Rubie tears ACL at World Pro Ski Tour

U.S. Ski Team C-teamer Brennan Rubie has suffered an ACL tear following a crash during qualifications for the World Pro Ski Tour at Sunday River, Maine, earlier this month. The 25-year-old crashed during his second qualification run on Friday, March 10, and suffered a right ACL injury along with a small bone bruise and an injury to his lateral hamstring. Rubie returned home to Utah following the crash and underwent surgery on March 21.

“It’s a tough time in the year to get injured,” Rubie said. “I’ve been racing a full World Cup schedule, so without making the top-30 in super-G or giant slalom, I’m in trouble for FIS points, but getting hurt is kind of a part of the process. When you are sitting on the couch, it’s easy to lay all your decisions out in front of you and assess whether each one was the right one. Looking back, I don’t know that I could have changed anything.”

Rubie had two scoring performances this season on the World Cup, highlighted by an 11th-place finish in the alpine combined in Santa Caterina, Italy, along with his first career GS points in Adelboden, Switzerland. Rubie also managed a top-15 finish in the alpine combined at World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, finishing 15th.

Rubie was the 2016 NorAm GS champion and will have to battle his way back to the World Cup next season without guaranteed starting rights.

Ketterer caps off stellar season with NorAm slalom title

The last of the NorAm tech titles have been handed out in Quebec, Canada. The men finished off their slalom season in Mont St. Marie and the women skied in their last giant slalom races at Mt. Garceau.

University of Colorado freshman David Ketterer cannot stop winning slalom races. The German native just came off a historic NCAA Championship series, winning both the slalom and giant slalom titles. Now, after two wins at Mont St. Marie, he has the NorAm slalom title.

Ketterer won the first race, on Sunday, with an overall time of 1:41.28. Canada’s Trevor Philp and American Mark Engel followed in second and third, 0.26 seconds and 0.68 seconds back, respectively.

The second race went similarly for Ketterer. He sat in second place after the first run, behind Engel by 0.48 seconds. However, Engel was unable to make it down the second run cleanly, paving the way for an easy victory for the top NorAm slalom skier. Ketterer won with a combined time of 1:43.95. U.S. Ski Team athlete A.J. Ginnis took second place, 1.09 seconds behind, and Canadian Erik Read placed third, 1.51 seconds back.

Ketterer, a 23 year old from Germany, took the slalom title with 620 points, winning five slalom races this season and placing third in two others.

“It’s the first cup I’ve ever won,” Ketterer said. “It’s a great feeling to be consistent over the whole season.”

The top North American athlete, who will receive a start in all World Cup slalom races next season, is Canada’s Phil Brown. Brown has spent much of his 2017 season on the World Cup, qualifying for one second run in the slalom at Kitzbuehel, and he finished 23rd.

The U.S. Ski Team’s Nina O’Brien won her first NorAm GS on Sunday, beating out two World Cup athletes in the process. O’Brien edged out her fellow American Megan McJames with an overall time of 1:50.33. McJames found herself 0.31 seconds off the pace at the end of the day. Canadian athlete Mikaela Tommy finished in third place, 0.45 seconds back.

The next day however, Tommy would be atop the podium with an overall time of 1:50.74. Her teammate Candace Crawford finished in second place, 0.75 seconds back and McJames finished third, 1.14 seconds back.

Although Amelia Smart did not show up among the leaders in NorAm Finals results, she was able to walk away with the GS title. Smart amassed much of her 409 GS points with a strong start to the season and stunning consistency. As for the final series, she said it was not how she had hoped to finish the season, she just committed to many mistakes to put together a fast run.

“It feels great!” Smart said of winning the title. “I’m super excited to see what next year brings now that I have the opportunity to race some World Cups.”

In the final GS races of the season Smart’s teammate, and NorAm slalom champion, Ali Nullmeyer gained on her lead, and she finished second in the standings just 31 points back.

“It was definitely a close race at the end,” Smart said. “I’m just excited that we ended up one and two and that we will both have a World Cup spot for next year.”

The final NorAm races of the season take place in Sugarloaf, Maine on March 22 and 23 with super-G and alpine combined.

Complete ladies’ results are available here.
Complete men’s results are available here.

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail partners with Red Sandstone Elementary

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) will fulfill one of its key strategic goals next winter by partnering with Red Sandstone Elementary to facilitate more on-snow training days with academic support for children as young as third grade.

The program was carefully crafted by SSCV and Eagle County Schools to enable third, fourth and fifth-graders enrolled in a qualified SSCV program to train on snow four days per week–Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The offering is currently confirmed for alpine skiing athletes for next winter. Pending demand from the community, SSCV is also expecting to extend this opportunity to snowboard, freeski and freestyle athletes.

“This has been one of our top strategic initiatives at SSCV, which is integral to our vision of being the premier snowsports club in the world,” said SSCV Executive Director Kirk Dwyer. “If you look at all the greats in snowsport competition — Mikaela Shiffrin, Lindsey Vonn — all of them have one thing in common: a lot of time on snow during the golden age of skill development, which generally begins at age eight.”

The program is the first cooperative arrangement between SSCV and Eagle County Schools to provide enhanced training opportunities for children of this age group. The partnership represents SSCV’s ongoing commitment to accessibility and the belief that all local children, regardless of means, should be able to participate in a competitive snowsports program. SSCV program fees, as always, are eligible for financial aid up to 75 percent, and there will be no additional cost incurred by the family for the academic support sessions.

