Tim Jitloff is so close to a World Cup podium he can taste it. Could 2014 be the season he puts it all together and jumps into the world's elite? (Mark Epstein/U.S. Ski Team)
Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), a two-time winner of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup opening race, highlights a group of nine U.S. athletes expected to start the 20th running of the Soelden giant slalom.
Ski Racing Magazine caught up with men's alpine Head Coach Sasha Rearick last week as Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) and Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) closed out their on snow camp at Coronet Peak in New Zealand.
It was locals day at Squaw Valley as Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) boosted his U.S. title count to four with victory in the men's giant slalom to close a sun soaked day one of competition at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships.
Ted Ligety shredded the course with authority, winning the Kranjska Gora giant slalom and securing him the Audi FIS World Cup GS title.
In his first race after taking triple gold at the World Championships Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) finished third in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom in Garmisch.
Ted Ligety goes for a record third gold in Friday's giant slalom at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
A near capacity crowd was on hand Tuesday night to cheer the host country of Austria to victory in the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships Team Event.
Ted Ligety returned to one of his favorite GS hills, winning the Alta Badia World Cup by 2.04 seconds.
Ted Ligety shredded to a 1.76 second victory margin in the Audi Birds of Prey giant slalom in Beaver Creek.
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.
Ted Ligety conquered a raging blizzard to take an history 2.75 second win in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup opener in Soelden.
All eyes are focused on defending Soelden champions Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) this weekend when the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup opens with a pair of giant slalom races high on the Rettenbach glacier.
Hotel Portillo may be closed for the season, but its 9,500 foot slopes are still cranking as Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA), Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) and the men's U.S. Alpine Ski Team wrap up their Portillo camp.
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.
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Tim Jitloff, like so many Lake Tahoe tykes, was on skis by two and freeskied through most of his youth. He stepped up to the U.S. Development Team in 2005, the same year he captured a Junior World Championship title, and is now on the cusp of his first World Cup podium.
His passion for skiing is matched by his passion for breast cancer awareness, as his mother is a survivor. In the summer of '09, he hooked up with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and has been helping them raise money and awareness for the cause ever since. Just like in racing, Jitloff gives it all he’s got and has been the top annual fundraiser for the Foundation’s Reno chapter for the last few years.
A smattering of top-30 finishes in giant slalom throughout the 2013 season, including a 12th in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, kept 'Jit' in the hunt for an invitation to the top 25 World Cup Finals. An unlucky DNF in Kranjska Gora nixed that opportunity, but he was able to finish the season ranked in the top 30. Most importantly, it gave him fuel for the Olympic fire, as Jitloff stares down the face of what he’s determined to be his second trip to the Big Show.
His three Europa Cup podiums (two wins) and a season-closing giant slalom victory at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships provide some serious momentum to keep him working hard to get to Sochi.
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