Ski Racing » Stories Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:13:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 US aerialists close out 2015 season with victories and titles Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:13:06 +0000 SR Staff MINSK, Belarus – The U.S. aerials team closed out the 2015 season on a high note, with Ashley Caldwell jumping to her second World Cup win of the season and Mac Bohonnon and Kiley McKinnon taking season titles. Bohonnon and McKinnon formally claimed their positions as the number one aerialists in the world, bringing home both men’s and women’s overall titles and crystal globes for the first time ever in U.S. history.

After putting up scores in the 80s in qualification and final number one, Caldwell bumped things up a notch in final number two, posting a 99.68 on her triple-twisting triple flip, 14 points higher than McKinnon’s second place score.

“We only jumped one day here before the contest day today, and I hadn’t done any triples at all, so I was kind of nervous” said Caldwell. “I went up and the first jump I did was nasty. But then the rest of the day I was just ripping into jumps and going big.”

It was Caldwell’s second World Cup win of the season, moving her into second position in the overall World Cup standings behind McKinnon.

“This is probably the most decorated season for U.S. aerials, it was incredible,” said Caldwell. “Not only were we winning all over the place, but our team is just having such a great time together. I’m so stoked after this season.”

McKinnon, who has been no stranger to the World Cup podium this season, executed a full, double full, her first one of the week, to land in second place.

“Tonight was the same plan as all my other World Cups,” said McKinnon. “I did full, full for my qualification and final one jump, and then did full, double full for the super final. The conditions were way better than we were expecting. Staff worked really hard to keep the site up to par and it ended up being a really awesome event.”

McKinnon’s crystal globe is the first for a U.S. woman since Nikki Stone brought home the title in 1998.

“It’s kind of hard to describe what just happened,” said McKinnon. “It’s been so long since a U.S. woman has gotten this globe. It just makes me feel so honored to represent the U.S.”

Coming off of his first two World Cup wins in Lake Placid and Moscow, the momentum was high for Bohonnon coming in to Minsk, and his performance did not disappoint.

“Unfortunately I did know how close I was to winning the globe, so I was pretty stressed out all day and just tried to eliminate that from my head,” said Bohonnon. “We only had one day of training and got used to it quick and had a good day. I’m psyched to get another podium.”

Bohonnon’s crystal globe is the first for the U.S. men since 2005 when Jeret ‘Speedy’ Peterson brought home the title.

“To win a globe is a dream come true,” said Bohonnon. “I’ve been thinking about it for a really long time. And to do it 10 years after Speedy did it feels really special. He was a huge influence on me and motivated me to get in to the sport of aerials.”

Jon Lillis and Eric Loughran finished ninth and 10th, rounding out the top-10 finishes for the U.S. men. Mike Rossi finished 17th.

In addition to the aerials World Cup globes, the Nations Cup and Rookie of the Year title were also awarded to the U.S., with World Championship silver medalist Alex Bowen taking home the rookie title. Bowen has two top-10 World Cup finishes this season in addition to his silver medal at the World Championships, where he landed his first double full, full, full on snow.

“In the coaches meeting, they characterized Bowen as an athlete that really wows the rest of the coaches on tour,” said head coach Todd Ossian. “Alex certainly did that at World Championships, but he also did it at many events where he jumped really well. Before this season, people didn’t know who Alex Bowen was. Now he has all of the coaches on tour watching him closely.”

The multiple awards received at World Cup finals solidifies the U.S. aerials team as a rising power in the sport.

“We feel on top of the world right now,” said Ossian. “We are incredibly proud of our team. We still have a super young team and these guys are all getting better. To finish number one in the world as a team, it means a ton and it gives us even more motivation to work harder and do everything we can do to not just stay the best but to improve on our season.”

The team’s stars are products of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s Elite Aerial Development Program started in 2008 to seek new athletes and compete more effectively against rising powers like China. Much of the team’s success is attributed to its unique summer training water ramps in both Lake Placid, NY and Park City, UT. The Park City facility at the Utah Olympic Park is presently undergoing a sophisticated renovation, the Big Air Project, to provide an even more valuable training facility for athletes.

Release courtesy of USSA

]]> 0 Buffaloes and Catamounts win RMISA and EISA Championship titles Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:36:47 +0000 SR Staff LAKE PLACID, N.Y./ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The University of Vermont and University of Colorado took dominating control of the second days of their respective regional meets over the weekend to emerge as the 2015 EISA and RMISA champions.

Although leading the EISA final event held at the same Lake Placid sites which will play host to the NCAA Championships this year, UVM dominated the slalom races on the second day of the regional championships. The Catamounts swept the podium in both the men’s and women’s races to help lead UVM to its fifth straight EISA Championship and 35th in program history.

The Catamounts piled up 1,001 points to win the title. Dartmouth followed in second with 782 points and New Hampshire was third (770 points). Vermont completed the EISA Circuit unbeaten for the 19th time since 1979 and extended its carnival win streak to 21 straight victories.

Senior Elli Terwiel led the Catamounts in the women’s slalom race. She posted the fastest time of the day in her first run and finished with a total time of 1:52.85. Kristina Riis-Johannessen finished second and Laurence St. Germain was third to complete the Catamount podium.