“When we created Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy (VSSA) as the first public school for snowsports athletes ten years ago, we validated the importance of balancing athletic training with challenging and engaging academics,” said Jason Glass, Eagle County Schools superintendent. “This new program at Red Sandstone Elementary will enable younger students to train during the week while also insuring they thrive both on and off the mountain.”

As an academic partner, VSSA currently serves students in grades five through 12, who are full-time athletes at SSCV. This new cooperative with Red Sandstone Elementary expands that relationship and provides a one-year overlap (fifth grade) for students to determine if they want to take the next step to VSSA.

“Kids can’t be expected at a young age to truly understand what they’re passionate about,” said Dwyer. “They are simply dipping their toes in the water and developing a feeling for activities that may grow into a passion. Our job isn’t to push them into becoming world-class athletes. Our job is to make sure — if they do ultimately decide to pursue one of our sports at a high level — we’ve given them the foundation to be successful, and that includes frequency of practice at a young age.”

During the school week, athletes will train from 1:30 p.m. to close on Wednesday and Friday and participate in a study session at Red Sandstone Elementary supported by an SSCV academic coordinator immediately following their day on the hill. Transportation to and from Red Sandstone will also be arranged and supervised by SSCV.

“We’re committed to the success of our students academically first and foremost,” said Marcie Laidman, principal at Red Sandstone Elementary. “We also recognize that we have students who wish to pursue their athletic dreams in snowsports at younger ages, and this relationship with SSCV will provide the best of both worlds for these student-athletes. We’re excited to be able to offer this unique program to any qualified elementary student in Eagle County.”

Participants will need to be accepted into a qualified SSCV program. For alpine, existing program offerings include YSL, U10 Age Class and U12 programs. For freeski, freestyle and snowboard, SSCV’s hope is to garner enough community momentum to create four-day programs in each discipline.

Although the open enrollment period for Eagle County Schools has expired, Red Sandstone Elementary is prepared to accept late enrollment of student-athletes who have been accepted into a qualifying SSCV program. The application period for SSCV’s part-time programs begins on June 1, but as part of that application process, students will need to have completed an on-hill evaluation this season. Those arrangements can be made through the SSCV offices. Participants should contact the school to enroll immediately after acceptance into the SSCV program.

For acceptance into the U10 alpine program, athletes will typically have had experience with gate training and entry-level racing. SSCV’s YSL program is an institutional stepping-stone into the U10 age class, but SSCV will also consider candidates from outside programs.

Release from Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

Myhrer wins final race, Hirscher claims sixth overall title

ASPEN, Colo. — It was a case of deja vu in sunny Aspen for the final men’s slalom — and the final race — of the 2016-2017 World Cup season as Sweden’s Andre Myhrer managed to repeat his season-ending win at the 2016 Finals from St. Moritz, Switzerland. The tall Swede took the race with a combined time of 1:27.97 seconds, 0.14 seconds ahead of German veteran Felix Neureuther and 0.15 seconds ahead of Austria’s Michael Matt.

Photo by GEPA / Andreas Pranter

Photo by GEPA / Andreas Pranter

Due to the warm temperatures, it was a tall order for course crews to keep the track in acceptable shape for both runs. In the first run, Marcel Hirscher set the pace with his trademark skiing, while Myhrer managed to match the Austrian turn for turn, finishing just 0.08 seconds back in second. Matt sat in fourth, 0.37 seconds back and Neureuther in sixth, 0.53 seconds out, in the tightly packed top of the standings.

Second run saw even more salt being thrown on the hill in order to harden the surface. Predictably, early racers were able to take advantage of a clean course and make significant jumps in the standings. Great Britain’s Dave Ryding sat in 20th place after the first run and jumped all the way up to eighth by virtue of the second fastest second run time. Neureuther managed to keep his composure during his run and slide into the lead by a comfortable margin and dared the rest of the field to challenge his time.

Matt looked to be on his way to the leader’s box until an ill-timed error saw the Austrian slip back into second place, only 0.01 seconds behind Neureuther. After the next racers could not challenge for the lead, Myhrer used his long frame to navigate the soft ruts with power and grace and was able to take the lead with only Hirscher left in the gate. The Austrian legend built on his advantage at the top of the course and looked to be well on his way to finishing his season with a win before letting it slip through his fingers in the final gates, moving into fourth and giving Myhrer the win.

Myhrer has struggled this season with back problems and has not been on a World Cup podium since his win at Finals one year ago. At the end of a long season, the Swede is ready for some much deserved R&R after some spring ski testing.

“The course was, of course, tough in the second run, but it held up good,” Myhrer explained. “You have to stay in the track on a day like this to really get the speed going. I had a good feeling from first run to second run and was a little bit nervous at the start, but I tried to charge it and managed to go out with a win, so I’m really happy about that; it’s been a tough season for me and it’s nice to end it this way and get some motivation for next season.”

Photo by GEPA / Andreas Pranter

Photo by GEPA / Andreas Pranter

Hirscher, despite missing the podium in the final race, captured his fourth career slalom globe and an unprecedented sixth consecutive overall title on Sunday. After such a stellar season, the Austrian admitted that after so much success this season, anything less will be a disappointment. He promised to work hard to stay at the level he is at for as long as he can.

“It is amazing,” he said after the race. “You know, we are often thinking about it – how many years it will be possible to ski on this high level – but at the moment it’s a lot of fun. I’m hoping (to stay at this level) because otherwise then it’s better to stop at the moment. But anyway, it will be a challenging summer for me and for the whole team to be in shape for next season.”

