Chodounsky Wins Slalom and Combined Titles Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:40:43 +0000
SUGARLOAF, ME (March 29, 2015)—With a come-from-behind second run, David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO – U.S. Ski Team) confirmed his status as a slalom star by winning the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships slalom. The win also gave him the combined victory—adding up both the slalom and the super G races. AJ Ginnis (Waitsfield, VT – U.S. Ski Team) finished second and Redneck Racing’s Tim Kelley (Starksboro, VT – Cochran Ski Club) was third in the slalom, while in the alpine combined, Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV – U.S. Ski Team) was second and Drew Duffy (Warren, VT – Green Mountain Valley School) took third.
After a great start to the season—teetering on the edge of top-10 World Cup finishes—Chodounsky had a rough go at the end of the year. And it looked like nationals were going to go the same way for him, as he broke his pole during the first run and finished third. But he was determined to not give up and shred a fast second run that gave him the slalom win.
Chodounsky Wins Slalom and Combined Titles
Shiffrin Dominates at U.S. Alpine Champs Sat, 28 Mar 2015 18:38:05 +0000
SUGARLOAF, ME (March 28, 2015)—Mikaela Shiffrin (Vail, CO – U.S. Ski Team) cleaned up on Saturday, winning the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Champs slalom by more than four seconds over Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, MN – U.S. Ski Team). Megan McJames (Park City, UT) was third.
In front of a huge crowd cheering Shiffrin’s name, she threw down her first run with a time no one could beat. Second run, did the same. But Moltzan was on her tail. “Last year I was four seconds behind her every run and now I’m two, so it’s going down!” Moltzan joked after her second place finish. “It’s nice to have a benchmark to see how you’re progressing in your skiing.” Moltzan, a slalom specialist who is often compared to Shiffrin, won this year’s World Junior Championships. Although more than four seconds off of Shiffrin, Moltzan did hold a hefty 2.5 second lead over the rest of the field, as well—showcasing the dominance of both of these young women.
Shiffrin Dominates at U.S. Alpine Champs
Jitloff Nails Third Straight National Title Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:13:50 +0000
SUGARLOAF, ME (March 27, 2015)—Giant slalom specialist Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV – U.S. Ski Team) threw down on bumpy snow at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships to take his third national title in a row ahead of first run leader Tommy Ford (Bend, OR – U.S. Ski Team). Former University of Utah racer and current Team Geronimo member Nick Cohee (Gardnerville, NV – Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club/Team Geronimo) took third.
“It was fun,” said Jitloff, who was a favorite going into the race. “We’re all really tired here, but anytime you can come back and see little kids who want to be doing what you’re doing is huge. That’s what these are all about.”
Jitloff was second after first run behind Tommy Ford, who was going for his ninth national title. Ford put down a solid second run, but couldn’t hold first place–bobbling a bit on the on the last face. This was Jitloff’s sixth U.S. Alpine Championships win.
Jitloff Nails Third Straight National Title
Lindsey Vonn: Closure Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:29:11 +0000
USSA columnist Tom Kelly takes a look at Lindsey Vonn's performance on the World Cup this season in this week's Behind the Globe.
Lindsey Vonn pushed out of the starting gate and into the fog. The blue sky mornings she had enjoyed the last 10 days in Les Trois Vallées were replaced with low-hanging clouds dipping down to the Piste du Roc de Fer. Gate by gate, she angulated perfect arcs, carving her way down the mountain in the soft spring snow.
A minute and 14 seconds later, Vonn crossed the finish line – a broad smile on her face. Today, though, there would be no hands pumped wildly into the air. She wouldn’t be lying on the snow shrieking with joy. There were no press conferences or TV networks clamoring to interview her first. But this was a special day for the woman who two days earlier had tied Ingemar Stenmark’s record of 19 World Cup titles.
Lindsey Vonn: Closure
NTG Racer Nina O’Brien Wins National GS Title Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:10:52 +0000
SUGARLOAF, ME (March 26, 2015) - Another day, another young, rising star at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Champs. In Thursday’s giant slalom, USSA National Training Group (NTG) skier Nina O’Brien (Edwards, CO – NTG; Burke Mountain Academy) threw down the fastest time of the day to take the win. World Cup skiers Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, MN – U.S. Ski Team) and Megan McJames (Park City, UT – Park City Ski Ed Foundation) were second and third, respectively.
To the delight of the fans, Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) kicked off the day by forerunning the GS. She utilized the day to influence the kids that came to watch her. “My life has changed over the past few years. You grow as a person as you grow in your skiing,” said Vonn. “I’m really just here for the kids—for all the junior racers. It’s not about the competition, but more about the next generation.”