Alpine News

Miller 3rd in Wengen Super Combined


WENGEN, Switzerland (Jan. 13) - Olympic super combined champion Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) opened the 82nd Lauberhorn weekend in Wengen with third in the discipline that brought him Vancouver gold. Miller, second in the downhill portion, held on to the podium as Croatian...

Kasper 9th in Adelboden Slalom


ADELBODEN, Switzerland (Jan. 8) - Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT) was 9th in a rugged Adelboden slalom as Austrian Marcel Hirscher won his third consecutive Audi FIS Alpine World Cup race. Hirscher, who pushed his World Cup overall lead to 230 points, began his streak with a slalom win in Zagreb, Croatia and also won Saturday's giant slalom in...

Strong Return for Ross after Dec. Crash


BAD KLEINKIRCHHEIM, Austria (Jan. 8) - Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) led the U.S. Ski Team with eighth in the Bad Kleinkirchheim super G as Swiss racer Fabienne Suter won for her second straight podium. The race also capped a strong return to the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup for Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR), who finished 14th to score points in her...

Mancuso 2nd, Three USA in Top 10


BAD KLEINKIRCHHEIM, Austria (Jan. 7) - Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) stormed to second and led three Americans into the top 10 at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill in Bad Kleinkirchheim. World Cup overall and downhill leader Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) survived a big mistake right out of the starting gate to finish fourth, missing the...

Ligety 4th, Hirscher Takes Adelboden GS


ADELBODEN, Switzerland (Jan. 7) - Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) was fourth in the classic Adelboden giant slalom Saturday to retain his discipline lead and jump to third in the overall standings. Marcel Hirscher of Austria won for the second straight race to boost his Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall lead. American Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) was 20th...

Ligety 14th in Slushy Zagreb Slalom


ZAGREB, Croatia (Jan. 5) - Reigning Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) finished 14th in the Zagreb night slalom as Austrian Marcel Hirscher captured the victory to move into the overall World Cup lead. Rapidly deteriorating course conditions due to warm weather caused havoc for late starters in both the...

Gutsy Vonn 9th in Zagreb Slalom


ZAGREB, Croatia (Jan. 3) - Despite competing with a nasty stomach illness, Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) finished ninth in the Zagreb night slalom as Austrian Marlies Schild produced her fifth straight victory this season. Vonn, who produced the second fastest final run behind Schild, continues to lead the Austrian by 101 points in the Audi FIS...

Schleper Roars in World Cup Retirement


LIENZ, Austria (Dec. 30) – Four-time alpine skiing Olympian Sarah Schleper (Vail, CO) started the final Audi FIS Alpine World Cup of her career Thursday. After 15 seasons including five World Championships and 186 World Cup starts, the 32-year-old known for her wildly...

Teen Shiffrin 3rd in Lienz Slalom


LIENZ, Austria (Dec. 29) - Sixteen-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) won the second run to capture the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podium of her young career with third in the Lienz slalom. Shiffrin, who became the youngest U.S. champion in history last spring with a slalom victory at the Putnam Investments U.S. Alpine...

Miller Overtakes Downhill Points Lead


BORMIO, Italy (Dec. 29) - Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) attacked the washboard surface of the rugged Stelvio downhill in Bormio to finish fifth and overtake the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill lead. Vancouver Olympic downhill gold medalist Didier Defago won the race with teammate Patrick Kueng in second for a historic Swiss 1-2 finish. Miller...

Vonn 5th in Lienz Giant Slalom


LIENZ, Austria (Dec. 28) - Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) battled the long and rugged Audi FIS Alpine World Cup in Lienz for fifth to stretch her World Cup overall lead to 231 with just one race remaining before the New Year. Austrian Anna Fenninger, 22, won the race for the first World Cup victory of her young career with Italian Federica Brignone in...

Ligety Wins Alpine Rockfest for 60,000 Euro


ANDALO, Italy (Dec. 23) - World giant slalom champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) won the Friday's Alpine Rockfest by .02 to claim the 60,000 Euro top prize in Italy. In addition to the big paycheck, Ligety recieved a champagne shower from teammate Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) for his victory. Second went to Italian Giovanni Borsotti with Cyprien...

Kostelic Wins, Regains Slalom Lead


FLACHAU, Austria (Dec. 21) - Reigning Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall champion Ivica Kostelic of Croatia regained the World Cup slalom lead by winning a gnarly night slalom by a mere .07 in Flachau Wednesday. Olympian Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT), the lone American to make the second run, finished 26th. The men's World Cup will now break for the...

Ski Team Visionary Warren Hellman Dies


PARK CITY, UT (Dec. 20) – The U.S. Ski Team is mourning the loss of Warren Hellman, one of its former leaders and visionaries. Hellman, who passed away Sunday at the age of 77, was a pivotal leader of the Team during the early stages of its rise to greatness in the late '70s and early '80s.

Vonn 8th, Schild Takes 30th Slalom Win


FLACHAU, Austria (Dec. 20) - Austrian Marlies Schild took the wire-to-wire win for the 30th Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom win of her career Tuesday as World Cup overall leader Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) finished eighth. Vonn will carry a 554-324 point lead in the overall standings over Schild into the Christmas break. Women's World Cup action...

Ligety 10th in Alta Badia SL


ALTA BADIA, Italy (Dec. 19) - Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom leader Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) was 10th in slalom Monday as Austrian rival and good friend Marcel Hirscher won to move into the World Cup slalom and overall lead. It was Ligety's second slalom top 10 of the season and lands him third in the overall standings going into a...

Ligety .01 off Alta Badia Podium


ALTA BADIA, Italy (Dec. 18) - Reigning Audi FIS Alpine World Cup and World giant slalom champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) fell .01 short of the Alta Badia podium Sunday after finishing fourth behind Italian winner Massimiliano Blardone. Ligety, who was leading after the first run by .49, retained the discipline lead 330-265 over Austrian...

Schild Continues Slalom Dominance


COURCHEVEL, France (Dec. 18) - Austrian Marlies Schild continued her slalom dominance Sunday by winning an Audi FIS Alpine World Cup in snowy Courchevel by a staggering 1.87 seconds over Finn Tanja Poutianen. Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) went out in the first run, yet retained a 236 point lead in the early World Cup overall...

Wind Calls Saslong Classic Downhill


VAL GARDENA, Italy (Dec. 17) - Gusty winds forced the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup jury to cancel the 50th running of the famed Saslong Classic men's downhill in Val Gardena Saturday. A brief course hold was put in place after the 17th starter followed by an extended 36 minute hold as winds swirled around the 2.2 mile course. Three more racers...

Heavy Snow Buries Courchevel Slalom


COURCHEVEL, France (Dec. 17) - A thick blanket of over three feet of snow forced organizers to postpone the women's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom scheduled for Saturday in Courchevel. The race, originally slated as a giant slalom, was swapped to slalom when the forecast called for heavy snow. The slalom is now reset for Sunday with a 9:30 a....



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