In the men’s race, it was Germain’s older brother Will claiming his first EISA title with a winning time of 1:50.61. Teammates Taylor Wunsch and Sandy Vietze finished second and third, respectively, to complete the sweep for Vermont.

In the women’s classic race four Catamounts finished in the top-10, led by Marion Wood’s fifth-place finish, her best of the season. Woods crossed the finish line in a time of 53:51.6.

Annika Taylor of New Hampshire won the race with a time of 53:10.8 and the Middlebury duo of Heather Mooney and Kelsey Phinney rounded out the podium.

The Vermont men’s Nordic team also had a strong showing in the classic race. Jorgen Grav led five Catamounts among the top-10 finishers. Grav was the runner-up in the race, posting a time of 59:51.2.

Patrick Caldwell of Dartmouth won the men’s classic with a time of 57:27.2, and fellow Big Green teammate Fabian Stocek earned third place with a time of 59:52.0.

Up next for the Catamounts are the 2015 NCAA Championships, March 11-14, in Lake Placid. The alpine events will be at Whiteface Mountain, while the Nordic races will be held at Mt. Van Hoevenberg. Vermont will look to take on the Colorado Buffaloes who came from behind to secure the RMISA title over the weekend in Alaska.

Buoyed by two individual wins and nine finishes in the top eight across four events on Saturday, the University of Colorado ski team rallied to win its 27th conference title. It marked the 10th straight year the Buffaloes have finished either first (six times) or second, which CU has accomplished 48 times since 1950, when it started a varsity program.

Utah entered the day with a slight 8-point edge over the Buffaloes, but in the end, CU blew past its longtime rival, finishing with 651 team points to the Utes’ 609.  New Mexico was a distant third (550), with Denver (542) and Montana State (513) rounding out the top five.

It was as tight as things could be heading into the final runs of Saturday’s slalom races: through six events, the Buffaloes and Utes were dead even with 476 points. CU had a slight edge in performances in the first runs, with three women in the top seven (one for Utah), while each had three men in the top 14. A dominant showing in the women’ slalom gave CU control of the meet.

“It feels good, it’s not the first time we’ve won, but it’s always good to win it and bring it home,” CU head coach Richard Rokos said. “I just like to keep the history alive, it’s something we have the ability to do. Today I was hoping this is how it would happen, and the (alpine) ladies were phenomenal, and the guys were right where they were supposed to be, mingling with the World Cup guys.”

“We knew ahead of time where we stood after the Nordic races, we had caught Utah and it was even,” he continued. “We wanted to return to where we had performed for years in the slalom, and we looked at our positions and felt confident. All we had to do was perform to get it.”

“I talk about surface a lot, but it’s like training on a dirt bike and coming to motocross and trying to win, it just doesn’t happen,” Rokos said. “You have to get used to it, a surface like this, and we got better every race.”

In the men’s 20-kilometer classical race, sophomore Mads Stroem won in a sprint at the finish over senior teammate Rune Oedegaard, as the Colorado pair finished 1-2 in a race for the ninth time in 10 races this season.  Stroem finsihed three-tenths of a second ahead of Oedegaard in a very competitive race overall: just 14 seconds separated the top seven finishers over the course of 12-plus miles. New Mexico’s Aku Nikander was lurking in third.

“I had really good kick on my skis, so I tried to use my legs as much as possible to save my arms for the last lap,” Stroem said. “Everybody skied really fast from the gun. I stayed at the back of the lead pack the whole way, it started with 15 guys, 10 guys, eight guys, I just stayed there. Suddenly on the fifth lap I was in the lead, and then in the last lap it was just to go as fast as I could. There were only two or three guys left, I knew it would come down to the finish, it was all about maintaining speed down the home stretch.”

Since skiing went coed in 1983, this was the sixth time the Buffs have swept the men’s regional Nordic races – the fifth time in the last nine years – as Stroem also won Friday’s 15k freestyle. He joins Oedegaard (2012, 2014), Matt Gelso (2010), Kit Richmond (2008) and Bjorn Svensson (1992) in earning the regional double.

“It feels pretty cool to win both regional races,” Stroem said. “I’m finally feeling like I am back to my level of fitness that I had before Christmas before I got sick. I got some good training in the last few weeks, and it feels good to ski at sea level, that’s how it is in Norway. Hopefully we can repeat this in two weeks, we need to get back to Boulder, ski easy, stay in low elevation and avoid getting sick and maintaining our good shape.”

He did acknowledge that there isn’t a lot of difference between himself and CU’s star senior.

“It’s really tight at this point between me and Rune,” he noted. “It’s really cool, I looked at him and I didn’t feel 100 percent today, I looked at him, but on the last lap I was really determined to win. We broke away (at the end) from some really good skiers, so to be able to do that is pretty great. The best skiers are in the west, though there are some good skiers in the east. But everything is mixed up, some people you’re not even thinking about can have a great day and beat you, so we need to go out and give it our all.”

Oedegaard still made history with his finish: it was his 34th podium finish in his career, the combined total of wins, second- and third-place finishes. He has 19 victories, one shy of becoming just the second skier in CU history to win 20, 12 runner-up showings, and three thirds in 42 career races.

