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The 19-year-old German ski racer gave a tug on the laces of her leather boots, clicking them into the cables on her long wooden skis. Behind her was the towering Piz Nair, the iconic peak on Corviglia at St. Moritz, high in the Swiss Alps.

A day earlier she had won silver in the downhill on Piz Nair - five minutes, 38 seconds down the...

Biesemeyer 19th in Kvitfjell Super G


KVITFJELL, Norway (Feb. 26, 2017) - Tommy Biesemeyer (Keene, NY) was the top-placed American in Sunday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G, won by Italy’s Peter Fill.

It was a career-first super G victory for Fill, as Austria’s Hannes Reichelt was second, and Canada’s Erik Guay finished third. Biesemeyer was 19th.  Brennan Rubie...

First Career Alpine Combined Victory for Shiffrin


CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (Feb. 26, 2017) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) won her first career Audi FIS Ski World Cup alpine combined event Sunday, and increased her overall World Cup lead heading into final races of the season.

Racing once again under brilliant blue skies and on a soft track, Shiffrin laid down a solid first run of...

Ski Racing Publisher Gary Black Passes


SUN VALLEY, ID (Feb. 26, 2017) - For more than three decades, Ski Racing and its publisher Gary Black, Jr., have been an impactful voice for alpine ski racing worldwide. The U.S. Ski Team is mourning the passing of Black, 75, who died peacefully Saturday (Feb. 25) at his home in Sun Valley.


‘Crazy Fast’ Turn Dings Ganong in Downhill


KVITFJELL, Norway (Feb. 25, 2017) – One “crazy fast” turn got Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) off on the wrong foot in Saturday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill won by Norway’s home-crowd favorite Kjetil Jansrud.

Running the full-length 1994 Olympic downhill course, Jansrud edged out Italy’s Peter Fill by just 0.08 seconds. Switzerland...

Stuhec Wins Again as Shiffrin 13th in Super G


CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (Feb. 25, 2017) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) scored valuable points toward the overall World Cup title Saturday, finishing 13th at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G under brilliant blue skies and warm sunshine.

Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec won Saturday’s race by 0.50 seconds over Italy’s Elena...

Stuhec Narrows Gap ... Slightly


CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (Feb. 24, 2017) – The Audi FIS Ski World Cup resumed after the World Championships break with challenging conditions in Crans-Montana which saw the top U.S. racers withdrawing from the start. Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) maintained her overall Audi FIS Ski World Cup lead despite not starting Friday’s alpine...

Optimistic Ganong Eighth in Downhill


KVITFJELL, Norway (Feb. 24, 2017) – Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) felt all the good sensations of solid run in Friday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill, a make-up race from the canceled December event at Lake Louise, Canada, leading the U.S. in eighth place.

Slovenia’s Bostjan Kline took his first career World Cup victory Friday,...

US Athletes Withdraw from World Cup Over Safety


CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (Feb. 24, 2017) – U.S. Ski Team athletes slated to compete in an Audi FIS Ski World Cup women’s alpine combined Friday in Crans-Montana have withdrawn from the race over course safety concerns.

“Due to conditions, we weren't comfortable with the amount of risk our athletes had to take to push to be competitive...

World Cup Returns With Speed Events


CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (Feb. 23, 2017) – With the St. Moritz World Championships in the books, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup circuit resumes this weekend at Crans-Montana, Switzerland for the women and Kvitfjell, Norway for the men.   

All eyes will be on the young Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), who is fresh off a pair of World...

Austria Reigns as Chodounsky Takes Top 15


ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 19, 2017) – David Chodounsky was the leading American skier in the final day of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz, finishing 12th in the slalom. But it was the Austrians' day, who went 1-2 with Marcel Hirscher taking an easy win.

Journalists Honor Ski Racing's Gary Black


ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 19, 2017) – Longtime Ski Racing publisher Gary Black was honored during the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz by the Association of International Ski Journalists (AIJS) for his lifetime work on behalf of ski racing. AIJS President Gernot Mussner acknowledged Black for his passionate support of ski...
Shiffrin Dominates to Third Consecutive Slalom Title


ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 18, 2017) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) became the first female skier in 78 years to win three consecutive World Championship slalom titles at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Saturday.

In explosive fashion under a bright blue sky and skiing on a rock-hard course, Shiffrin matched Germany’s...

Kinsella Dominates at 7 Nations Cup


SAALFELDEN, Austria (Feb. 16, 2017) – America’s fastest U16 alpine racers headed overseas to compete at the esteemed 7 Nations Cup this week at Saalfelden Hinterreit. Kellen Kinsella (Edwards, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) took two podiums—a win in giant slalom and second in slalom.

A different country in Europe hosts the 7 Nations...

Chodounsky Shows Strength at World Champs GS


ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 17, 2017) – David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) was the top American in Friday’s giant slalom at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz, taking 11th.

Strong Alpine Junior Worlds Team Named


PARK CITY, UT (Feb. 15, 2017) – A strong and deep team of 15 rising stars – seven women and eight men – have been named to the FIS Alpine Junior World Championships Team. The team is led by defending Junior Worlds downhill champion Erik Arvidsson (Woodside, CA), who led the charge of...

Shiffrin Skis To First GS Medal


ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 16, 2017) – With the fastest second run of the day, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) grabbed her first career World Championships giant slalom medal Thursday, finishing second on a sun-soaked course at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.

Tessa Worley of France took the victory, her second World...

As Good As Gold


Lindsey Vonn stood at the top of Engiadina looking out at the expanse of Swiss alpine peaks in every direction. It was a scenario she had been a part of many times before - her seventh World Championships. Now 32 years old, the then Lindsey Kildow was just 17 when she pushed into the same start for her very first European World Cup downhill at...

France Wins World Championships Team Event


ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 14, 2017) – It was a gorgeous day for the team event at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships—a thrilling head-to-head race pitting one country against another. This year, France was victorious, taking home the gold medal for their country.

Behind France, Slovakia was second and Sweden third in the event...

Swiss Surprise as Bennett 11th in Alpine Combined


ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 13, 2017) – Standing six-foot-seven-inches tall, Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, CA) is built more like a power forward than a power slalom skier. But competing in his first World Championships, Bennett hammered through a challenging slalom course to an 11th-place finish in Monday’s alpine combined to lead...



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