Sunday’s race wraps up the 2016-2017 World Cup season.

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Top 10

  1. Andre Myhrer (SWE) – Head / Head / Head
  2. Felix Neureuther (GER) – Nordica / Nordica / Marker
  3. Michael Matt (AUT) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  4. Marcel Hirscher (AUT) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  5. Manfred Moelgg (ITA) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  6. Mattias Hargin (SWE) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  7. Alexander Khoroshilov (RUS) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  8. Dave Ryding (GBR) –Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  9. Stefano Gross (ITA) – Volkl / Dalbello / Marker
  10. Luca Aerni (SUI) – Salomon/Salomon/Salomon

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points WC Points
 1  9  501017 MYHRER Andre 1983 SWE  43.20  44.77  1:27.97  0.00  100.00
 2  3  201702 NEUREUTHER Felix 1984 GER  43.65  44.46  1:28.11  +0.14  1.15  80.00
 3  6  54170 MATT Michael 1993 AUT  43.49  44.63  1:28.12  +0.15  1.23  60.00
 4  7  53831 HIRSCHER Marcel 1989 AUT  43.12  45.17  1:28.29  +0.32  2.62  50.00
 5  4  292491 MOELGG Manfred 1982 ITA  43.66  44.74  1:28.40  +0.43  3.52  45.00
 6  8  501111 HARGIN Mattias 1985 SWE  44.05  44.49  1:28.54  +0.57  4.67  40.00
 7  5  480736 KHOROSHILOV Alexander 1984 RUS  43.73  44.89  1:28.62  +0.65  5.32  36.00
 8  13  220689 RYDING Dave 1986 GBR  44.56  44.23  1:28.79  +0.82  6.71  32.00
 9  2  293797 GROSS Stefano 1986 ITA  43.47  45.34  1:28.81  +0.84  6.88  29.00
 10  18  511983 AERNI Luca 1993 SUI  43.99  44.86  1:28.85  +0.88  7.20  26.00
 11  24  293098 RAZZOLI Giuliano 1984 ITA  44.17  44.74  1:28.91  +0.94  7.69  24.00
 11  15  191459 LIZEROUX Julien 1979 FRA  44.10  44.81  1:28.91  +0.94  7.69  24.00
 13  21  422082 FOSS-SOLEVAAG Sebastian 1991 NOR  44.54  44.39  1:28.93  +0.96  7.86  20.00
 14  22  192665 GRANGE Jean-Baptiste 1984 FRA  44.53  44.44  1:28.97  +1.00  8.18  18.00
 15  10  511996 YULE Daniel 1993 SUI  44.24  44.80  1:29.04  +1.07  8.76  16.00
 16  17  54063 FELLER Manuel 1992 AUT  44.42  44.67  1:29.09  +1.12  9.17
 17  12  301709 YUASA Naoki 1983 JPN  44.73  44.60  1:29.33  +1.36  11.13
 18  20  54320 SCHWARZ Marco 1995 AUT  44.63  44.71  1:29.34  +1.37  11.21
 19  19  290732 THALER Patrick 1978 ITA  45.19  44.18  1:29.37  +1.40  11.46
 20  11  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis 1991 FRA  44.30  45.12  1:29.42  +1.45  11.87
 21  14  202451 STRASSER Linus 1992 GER  43.92  45.60  1:29.52  +1.55  12.69
 22  25  51395 DIGRUBER Marc 1988 AUT  44.55  45.49  1:30.04  +2.07  16.94
 23  23  421669 HAUGEN Leif Kristian 1987 NOR  50.39  44.58  1:34.97  +7.00  57.29
 24  1  422304 KRISTOFFERSEN Henrik 1994 NOR  43.60  51.51  1:35.11  +7.14  58.44
Did not finish 1st run
 16  421860 NORDBOTTEN Jonathan 1989 NOR

Italians sweep final podium, Worley takes home GS globe

The women of the World Cup have crossed their final finish line of the season, wrapping things up in Aspen, Colo. with a giant slalom race. All season the Italian women have proved they are the strongest team in the discipline, and on Sunday, they closed out the season with an exclamation point by sweeping the podium. Federica Brignone came into the finish corral as the winner with a combined time of 1:58.01–1.44 seconds ahead of the field. Her teammates Sofia Goggia and Marta Bassino came in second and third place.

Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom

Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom

Frenchwoman Tessa Worley finished the day in fifth place to secure the first World Cup giant slalom globe of her career.

“I mean this season, like I said, it was kind of a dream,” Worley said. “Everything went so well. We worked really hard, but now I have it and the whole team has it, so I’m just really, really proud. There were some tough moments, but I made it, so I’m so happy.”

While Worley held the globe, Brignone celebrated her third World Cup win of the season and the fifth of her career. The Italian earned her first-ever career podium at Aspen in 2009, and in total has podiumed at the venue five times.

“I tried to attack from the first gate to the finish in the first run and even the second run,” Brignone shared. “I was really stressed before the first run. I know I like the slope so much, but then it’s always not easy, and there were many, many changing gates, so it was short sometimes and long, and turny and not turny, so you had to stay on the line and stay on the rhythm always.”

The podium sweep was the ultimate way for the Italians to end the season.

