Hard work is tattooed into the psyche of Resi Stielger. Knock her down and she will be back to knock you out. Take that, slalom gates! (Getty Images/AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)
The start of the 2014-15 slalom season began in Levi, Finland, with all eyes on defending overall slalom champ and Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin, but it was 2013 overall winner Tina Maze who surprised many – and stole the show.
Mikaela Shiffrin skied conservatively on the steep Levi Black pitch to drop out of contention after the first run and finish 11th in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom opener.
Two-time Olympian Megan McJames (Park City, UT) capped an outanding week of Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships racing with an FIS giant slalom win at Squaw Valley.
Two-time Olympian Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) finished one one-hundredth of a second behind Canadian Marie-Michelle Gagnon Saturday as women's slalom officially wrapped up the 2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in Squaw Valley.
Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) won her fourth Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom of the season on Saturday to mathematically clinch a second straight World Cup title in the discipline.
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.
Eighteen-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest Olympic gold medalist in women’s slalom history Friday with her victory under the lights at Rosa Khutor.
Mikaela Shiffrin skied to fifth Tuesday during her first-ever Olympic appearance at the women’s giant slalom of the 2014 Sochi 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)
World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) returned to the site of her first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podium to earn the 12th top 3 finish of her young career with second in the Lienz slalom.
Slalom World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) finished a solid eighth Sunday in Val d'Isere to close the first half of the women's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom season.
World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) skied to an uncharacteristic 12th in Tuesday's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom as Austrian Marlies Schild earned the 34th slalom victory of her storied career.
This weekend the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tour travels to Levi, Finland, where top U.S. athletes Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety will race slalom alongside a strong list of starters.
Warmer than expected conditions meant softer snow than the women’s tech team had hoped for in New Zealand, but it was a productive camp at Coronet Peak, nevertheless.
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Olympian and daughter to Olympic gold medalist Pepi Stielger, Resi (RAY-zee) Stiegler was born and grew up in prime ski country (Jackson Hole, WY and Lienz, Austria). She's represented the United States at every level of alpine ski racing - Topolino, Whistler Cup, Junior Worlds, World Cup, World Championships and the Olympics. She’s won Junior Worlds medals and U.S. titles and has stood on the World Cup podium.
Stiegler may only be in her late 20’s, but she has more experience than most people double her age. After missing out on the 2010 Olympics due to a busted leg, she was back on the horse in Sochi. Unfortunately, she was bucked in the second run of slalom and didn’t finish the race.
Undeterred, she rocketed through the close of the season with a top 15 in the Are slalom, a second at the U.S. Championships and back-to-back-to-back wins at the Sun Valley Springs Series. She will no doubt be back to race in 2015. This Jackson Hole firecracker has enough energy to power the famed resort’s tram.
Every athlete who competed, who medaled and who experienced Sochi all put in so much great energy and it was awesome to be apart of it all. I truly felt more Olympic and part of the team this time around. The results were not what I wanted, but I felt like there was a big breakthrough for me in the slalom and that movement forward is what counts. I enjoyed watching as many other events as possible and cheering everyone on. Seeing how hard the people of Russia worked to have this happen, from the train to hockey rink looking over the ocean, it was all a dream. I am very happy with the trip. I was always told to enjoy it all and I sure did!
In her first Juniors Worlds in '03, she won bronze medals in slalom and combined. Stiegler credits not only her parents, but also another Olympic champion and silver medalist, former Olympic and world champion Diann Roffe. Roffe coached Stiegler in a U.S. Development program for several winters, helping sculpt her into such a promising racer.
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