“It was a good race, but it was tough,” Oedegaard said. “It was high pace from the beginning to the end, a lot of people trying to get gaps on the field, but the course is so flat and easy that you’ll never gain too much from laying in front. I tried on the last lap to gap the field, and I got about 20 meters on the uphill, but then everybody caught me, so I figured it was better to save it from the end. I thought I felt strong at the end, but Mads was just a little stronger today. I’d rather win, but he’s not a bad person to finish second to.

“It’s more about having fun and racing, neither of us are thinking too much about these races, we are focusing on NCAA’s and that’s when we want to peak,” he added. “I feel confident that I’ll be in good shape for NCAAs, I’ve been training well since Christmas, more than ever since I was coming off injuries and illness in the fall. There will be harder courses at NCAAs and I’m looking forward to that.”

Oedegaard is the two-time defending national champion in the classic, and while CU has had several skiers win two titles in the same event, he is bidding to become the first Buff to win three in the same discipline.

“I’ll take one race at the time, first I want to win the skate race and after I win that, I’ll want to win the classic race. Both races will be tight, I will strive to win both of them.”

In the women’s 15k classical, freshman Petra Hyncicova once again led the Buffaloes, as she finished fourth in a 43:14.6 time. New Mexico’s Emilie Cedervaern captured her second straight race to go with her freestyle win on Friday, skiing the course in 42:35.3, nearly 24 seconds ahead of Utah’s Veronika Mayerhoffer.

“I was surprised because it was the fastest 15K in my life, it was really good,” Hyncicova said. “At the finish, I lost the sprint so I’m a little sad about that, but overall, third and fourth place this weekend, I’m satisfied.”

“In the second loop, I tried to lead on the uphills, but that was the point I lost some energy,” she said. “In the third and fourth loop, I knew I wanted to fight for third and I had to go hard the whole time, I couldn’t wait for the finish, it was a chase pack of four-to-five.”

In the women’s slalom, junior Jessica Honkonen used a dominant first run to cruise to her first win of the season, easily defeating New Mexico’s Mateja Robnik. In winning her second career race, she had a 1.21-second lead heading into the second run.

“I was so nervous on the second run to bring it down, but it feels good to know I can still do it,” Honkonen said. “The course was really fun, I love skiing on snow like this, wet during the day and freezes overnight, it’s like that in (her native) Finland.  I hope this is what we continue to see and if it’s like this in Lake Placid.”

“Jessica got back into her groove, to the level she was at the end of last year,” Rokos said.  “It’s great to have competition like this on the same team. Between Jessica, Thea, Brooke and Shane, it will be tough to make the right decision (as to which three to take) for the NCAA Championship. It’s a luxury to play with it and have it, you don’t always have it.”

With the women giving CU a 40-point lead heading into the final run of the men’s slalom, the Buffs had a big enough cushion to ski with confidence and a little less pressure.  The result was two skiers in the top six (for just the second time this year) and three in the top 11.

Junior Adam Zika joined his colleagues in making it four-for-four, as Stroem, Hyncicova and Honkonen all had the top performances in their disciplines Friday as well.  Zika, sixth in the GS, took fourth in the in the slalom in a two-run time of 1:22.45. Montana State’s Garrett Driller smoked the field in the afternoon with the fastest run to zoom from seventh into first. Utah’s Endre Bjertness was second and Denver’s Sebastian Brigovic finished third.

It was Zika’s best finish of the year, and matched his top placemen since missing all of the 2013 season following knee surgery.  He was the 2012 national champion in the giant slalom but was derailed a full year after suffering the injury in training.

“It felt good, I’m finally feeling like I’m getting back after surgery two years ago,” Zika said. “I feel more confident and I’m happy with our whole team. The girls did such a great job, the guys did well, we won the meet, so that’s awesome.”

“I knew it was close, I had overheard that we were tied with Utah after Nordic, I didn’t tell anybody but I knew about it,” he said. “The course was good, the snow held up well for everybody.  It was a good surface, a good race. It will be snow like this in Lake Placid and if it is, we have a good chance to go for it.”

CU has qualified a full 12-skier team for the NCAA Championships in Lake Placid, site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. Lake Placid last hosted the NCAA’s in 1982.

“We will train in Colorado, hopefully we will have hard snow, the plan will be to get three training sessions before we leave,” Rokos said. “But if we only get two, we’ll take it. We always reserve Sunday in case we have to postpone an event, so everybody made an arrangement to stay another day so we will train here tomorrow and hopefully benefit out of it in Lake Placid.”

Release courtesy of UVM Athletics/CU Athletics, photo courtesy of Bob Eastaugh

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Vonn critical of course safety in Bankso before podium finish Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:37:37 +0000 Jessica Kelley One day after vocally criticizing the safety of course conditions on the speed track in Bansko, Bulgaria, Lindsey Vonn found the podium under sunny skies on a much smoother slope.