“This is, I think, one of the best days of my life, being on the podium with these two girls and two Italians,” Brignone said. “It was amazing. It was really, really, really fun. But I didn’t know they were in front actually. I didn’t know nothing. I just went down and skied for myself and gave my best and when I crossed the finish line, I saw that I was in front, but I didn’t see who was second or third at the beginning. And then, I just heard the speaker saying, ‘Oh, second place Goggia, third Bassino,’ and it was amazing.’”

Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom

Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom

For Goggia, the podium finish was the cherry on top of her best season yet. The Italian earned 13 World Cup podium results this season across four disciplines. Her season also included two wins at the test events in Jeongseon, South Korea–the venue where next year’s Winter Olympic Games will be held. Just three hundredths behind her was Bassino. At 21 years old, she has three World Cup podiums to her name–all in giant slalom, and she was in the top 10 in seven of the nine World Cup GS races she started.

Of the 26 female athletes racing, seven were Italian. Irene Curtoni finished in 17th, and Laura Pirovano, the recently crowned Junior World Champion in giant slalom, finished in 23rd. Manuela Moelgg and Francesca Marsaglia did not finish.

The lone American competitor, Mikaela Shiffrin, was second place after the first run, but lost her lead in the softening second-run snow. She ended the day in sixth place. While the U.S. Ski Team athlete did not walk away with the discipline globe, she finally got her hands on the overall globe, which she won with a total of 1643 points. The next closest athlete was Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec with 1325 points.

Even still, she doesn’t feel like the world’s best skier.

“I don’t think I’ll feel like the world’s best skier until I can win speed races, too,” she said.

At 22 years old, Shiffrin still has many years ahead of her to do that. The FIS Alpine World Cup Tour will return next season with the added excitement of the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Top 10

  1. Federica Brignone (ITA) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  2. Sofia Goggia (ITA) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  3. Marta Bassino (ITA) – Salomon / Salomon / Salomon
  4. Viktoria Rebensburg (GER) – Stoeckli / Lange / Marker
  5. Tessa Worley (FRA) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  6. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  7. Petra Vlhova (SVK) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  8. Melania Meillard (SUI) –  Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  9. Coralie Frasse Sombet (FRA) – Head / Head / Head
  10. Sara Hector (SWE) – Head / Head / Head

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points WC Points
 1  4  297601 BRIGNONE Federica 1990 ITA  59.56  58.45  1:58.01  0.00  100.00
 2  5  298323 GOGGIA Sofia 1992 ITA  1:00.86  58.59  1:59.45  +1.44  11.96  80.00
 3  2  299276 BASSINO Marta 1996 ITA  1:00.51  58.97  1:59.48  +1.47  12.21  60.00
 4  1  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria 1989 GER  1:00.51  59.02  1:59.53  +1.52  12.62  50.00
 5  6  196928 WORLEY Tessa 1989 FRA  1:01.01  58.83  1:59.84  +1.83  15.20  45.00
 6  3  6535237 SHIFFRIN Mikaela 1995 USA  1:00.50  59.65  2:00.15  +2.14  17.77  40.00
 7  8  705423 VLHOVA Petra 1995 SVK  1:02.12  58.81  2:00.93  +2.92  24.25  36.00
 8  24  516528 MEILLARD Melanie 1998 SUI  1:01.65  59.47  2:01.12  +3.11  25.83  32.00
 9  19  197124 FRASSE SOMBET Coralie 1991 FRA  1:02.01  59.16  2:01.17  +3.16  26.24  29.00
 10  22  506399 HECTOR Sara 1992 SWE  1:02.16  59.16  2:01.32  +3.31  27.49  26.00
 10  13  355050 WEIRATHER Tina 1989 LIE  1:02.27  59.05  2:01.32  +3.31  27.49  26.00
 12  12  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele 1989 CAN  1:01.61  59.72  2:01.33  +3.32  27.57  22.00
 13  11  425771 LOESETH Nina 1989 NOR  1:01.75  59.65  2:01.40  +3.39  28.15  20.00
 14  17  516268 WILD Simone 1993 SUI  1:01.68  59.77  2:01.45  +3.44  28.57  18.00
 15  9  565268 DREV Ana 1985 SLO  1:01.39  1:00.28  2:01.67  +3.66  30.39  16.00
 16  15  425929 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild 1992 NOR  1:01.93  59.78  2:01.71  +3.70  30.73
 17  23  296509 CURTONI Irene 1985 ITA  1:02.15  59.60  2:01.75  +3.74  31.06
 18  16  516280 HOLDENER Wendy 1993 SUI  1:02.27  59.50  2:01.77  +3.76  31.22
 19  20  197319 BAUD MUGNIER Adeline 1992 FRA  1:02.25  59.63  2:01.88  +3.87  32.14
 20  14  55759 KIRCHGASSER Michaela 1985 AUT  1:02.00  1:00.11  2:02.11  +4.10  34.05
 21  25  565360 STUHEC Ilka 1990 SLO  1:03.02  59.31  2:02.33  +4.32  35.87
 22  21  56315 TRUPPE Katharina 1996 AUT  1:03.36  59.93  2:03.29  +5.28  43.85
 23  26  299624 PIROVANO Laura 1997 ITA  1:03.51  59.86  2:03.37  +5.36  44.51
Did not finish 2nd run
 7  296259 MOELGG Manuela 1983 ITA
Did not finish 1st run
 18  297702 MARSAGLIA Francesca 1990 ITA
 10  56217 BRUNNER Stephanie 1994 AUT


Brown secures NorAm GS title at Mont St. Marie

The final leg of the NorAm circuit is underway in Quebec, Canada. The men’s giant slalom finals at Mont St. Marie and women’s slalom finals at Val St. Come finished on Saturday. Canada’s Ali Nullmeyer took home the slalom title over a month ago in Colorado, but she extended her lead in the overall competition with two strong days. Phil Brown, another Canadian team member, took home the men’s GS title.

