Ski Racing CEO honored by journalist association

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland – Longtime Ski Racing publisher Gary Black was honored this week by the Association of International Ski Journalists (AIJS) for his lifetime work on behalf of ski racing. AIJS President Gernot Mussner acknowledged Black for his passionate support of ski racing as the leading voice for the sport in America.

Gary Black for ISHAThe AIJS, more than a half century old, represents the principle journalists covering alpine ski racing. It was formed in 1961 by World Cup founder Serge Lang.

Black, who had a long history in major newspaper publishing, acquired Ski Racing in 1984. Since that time, he has shepherded the former print publication into the world’s leading media outlet focused on alpine ski racing.

“I am deeply honored to be a recipient of such an accolade from one of sport’s oldest and most demanding journalistic associations,” said Black, who was unable to attend the presentation in Switzerland.

Black attributes his early success with Ski Racing to the mentoring he had from other AIJS members, notably Serge Lang.

“Having come from a journalistic background myself – not sports – it only took a short time to recognize that if you wanted credibility, Ski Racing needed to be part of AIJS,” he reminisced. “I remember walking into the press room at Aspen and seeing Serge working away.

“Feeling a bit scared, I quietly approached his desk to ask a question I never thought I would – inquiring if Ski Racing could ever be a part of his organization. He looked at me with a slight nod and a long journey began.”

Black and his Ski Racing team have been fixtures at World Championships and Olympics starting with his first at Bormio, Italy, in 1985.

“Gary’s extensive background in journalism and passion for the sport of ski racing are evident in his commitment to ensuring that remains the go-to resource for this community. The knowledge he has passed on to his employees over decades is invaluable, and the pride he has instilled in writers over generations to tell the real story behind the sport is clear in all of the content Ski Racing produces,” said current publisher Claire Abbe Brown.

In addition to his current role as managing partner and chief executive officer of Ski Racing, he also has served for many years as a trustee of the U.S. Ski Team’s foundation.

“Recognition from your peers is one of the highest levels of acknowledgement,” said U.S. Ski Team Vice President, Communications Tom Kelly, who also chairs the FIS PR and Mass Media Committee. “Gary has been a real difference maker for the sport, both as publisher and in his role with the FIS PR Committee.”

Vonn’s bronze as good as gold

Lindsey Vonn stood at the top of Engiadina looking out at the expanse of Swiss alpine peaks in every direction. It was a scenario she had been a part of many times before – her seventh World Championships. Now 32 years old, the then Lindsey Kildow was just 17 when she pushed into the same start for her very first European World Cup downhill at St. Moritz in 2001. She finished 57th out of 64 starters that day.

Like any pro sports athlete, if you’re a ski racer, you play through the pain. You don’t win 77 World Cups without some agony of defeat. One of life’s best measurements as a ski racer is how you come back from adversity.

This comeback had been tough for Lindsey Vonn. A broken arm and resultant nerve damage in her right hand had taken its toll. Sure, there was that moment of glory in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany last month when she tamed the Kandahar. But, then there was the agony of Cortina – one of her favorite courses – where she failed to come away with a win, uncharacteristically having skis slide out from under her two days in a row and into the nets.

In the World Championship super-G five days earlier, she lost grip on her right pole on the bumpy track while in the lead. She fought valiantly to regain it, but lost focus momentarily, went too straight into a gate and skied out of the course.

In the alpine combined, a tough start number worked against her in the downhill. And with limited slalom training, few gave her a chance. But she gutted her way to fifth – a personal gold medal in building confidence.

Few elite athletes have competed in as many World Championships as Lindsey Vonn. She was just 20 when she climbed into the start gate at Santa Caterina, Italy in 2005 for her first Worlds. Two years earlier, at 18, she had been overlooked for the 2003 St. Moritz World Championships team despite a strong showing a year earlier in her Olympic debut.

In 2005, she learned about the bitter disappointment that comes with any elite athletic career: fourth in the downhill, fourth in the combined – a small step in time, but a giant step from the podium. It made her stronger.

Two years later in Åre, Sweden, she won silver in downhill and super-G behind home country favorite Anja Paerson. Since then, nearly every two years Lindsey Vonn has won a speed medal at World Championship – including a golden sweep at Val d’Isere in 2009. But the one exception came in 2013, as an opening day super-G crash stole much of the next two seasons from her career. It made her stronger.

At the team meeting the night before the downhill, weather forecasts called for overcast and flat light. But the day dawned bluebird with powerful light illuminating the nuances of the course. After fumbling with her pole in the super-G, she went with a different Leki pole and a thinner glove to make it easier to grip.

As the time ticked down in the start house, her serviceman Heinzi wrapped her hand and pole tightly together with duct tape. No room for error in a sport where hundies count.

She looked down on the treeless Engiadina downhill – a rock and rolling run that had not been overly kind to Vonn in the past. She had just one win there – a huge 1.42 second margin over friend and rival Maria Hoefl-Riesch in 2012. But just two years ago in the St. Moritz World Championships test event, Vonn was well off the pace.

As her start number 9 approached, all the pre-race favorites were in. Slovenia’s rising superstar Ilka Stuhec was in the lead – no surprise. Austria’s Stephanie Venier stood in silver with Italy’s Sofia Goggia bronze – a final gate error stealing sure gold.

There wasn’t much room for Vonn.

She thought to herself about the work she had put in and the confidence she had built in just one month – one single month – back racing against the best in the world.

In the shadow of the towering Piz Nair, Vonn pushed out and down the steep pitch of the Britannia start. The course kicked her this way and that as she set the edges of her Head skis into the ice at over 60 mph. One by one, the intermediate lights flashed red. But the time told the story. The medal was hers.

Great athletic champions like Lindsey Vonn make their careers on gold – not silver or bronze. Sunday in St. Moritz was different. But every bit as meaningful.

“I’ve struggled with my confidence, but I fought back,” said Vonn. “This bronze medal feels as good as gold to me.”

Sun Valley Ski Academy opens new residential facility

Community School opened its new Ketchum Campus Residence Hall and campus hub on Jan. 3 and took the next step in creating one of the West’s finest ski academies. Head of School Ben Pettit calls the 25,085-square-foot facility a “game changer,” allowing for growth in the school’s Residential Program and providing winter sports student-athletes with a beautiful new dorm, an on-site state-of-the-art athletes’ training center and proximity to outstanding athletic opportunities.

