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Andrew Weibrecht: Just Having Fun

12/15/2015

The most viewed U.S. Alpine Ski Team video on YouTube is about a then little-known athlete from Lake Placid barreling through fog and snow in the Birds of Prey downhill in 2007 at Beaver Creek, starting well back in 53rd and finishing tenth - a breakthrough day, capping three Americans in the top 10.

At every split he challenged race...

Ski Racing Legend George Macomber Passes Away

12/15/2015

American ski racing lost a giant Monday, when George Macomber passed away at age 88 in his sleep. George Macomber, a national champion in downhill and combined, whose surname is synonymous with ski racing in New England, died December 13, 2015 at age 88.

Raised in Massachusetts, Macomber raced for MIT, and was rarely off the podium. A...

Shiffrin Embarks on Road to Recovery

12/15/2015

EAGLE-VAIL, CO (Dec. 15, 2015) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) starts on a road to recovery after tearing a ligament in her knee last weekend.

''I'm pretty positive right now. I'm not in any pain or anything,'' Shiffrin told the AP in an interview. ''I don't have a lot of swelling, so that's all a good sign. That makes me positive...

Stiegler Top American in Are Slalom

12/13/2015

ARE, Sweden (Dec. 13, 2015) – Resi Stiegler (Jackson, WY) was the only American to finish the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in Are, Sweden, taking 18th. Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) flew back to the U.S. to further evaluate a potential knee injury.

Career-Best Slalom Result for Chodounsky

12/13/2015

VAL D’ISERE, France (Dec. 13, 2015) - David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) just missed the podium, skiing to a career-best fourth-place finish in Sunday’s Audi FIS World Cup Slalom in Val d’Isere.

“It’s unreal. Fourth place is amazing,” Chodounsky said. “To start off the slalom season like this is super cool … just to get your mind where...

Disappointment in Val D’Isere

12/12/2015

VAL D’ISERE, France (Dec. 12, 2015) – In the past, Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) has said that Val d’Isere’s La Face de Bellvarde is “miserable to ski,” and Saturday’s race confirmed that, as Ligety made a big mistake in the giant slalom and did not qualify for second run.

Vonn Wins Fourth Straight World Cup

12/12/2015

ARE, Sweden (Dec. 12, 2015) – Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) scored her 71st World Cup victory, and her first giant slalom victory since 2013, Saturday on a wind-shortened course. Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) did not start after sustaining a pre-race injury.

Shiffrin pulled out of the race with a possible right knee injury sustained during...

Tackling Europe: Åre and Val d’Isere Tech Races

12/11/2015

VAL D'ISERE, France (Dec. 12, 2015) – The stage is set on the infamous La Face de Bellevarde in Val D’Isere, France. Those of you who know a thing or two about this piste know that it is not forgiving. It’s steep, it’s bumpy, it’s dark, it’s slick and it’s technical. Tomorrow, it will be a two run battle to the finish.

Second for Biesemeyer at Lake Louise NorAm

12/11/2015

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (Dec. 11, 2015) – After new snowfall hampered the first of two scheduled NorAm downhills at Lake Louise, the initial day of racing action kicked off at the Alberta resort on Thursday. Continental Cup athletes traded in their powder skis for the downhill boards and a chance to run the track utilized over the last two weeks...

NBC Commentator Honored By FIS and USSA

12/09/2015

BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 5, 2015) – Longtime ski racing journalist and broadcaster Steve Porino (Bend, OR) was honored during the annual Audi Birds of Prey World Cup with the FIS Journalist Award for his service in bringing ski racing to the public. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and the International Ski Federation present the award...

Ligety Streak Ends at Beaver Creek

12/06/2015

BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 6, 2015) – It was a heartbreaker for the American fans at Beaver Creek, as expected winner Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) fell on his first run and did not finish. However, Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) took a solid top-15 finish in 14th place and David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) skied from bib 51 to 16th place.

Vonn Sweeps Lake Louise

12/06/2015

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (Dec. 6, 2015) – Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) took her 70th World Cup victory and third Lake Louise sweep on Sunday with a 1.32 second win over Austria’s Tamara Tippler.

The third World Cup win of the weekend for Lindsey Vonn didn’t matter quite as much to the speed queen as rounding off her career victory tally to a...

Vonn Wins Again in Lake Louise

12/05/2015

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (Dec. 5, 2015) – Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) skied to her second win in as many days in the Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill, taking the victory by 1.05 seconds.

If Vonn gets more confident, she may leave her nearest competitors even further behind. After a mishap the day before still led to a 0.58-second...

Ligety and Weibrecht Podium in Beaver Creek

12/05/2015

BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 5, 2015) – Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) stood on the podium on Saturday, taking second and third place respectively at the Audi Birds of Prey super G. It was Weibrecht’s first-ever Audi FIS Ski World Cup World Cup podium.

Vonn Takes 16th Lake Louise Win

12/04/2015

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (Dec. 4, 2015) – Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) collected her 16th-career World Cup victory at Lake Louise in the first of two scheduled downhills, but the run was not without pure athletic spectacle to avoid serious disaster. Vonn clocked the fastest splits all the way to the midsection on course where she decided to take a...

Weibrecht Attacks from the Back

12/04/2015

BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 4, 2015)—Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) reminded ski racing fans that he is still a threat in downhill, tying for fifth place after starting 34th at the Birds of Prey downhill. Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) and Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) both grabbed top-15 spots, taking 12th and 15th, respectively.

Speed Week Opening for the Ladies

12/03/2015

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (Dec. 3, 2015) – Success is no stranger to the U.S. Ski Team speed women at Lake Louise. In fact, Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) has won so many times on this track it’s been deemed “Lake Lindsey.” For good reason, seeing as though she’s snagged 15 victories in Lake Louise – by far the most by a single skier at a specific venue –...

#AmericanDownhillers Take on Birds of Prey

12/03/2015

BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 3, 2015) – The sun has been shining on the famous Birds of Prey downhill track the last two days, but don’t be mistaken – it has been cold and the conditions have been perfect. With some of the steepest pitches, the most difficult terrain and the biggest air on the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup circuit, this course is...

Ford Takes Back-to-Back Wins at Copper NorAms

12/02/2015

COPPER, CO (Dec. 2, 2015) – Tommy Ford (Bend, OR) proved victorious once again in the second NorAm giant slalom contested at Copper Mountain this season on Tuesday. In contrast to his previous day’s victory, which had Ford coming from the 14th position to ultimately win, this time he found himself leading after run one. When the dust finally...

Tommy Ford Wins NorAm GS at Copper

12/01/2015

COPPER, CO (Dec. 1, 2015) – U.S. Ski Team veteran Tommy Ford (Bend, OR) was victorious in the opening NorAm giant slalom race of the season at Copper Mountain, CO on Monday. A race in which several anticipated starters in the upcoming Beaver Creek World Cup took part, Ford leapt from 14th position after the morning’s run, 1.19 seconds behind...

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