On the mend from a blown ACL/MCL, Nolan Kasper is laser-locked on rolling into Sochi with more strength and confidence than any slalom skier on tour. (Getty Images /Agence Zoom/Samo Vidic)
The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup regular season wrapped up Sunday with Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) leading the U.S. Ski Team with 16th in the Kranjska Gora slalom, one day after taking his career sixth giant slalom win at the venue.
Audi FIS Alpine World Cup action returned to the main stage Tuesday with a Nations Team Event in Innsbruck, where Sweden edged Norway for the first post Olympic podium.
The dramatic conclusion of alpine skiing at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games Saturday featured an impressive 13th by Nolan Kasper to top the results for Team USA during an incredibly difficult slalom finale.
Sochi bound David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) finished 22nd in the final Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom before the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Today, the USSA announced a strong team of 20 alpine athletes, including three Olympic gold medalists, to represent the USA in Sochi. (Photo: Mickael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Images)
Defending Olympic Champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) led the U.S. Ski Team Friday, finishing 15th at a slick and snowy Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom in Kitzbuehel, Austria.
Erik Schlopy, a three-time Olympian and 2003 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships medalist, has joined the U.S. Ski Team men’s alpine technical staff.
Three-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom champion Ted Ligety, who was victorious in the opening World Cup race at Soelden two weeks ago, collected 20 World Cup points Sunday with 13th in a foggy slalom held north of the Arctic Circle.
Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin will carry the U.S. Ski Team torch to the Arctic Circle this weekend for a pair of Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom races set for Nov. 10-11 in Levi. Ligety is fresh off a historic 2.75 second victory in Soelden...
Two weeks into the U.S. Ski Team men's technical camp in New Zealand and U.S. coaches are reporting good progression despite a constant battle with warm weather.
Ted Ligety finished in the 11th spot at the close of the Audi FIS World Cup slalom race to put himself in the top 15 final standings.
Olympian Nolan Kasper pocketed almost $5,500 Friday by producing the fastest run of the nations team event with a scorching 19.01 seminfinal heat.
Will Brandenburg laid down a blistering final run of slalom Sunday to land an Audi FIS Alpine World Cup career best sixth in Kranjska Gora as Sweden's Andre Myrer took the win.
Nolan Kasper and Ted Ligety finished sixth and seventh respectively in the World Cup slalom at Bansko.
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East Coast Olympian and slalom specialist Nolan Kasper saw his first NorAm race during the 2007 season and quickly upgraded his starting status to the World Cup level in time for the 2010 Olympic season, resulting in a slalom start in Vancouver. The confidence and experience proved to be a catalyst, as Kasper exploded during the 2011 season to win the Europa Cup slalom title and take his first World Cup podium.
Never a man to lie down in a fight, Kasper sprung back from hip surgery to post an extremely successful 2012 season. He then had minor hip surgery again at the end of the winter and was poised to spring back again during the World Championship and pre-Olympic season, but he tore his ACL and meniscus while training in Val d'Isere, France in December. Guess what Sochi 2014 - you've just found a very cool comeback story. Go get 'em, Nolan.
My right leg strength is coming back and by the time we start racing again, I'll be stronger than I ever have been. It's not the ideal way to go into an Olympic season, but having Sochi on the horizon definitely helps the motivation to get strong.
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