The Ketchum Campus is the nucleus for Community School’s standard-setting Sun Valley Ski Academy (SVSA), a program founded in 2011 that combines an outstanding college preparatory education with elite competitive alpine training. It is located in Ketchum, Idaho, minutes from the challenging and consistent vertical of Sun Valley’s legendary Bald Mountain, home of the 2016 and 2018 U.S. Alpine National Championships. Sun Valley has produced skiing legends like Picabo Street and brothers Zach and Reggie Crist, and is the home mountain of current U.S. Ski Team member Kipling Weisel. Bald Mountain offers everything an aspiring alpine skier needs to succeed and is located in close proximity to Community School’s academic campus and the new Ketchum Campus Residence Hall.

SVSA, in partnership with Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF), offers student-athletes an unparalleled education coupled with world-class coaching and racing opportunities. Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation was recently awarded USSA’s elite gold level certification, making them one of 19 clubs in the nation exhibiting the very best in junior snow sport programming. According to USSA, “this level of certification is intended for clubs that are ‘Best in the World’. These clubs serve as a model, both organizationally and athletically, and are resources to the sport as a whole in the U.S.” 

“We know that our outstanding academics and world-class ski programming with SVSEF place us among the best ski academies in the country,” said SVSA Program Director and former 10-year U.S. Ski Team alpine athlete and Olympian Jonna Mendes. “We are now taking it to the next level with the Ketchum Campus, a residential program on par with our excellent scholastic and athletic programming. The new facility is on track to make Community School and the SVSA one of the West’s best boarding school options for winter student-athletes and outdoor enthusiasts.”

With the arrival of the Ketchum Campus, the SVSA now offers alpine athletes an on-site training facility modeled after the U.S. Ski Team’s Center for Excellence. Community School worked closely with the U.S. Ski Team’s Sports Science Team to design the space.

“We are immensely grateful to the USSA for their generous help and support throughout the building and planning process. From location of equipment in the training center, to the nutritional needs of elite athletes, their guidance has been invaluable,” Jonna said.

SVSEF Athletic Director Phil McNichol added, “The Ketchum Campus facility is a tremendous asset in the pursuit of providing an exceptional winter sports and academic experience for our student-athletes. The athletes’ training center will provide our athletes with additional tools and the appropriate setting to push their conditioning goals. In addition, the Ketchum Campus contains a kitchen that prepares nutritious food for our athletes to refuel and communal space to socialize and build a greater feeling of team. We are already seeing the cultural, social, and performance benefits to our teams from the inclusion of residential student-athletes attending the SVSA from outside the Wood River Valley and around the world. This is not only a wonderful experience for the athletes who choose to come to Ketchum and join our programs, but for our local athletes as well.”

The school’s Residential Program draws students from around the nation and world, many of who are dedicated alpine, cross country, freeski and freestyle skiers and snowboarders. This year, the SVSA welcomed students from Italy, Germany, Japan, Spain, Australia, and around the U.S. seeking a school with a challenging curriculum that still allows for a rigorous training schedule. Community School offers academics tailored to winter sports athletes with early out days during the winter term, dedicated academic support for athletes, a summer course schedule allowing students to complete credits during quieter months and a tutor who travels with teams to help students keep up with classroom work when they are traveling for races and competitions. A school-record eight student-athletes from the Class of 2016 are skiing collegiately, with five entering Division I NCAA programs and two competing as part of the United States Collegiate Ski Association (USCSA).

The addition of the Ketchum Campus takes the SVSA to the next level. The attractive and conveniently located facility provides a warm and home-like environment for families seeking a high-quality boarding program. Students live on the second level of the modern building in one of six suites, each with three two-bedroom pods that share a common room and en suite bathroom facilities. Two resident assistant apartments, a common lounge, and a study space complete the second floor. The residences are filled with natural light, and offer breathtaking views. A soaring entry connects the first floor to the residential spaces on the second floor, and a fabulous dorm family oversees residential life. The first floor also features a welcoming dining room that seats not only all residential students and staff, but also many day students and SVSEF athletes as well. A lounge and game room encourage students to spend time together off the slopes and out of the classroom. “We anticipate that the Ketchum Campus will become a hub for adolescents in the Wood River Valley,” Pettit said.

Community School enrolls more than 390 students in grades Pre-K through 12. Its Residential Program was launched in 2011. More than 70 student-athletes from nine countries and 14 states have enrolled as year-round students since SVSA’s inception, training and competing in alpine, cross country, freestyle, freeski and snowboarding.

Release courtesy of Community School / Sun Valley Ski Academy

Dartmouth back on top at Middlebury Carnival

Dartmouth College’s consistency won them their fourth carnival of the season at the Middlebury Snow Bowl on Feb. 17-18 as the alpine team was able to accumulate 491 points to take first place in their portion. The University of Vermont finished second with 468 points and the home team, Middlebury College, finished third with 419.

Dartmouth also took the overall win with 1,027 points thanks to winning every alpine and nordic portion 0f the weekend aside from the men’s and women’s slalom races. The Big Green has only lost one carnival this season, their home event at the Skiway last weekend.

The Middlebury men were certainly ready for the slalom on Friday as Rob Cone skied well enough to take home the win. Cone finished second in the first run, behind Dartmouth’s Brian McLaughlin. The door was opened for Cone when McLaughlin was not able to complete a tough second run course.

“It’s good to get the win here on the home hill here because I’ve skied the trail a million times, and I know the terrain on the hill, and I know where to carry speed onto the flats and what parts of the course matters, so it means a lot to win here,” Cone said.

Cone finished with a time of 1:34.51. Dartmouth’s Tomas Woolson moved into second place after a strong second run, 0.59 second behind and another Middlebury athlete, Colin Hayes, finished third 0.63 second back.

The University of Vermont’s Paula Moltzan and Laurence St. Germain dominated the women’s slalom for the second week in a row. This week St. Germain was able to come away as the leader with an overall time of 1:36.32. Moltzan finished in second place, 1.10 seconds back and Williams College Eph, Hannah Hunsakerm finished in third, 1.61 seconds behind.

“I am really happy, I had two really solid runs, and last weekend I was first [after first run], and I ended up second, so it feels good to have two good runs and stay in first. We have a really strong field in slalom, so it feels good to win,” St. Germain said.

Every year at the Middlebury Carnival, busloads of students show up for the latter half of the giant slalom race, and it gets rowdy as they cheer on the Panthers, making sure that the noise is heard virtually throughout the race course. The fans must have been ecstatic as Caroline Bartlett, a sophomore at Middlebury, finished the second run to hold her lead.