She rebounded after a disastrous super G run in the combined yesterday to finish third a day after calling the conditions a “joke” and calling out specific FIS officials, including World Cup Race Director Atle Skaardal, for not protecting the safety of the athletes. Vonn was sent during a period of heavy fog and finished the super G portion of the combined over two-and-half seconds behind Fenninger and then chose not to race in the slalom portion. They had a brief hold after Vonn crossed the line and the fog lifted for the remainder of the day.

“I’m trying to make sure the athletes are safe and hopefully someone is listening to me at some point, but I think giving them a little bit of pressure was good because the snow today was excellent so … I don’t know, I was just a little bit frustrated with the FIS and their approach to the safety,” Vonn told the media after today’s super G.

Vonn still struggled on the challenging upper turns of the course and appeared to take some time to find her rhythm and touch on her skis. After falling behind by more than a half second at the first two intervals, she was able to find some time on the bottom and make up speed to finish behind Anna Fenninger and Tina Maze, in a mirror of the World Championship super G podium.

“I’m happy with today’s race, it was definitely difficult, but the snow conditions were much better today and I definitely made some mistakes on the top part of the course,” said Vonn. “But I thought my skiing on the bottom was really good and I’m looking forward to Garmisch.”

imageMuch like she did last year after a successful trip to the Olympics, Fenninger has been on an absolute tear since returning from the World Championships. A day after winning the first World Cup alpine combined of her career, she added another victory. This time it was in super G, only the second time she has won in that discipline on the World Cup tour. The steep and turny Bansko course was designed for the technicians much like the Beaver Creek Raptor course utilized for the World Championship race, which Fenninger also won.

“Today was a pretty good day,” said Fenninger. “The course was difficult and technical, which suits me well. The track was hard and we could feel the snow under the skis.”

Fenninger’s high level of confidence has been evident every time she pushes out of a starting gate as of late. Her skiing has become relaxed, yet aggressive and on point — and it doesn’t matter the event. Her last three victories have come in three different disciplines, despite entering the weekend with nine of her 10 career wins coming in giant slalom.

“It is new for me to win in two different disciplines in two days,” Fenninger added. “Yesterday was really special with the slalom run in the alpine combined. It’s so good to win a super-G again because I have two gold medals at the Olympics and the World Championships, but won only one World Cup super-G before today.”

Today she skied technically sound and aggressively, barely running into any trouble that plagued most of the other athletes. She stayed clean on her edges at the top of the tun on the course that favored GS skiers. With her win, she overtook Vonn for the lead in the super G standings 372 to 340 points.

“Obviously you know Anna is a little bit ahead of me in the super G standings, but I’ve had a lot of success in Garmisch so I’m going to try my best and I think it’s going to be a good fight going into finals,” said Vonn of the remaining races.

Maze had another strong showing with her second straight second-place finish, but on each occasion she finished behind Fenninger and has seen her overall lead quickly dwindle. She now holds a 44-point advantage heading into another speed weekend in Garmisch, the only other hill on which Fenninger has won a super G.

“It’s close now, but I don’t know if it is possible win it,” explained Fenninger. “I’ll simply try to keep on going like this and will see what happens. I cannot tell for now.”

“To have one more discipline for sure helps (Fenninger does not ski slalom ), but it is so easy to lose points like I did in Maribor and St-Moritz,” Maze said. “Now I just have to ski fast and we will see what happens at end.”

Maze skied well but lacked the necessary punch to be able to overcome the speed and precision of Fenninger. For the second day in a row she was pleased to find herself on the podium after a string of unfortunate DNF’s.

“I had three zeros on my account in my last three World Cup races,” Maze commented. “I am happy I managed to secure some points theses two days. Being on the podium twice here was really important for me and my self confidence. Now I feel good and I am happy about it.”

Vonn’s success in her comeback season has not been without trials. She has risen to the top of the podium more times than most expected after she missed a majority of the past two seasons. But it is clear that she is still not comfortable when the conditions are not ideal, and after the race her comments directed towards the FIS were what people wanted to hear.

“Yeah, well, I said the fact that we were racing in those conditions was a joke because it’s up to the FIS to have the safety of the athletes as their number one priority and I don’t think the conditions were safe enough to be racing … for the fog and also the snow conditions, you know, it was really bally and when I was skiing it was broken and for the later numbers it did get better,” said Vonn of Sunday’s conditions. “But you know for me I’ve been on the World Cup now for 15 years and I feel like it’s never changing. Situations happen like in Schladming when I blew my knee out, they had the same situation where they kept delaying the race and the snow conditions weren’t good, but they still sent us.”

Vonn acknowledged that when conditions are as they were on Sunday, her goal is to make it to the finish safely. Today under sunny skies, she was able to find her more aggressive gear to finish on the podium for the eighth time this season.

“I’m definitely very happy with my comeback season. You know, it was difficult being away from the sport for almost two seasons and this year has gone much better than I expected,” admitted Vonn. “I always believed I could be back on the top, but I didn’t know it would come so quickly so I’m happy with my skiing.”

The remaining Americans struggled a bit more on the challenging course. Julia Mancuso was the next best American finishing 16th. She was followed by Stacey Cook in 21st and Laurenne Ross in 22nd. Alice McKennis and Abby Ghent finished 47th and 48th, respectively, and Jackie Wiles did not finish. Canadian Marie-Michele Gagnon tied with Mancuso for 16th, besting her previous best super G result from this season in St. Moritz where she was 17th.