Many European newcomers joined the usual NorAm athletes for the series. France’s Laurie Mougel, who has spent most of her season on the European Cup and the World Cup, took the first slalom with a time of 1:41.18. Nullmeyer finished second, 0.29 seconds back and Adriana Jelinkova from the Netherlands finished in third place, 1.25 second behind.

Nullmeyer took the second race of the series and the final NorAm slalom race of the year. She won the race with an overall time of 1:41.03, using a strong second run to jump ahead of the rest of the field. Canadian Laurence St. Germain of the University of Vermont finished second, 0.93 seconds back and Great Britain’s Alexandra Tilley finished third, 1.92 seconds behind.

Nullmeyer is having a breakout year, skiing in her first FIS World Ski Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, coming in 27th place in the slalom. She followed that up with a second-place finish in the FIS Junior World Ski Championships in Are, Sweden.

Nullmeyer won four of the last five slaloms on the NorAm schedule, leaving no doubt in her dominance of the event. She has accumulated an astonishing 720 points in slalom. Laurence St. Germain finished second in the slalom standings with just 285 points. Nullmeyer will be able to gain more experience on the World Cup next season as she has now secured a start in all slalom races. The Canadian has also won two of the last three giant slalom races, and she currently holds the overall lead with 1,140 points, 177 points ahead of American Nina O’Brien.

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN,GERMANY,29.JAN.17 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup, giant slalom, men. Image shows Phil Brown (CAN). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Harald Steiner

Numerous World Cup athletes also infiltrated the men’s giant slalom races. U.S. Ski Team athlete Tim Jitloff won the first race on Friday with a time of 1:42.33. His teammate Ryan Cochran Siegle finished in second place, 0.22 seconds back and Canadian Trevor Philp finished third, 0.25 seconds back.

Philp was able to improve overnight and won the second race with a time of 1:46.38. Jitloff was pushed to second place, 0.10 seconds behind, and James Crawford, a regular on the NorAm circuit, finished in third, 0.37 seconds back.

Brown was absent from the podium in the series; he finished in fourth place and seventh place in the final races. He was still able to walk away with the discipline title with 491 points, and has secured a World Cup position in all giant slaloms next season.

NorAm racing continues with the final women’s giant slalom races and men’s slalom races. Full men’s results are available here and ladies’ results are available here.

Hirscher ends GS season with a bang

ASPEN, Colo. — It would be hard to think of a more fitting end to the men’s giant slalom season than Saturday’s race in Aspen. Under bluebird skies and copious amounts of sunshine, Austria’s Marcel Hirscher put an exclamation mark at the end of his giant slalom season, taking the final race of the year and the crystal globe with a total time of 1:49.79 seconds, 0.53 seconds ahead of Germany’s Felix Neureuther in second and 1.19 seconds ahead of Frenchman Mathieu Faivre in third.

An overnight freeze provided a firm enough surface for exciting action in the first run as Neureuther managed to squeak ahead of Hirscher by only 0.01 seconds to set the pace in the morning. Faivre sat in fourth place, 0.36 seconds off of the German. Saturday’s course was relatively short for a World Cup GS, as Neureuther’s time of 53.11 was around 20 seconds shorter than the typical World Cup GS run of 1:10-1:20 seconds. Even though the run was short, 2.39 seconds was the spread in the first run between first and last position with the softening surface.

Second run action saw Italian Florian Eisath take advantage of an early start number and jump all the way from 23rd in the first run to a tie for fifth overall with the fastest second run time. Many racers struggled with the warm, soft conditions as the standings were shaken up as the race drew to a close. Faivre managed to hold on, however, and crossed the line with the lead and waited for the remaining three racers to challenge him. Faivre’s compatriot Alexis Pinturault failed to finish his second run, giving the Frenchman three GS wins and three DNFs in eight World Cup races this season. Hirscher, although he secured the globe in Kranjska Gora two weeks ago, skied like a man possessed and took the lead by over a second with only Neureuther left to challenge. The German laid down a valiant effort, but was unable to match Hirscher on the bottom pitch and settled for second place, 0.53 seconds shy of the win.

ASPEN, USA - MARCH 18: Marcel Hirscher of Austria competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Finals Women's Slalom and Men's Giant Slalom on March 18, 2017 in Aspen, USA (Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom)

Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom

This season was Hirscher’s fourth career GS title and was able to fend off some incredibly fast skiing from his rivals, particularly that of Pinturault, who held the lead in the season standings until Hirscher took advantage of Pinturault’s finishing struggles.

“You know, today’s race was very tough, but you’ve known me for quite a long time and for me every race is very serious and I want to win it if it is possible,” said Hirscher. “I’m super, super happy protecting the globe from Alexis Pinturault. This season means a lot to me because at the beginning of the season he was unbelievably fast, so I proved myself to be pretty good during the season.”

Neureuther managed to battle through back, knee, and equipment issues this season and was very happy to end his GS season with a second-place finish. No doubt that the German will be eyeing the top step of the podium again on Sunday in the slalom.