Bartlett won with a time of 2:06.30. Moltzan took second place again on Saturday, 0.34 seconds back and two Dartmouth women, Stephanie Currie and Kelly Moore tied for third, 0.76 seconds back.

Bartlett said that she was prepared coming down the course. She knew that she was going to be able to hear the crowd, something that doesn’t happen at any other Carnival, and she was happy to share the win classmates and friends.

“You can hear it, you can see it, it looks like you’re skiing into a wall of people,” Bartlett said of the crowds. “The day went as best as I could ask for,” she added. The Snow Bowl was not her favorite hill but “once you get used to the rolls,” it becomes fun.

DSC_0011 (1)The Dartmouth men led their team to victory on Saturday putting three skiers in the top five. McLaughlin led once again after the first run and on Saturday, he was able to finish the day on top with a time of 2:01.38. Cone finished second, 0.10 seconds behind and Dartmouth’s Dylan Brooks finished third, 0.73 seconds back.

“Really solid skiing first run, second run was pretty rough, and I had some weird snow because of the warmth, but I just had to fight and make it down,” McLaughlin said.

At the end of the race most of the EISA racers congregated at the top of the course for a ski out in honor of Middlebury’s former teammate Murphy Roberts, who passed away in 2016. The moment came about organically, said Middlebury Head Coach Steve Bartlett. There was supposed to be a ceremony at the top of the hill where the team had placed a sign, but it turned into something much bigger on its own.

“The Middlebury Carnival was like Christmas to Murphy,” Bartlett said. “Every year he was so fired up for the Carnival. He just had so much team spirit, so for everybody to try to remember him that way by showing this level of enthusiasm and even beyond the Middlebury kids, it’s just awesome.”

Complete results can be found here.

Third consecutive World slalom title for Shiffrin in St. Moritz

On Saturday, 94 athletes from 52 countries took to the Suvretta slope in St. Moritz for the women’s World Championship slalom. First run started with American Mikaela Shiffrin and ended with Haitian skier Celine Marti. While Marti was far from medal contention, Shiffrin was fighting for her third consecutive World Championship slalom title–something she earned with a combined time of 1:37.27. The American’s winning margin was 1.64 seconds, most of which she gained in the second run.

She was joined on the podium by 2017 Alpine Combined World Champion Wendy Holdener of Switzerland and Frida Hansdotter of Sweden, who finished in second and third, respectively.

“I didn’t see my time until I got all the way through, and I knew I had a good run, but I didn’t know it was that good until I saw the time,” Shiffrin said. “Three medals is great, but today is really special today for me because I finally skied this the way I wanted to and that’s what means a lot to me today.”

SANKT MORITZ,SWITZERLAND,18.FEB.17 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, slalom, ladies. Image shows Mikaela Shiffrin (USA). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Christian Walgram

With this victory, the American ties Christel Cranz’s record of three consecutive wins in the ladies’ World Championship slalom. Cranz was a German alpine skier who won in 1937, 1938, and 1939–nearly three decades before the inception of the World Cup. Shiffrin also joins the ranks of legends like Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark, who won three consecutive World slalom titles during his career.

The second-place athlete, Holdener, earned her first World Championship medal in slalom just days after winning the alpine combined. Until Saturday, her best World Championship slalom result was 11th place in 2013.

“I made a few small mistakes in the second run, so when I heard the speaker say I had the lead, I was surprised,” said Holdener. “There was no beating Mikaela today, so I’m really happy with the silver medal and these entire World Championships.”

The Swiss star, along with the other female athletes, will now have a few days off before regular World Cup racing resumes with alpine combined and super-G in Crans Montana, Switzerland.

The 2016 World Cup slalom globe winner came in third place. She was able to make up time second run, moving up from her fifth place position in the first run. Hansdotter has been on the podium in both of the last two World Championship slalom races, earning bronze in 2013 and silver in 2015.

“It’s been tough,” Hansdotter said. “I’ve had a lot of pressure on me, so it’s really nice to have a medal. I’ve been skiing for a couple of years now, and this is my third medal, so it’s great.”

After Shiffrin, the next best American was Resi Stiegler in 11th place, her third best result ever in a World Championship slalom. The U.S. Ski Team veteran actually competed in her first World Championships at this same venue back in 2003, and in total, she has raced in eight World Championships. Megan McJames also put together two runs, finishing in 36th place.

The Canadians were led by Erin Mielzynski in 15th place while Marie-Michele Gagnon skied to 20th position, and Mikaela Tommy did not finish second run. World Championship rookie Ali Nullmeyer skied to 27th place in her debut slalom start.

SANKT MORITZ,SWITZERLAND,18.FEB.17 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, slalom, ladies. Image shows Ali Nullmeyer (CAN). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Christian Walgram

Nullmeyer, who is currently leading the overall and slalom NorAm standings, was surprised when she got the call that coaches wanted to put her in the race. When her coaches said they wanted to meet with her, the 18 year old thought she might be in trouble. In fact, it was the opposite, and Nullmeyer seems to be taking the advancement to the elite level of racing in stride.

“It’s definitely different than coming down in a normal FIS race or even a NorAm, where there’s only a few people watching,” she shared. “Here, you have the stands and everything, it’s kind of crazy getting used to the TVs, but it’s really exciting and really fun, and it’s been awesome so far.”

Sunday, Feb. 19 is the final day of World Championships action featuring the men’s slalom.