With today’s successful running of the super G race, Bansko organizers salvaged a tough weekend where only one race was ultimately lost due to weather.

The women now move onto Garmisch for a downhill and super G next weekend.


The Scoop

By Hank McKee

  1. Fenninger, Head/Head/Head
  2. Maze, Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic
  3. Vonn, Head/Head/Head
  4. Hosp, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  5. Curtoni, Head/Head/Head
  6. Rebensburg, Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic
  7. Weirather, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  8. Huetter, Volkl/Tecnica/Marker
  9. Fanchini, Dynastar/Lange/Look
  10. Gut, Rossignol/Lange/Rossignol

Women’s World Cup super G, Bansko, Bulgaria, March 2, 2015:

  • It is the 24th of 34 races on the women’s World Cup schedule to be held. … The race was originally scheduled at Bad Kleinkircheim in January but was canceled due to unfavorable weather. … It was then rescheduled for Bansko Feb. 27 where it again fell to fog and was reset for March 2.
  • It is the sixth of eight super G’s on the women’s schedule … the fifth to be held. … It is the 10th World Cup held at Bansko. … It is the third super G. … The previous two (March 1, 2009 & Feb. 26 2012) were both won by Lindsey Vonn. … The first World Cup race at Bansko was in 2009.
  • It is the 12th career World Cup victory for Anna Fenninger … her sixth of the season including two World Championships. … It is her second career World Cup super G win, the first coming March 3, 2013 at Garmisch. …It is her second win at Bansko this season having also collected the combined yesterday. … The winning margin is 0.16 of a second … top nine skiers are within the same second … top 14 within two seconds.
  • It is the 77th career World Cup podium placing for Tina Maze … her 12th of the season including three medals at World Championships.
  • It is the 110th career World Cup podium for Lindsey Vonn … her 17th third-place finish. … It is her eighth podium of the season including a World Championship medal. … It is her 36th World Cup podium in super G.
  • Marie-Michele Gagnon matches her 49th best World Cup result of 79 finishes. … It is the 17th time Julia Mancuso has finished 16th in a World Cup race. … It is the eighth best finish of the season for Stacey Cook … her fourth best in super G this season. … It is the ninth World Cup scoring finish of the season for Laureene Ross.
  • Tina Maze holds the lead of the World Cup overall standings 1145-1101 over Fenninger. … Mikaela Shiffrin (did not race) holds third at 750pts. … Lindsey Vonn is fourth with 706pts. … Gagnon leads Canada in 26th place with 234pts.
  • Fenninger takes the lead of the super G standings 372-340 over Vonn. … Maze is third with 250pts. … Julia Mancuso is eighth with 1132pts.
  • Austria leads the women’s Nations Cup 4362-2385 over the U.S. … Italy is third with 1848pts and Canada ninth with 639pts.