Faivre’s third place was enough to vault the Frenchman into second place in the GS standings. With his maiden win under his belt this season, look for big things not only from Faivre, but the rest of the incredibly strong French giant slalom team in the coming years.

“I am very happy about my race; today was the last for me. I am happy to finish this one on the podium and, of course, in second pace for the GS standings. I try to not check the points, but it’s impossible to not know. I just did my skiing and had a lot of fun, and I’m happy about the result today. The only thing I want to do is always improve my skiing and my physique, and I’m happy to finish this season better than the last season.”

The lone American racer was Tommy Ford, who managed to finish in 18th place after setting the third fastest second run time in his first World Cup Finals appearance. The Oregonian is now looking forward to finishing the season strong at U.S. National Championships in Sugarloaf, Maine.

“It’s been a learning year,” explained Ford. “I’ve been progressing throughout the year and just kind of kept moving through. I think it was a good second run, and I’m psyched for Nationals. It’s funny; It’s really just another race, but it’s cool because it’s a sign of a consistent season, so I am definitely building consistency, but I still got some work to do. Racing here will probably help for U.S. Nationals, on the soft snow, but honestly, I’ve been struggling with the longer skis ever since they came out on these conditions.”

The men will now race slalom to wrap up the 2017 World Cup season in Aspen on Sunday, March 19.

Fans can stay up to date on World Cup by  downloading the U.S. Ski Team – Ski Racing app for iOS and Android.

Top 10

1. Marcel Hirscher (AUT) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
2. Felix Neureuther (GER) – Nordica/Nordica/Marker
3. Mathieu Faivre (FRA) – Head/Head/Head
4. Stefan Luitz (GER) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
5. Florian Eisath (ITA) – Blizzard/Tecnica/Marker
5. Matts Olsson (SWE) – Head/Head/Head
7. Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
8. Roland Leitinger (AUT) – Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
9. Leif Kristian Haugen (NOR) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
10. Cyprien Sarrazin (FRA) – Fischer/Fischer/Fischer

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points WC Points
 1  5  53831 HIRSCHER Marcel 1989 AUT  53.12  56.67  1:49.79  0.00  100.00
 2  7  201702 NEUREUTHER Felix 1984 GER  53.11  57.21  1:50.32  +0.53  4.73  80.00
 3  2  194495 FAIVRE Mathieu 1992 FRA  53.47  57.51  1:50.98  +1.19  10.62  60.00
 4  3  202437 LUITZ Stefan 1992 GER  53.64  57.47  1:51.11  +1.32  11.78  50.00
 5  15  292967 EISATH Florian 1984 ITA  55.01  56.38  1:51.39  +1.60  14.28  45.00
 5  13  501324 OLSSON Matts 1988 SWE  53.74  57.65  1:51.39  +1.60  14.28  45.00
 7  6  422304 KRISTOFFERSEN Henrik 1994 NOR  54.31  57.19  1:51.50  +1.71  15.26  36.00
 8  23  54031 LEITINGER Roland 1991 AUT  54.48  57.17  1:51.65  +1.86  16.60  32.00
 9  4  421669 HAUGEN Leif Kristian 1987 NOR  54.25  57.56  1:51.81  +2.02  18.03  29.00
 10  19  194873 SARRAZIN Cyprien 1994 FRA  54.55  57.38  1:51.93  +2.14  19.10  26.00
 11  10  990116 DE ALIPRANDINI Luca 1990 ITA  54.37  57.57  1:51.94  +2.15  19.19  24.00
 12  16  292491 MOELGG Manfred 1982 ITA  54.45  57.58  1:52.03  +2.24  19.99  22.00
 13  18  511896 MURISIER Justin 1992 SUI  54.26  57.80  1:52.06  +2.27  20.26  20.00
 14  21  192506 MISSILLIER Steve 1984 FRA  54.69  57.38  1:52.07  +2.28  20.35  18.00
 15  8  193967 MUFFAT-JEANDET Victor 1989 FRA  54.32  57.76  1:52.08  +2.29  20.44  16.00
 16  27  291459 PARIS Dominik 1989 ITA  54.65  57.49  1:52.14  +2.35  20.98
 16  14  54063 FELLER Manuel 1992 AUT  54.43  57.71  1:52.14  +2.35  20.98
 18  24  531799 FORD Tommy 1989 USA  55.35  57.05  1:52.40  +2.61  23.30
 19  26  512182 MEILLARD Loic 1996 SUI  54.95  57.52  1:52.47  +2.68  23.92
 20  9  561244 KRANJEC Zan 1992 SLO  55.38  57.23  1:52.61  +2.82  25.17
 21  20  511313 JANKA Carlo 1986 SUI  55.50  57.38  1:52.88  +3.09  27.58
 22  17  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil 1985 NOR  54.83  58.10  1:52.93  +3.14  28.03
 23  25  422139 KILDE Aleksander Aamodt 1992 NOR  54.56  59.62  1:54.18  +4.39  39.19
Did not finish 2nd run
 12  51007 SCHOERGHOFER Philipp 1983 AUT
 11  501017 MYHRER Andre 1983 SWE
 1  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis 1991 FRA
Did not finish 1st run
 22  511852 CAVIEZEL Gino 1992 SUI


Vlhova wins final slalom as Shiffrin collects globe

Before the sun rose on Saturday morning, American Mikaela Shiffrin had already mathematically secured the 2016-17 World Cup overall globe–the first of her career–as well as the slalom globe. There was no scenario where an athlete could surpass her for the big globe once Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec decided not to start in the final slalom race of the season.

Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom

Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom

Even with the overall and slalom globe spoken for, there was a slalom race to compete in. So, the women of the World Cup took the Aspen, Colo. slope in spring conditions. Temperatures hovered around 60 degrees at midday, and by second run, the snow was slushy. As each woman descended, fans could see the groove grow next to the gates. That did not stop first run winner Petra Vlhova of Slovakia from building on her lead to take the final win of the season with a combined time of 1:32.00.

“This victory, I needed it,” Vlhova said. “Because after Squaw Valley, I was really upset because I know that I am fast, but sometimes I do some mistakes and if you want to win, you have to ski without mistakes.”

Vlhova was on the podium two other times this season in Levi, Finland, and Zagreb, Croatia. The Slovakian has one other victory to her name from Are, Sweden, last season.

Shiffrin finished the day in second place, 0.24 seconds behind Vlhova, and while the result was not the win that she was likely looking for, she enjoyed the day.

“It’s beautiful,” Shiffrin said. “I love racing at Aspen, and I love racing in front of a home crowd. It was a good day.”

This marked the 44th World Cup podium finish of her career. As for earning the big globe this season, the American has not fully processed the achievement yet.

“I don’t know if I’ll ever process that,” she said. “It’s been a goal and a dream of mine since I was five years old, and it’s really difficult to understand something that finally happens after 20 years.”

Photo: GEPA pictures/ Daniel Goetzhaber

Photo by GEPA / Daniel Goetzhaber

On Saturday, she also collected the fourth slalom globe of her young career, but Shiffrin will not hold the big globe in her hand until Sunday after the giant slalom race at the official presentation.

Returning to the podium was Frida Hansdotter in third place, 0.35 seconds away from the win. Hansdotter was ahead of Shiffrin after the first run, but was unable to maintain her lead.

The only other American slalom skier to qualify for World Cup Finals was Resi Stiegler, who ended the day in 19th place. She said that early in the season, she had a good feeling in her skiing, but lost it before World Championships.

“My second half of the season has kind of been a bit like today, where I’m a little too nervous or I stumble and I do something that is so costly where second run you can go for it as much as you want,” Stiegler said. “But that’s not really my style, which is really solid these days, so it’s hard to kinda let loose and not make an even bigger mistake. I just went for it, and I want to get better results. That’s the point. My speed is here, so I just need to believe.”

The veteran has started in more than 150 World Cups, beginning back in 2002, and clearly, she has no plans to stop. In the finish area after the race, she said her big plans for the offseason are to go have fun.

The final World Cup races of the season take place on Sunday with the men’s slalom and women’s giant slalom.

Check out the photo gallery from Saturday’s races here.

Fans can stay up to date on World Cup by downloading the U.S. Ski Team – Ski Racing app for iOS and Android.

Top 10

  1. Petra Vlhova (SVK) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  2. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  3. Frida Hansdotter (SWE) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  4. Veronika Velez Zuzulova (SVK) – Salomon / Salomon / Salomon
  5. Melanie Meillard (SUI) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  6. Wendy Holdener (SUI) – Head / Head / Head
  7. Emilia Wikstroem (SWE) – Volkl / Marker / Dalbello
  8. Sarka Strachova (CZE) –  Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  9. Bernadette Schild (AUT) – Head / Head / Head
  10. Marina Wallner (GER) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points WC Points
 1  4  705423 VLHOVA Petra 1995 SVK  45.52  46.48  1:32.00  0.00  100.00
 2  7  6535237 SHIFFRIN Mikaela 1995 USA  45.59  46.65  1:32.24  +0.24  1.88  80.00
 3  2  505679 HANSDOTTER Frida 1985 SWE  45.55  46.80  1:32.35  +0.35  2.74  60.00
 4  6  705287 VELEZ ZUZULOVA Veronika 1984 SVK  45.66  46.73  1:32.39  +0.39  3.05  50.00
 5  11  516528 MEILLARD Melanie 1998 SUI  46.00  47.05  1:33.05  +1.05  8.22  45.00
 6  5  516280 HOLDENER Wendy 1993 SUI  46.33  47.08  1:33.41  +1.41  11.03  40.00
 7  13  506341 WIKSTROEM Emelie 1992 SWE  46.44  47.50  1:33.94  +1.94  15.18  36.00
 8  3  155415 STRACHOVA Sarka 1985 CZE  46.51  47.46  1:33.97  +1.97  15.42  32.00
 9  9  56032 SCHILD Bernadette 1990 AUT  46.89  47.11  1:34.00  +2.00  15.65  29.00
 10  24  206536 WALLNER Marina 1994 GER  47.68  46.56  1:34.24  +2.24  17.53  26.00
 11  17  206279 GEIGER Christina 1990 GER  47.01  47.26  1:34.27  +2.27  17.77  24.00
 12  15  425981 SKJOELD Maren 1993 NOR  47.73  46.99  1:34.72  +2.72  21.29  22.00
 13  20  296509 CURTONI Irene 1985 ITA  47.59  47.15  1:34.74  +2.74  21.44  20.00
 14  16  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele 1989 CAN  47.83  47.08  1:34.91  +2.91  22.77  18.00
 15  19  206355 DUERR Lena 1991 GER  47.70  47.30  1:35.00  +3.00  23.48  16.00
 16  21  515997 FEIERABEND Denise 1989 SUI  47.28  47.80  1:35.08  +3.08  24.10
 16  12  565401 BUCIK Ana 1993 SLO  47.31  47.77  1:35.08  +3.08  24.10
 18  10  56315 TRUPPE Katharina 1996 AUT  47.46  47.84  1:35.30  +3.30  25.83
 19  18  537772 STIEGLER Resi 1985 USA  48.64  47.36  1:36.00  +4.00  31.30
 20  22  505760 PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria 1986 SWE  50.62  47.55  1:38.17  +6.17  48.29
Did not finish 2nd run
 14  296354 COSTAZZA Chiara 1984 ITA
Did not finish 1st run
 25  197319 BAUD MUGNIER Adeline 1992 FRA
 23  106961 MIELZYNSKI Erin 1990 CAN
 8  516284 GISIN Michelle 1993 SUI
 1  425771 LOESETH Nina 1989 NOR


