Tommy Ford Wins NorAm GS at Copper Tue, 01 Dec 2015 22:28:06 +0000
COPPER, CO (Dec. 1, 2015) – U.S. Ski Team veteran Tommy Ford (Bend, OR) was victorious in the opening NorAm giant slalom race of the season at Copper Mountain, CO on Monday. A race in which several anticipated starters in the upcoming Beaver Creek World Cup took part, Ford leapt from 14th position after the morning’s run, 1.19 seconds behind Germany's Fritz Dopfer’s leading time, to best the field by 0.33 seconds en route to his sixth NorAm victory and his first since 2011. Dopfer, ranked fifth in the world in GS, managed to hang on to a second-place finish and Austrian Roland Leitinger rounded out the podium in third.
“Pretty good gettin’ a win!” exclaimed Ford. “I just ended up being more powerful that run. It was pretty dang good snow, just like, groovin’. A bump here or there, but pretty good all around.”
Tommy Ford Wins NorAm GS at Copper
Ganong Fourth in Lake Louise Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:36:20 +0000
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta – Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) barely missed another podium in Lake Louise, but took his best-ever super G finish in fourth place. The King of Lake Louise, Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, took the win, trailed by Matthias Mayer of Austria and Peter Fill of Italy.
Ganong Fourth in Lake Louise
Back-to-Back Wins for Shiffrin Sun, 29 Nov 2015 22:57:07 +0000
ASPEN, CO (Nov. 29, 2015)—Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) did it again on Sunday, winning her second Aspen Winternational slalom in two days.
After dominating the field in Saturday’s slalom by over three seconds, Shiffrin showed that she wasn’t letting off the gas. On the first run, she came through the lights 1.99 seconds ahead of the next fastest female, and would eventually win the run by 1.69 seconds. She came out attacking on the second run and bobbled on the second gate, before calming down and ripping to the bottom. She took the win by 2.65 seconds and her teammates Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, MN), Katie Ryan (Aspen, CO) and Resi Stielger (Jackson, WY) hoisted her on their shoulders to celebrate.
Shiffrin celebrates with teammates Ryan, Stiegler and Moltzan. (USSA-Tom Kelly)
Back-to-Back Wins for Shiffrin
Shiffrin Dominates at Aspen Winternational Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:08:28 +0000
ASPEN, CO (Nov. 28, 2015)—It was a historic day at the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational, as Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) dominated her competitors by over three seconds to take the first American women's win at Aspen since 1981.
It had been a high and dry 34 years, with no American standing on top of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup podium at Aspen since Tamara McKinney won in 1981. And Shiffrin didn’t just break the record; she annihilated it, winning the race by 3.07 seconds. That margin broke yet another record—it was the largest women’s slalom win margin since 1968.
“It’s a special day. I was a little bit nervous, but I handled it well,” said Shiffrin. “My skis were great. Everything set up perfectly. I don’t know if the stars will ever align like that again.”
Shiffrin Dominates at Aspen Winternational
Ganong Podiums at Lake Louise Sat, 28 Nov 2015 23:42:37 +0000
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (Nov. 28, 2015) – After a solid three days of training, Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) threw down a fast run on Saturday to grab third place at the Lake Louise downhill.
The downhill track at Lake Louise was yet again the creator of a comeback fairytale as Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway claimed victory by the narrowest possible margin, just 0.01 seconds, in his first World Cup speed race since an Achilles injury kept him off tour all of last season. He edged out Italian Peter Fill, who held the lead from his bib 4 start all the way until Svindal came down 16 skiers later.
In the final spot on stage, Ganong rounded out the podium at an unlikely venue for the 27 year old. He was the first U.S. Ski Team athlete on course, and his time held up for third place despite numerous attacks from the top 7 skiers.