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)
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.
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Michael Ankeny (Deephaven, MN) skied to his first-ever Audi FIS Ski World Cup finish in the Adelboden slalom, taking 21st. David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) was the only other American finisher in 20th.
USA struggled in Wednesday’s rescheduled Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom in Santa Caterina, Italy, with no American skiers making the flip.
The men’s and women’s tech teams will each take on an Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom race, relocated from Zagreb, Croatia to Santa Caterina, Italy.
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David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) popped into the top 10 in Tuesday’s evening slalom.
David Chodounsky skied to a career-best fourth-place finish in Sunday’s Audi FIS World Cup Slalom in Val d’Isere.
It was a heartbreaker for the American fans at Beaver Creek, as expected winner Ted Ligety fell on his first run and did not finish. However, Tim Jitloff took a solid top-15 finish in 14th place and David Chodounsky was 16th.
Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Vail, CO) took victories at the Coronet Peak Night Slalom, part of the Audi Quattro Winter Games NZ on Friday night.
The 2015/16 alpine season starts now with spring training camps in Mammoth Mountain and Arapahoe Basin.
With a come-from-behind second run, David Chodounsky confirmed his status as a slalom star by winning the U.S. Alpine Championships slalom. The win also gave him the combined victory—adding up both the slalom and the super G results.
The indomitable Marcel Hirscher of Austria took the win, grabbing the slalom World Cup crystal globe from Felix Neureuther and clinching the overall title.
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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. Though it wasn't the best year Chodounsky has seen, he had flashes of brilliance—like when he skied the third fastest run at Zagreb before going out second run. Rest assured, Daver will be a two discipline force to be reckoned with in 2016.
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