Top 10

  1. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  2. Wendy Holdener (SUI) – Head / Head / Head
  3. Frida Hansdotter (SWE) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  4. Petra Vlhova (SVK) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  5. Sarka Strachova (CZE) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  6. Michaela Kirchgasser (AUT) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  7. Ana Bucik (SLO) – Stoeckli / Salomon / Head
  8. Emelie Wikstroem (SWE) – Volkl / Dalbello / Marker  
  9. Denise Feierabend (SUI) – Head / Head / Head
  10. Bernadette Schild (AUT) – Head / Head / Head

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  1  6535237 SHIFFRIN Mikaela 1995 USA  47.80  49.47  1:37.27  0.00
 2  7  516280 HOLDENER Wendy 1993 SUI  48.18  50.73  1:38.91  +1.64  12.14
 3  3  505679 HANSDOTTER Frida 1985 SWE  48.57  50.45  1:39.02  +1.75  12.95
 4  4  705423 VLHOVA Petra 1995 SVK  48.56  50.60  1:39.16  +1.89  13.99
 5  6  155415 STRACHOVA Sarka 1985 CZE  49.00  50.32  1:39.32  +2.05  15.17
 6  10  55759 KIRCHGASSER Michaela 1985 AUT  48.75  50.74  1:39.49  +2.22  16.43
 7  17  565401 BUCIK Ana 1993 SLO  48.76  51.13  1:39.89  +2.62  19.39
 8  19  506341 WIKSTROEM Emelie 1992 SWE  49.49  50.71  1:40.20  +2.93  21.69
 9  27  515997 FEIERABEND Denise 1989 SUI  49.61  50.62  1:40.23  +2.96  21.91
 10  9  56032 SCHILD Bernadette 1990 AUT  49.41  50.83  1:40.24  +2.97  21.98
 11  14  537772 STIEGLER Resi 1985 USA  49.38  51.03  1:40.41  +3.14  23.24
 12  23  196806 NOENS Nastasia 1988 FRA  49.75  50.78  1:40.53  +3.26  24.13
 13  18  425981 SKJOELD Maren 1993 NOR  49.60  50.99  1:40.59  +3.32  24.57
 14  15  505760 PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria 1986 SWE  49.97  50.63  1:40.60  +3.33  24.65
 15  22  106961 MIELZYNSKI Erin 1990 CAN  49.74  50.88  1:40.62  +3.35  24.80
 16  32  506146 SWENN-LARSSON Anna 1991 SWE  49.84  50.85  1:40.69  +3.42  25.32
 17  38  206536 WALLNER Marina 1994 GER  49.81  50.89  1:40.70  +3.43  25.39
 18  16  206355 DUERR Lena 1991 GER  49.16  51.61  1:40.77  +3.50  25.91
 19  13  56315 TRUPPE Katharina 1996 AUT  49.80  51.10  1:40.90  +3.63  26.87
 20  8  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele 1989 CAN  49.48  51.77  1:41.25  +3.98  29.46
 21  11  516284 GISIN Michelle 1993 SUI  48.66  52.86  1:41.52  +4.25  31.46
 22  40  355061 HILZINGER Jessica 1997 GER  50.43  51.22  1:41.65  +4.38  32.42
 23  25  196726 BARTHET Anne-Sophie 1988 FRA  50.70  51.12  1:41.82  +4.55  33.68
 24  31  297601 BRIGNONE Federica 1990 ITA  50.60  51.73  1:42.33  +5.06  37.45
 25  39  225525 TILLEY Alexandra 1993 GBR  50.66  52.06  1:42.72  +5.45  40.34
 26  2  425771 LOESETH Nina 1989 NOR  51.70  51.27  1:42.97  +5.70  42.19
 27  34  107798 NULLMEYER Ali 1998 CAN  51.03  52.13  1:43.16  +5.89  43.60
 28  45  385092 KOMSIC Andrea 1996 CRO  51.36  52.30  1:43.66  +6.39  47.30
 29  35  485802 TKACHENKO Ekaterina 1995 RUS  51.08  52.79  1:43.87  +6.60  48.85
 30  51  405138 JELINKOVA Adriana 1995 NED  51.38  52.65  1:44.03  +6.76  50.04
 31  53  665009 SHKANOVA Maria 1989 BLR  51.35  52.96  1:44.31  +7.04  52.11
 32  41  155728 DUBOVSKA Martina 1992 CZE  51.82  52.68  1:44.50  +7.23  53.52
 33  49  155727 CAPOVA Gabriela 1993 CZE  51.71  53.06  1:44.77  +7.50  55.52
 34  46  25096 GUTIERREZ Mireia 1988 AND  51.75  53.11  1:44.86  +7.59  56.18
 35  37  185317 SOPPELA Merle 1991 FIN  51.55  53.49  1:45.04  +7.77  57.51
 36  52  538284 MCJAMES Megan 1987 USA  52.11  53.69  1:45.80  +8.53  63.14
 37  65  555036 ABOLTINA Agnese 1996 LAT  52.60  53.70  1:46.30  +9.03  66.84
 38  44  305944 KIYOSAWA Emiko 1983 JPN  52.23  54.27  1:46.50  +9.23  68.32
 39  54  35156 BANCORA Salome 1993 ARG  52.76  53.81  1:46.57  +9.30  68.84
 40  62  65075 DECROIX Marjolein 1992 BEL  52.20  55.02  1:47.22  +9.95  73.65
 41  59  35089 SIMARI BIRKNER Macarena 1984 ARG  52.46  55.35  1:47.81  +10.54  78.02
 42  57  65117 VANREUSEL Kim 1998 BEL  53.75  54.58  1:48.33  +11.06  81.87
 43  70  705460 JANCOVA Tereza 1999 SVK  53.43  55.36  1:48.79  +11.52  85.27
 44  72  705469 NEMCOVA Klaudia 2000 SVK  54.88  56.16  1:51.04  +13.77  101.93
 45  60  95050 KIRKOVA Maria 1986 BUL  53.85  57.28  1:51.13  +13.86  102.59
 46  69  685018 TSIKLAURI Nino 1993 GEO  54.88  58.75  1:53.63  +16.36  121.10
 47  74  175041 LEMGART Charlotte Techen 1993 DEN  55.88  57.89  1:53.77  +16.50  122.13
 48  77  235110 RALLI Sophia 1988 GRE  56.57  58.09  1:54.66  +17.39  128.72
 49  81  695108 KNYSH Olha 1995 UKR  56.10  58.89  1:54.99  +17.72  131.16
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 50  76  6000000 SIMADER Sabrina 1998 KEN  57.21  57.21
 51  79  235292 SAMARINOU Maria 1996 GRE  57.58  57.58
 52  75  197848 ARBEZ Tess 1997 IRL  57.73  57.73
 53  85  365020 ELVINGER Catherine 1995 LUX  58.49  58.49
 54  78  125039 NI Yueming 1995 CHN  1:00.11  1:00.11
 55  73  715171 MUZAFERIJA Elvedina 1999 BIH  1:00.69  1:00.69
 56  64  65108 NELLES Mathilde 1997 BEL  1:02.48  1:02.48
 57  91  265053 AHMADI Atefeh 2000 IRI  1:03.21  1:03.21
 58  89  345122 EL KHOURY Laetitia 1997 LBN  1:04.35  1:04.35
 59  86  959300 PELLEGRIN Elise 1991 MLT  1:04.36  1:04.36
 60  93  595018 CARVALHO Catarina 1997 POR  1:11.94  1:11.94
 61  90  575010 OLIVIER Rachel Elizabeth 1999 RSA  1:16.25  1:16.25
 62  94  926000 MARTI Celine 1979 HAI  1:27.81  1:27.81
Did not qualify for final race
 63  63  675036 KARPOVA Yekaterina 1998 KAZ  53.13  56.90  1:50.03
 64  38  125038 KONG Fanying 1996 CHN  54.07  56.72  1:50.79
 65  52  235190 PAPAIOANNOU Natalia 1992 GRE  55.52  57.36  1:52.88
 66  51  315219 MILOSEVIC Nadezda 1998 MNE  55.42  57.71  1:53.13
 67  53  235320 MANTSIOU Anastasia 1998 GRE  54.74  58.61  1:53.35
 68  55  675035 GRIGOROVA Mariya 1996 KAZ  56.19  58.35  1:54.54
 69  50  125037 WANG Meixia 1997 CHN  58.55  1:00.55  1:59.10
 70  62  345140 GEORGE Sonia Marie 1999 LBN  59.44  1:03.37  2:02.81
 71  59  345098 KEIROUZ Celine 1995 LBN  59.98  1:04.04  2:04.02
 72  73  245067 BERECZ Reka 1995 HUN  1:02.70  1:05.07  2:07.77
 73  43  275035 CARLETTE Kelsie 1995 IRL  1:21.93  59.27  2:21.20
Disqualified 1st run
 83  298936 MEHILLI Suela 1994 ALB
 24  516528 MEILLARD Melanie 1998 SUI
Did not finish 2nd run
 68  95112 ASENOVA Vera 1995 BUL
 67  435334 GASIENICA-DANIEL Maryna 1994 POL
 56  107532 TOMMY Mikaela 1995 CAN
 55  185430 HONKANEN Riikka 1998 FIN
 47  555018 GASUNA Lelde 1990 LAT
 36  485637 ALOPINA Ksenia 1992 RUS
 33  315187 IGNJATOVIC Nevena 1990 SRB
 30  56367 GALLHUBER Katharina 1997 AUT
 29  565320 FERK Marusa 1988 SLO
 28  197319 BAUD MUGNIER Adeline 1992 FRA
 5  705287 VELEZ ZUZULOVA Veronika 1984 SVK
Did not finish 1st run
 92  755051 SIMJANOVSKA Lidija 2000 MKD
 88  215007 GRIGOREVA Kseniya 1987 UZB
 87  315203 BULATOVIC Ivana 1994 MNE
 84  955000 OETTL REYES Ornella 1991 PER
 82  245077 ARCHAM Chiara 1999 HUN
 80  785007 JANUSKEVICIUTE Ieva 1994 LTU
 71  465092 CIOCANEL Raluca Georgiana 1996 ROU
 66  415205 HUDSON Piera 1996 NZL
 63  555035 BONDARE Liene 1996 LAT
 61  536481 SCHLEPER Sarah 1979 MEX
 58  255357 EINARSDOTTIR Freydis Halla 1994 ISL
 50  385096 POPOVIC Leona 1997 CRO
 48  155699 PAULATHOVA Katerina 1993 CZE
 43  196803 MOUGEL Laurie 1988 FRA
 42  307493 ANDO Asa 1996 JPN
 26  296259 MOELGG Manuela 1983 ITA
 21  296509 CURTONI Irene 1985 ITA
 20  206279 GEIGER Christina 1990 GER
 12  296354 COSTAZZA Chiara 1984 ITA
Did not start 1st run in qualification race
 76  375018 COLETTI Alexandra 1983 MON
 74  625024 DEVI Varsha 1995 IND
 71  625023 THAKUR Aanchal 1996 IND
Did not finish 2nd run in qualification race
 67  245076 MAROTY Mariann Mimi 1998 HUN
 65  265036 ZALI TOROJENI Najmeh 1995 IRI
 35  695101 TIKUN Tetyana 1994 UKR
 30  715123 NOVAKOVIC Zana 1985 BIH
 29  175050 BERTHELSEN Nuunu Chemnitz 1996 DEN
 18  35222 BARUZZI FARRIOL Francesca 1998 ARG
 15  185411 LUUKKO Nea 1996 FIN
Did not finish 1st run in qualification race
 70  775004 PALIUTKINA Olga 1993 KGZ
 68  315222 BABIC Jana 1999 SRB
 66  265006 KALHOR Marjan 1988 IRI
 64  265005 KALHOR Mitra 1985 IRI
 57  345123 KEIROUZ Lea 1997 LBN
 56  245070 CSIMA Laura 1997 HUN
 49  125026 LIU Yang 1988 CHN
 42  315221 KOVACEVIC Milica 1999 SRB
 32  255403 BIRKISDOTTIR Andrea Bjork 1998 ISL
 17  35131 GASTALDI Nicol 1990 ARG
 13  385106 STIMAC Ida 2000 CRO



