going out in the second run. Safe to say, the guy was rolling…then wammo, he crashed in a Europa Cup downhill training run.
The result: a spiral fracture on his left fibula, a displaced ankle joint and a tear in the deltoid on the inside of his ankle. But he's not leaving any of those pre-crash results on the hill; they're with him during every day of rehab.
On the mental side of things, trust and patience is going to be key. I've observed that people who have had major injuries can get frustrated because they don't feel like they are skiing as well as they used to be able to. So for me, just reminding myself that the past doesn't matter and that I love ski racing because I love to ski. And as long as I stay in that moment, I’ll be able to get better...and get faster!
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