 1  19  55947 FENNINGER Anna 1989 AUT  1:14.59  0.00
 2  17  565243 MAZE Tina 1983 SLO  1:14.75  +0.16  2.32
 3  20  537544 VONN Lindsey 1984 USA  1:14.87  +0.28  4.05
 4  13  55690 HOSP Nicole 1983 AUT  1:15.14  +0.55  7.96
 5  5  297910 CURTONI Elena 1991 ITA  1:15.15  +0.56  8.11
 6  9  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria 1989 GER  1:15.25  +0.66  9.56
 7  22  355050 WEIRATHER Tina 1989 LIE  1:15.44  +0.85  12.31
 8  16  56128 HUETTER Cornelia 1992 AUT  1:15.49  +0.90  13.03
 9  8  296729 FANCHINI Nadia 1986 ITA  1:15.55  +0.96  13.90
 10  21  516138 GUT Lara 1991 SUI  1:15.60  +1.01  14.62
 11  18  55576 GOERGL Elisabeth 1981 AUT  1:16.00  +1.41  20.42
 12  26  297702 MARSAGLIA Francesca 1990 ITA  1:16.08  +1.49  21.57
 13  6  565360 STUHEC Ilka 1990 SLO  1:16.25  +1.66  24.04
 14  27  515747 GISIN Dominique 1985 SUI  1:16.55  +1.96  28.38
 15  50  297601 BRIGNONE Federica 1990 ITA  1:16.68  +2.09  30.26
 16  25  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele 1989 CAN  1:16.71  +2.12  30.70
 16  11  537545 MANCUSO Julia 1984 USA  1:16.71  +2.12  30.70
 18  12  55970 SCHMIDHOFER Nicole 1989 AUT  1:16.79  +2.20  31.85
 19  30  495318 RUIZ CASTILLO Carolina 1981 SPA  1:16.90  +2.31  33.45
 19  24  515766 SUTER Fabienne 1985 SUI  1:16.90  +2.31  33.45
 21  14  537582 COOK Stacey 1984 USA  1:17.11  +2.52  36.49
 22  10  296431 STUFFER Verena 1984 ITA  1:17.25  +2.66  38.51
 22  7  538573 ROSS Laurenne 1988 USA  1:17.25  +2.66  38.51
 24  29  56125 PUCHNER Mirjam 1992 AUT  1:17.39  +2.80  40.54
 25  51  299276 BASSINO Marta 1996 ITA  1:17.59  +3.00  43.44
 26  38  206460 WENIG Michaela 1992 GER  1:17.83  +3.24  46.91
 27  41  516280 HOLDENER Wendy 1993 SUI  1:17.86  +3.27  47.35
 28  42  155563 KRIZOVA Klara 1989 CZE  1:17.90  +3.31  47.93
 29  31  197497 MIRADOLI Romane 1994 FRA  1:17.91  +3.32  48.07
 29  15  55766 STERZ Regina 1985 AUT  1:17.91  +3.32  48.07
 31  45  296427 SCHNARF Johanna 1984 ITA  1:17.93  +3.34  48.36
 32  52  565333 BRODNIK Vanja 1989 SLO  1:17.98  +3.39  49.08
 33  33  196812 PELLISSIER Marion 1988 FRA  1:18.01  +3.42  49.52
 34  35  516248 FLURY Jasmine 1993 SUI  1:18.14  +3.55  51.40
 35  37  56088 TIPPLER Tamara 1991 AUT  1:18.18  +3.59  51.98
 35  23  197295 PIOT Jennifer 1992 FRA  1:18.18  +3.59  51.98
 37  36  196968 BAILET Margot 1990 FRA  1:18.19  +3.60  52.12
 38  39  516219 NUFER Priska 1992 SUI  1:18.29  +3.70  53.57
 39  34  106849 YURKIW Larisa 1988 CAN  1:18.39  +3.80  55.02
 40  28  196460 JAY MARCHAND-ARVIER Marie 1985 FRA  1:18.47  +3.88  56.18
 41  4  196928 WORLEY Tessa 1989 FRA  1:18.48  +3.89  56.32
 42  49  55750 FISCHBACHER Andrea 1985 AUT  1:18.98  +4.39  63.56
 43  47  196726 BARTHET Anne-Sophie 1988 FRA  1:19.18  +4.59  66.46
 44  44  245066 MIKLOS Edit 1988 HUN  1:19.23  +4.64  67.18
 45  53  45331 SMALL Greta 1995 AUS  1:19.62  +5.03  72.83
 46  46  515997 FEIERABEND Denise 1989 SUI  1:19.74  +5.15  74.57
 47  48  538685 MCKENNIS Alice 1989 USA  1:19.85  +5.26  76.16
 48  40  539363 GHENT Abby 1992 USA  1:20.09  +5.50  79.64
 49  55  95050 KIRKOVA Maria 1986 BUL  1:20.91  +6.32  91.51
Did not start 1st run
 54  375018 COLETTI Alexandra 1983 MON
 3  425929 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild 1992 NOR
Did not finish 1st run
 43  539536 WILES Jacqueline 1992 USA
 32  56087 SIEBENHOFER Ramona 1991 AUT
 2  296008 MERIGHETTI Daniela 1981 ITA
 1  296472 FANCHINI Elena 1985 ITA
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The Hirscher show at Garmisch GS, wins by over 3 seconds Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:49:05 +0000 Geoff Mintz If you ask Marcel Hirscher, his giant slalom victory in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Sunday was not his best race. But looking at the numbers, it’s almost impossible to fathom a more dominant performance.

Hirscher was fastest in the first run, fastest in the second run, amounting to a 3.28-second win over his closest competitor, hometown kid Felix Neureuther. With the victory, Hirscher all but locked up the GS title with a 188-point advantage over Ted Ligety, who finished fourth on the day. Ligety was outpaced by Benny Raich who earned his first World Cup podium in nearly a year.

“I tried my best,” said Hirscher. “There’s no conclusion why it worked that good today. I always give my best but I think today the conditions, the course setting worked pretty well for my setup and my style of skiing. Everything worked amazing. It is just unbelievable. … I risked everything, but there were other races where I felt much better.”

Because of this year’s schedule including the World Championships held in the U.S., the race marked the first men’s World Cup giant slalom since Adelboden on Jan. 10, seven weeks ago.

Hirscher said he was happy to be back skiing European snow, which he prefers over the North American variety featured at the World Championships where he took silver to Ligety’s gold. On Sunday, Hirscher skied a high, early line with unmatched physicality to secure the third-largest margin of victory in a men’s World Cup GS behind legend Ingemar Stenmark.

“I did nothing special today,” added Hirscher. “It’s really unbelievable because I just skied. … I think if you ask all the other athletes what was so special today … in each turn I caught up two or three hundredths of a second. In general, if you do this in every turn, it makes for a big gap. I think this is the reason for today’s amazing victory.”

For Neureuther, finishing runner-up on home snow is about as good as it gets, considering the insurmountable performance by the Austrian. In his second run, Neureuther skied a couple ragged turns out of the start but settled in nicely to hone his technical skills and build momentum in the middle and lower parts of the course. The second-place result marks Neureuther’s first GS podium in nearly a year.

“In front of the home crowd, it’s always something special to be on the podium,” Neureuther said. “For me, GS is a little bit different than slalom. Today I am very happy with my skiing and with the second place.

