Dominating Win for Hirscher Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:46:01 +0000
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (March 1, 2015) - Austria's Marcel Hirscher took revenge for his World Championship loss, posting a 1.99 second first run before charging to a 3.28 second win in an Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) was fourth.
Ligety was eighth after first run, on a run he descibed as like "skiing on one of those kiddy ball rooms where you jump in the pit." The course was tough in the morning, with guys struggling to find speed out of the snow. But Hirscher was able to figure it out, and the normally competitive Ligety did nothing but praise Hirscher's skiing. "That was impressive," he said. "He was able to put on a massive margin on us and that second run he skied awesome. Impressive piece of skiing, that's for sure."
Dominating Win for Hirscher
Delays and Weather at Bansko Alpine Combined Sun, 01 Mar 2015 14:10:32 +0000
BANSKO, Bulgaria (Mar. 1, 2015)—After two days of delays and canceled races, the race organizers at Bansko were determined to complete the Audi FIS Ski World Cup alpine combined. But the race was marred by tough snow and fog in the super G portion, which caused many racers trouble. Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) was the top American finisher in 12th place. Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) did not start the slalom run.
With over an hour delay and a few course holds for the rolling fog, the super G course was rough for many. However, Anna Fenninger of Austria had a fast run—taking first in the super G and never let it go. Tina Maze of Slovenia—always a favorite in the combined—was second and Kathrin Zettel of Austria was third.
Delays and Weather at Bansko Alpine Combined
Sullivan is Top American in Delayed Downhill Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:14:31 +0000
GARMISCH, Germany (Feb. 28, 2015)—After over two hours of delays, the race organizers were finally able to squeak one last downhill into February. Fighting flat light and typical thick fog on the Garmisch Kandahar, Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) was the top American downhiller of the day, finishing in sixth place.
It was an Austrian-dominated day, with Hannes Reichelt winning the race, Romed Baumann in second and Matthias Mayer in third. This is the second Austrian downhill podium sweep in a row, with Mayer, Max Franz and Reichelt taking first, second and third in Saalbach.
Even after hours of delays, the snow was fairly consistent—with 140 volunteers working Friday night until 10 p.m. and starting again at 4 a.m. But because of the light conditions, the track was shortened—beginning at the super G start—which did not suit the classic downhillers usually favored on the Garmisch hill.
Sullivan is Top American in Delayed Downhill
Nyman Finds Fast Line in Final Training Run Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:49:53 +0000
GARMISCH, GERMANY (Feb. 27, 2015) – In the final Garmisch (GAP) downhill training run on the Kandahar, Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) led the charge for the Americans, turning in the fourth fastest time—0.75 seconds off leader Hannes Reichelt. The Kandahar track is known to be one of the most challenging tracks on the circuit and the weather can be unpredictable, as it was during Friday’s downhill training run. Officials caught wind of a front rolling in, moving the training run up an hour, allowing the weather to hold up for all 49 athletes before the predicted snowfall. The guys are now ready to tackle the track during the Audi FIS Ski World Cup on Saturday.
A slightly different set this year left some athletes questioning after the first downhill training run on Thursday, but the guys have dialed in their line and determined a plan of attack. All questions seem to have been answered after Friday’s training run and at least for Nyman, they have.
Nyman Finds Fast Line in Final Training Run
Strong Junior Worlds Team Named Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:28:35 +0000
PARK CITY, UT (Feb. 26, 2015) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association named a group of 16 elite athletes to compete at the 2015 FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships scheduled for March 6-13 at Hafjell, Norway. The annual FIS Alpine World Junior Championships provide a unique opportunity for the best 16-20 year-olds of the skiing world to compete together. Each athlete heralds from top USSA club programs across the country including Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, MN), who grabbed a pair of top-10 finishes at World Junior Champs a year ago and is currently ranked sixth in the overall NorAm Cup standings.