Vail’s Kinsella grabs gold and silver at 7 Nations Cup

This week, 13 U16 ski racers from across the U.S. made the trek to the prestigious 7 Nations Cup ski races in Hinterreit, Austria, on Feb. 15-16. Ski and Snowboard Club Vail‘s Kellen Kinsella managed to walk away from the event with a gold medal in the men’s giant slalom and a silver in the slalom.

Three of his home club teammates also brought home top-10 finishes. Allie Resnick walked away with a fourth-place finish in the women’s slalom and Caroline Jones, also of Vail, walked away with two top 10 results, finishing ninth in GS and sixth in slalom. Kaitlyn Harsch added another top 10 with her 10th-place finish in the women’s slalom.

Kinsella won the GS in Hinterreit with a two-run time of 1:47.52 seconds, a scant 0.04 seconds ahead of Austria’s Joshua Sturm in second. Matteo Bendotti of Italy was third, 0.80 seconds off of Kinsella’s pace.

In the slalom on Thursday, Austria’s Lukas Feurstein took the win with a total time of 1:28.82 seconds, 0.59 seconds ahead of Kinsella in second. Davide Damanti of Italy landed in third, 1.33 seconds back.

“I’ve been working hard all summer,” Kinsella told the Vail Daily. “I’ve heard a lot about how the U.S. is not developing athletes, so I just want to prove that wrong and say we’re here, we can ski and we’re going to be good.”