“Marcel of course is in a different league. … He’s skiing good. He’s skiing really good. Of course, today when the conditions are like that, when the course setting is like that, Marcel is not the tallest guy. He has a lot of strength in his legs. He can turn the skis as fast as nobody else.”

Similarly, Ligety said Hirscher’s skiing was “really impressive. First run was like skiing in one of those kiddie ball rooms where you jump into the pit. You have no ability to get anything out of the turn. (Hirscher) was the only one able to get anything out of the turn.”

After the race, Ligety acknowledged the gold medal in Beaver Creek was his “one bright spot” this season. “It was not the greatest year, that’s for sure. Luckily salvaged it with the World Championships.”

Tim Jitloff and Tommy Ford joined Ligety with strong results for the American team. Jitloff, who lives in Germany, found his stride in the afternoon with the second fastest second run behind Hirscher. Skiing a tight, aggressive line and making athletic recoveries, Jitloff jumped from from 24th after the first run to 10th after the later performance.

And Ford with a solid outing proved his top-20 finish at the World Championships was the real deal. The 25-year-old, who’s been slowly battling back from a broken femur two years ago, basically had the opposite experience from Jitloff: He skied a competitive, 13th-fastest first run but faltered in the second run to finish 23rd on the day.

“First run was a cranker,” said Ford. “The snow was good — took advantage of that and made clean turns the whole way. I was able to maintain movement the whole way down and stay strong through the finish. Got good position for second run and the snow changed a bit and I didn’t quite adapt.”

With the result, Ford earned his first World Cup points since 2012.

See more photos from this race here.


The Scoop By Hank McKee

  1. Hirscher, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  2. Neureuther, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
  3. Raich, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  4. Ligety, Head/Head/Head
  5. Pinturault, Head/Head/Head
  6. Janka, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
  7. Nani, Volkl/Fischer/Marker
  8. Haugen, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
  9. Muffat-Jeandet, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
  10. Jitloff, Stoeckli/Lange/Marker

Men’s World Cup giant slalom, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, March 1, 2015:

  • It is the 29th of 38 races on the men’s schedule … the sixth of eight scheduled GS’s. … It is the 101st World Cup race hosted – at least in part – by Garmisch … just the fifth GS. … Alex Pinturault won the most recent GS at the site Feb. 24, 2013.
  • It is the 30th career World Cup win for Marcel Hirscher … his 14th in GS. …  It is his eighth win of the season including gold in alpine combined at the World Championships. … The winning margin is an astounding 3.28 seconds. … third largest in history in men’s GS, biggest since 1979. … The top 14 skiers are within five seconds.
  • It is the 37th career World Cup podium placing for Felix Neureuther … his fourth in GS. … It is his second podium at Garmisch and his ninth podium of the season including one World Championship medal.
  • It is the 93rd career World Cup podium for Benjamin Raich … his 35th in GS. … It is his first podium since March 8, 2014.
  • It is the second straight GS in which Ted Ligety has missed the podium after a 17 of 18 string of podium placings. … It is the seventh career top 10 for Tim Jitloff … his second World Cup top 10 of the season. … It is the fourth best World Cup result for Dustin Cook. … All of his better results have come this season. … It is the first scoring result for Tommy Ford since Dec. 2, 2012.
  • Hirscher leads the World Cup overall standings 1128-940 over Kjetil Jansrud (15th in race). … Alexis Pinturault is third overall with 744pts. … Ted Ligety is tenth with 470pts.
  • Hirscher leads the GS standings 560-372 over Ligety with only two races remaining. Pinturault is third at 355pts. … Dustin Cook is the top Canadian in 29th place with 32pts.
  • Austria leads the men’s Nations Cup 4552-2921 over France. … Italy is third with 2707pts. … The U.S. is seventh with 1538pts and Canada ninth with 488pts.



