A collegiate champion turned U.S. Ski Team slalom ace, David Chodounsky is now aiming to crush in giant slalom too. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom/Alexis Boichard)
From his parents who emigrated from then-Czechoslovakia to St. Paul in the early 1980s to his successful career as a NCAA Division 1 slalom champion ski racer, Chodounsky’s path has been storied and unconventional.
Mikaela Shiffrin and David Chodounsky each skied to their fourth U.S. national slalom titles Friday in Sun Valley, Idaho.
The World Cup season wrapped up under the St. Moritz sunshine for David Chodounsky and Mikaela Shiffrin Sunday at the World Cup Finals.
Out of the 11 teams entered in the World Cup Finals team event, Switzerland put on a show in front of the home crowd for a win. Team USA made it through the first round, but did not move past the quarterfinals, tying for fifth place.
Mikaela Shiffrin headlines the U.S. team in her quest for a 10th consecutive slalom victory as the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals kick off Wednesday in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
David Chodounsky posted his second-best Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom result of the season in seventh Sunday.
David Chodounsky was top American in 26th, as Tommy Ford finished 27th, at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom Friday.
Tim Jitloff and David Chodounsky lead a big group of skiers into a trio of Audi FIS Ski World Cup races this weekend in Slovenia.
For the first time since 2011, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup will make Hinterstoder their center stage this weekend.
Things didn’t go according to plan for the U.S. Men’s Tech Team on another warm and wet day at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom Sunday.
David Chodounsky was the lone U.S. finisher in 26th on another warm, springlike day at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom Saturday.
Under the lights of Schladming with more than 50,000 screaming fans, David Chodounsky finished 11th at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom.
David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) led the way for the Americans in Sunday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom, finishing 11th.
It took 31 World Cup races, but Tim Kelley (Starksboro, VT) finally scored his first World Cup points in front of his biggest fans.
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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. 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.
He carried that momentum to the 2015 season, where his goals included scoring some World Cup giant slalom points—and he did just that. At Birds of Prey, Daver rocketed from bib 66 to finish 17th place in what was a race to remember for Chodounsky. Welcome to the 2016 season, Daver. Chodounsky grabbed his career-best finish, with a fourth in Val d'Isere. Add to that some more flashes of brilliance in giant slalom—highlighted by a 16th place finish at Birds of Prey—and Chodounsky is quickly becoming a two-discipline threat on the circuit. At the end of the season, Chodounsky had earned himself a top 15 rank in the world in what is currently an incredibly stacked field. Winning his fourth U.S. Championship slalom victory of his career in Sun Valley, ID was the icing on the cake. Bring it on, 2017!
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