It's not a matter of whether Travis Ganong will score a World Cup podium; it's a matter of when. The Squaw Valley local is on the cusp of a breakout season...2014 could be just the winter. (Mark Epstein/U.S. Ski Team)
Olympic super G silver medalist Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) needed a solid Audi FIS Alpine World Cup result Sunday and he got one, finishing seventh in the final super G before the World Cup Finals.
Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA), who 24 hours earlier stamped the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup top three of his career, finished fourth Saturday, a mere .05 from a second downhill podium in Kvitfjell.
Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) charged to fifth on the steep and fast course of the 2014 Sochi downhill on Sunday, pulling out the best finish of his career during his first-ever Olympic appearance.
Bode Miller finished .66 seconds ahead of Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal to take the victory in the final downhill training run Saturday at the Sochi Olympic venue.
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)
Reigning super combined world champion Ted Ligety skied an inspired slalom run to take second in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super combined in Kitzbuehel, the final race of the U.S. Olympic qualification period.
Victory at the famed Hahnenkamm downhill eluded Bode Miller yet again as the Olympic champion finished third in Kitzbuehel.
“In our sport there are so many people that are involved in helping us out on every single level, and people believing in us is how we end up believing in ourselves to compete on the highest level.” – Three-time U.S. Champion Travis Ganong
Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) made another positive stride toward his first Olympic Winter Games with a tie for 10th in a rugged Bormio downhill to lead the U.S. Ski Team.
Five-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) continued to build speed on the Road to Sochi with fifth Saturday in the 46th Saslong Classic downhill in Val Gardena, Italy.
Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) charged through difficult visibility on upper half of the Saslong super G and made an incredibly athletic move at the final gate to lead the U.S. Ski Team with eighth in Val Gardena.
Super G World Champion Ted Ligety found his speed in the Audi Birds of Prey super G on Saturday finishing fifth, just a tenth of a second from the podium, in front of a roaring Beaver Creek crowd.
Five-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller rallied into 13th-place despite continuous snow and sub-zero temperatures in the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup opening.
The schedule of events for this weekend's Audi Birds of Prey World Cup has been adjusted.
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Travis Ganong knows how to pick a line down a racecourse and in the backcountry, but it was the line set by his older sisters, Megan and Ali, that helped reel him into ski racing. He launched his World Cup career in 2010 and has quickly become a leading member of the future downhill greats club.
It's not about points anymore for Ganong; it's about when his first World Cup podium will happen. The Squaw Valley charger posted top 30 finishes in all but two World Cup downhills last season, including a career best seventh on the gnarly Stelvio speed track in Bormio, Italy. Add it all up and he pinned a personal best 18th in the season-long downhill standings. He then celebrated by winning super G gold at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships held on his home snow in Squaw.
Teammate Steven Nyman said it best after winning the Val Gardena, Italy downhill – where Ganong was 10th – "You've got next, buddy."
Finally I’m figuring out how to mentally attack these downhills. Before I was always kind of nervous because it was my first or second time skiing these courses. But this is my third year in Bormio and I feel like I can just relax a little bit and have fun. I love to ski and in the last few years I had to tone back how I ski because you have to really learn these downhills before you can attack. Now I feel that I know them, I can attack and I can be up there with the best guys.
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