U.S. Alpine and U19/21 Champs Coming to Sugarloaf Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:07:57 +0000
SUGARLOAF, ME (Oct. 24, 2016) – The best ski racers in the country will hit the slopes at Sugarloaf this season for the 2017 U.S. Alpine Championships March 25 - 28, 2017. It will be the resort’s sixth time hosting the Championships. Sugarloaf will also play host to the newly instated U19 and U21 Junior National Championships, taking place immediately after the U.S. Championships.
The U.S. Championships are a vital part of the USSA’s national development program, pitting top club athletes from regional teams around America against U.S. Ski Team veterans from the Audi FIS Ski World Cup tour. Sugarloaf, along with Carrabassett Valley Academy, has long been a hotbed of ski racing and the development home of stars like Olympic champion Bode Miller and up-and-comer Sam Morse.
U.S. Alpine and U19/21 Champs Coming to Sugarloaf
Ligety Fifth in World Cup Return Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:56:04 +0000
SOELDEN, Austria (Oct. 23, 2016) – Four-time Soelden winner Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) returned from injury to take fifth place at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup opener giant slalom.
Alexis Pinturault of France was unstoppable, never giving up his lead to win by .70 seconds. Austrian Marcel Hirscher threw down a spectacular second run and even after hipping out, grabbed second. Felix Neureuther of Germany was third.
The track was perfect in the morning with hero snow and good visibility. However, it began to cloud over during second run, hinting of an impending storm. But it didn’t affect Ligety, who loved the turny second run set and got lucky with light. Starting in the middle of the pack after finishing 14th first run, he was a little behind the clock on the top section, but nailed the transition to the flatter section to generate speed to the finish. He came down in the lead and held on to take fifth overall.
Ligety Fifth in World Cup Return
Shiffrin Podiums in World Cup Opener Sat, 22 Oct 2016 13:48:37 +0000
SOELDEN, Austria (October 22, 2016) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) kicked off the season with a bang, nailing the podium at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom in Soelden, taking second place. Lara Gut of Switzerland dominated the race, winning by 1.44 seconds.
It was a bluebird day with grippy snow, and Gut—last season’s overall World Cup winner—took advantage of the conditions. Shiffrin looked strong after starting 16th first run, but couldn’t keep up with Gut's flawless performance. Gut led Shiffrin by 1.42 seconds after the first run and while Shiffrin stayed on her heels second run, the lead was too great. Behind Shiffrin was Marta Bassino of Italy, who stepped on her first World Cup podium in third place.
Shiffrin Podiums in World Cup Opener
Ligety + Shiffrin Seek Podiums in Soelden Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:08:09 +0000
SOELDEN, Austria (Oct. 19, 2016) – The fog has been swirling around the Rettenbach Glacier, creating an atmosphere of magic like something out of a fairytale. The spirit of ski racing is swirling around Soelden, too, as the crew preps the stage for one of the biggest shows in ski racing: the Audi FIS Ski World Cup opener kicking off the 50th anniversary of the tour.
This Saturday marks the start to a jam-packed 2016-17 season, with 16 domestic alpine World Cups including Killington Resort, Beaver Creek Resort and Squaw Valley, and featuring World Cup Finals to end the season at Aspen Snowmass. The potential outcome at the World Cup opener is always a bit of a question mark for athletes, as it’s a testing ground of sorts. What is unquestionable, however, is their appetite for competition. They’re ready to get this show on the road.
Ligety + Shiffrin Seek Podiums in Soelden
Tim Jitloff: What Makes a Champ Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:48:17 +0000
From local ski hills to the PyeongChang Olympics, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) encompasses all athletes that share a passion for skiing and snowboarding. We explore what makes each skier and rider a champion with stories from the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing, next to kids winning a NASTAR medal, landing their first cork 7 or joining a club team. Alongside USSA’s mascot Champ, take a look at how all of these athletes strive to be Best in the World.