A collegiate champion turned U.S. Ski Team slalom ace, David Chodounsky is now an Olympian, progressing his skiing ever since joining the U.S. Ski Team in 2009. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom/Alexis Boichard)
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, Ted Ligety took 21st and Tim Kelley 23rd.
With sunny, spring-like temperatures and a slick, fast course, it was a men’s World Champs giant slalom to remember. When it was all said and done, Ted Ligety won the event in historic and thrilling fashion in front of the home crowd.
During Tuesday’s World Champs nations team event, the Canadians stole the show with a silver medal, defeated by the indelible Austrians. The American team made it to the first two rounds, but was ousted in the quarterfinals, tying for fifth.
Tuesday afternoon is the nations team event—a duel paneled slalom at Vail, CO as a part of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Athletes and organizers boast that it’s the most fun race of the two weeks, but what exactly is this team event?
Racers skied through a blizzard of wet snow at the Schladming night slalom on Tuesday—the last Audi FIS World Cup race before the World Championships. Will Brandenburg finished 18th—his first finish all season—and David Chodounsky 19th.
After a solid first run, David Chodounsky loses his pole on the second. He still crossblocks slalom gates to the finish to take 24th overall.
Another warm and cloudy day at the Audi FIS World Cup in Adelboden, Switzerland had the men struggling for results in slalom. David Chodounsky was the top finishing U.S. athlete in 11th, and Ted Ligety was 22nd.
It was a tough evening in Zagreb, Croatia for the U.S. Ski Team men, who are still comprehending Monday’s devastating news from Soelden, Austria. No Americans finished the night slalom, with only Ted Ligety and David Chodounsky qualifying for a second run
It was a tough day at the office for the U.S. Ski Team, with no finishes in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup night slalom in Madonna di Campiglio. After a string of near misses, Germany's Felix Neureuther finally pulled it together for two runs to win.
Ted Ligety had a phenomenal second run of giant slalom, skiing from seventh place to second in Alta Badia. Tim Jitloff took 12th.
Ted Ligety had a beautiful first run in Sunday's slalom, but straddled a gate second run and skied out. David Chodounsky finished 22nd.
Lack of snow across mainland Europe has forced the relocation of men’s and women’s giant slalom and slalom races at Val d’Isere and Courchevel, respectively, to Are, Sweden.
Ted Ligety destroyed the field, coming back from fourth in the first run to take the Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom victory at Beaver Creek for the fifth straight year. Fans can tune-in to NBC at 5:00 p.m. EST today to catch the action.
The men look fast in during two runs of downhill training at the Audi Birds of Prey in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
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When Minnesota born David Chodounsky fell short of making the U.S. Ski Team after high school, he enrolled at Dartmouth and won the NCAA slalom title in his freshman year. Two years later he captained the school to the NCAA overall title then graduated with a double major in engineering and geology. Now that he’s fully focused on skiing, Chodounsky has quickly risen to become the top men’s slalom racer in the U.S.
The numbers keep going the right way for Chodounsky, who posted the best World Cup season of his career in 2014. Stats include a pair of top 10 finishes, including a personal best seventh in the Val d’Isere slalom. With all things flowing the right way, “Daver” also earned the first Olympic start of his career in Sochi.
Unfortunately, his Olympic race ended in a DNF, but it did provide motivation to finish off the season strong. He went on to finish a career-best 19th in the World Cup slalom standings and locked the second U.S. Championship victory of his career at the Squaw Valley slalom.
Unfortunately, I didn’t fare as well as I had hoped at the Olympics. I hooked a tip and straddled a gate about half way down my first run, ending my hopes to be decorated with medal of any color. Nevertheless, I lived my Olympic dream!
After choking down the disappointment of not finishing the biggest race of my career, the magnitude of the occasion settled in, and I realized that I had just lived the moment I had been striving for my entire life. It was an incredible and unforgettable experience. It is still hard to believe that it actually happened, that I raced in the Olympic games among the worlds best, representing my country, family, and friends.
The U.S. Championships helped close things out. I really wanted to end with a strong note because I knew I was skiing fast. It happened in Squaw Valley so I’m really happy to bring this into the off-season, to lock this away in my mind and carry that into next year.
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