The 15-year-old Edwards, Colo., native finished in 31st and 42nd in last season’s 7 Nations Cup races and his performances this year were made even more special given the fact that his mother, Tracy, is recovering from a recent cancer surgery back home.

“The athletes had some great results over the last two days,” said USSA Alpine Development Director Chip Knight. “Kellen skied well in both races and showed he can compete with the best boys his age in Europe. Allie Resnick’s fourth and Caroline Jones’ two top-tens were also highlights. Above individual performances, the most encouraging aspect was to see how the team showed resilience on day two. Everyone took confidence from Kellen’s GS win and stepped up their performances.”

Complete results from 7 Nations Cup can be seen here:
Women’s GS
Men’s GS
Women’s SL
Men’s SL

2017 U.S. 7 Nations Cup team


Alex Abdow – Stratton Mountain School – 5/14/2001
Patrick Coughlin – Burke Mountain Academy – 4/10/2001
Jackson Jewell – Green Mountain Valley School – 7/16/2001
Kellen Kinsella – Ski & Snowboard Club Vail – 8/7/2001
Nicolas Richeda – Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club – 3/12/2002
Zane Worrell – Ski & Snowboard Club Vail – 8/29/2001


Cleo Braun – Ski & Snowboard Club Vail – 10/29/2001
Berit Frischholz – Ski & Snowboard Club Vail – 8/12/2002
Kaitlyn Harsch – Ski & Snowboard Club Vail – 1/1/2001
Isabelle Jenne – Killington Mountain School – 4/14/2001
Caroline Jones – Ski & Snowboard Club Vail – 6/25/2001
Allie Resnick – Ski & Snowboard Club Vail – 9/1/2001
G.G. Wattenmaker – Sugar Bowl Academy – 9/13/2001

USSA names 2017 Junior World Championships team

A strong and deep team of 15 rising stars – seven women and eight men – have been named to the FIS Alpine Junior World Championships Team. The team is led by defending Junior World Downhill Champion Erik Arvidsson, who led the charge of four men in the top 10 last year – a feat that had never been before achieved. The team will represent the U.S. in Åre, Sweden in six events from March 8-14.

This year’s team boasts significant depth on both the men’s and women’s sides. Chosen athletes come from the U.S. Ski Team C, D and N-UNI teams, the USSA National Training Group, as well as top USSA club programs across the nation. Headlining the team and joining Arvidsson will be Sam Morse and Florian Szwebel  who finished fourth and seventh, respectively, in last year’s World Juniors downhill in Sochi, Russia.

Joining this crew will be three-time 2016 Youth Olympic Games champion River Radamus, who is currently ranked first in NorAm Cup alpine combined standings, and a long list of top performers on the NorAm Cup circuit.

The USA will also bring a strong women’s team. Nina O’Brien is currently ranked second in the NorAm Cup overall, slalom, super-G and alpine combined standings, while U.S. Ski Team teammate Alice Merryweather is ranked first in the downhill standings and Patricia Mangan is ranked first in the super-G standings.

The team will have a good chance at the prestigious Marc Hodler Trophy, awarded to the team with the best overall performance. Last year Austria took the honor, followed by Switzerland and then Canada.

“The thing I’m probably most excited about is the depth of our team, across men and women, in all six events,” noted Arvidsson. “We’re going to have a super deep team with athletes starting in the top seed in every event, and I’m excited to see what we can do and make a push for the overall team nation’s trophy. It should be a good experience.”

Both men and women will get some solid time training together as one in Kvitfjell, Norway prior to hitting the slopes in Åre, which Arvidsson believes will be invaluable for the group.

“We’re looking forward to having that week to build the atmosphere and build the team and then lead into trying to ski our best when it matters most,” Arvidsson said.

The 2017 Junior Worlds will include men’s and women’s downhill, super-G, alpine combined, slalom, giant slalom and a mixed team event. Live timing will be provided by FIS.

Name (Hometown; Team Affiliation; Club; Birthdate)

Erik Arvidsson – Woodside, CA (U.S. Ski Team C Team; Squaw Valley Ski Team) 9/3/96
Garret Driller – Tahoe City, CA (U.S. Ski Team N-UNI Team; Montana State University Ski Team) 8/24/96
Andrew Miller – Park City, UT (National Training Group; Park City Ski Team) 12/18/98
Sam Morse – Sugarloaf, ME (U.S. Ski Team C Team; Carrabassett Valley Academy) 5/27/96
River Radamus – Edwards, CO (U.S. Ski Team D Team; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) 2/12/98
Jett Seymour – Steamboat Springs, CO (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) 11/5/98
George Steffey – Lyme, NH (U.S. Ski Team D Team; Stratton Mountain School) 8/18/97
Florian Szwebel – Avon, CO (U.S. Ski Team D Team; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) 9/4/96

Keely Cashman – Strawberry, CA (U.S. Ski Team D Team; Squaw Valley Ski Team) 4/4/99
Rachael DesRochers – Mammoth Lakes, CA (Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) 1/4/97
Maureen Lebel – Truckee, CA (Mammoth Mountain Ski & Snowboard Club) 6/13/98
Patricia Mangan – Derby, NY (U.S. Ski Team C Team; Holimont Racing Club) 3/7/97
Alice Merryweather – Hingham, MA (U.S. Ski Team C Team; Attitash Race Team/Stratton Mountain School) 10/5/96
Nina O’Brien – Edwards, CO (U.S. Ski Team D Team; Burke Mountain Academy/Squaw Valley Ski Team) 11/29/97
Galena Wardle – Basalt, CO (U.S. Ski Team C Team; Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club) 4/24/98

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Worley regains World Championship GS title, Shiffrin earns silver

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — The vibe on Thursday at the World Championships venue was pure bliss. Spring-like conditions in St. Moritz had everyone in a good mood, and while the temperatures made for slushy snow, salt and slip crews allowed for a fair and exciting race. Three familiar faces on the World Cup, Tessa Worley, Mikaela Shiffrin and Sofia Goggia, captured gold, silver and bronze, respectively.

Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom

Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom

Worley–the current leader in the World Cup giant slalom standings–took back her World Championship title with a combined time of 2:05.55. The French athlete was the 2013 World Champion in the same discipline, and was injured during the 2015 Vail/Beaver Creek World Championships. Coming into the finish, she was not sure her second run would be fast enough to take the gold.