Sweden wins team event in Aspen

ASPEN, Colo. — As the midday sun rose high in the Rocky Mountain sky, Sweden emerged as the winning nation of Friday’s coed parallel team event at World Cup Finals in Aspen. The Swedish team of Frida Hansdotter, Emelie Wikstroem, Mattias Hargin, and Andre Myhrer took down the German team of Lena Duerr, Marina Wallner, Stefan Luitz, and Linus Strasser three points to one in the final round. In the small final for third place, the French team of Adeline Baud Mugnier, Coralie Frasse Sombet, Jean-Baptiste Grange, and Julie Lizeroux was victorious over Italy’s team of Chiara Costazza, Irene Curtoni, Patrick Thaler, and Giuliano Razzoli.

The parallel event has emerged as a spectator favorite over the past few seasons due to its fast-paced action and how quickly the event takes place when compared to a traditional alpine event. The team parallel event will be a new medal discipline at next year’s 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games and has been featured in the revived World Pro Ski Tour this season.

Unfortunately, due to NorAm finals taking place in Quebec, Canada, this week and a low number of North American athletes qualifying for Finals, neither the United States or Canada chose to field a team for Friday’s race.

“The team event is an important part of the FIS program,” USSA Alpine Director Patrick Riml explained. “But with career significance of points gained from racing in NorAm Cup Finals, it was important that those athletes have that opportunity.”

On Saturday, March 18, racing continues with the men’s giant slalom and women’s slalom.

Fans can stay up to date on World Cup by  downloading the U.S. Ski Team – Ski Racing app for iOS and Android.

Official Results

Rank FIS Code Name Year Nation Time WC Points Color
 1 505679 SWEDEN SWE 200.00
HANSDOTTER Frida 1985  19.90
WIKSTROEM Emelie 1992  19.93
HARGIN Mattias 1985  18.97
MYHRER Andre 1983
 2 206355 GERMANY GER 160.00
DUERR Lena 1991  20.02
WALLNER Marina 1994  20.49
LUITZ Stefan 1992
STRASSER Linus 1992  19.08
 3 197319 FRANCE FRA 120.00
BAUD MUGNIER Adeline 1992  19.76
FRASSE SOMBET Coralie 1991  20.00
GRANGE Jean-Baptiste 1984  19.23
LIZEROUX Julien 1979  18.99
 4 296354 ITALY ITA 100.00
COSTAZZA Chiara 1984  20.39
CURTONI Irene 1985  19.90
RAZZOLI Giuliano 1984  19.08
THALER Patrick 1978  19.54
 5 56174 AUSTRIA AUT 60.00
HAASER Ricarda 1993  20.10
TRUPPE Katharina 1996  19.73
DIGRUBER Marc 1988  19.24
MATT Michael 1993  19.51
 5 516280 SWITZERLAND SUI 60.00
HOLDENER Wendy 1993  20.02
MEILLARD Melanie 1998  19.86
AERNI Luca 1993  19.38
YULE Daniel 1993  18.92
 5 425771 NORWAY NOR 60.00
LOESETH Nina 1989  20.21
SKJOELD Maren 1993  20.11
FOSS-SOLEVAAG Sebastian 1991
NORDBOTTEN Jonathan 1989
 5 565401 SLOVENIA SLO 60.00
BUCIK Ana 1993  20.75
DREV Ana 1985  20.65
CATER Martin 1992  19.88
KRANJEC Zan 1992  19.51

Johnson injured in final World Cup downhill of season

On Wednesday, the women of the World Cup wrapped up the downhill season. Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec earned the discipline globe and the U.S. Ski Team’s Lindsey Vonn landed on the podium. Young gun Breezy Johnson fell victim to the challenging slope in Aspen, Colo., taking a gnarly crash that sent her into the fence. She was able to ski down to the finish on her own, but knew something was wrong.

BG5B5823The American up-and-comer announced on Instagram that she suffered a fracture in her tibial plateau–the same injury that Vonn suffered just over a year ago.

“Looks like I will be fine tuning the super power of healing in the next few weeks as I have a tibial plateau fracture,” she wrote on Thursday. “Looking up though because it was a lot better than originally feared.”

For Johnson, 2016-17 was a breakout season on the World Cup, particularly in downhill. She ended the season ranked 18th in the discipline. Of the eight downhill races this season, she had one top 10 result and was in the top 30 in every downhill race she finished.

Johnson still has her eyes on the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

“I will need to take a different path to go back to Korea next year, but the challenge makes the victory sweeter,” she continued to say on Instagram.


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