“I wasn’t so sure because, I mean, I had 48 hundredths after the first run and it seems a lot, but it isn’t really,” she said. “It’s just short, and I did a mistake on the second run on the third gate I think, so I said ‘Maybe this mistake will cost a lot.’ I really didn’t know. I was just focused on pushing harder every other gate.”

This is the second gold medal for Worley at this World Championships. She was part of the winning squad in the Nation’s Team Event on Tuesday.

Shiffrin now has three World Championship medals to her name. Her second place in the giant slalom is her first medal in the discipline, coming after winning the 2013 and 2015 World Championship slalom races. Shiffrin, who was in third position after the first run, admitted that she was a bit tentative in the morning.

“This is the first time I’ve actually finished a GS race here,” she explained. “In the first run, I was a little bit tentative because I was thinking about that, thinking about the spot that I fell at last year and then the spot that I fell at two years before that and then when I made it past there, I was like, “Wow! I’ve never skied the bottom of this hill before!’ Definitely, I’m excited to make it to the finish and make it down strong.”

The American fought hard for the silver medal in the second run, gaining four tenths of a second in the final split.

“I was trying to push the whole time, and I didn’t feel like I was going to lose time really so much up there, but just trying to keep everything together, but really push. I didn’t really find my full rhythm until the middle and coming up more on the bottom. I just remembered my coach saying get in your tuck and go, and I felt like I did that.”

Photo by GEPA pictures/ Andreas Pranter

Photo by GEPA / Andreas Pranter

The American is the first female U.S. skier to land on the podium since Julia Mancuso earned a bronze medal in 2005, and is only the second American to win a World Championship medal in St. Moritz so far.

Coming in 0.74 seconds behind her was Goggia of Italy. This is the first World Championship medal for the Italian, who has had a frustrating World Championships until the giant slalom.

“This was my last chance at this World Champs,” Goggia said. “I didn’t have any expectation for this race because I had many on the speed side. But still getting a medal on the last day of race…I’m so happy.”

The last Italian to earn a medal in a World Championship giant slalom was Federica Brignone, who was second in the 2011 World Championship. In Thursday’s race, Brignone was fourth, her teammate Manuela Moelgg was sixth and Marta Bassino was 11th, proving once again that the Italians have arguably the strongest giant slalom team in the world right now.

The U.S. was also represented by Resi Stiegler and Megan McJames. While Stiegler did not finish the first run, McJames, an independent athlete, had a career-best World Championship result, coming in 21st place.

“So, this is my fourth World Champs,” McJames said. “Between World Championships and Olympics, in the past, I’ve gotten super overwhelmed by the atmosphere and energy. This year, I was like, ‘I’m just going to go and instead of trying to block it out, just take it all in and enjoy it.’ Today, I’m really happy because, for the first time this year, I felt like I really went for it and was aggressive and skiing the way I know I can, so I’m feeling happy.”

Marie-Michele Gagnon was the lone Canadian athlete to finish, coming in 20th place. Candace Crawford and Mikaela Tommy did not finish, and Valerie Grenier did not start second run.

World Championship racing continues on Friday, Feb. 16 with the men’s giant slalom.

Top 10

  1. Tessa Worley (FRA) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol
  2. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  3. Sofia Goggia (ITA) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  4. Federica Brignone (ITA) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol
  5. Stephanie Brunner (AUT) – Head / Head / Head
  6. Manfred Moelgg (ITA) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  7. Ana Drev (SLO)  – Volkl / Dalbello / Marker
  8. Petra Vlhova (SVK) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol
  9. Sara Hector (SWE) – Head / Head / Head
  10. Nina Loeseth (NOR) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff.
 1  1  196928 WORLEY Tessa 1989 FRA  1:02.01  1:03.54  2:05.55
 2  4  6535237 SHIFFRIN Mikaela 1995 USA  1:02.73  1:03.16  2:05.89  +0.34
 3  3  298323 GOGGIA Sofia 1992 ITA  1:02.49  1:03.80  2:06.29  +0.74
 4  6  297601 BRIGNONE Federica 1990 ITA  1:03.11  1:03.36  2:06.47  +0.92
 5  13  56217 BRUNNER Stephanie 1994 AUT  1:03.35  1:03.50  2:06.85  +1.30
 6  10  296259 MOELGG Manuela 1983 ITA  1:03.43  1:03.45  2:06.88  +1.33
 7  7  565268 DREV Ana 1985 SLO  1:03.32  1:04.04  2:07.36  +1.81
 8  16  705423 VLHOVA Petra 1995 SVK  1:03.66  1:03.84  2:07.50  +1.95
 9  19  506399 HECTOR Sara 1992 SWE  1:03.68  1:03.83  2:07.51  +1.96
 10  8  425771 LOESETH Nina 1989 NOR  1:03.22  1:04.30  2:07.52  +1.97
 11  5  299276 BASSINO Marta 1996 ITA  1:03.50  1:04.03  2:07.53  +1.98
 12  9  55759 KIRCHGASSER Michaela 1985 AUT  1:03.89  1:03.70  2:07.59  +2.04
 13  25  516528 MEILLARD Melanie 1998 SUI  1:04.09  1:03.68  2:07.77  +2.22
 14  20  197319 BAUD MUGNIER Adeline 1992 FRA  1:03.88  1:04.02  2:07.90  +2.35
 14  15  516268 WILD Simone 1993 SUI  1:03.12  1:04.78  2:07.90  +2.35
 16  17  505679 HANSDOTTER Frida 1985 SWE  1:04.09  1:03.91  2:08.00  +2.45
 17  27  56032 SCHILD Bernadette 1990 AUT  1:03.53  1:04.73  2:08.26  +2.71
 18  11  425929 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild 1992 NOR  1:03.88  1:04.51  2:08.39  +2.84
 19  12  355050 WEIRATHER Tina 1989 LIE  1:03.79  1:04.66  2:08.45  +2.90
 20  14  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele 1989 CAN  1:04.04  1:04.55  2:08.59  +3.04
 21  31  538284 MCJAMES Megan 1987 USA  1:04.59  1:04.11  2:08.70  +3.15
 22  22  55947 VEITH Anna 1989 AUT  1:04.26  1:04.45  2:08.71  +3.16
 23  30  426187 LYSDAHL Kristin 1996 NOR  1:03.64  1:05.36  2:09.00  +3.45
 24  26  505886 KLING Kajsa 1988 SWE  1:04.71  1:04.55  2:09.26  +3.71
 25  23  505760 PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria 1986 SWE  1:04.58  1:04.71  2:09.29  +3.74
 26  41  206355 DUERR Lena 1991 GER  1:04.85  1:04.57  2:09.42  +3.87
 27  47  315187 IGNJATOVIC Nevena 1990 SRB  1:05.42  1:04.54  2:09.96  +4.41
 28  29  516562 RAST Camille 1999 SUI  1:05.43  1:04.67  2:10.10  +4.55
 29  48  155699 PAULATHOVA Katerina 1993 CZE  1:04.84  1:05.36  2:10.20  +4.65
 30  33  225525 TILLEY Alexandra 1993 GBR  1:05.16  1:05.42  2:10.58  +5.03
 31  37  425879 RIIS-JOHANNESSEN Kristina 1991 NOR  1:05.64  1:05.15  2:10.79  +5.24
 32  51  435334 GASIENICA-DANIEL Maryna 1994 POL  1:05.60  1:05.24  2:10.84  +5.29
 33  40  206487 WIESLER Maren 1993 GER  1:05.25  1:05.96  2:11.21  +5.66
 34  42  185430 HONKANEN Riikka 1998 FIN  1:05.63  1:05.97  2:11.60  +6.05
 35  32  307493 ANDO Asa 1996 JPN  1:06.14  1:06.39  2:12.53  +6.98
 36  46  405138 JELINKOVA Adriana 1995 NED  1:06.66  1:06.37  2:13.03  +7.48
 37  59  155763 LEDECKA Ester 1995 CZE  1:06.70  1:06.45  2:13.15  +7.60
 38  68  485749 PROKOPYEVA Aleksandra 1994 RUS  1:07.18  1:06.13  2:13.31  +7.76
 39  53  555018 GASUNA Lelde 1990 LAT  1:07.31  1:07.27  2:14.58  +9.03
 40  55  35156 BANCORA Salome 1993 ARG  1:07.56  1:07.18  2:14.74  +9.19
 41  54  536481 SCHLEPER Sarah 1979 MEX  1:08.27  1:07.01  2:15.28  +9.73
 42  66  385106 STIMAC Ida 2000 CRO  1:07.58  1:07.91  2:15.49  +9.94
 43  64  155586 KMOCHOVA Tereza 1990 CZE  1:08.12  1:07.66  2:15.78  +10.23
 44  67  385092 KOMSIC Andrea 1996 CRO  1:07.93  1:08.18  2:16.11  +10.56
 45  70  95112 ASENOVA Vera 1995 BUL  1:08.71  1:07.44  2:16.15  +10.60
 46  63  95050 KIRKOVA Maria 1986 BUL  1:08.50  1:07.76  2:16.26  +10.71
 47  74  255357 EINARSDOTTIR Freydis Halla 1994 ISL  1:07.98  1:08.40  2:16.38  +10.83
 47  65  385101 ZBASNIK Lana 1999 CRO  1:08.66  1:07.72  2:16.38  +10.83
 49  72  705460 JANCOVA Tereza 1999 SVK  1:08.66  1:08.26  2:16.92  +11.37
 50  73  415206 GRIGG Eliza 1996 NZL  1:08.68  1:08.28  2:16.96  +11.41
 51  62  35131 GASTALDI Nicol 1990 ARG  1:08.65  1:08.98  2:17.63  +12.08



Spyder and Marvel partner for super hero-inspired race suits

Spyder, a leading ski and performance brand, announced a two-year collaboration with Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media for an action-packed line of ski performance products inspired by iconic Marvel Super Heroes.

At the FIS Alpine World Cup Championship in St. Moritz, the U.S. Ski Team members are outfitted in race suits inspired by Marvel’s Captain America and Captain Marvel, two iconic super heroes that embody the strength and amazing abilities demonstrated by both elite athletes and Marvel’s Super Heroes. U.S. Ski Team athletes who will be wearing the race suits include World Cup skier Jared Goldberg, four-time Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso, and Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Marvel in bringing their super heroes to life with the U.S. Ski Team and beyond,” said Brady Collings, VP of marketing for Spyder at Global Brands Group Holding Limited. “Given Marvel’s inspirational impact around the world, we have an extraordinary opportunity to celebrate the U.S. Ski Team as well as our ambassadors in a broad-reaching way in St. Moritz.”

Do you know which @Marvel super hero inspired the design for the new ladies’ @usskiteam suits? #stmoritz2017 #fisalpine

— (@SkiRacingCom) February 8, 2017

The collaboration consists of performance race suits and skiwear that will be worn by the men and women of the U.S. Ski Team, who will premiere the line at the Alpine World Cup Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland on Feb. 6-19, 2017. The full apparel performance collection is set to make its retail debut in Fall 2017. More information on the exclusive collection will be released in the coming months.

“Organic collaborations are increasingly important to building brand equity, and we feel this particular one is a natural fit,” notes Natasha Fishman, EVP of Marketing at Authentic Brands Group, owner of the Spyder brand. “Having these world class athletes showcase the new line exemplifies Spyder’s brand essence in an authentic way.”

“Pairing the world’s greatest athletes of skiing with the Marvel Universe exemplifies the spirit of strength, power and perseverance that the U.S. Ski Team and our super heroes represent,” said Paul Gitter, Senior Vice President, Licensing, Marvel at Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. “We are looking forward to outfitting the U.S. Ski Team with this high-quality gear so they can showcase their heroic style just like a Marvel super hero.”

Release from Spyder

Gut to undergo knee surgery

As reported on Friday, Lara Gut suffered an injury during slalom training for the World Championship alpine combined. We now know the severity of the diagnosis: a complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament and a meniscus tear. The 2016 World Cup overall winner will be operated on in a few days when the inflammation of her knee has gone down.

An injury like this means months of recovery before returning snow, meaning Gut will not compete anymore this season. This leaves Mikaela Shiffrin with a massive advantage in the World Cup overall standings. The American currently has 1203 points while Gut has 1023. The next best athletes are Sofia Goggia of Italy with 789 points, and Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia with 785 points.

Gut could have threatened Shiffrin’s lead during the upcoming super-G and alpine combined races at Crans Montana, Switzerland and in the speed events in Jeongseon, South Korea. However, with only one month of competition left this season including the World Cup GS and slalom at Squaw Valley, Calif. and Gut off the slopes, the future looks bright for Shiffrin.

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