 1  4  53831 HIRSCHER Marcel 1989 AUT  1:23.28  1:19.95  2:43.23  0.00
 2  1  201702 NEUREUTHER Felix 1984 GER  1:25.48  1:21.03  2:46.51  +3.28  19.69
 3  3  50625 RAICH Benjamin 1978 AUT  1:25.27  1:21.40  2:46.67  +3.44  20.65
 4  6  534562 LIGETY Ted 1984 USA  1:26.12  1:20.67  2:46.79  +3.56  21.37
 5  5  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis 1991 FRA  1:25.43  1:21.48  2:46.91  +3.68  22.09
 6  10  511313 JANKA Carlo 1986 SUI  1:26.13  1:21.39  2:47.52  +4.29  25.76
 7  12  294890 NANI Roberto 1988 ITA  1:26.06  1:21.52  2:47.58  +4.35  26.12
 8  13  421669 HAUGEN Leif Kristian 1987 NOR  1:26.17  1:21.46  2:47.63  +4.40  26.42
 9  14  193967 MUFFAT-JEANDET Victor 1989 FRA  1:26.47  1:21.37  2:47.84  +4.61  27.68
 10  8  534959 JITLOFF Tim 1985 USA  1:27.43  1:20.54  2:47.97  +4.74  28.46
 11  2  202462 DOPFER Fritz 1987 GER  1:25.46  1:22.57  2:48.03  +4.80  28.82
 12  11  501324 OLSSON Matts 1988 SWE  1:26.03  1:22.01  2:48.04  +4.81  28.88
 13  15  422304 KRISTOFFERSEN Henrik 1994 NOR  1:26.58  1:21.56  2:48.14  +4.91  29.48
 14  7  191750 FANARA Thomas 1981 FRA  1:26.29  1:21.91  2:48.20  +4.97  29.84
 15  16  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil 1985 NOR  1:26.28  1:22.08  2:48.36  +5.13  30.80
 16  18  51007 SCHOERGHOFER Philipp 1983 AUT  1:27.33  1:21.17  2:48.50  +5.27  31.64
 17  39  511718 PLEISCH Manuel 1990 SUI  1:27.40  1:21.13  2:48.53  +5.30  31.82
 18  33  100558 COOK Dustin 1989 CAN  1:27.14  1:21.42  2:48.56  +5.33  32.00
 19  19  194495 FAIVRE Mathieu 1992 FRA  1:26.98  1:21.60  2:48.58  +5.35  32.12
 20  20  202437 LUITZ Stefan 1992 GER  1:27.04  1:21.63  2:48.67  +5.44  32.66
 21  53  290095 BALLERIN Andrea 1989 ITA  1:27.81  1:20.90  2:48.71  +5.48  32.90
 22  24  511852 CAVIEZEL Gino 1992 SUI  1:27.39  1:21.46  2:48.85  +5.62  33.74
 23  34  531799 FORD Tommy 1989 USA  1:26.41  1:22.45  2:48.86  +5.63  33.80
 24  17  292967 EISATH Florian 1984 ITA  1:27.78  1:21.26  2:49.04  +5.81  34.88
 24  9  180534 SANDELL Marcus 1987 FIN  1:26.84  1:22.20  2:49.04  +5.81  34.88
 26  21  292120 SIMONCELLI Davide 1979 ITA  1:27.03  1:22.10  2:49.13  +5.90  35.42
 27  22  51159 NOESIG Christoph 1985 AUT  1:28.07  1:21.15  2:49.22  +5.99  35.96
 28  31  561244 KRANJEC Zan 1992 SLO  1:27.82  1:21.45  2:49.27  +6.04  36.26
 29  29  292000 BLARDONE Massimiliano 1979 ITA  1:28.07  1:21.81  2:49.88  +6.65  39.93
 30  46  481103 ANDRIENKO Aleksander 1990 RUS  1:27.66  1:31.43  2:59.09  +15.86  95.22
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 57  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko 1986 CRO
 54  54080 NEUMAYER Christopher 1992 AUT
 52  103729 READ Erik 1991 CAN
 51  990081 CASSE Mattia 1990 ITA
 50  6530115 CHRISTIANSON Kieffer 1992 USA
 49  202345 SCHWAIGER Dominik 1991 GER
 48  291318 TONETTI Riccardo 1989 ITA
 47  53980 KRIECHMAYR Vincent 1991 AUT
 44  700830 ZAMPA Adam 1990 SVK
 43  511638 TUMLER Thomas 1989 SUI
 42  511896 MURISIER Justin 1992 SUI
 40  54031 LEITINGER Roland 1991 AUT
 37  103676 BROWN Phil 1991 CAN
 36  180666 TORSTI Samu 1991 FIN
 35  202597 SCHMID Alexander 1994 GER
 28  191423 RICHARD Cyprien 1979 FRA
 26  292491 MOELGG Manfred 1982 ITA
 23  192506 MISSILLIER Steve 1984 FRA
Did not finish 2nd run
 56  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas 1984 FRA
Did not finish 1st run
 55  180705 PIRINEN Eemeli 1993 FIN
 45  53985 MATHIS Marcel 1991 AUT
 41  501458 LINDH Calle 1990 SWE
 38  511741 ZURBRIGGEN Elia 1990 SUI
 32  934568 RUBIE Brennan 1991 USA
 30  380335 ZUBCIC Filip 1993 CRO
 27  501017 MYHRER Andre 1983 SWE
 25  990048 BORSOTTI Giovanni 1990 ITA


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Fenninger shows surprise slalom form to win Bankso combined Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:18:33 +0000 Jessica Kelley Austrian Anna Fenninger has been riding high since her dominating performance at the World Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, and not even a slalom run could slow her down. Leading after the super G portion of the alpine combined in Bansko, Bulgaria, Fenninger skied an impressive slalom run (the only event she doesn’t race on the World Cup tour) to overtake slalom skiers Tina Maze and Kathrin Zettel and win the first World Cup combined of her career.

After two straight days of race cancellations, the women had to wait out another hold in the morning before the super G. Fog, which has plagued the hill the entire weekend, was holding strong throughout the morning. It finally began to clear and six racers were sent before the fog covered the course again. The race was briefly interrupted until officials deemed it safe enough and racing resumed. Two more racers were sent, Zettel and Lindsey Vonn, before another brief hold ensued. This time the fog cleared for good and the remaining athletes had a clear track.

Heavy snow had fallen throughout the stormy weekend leaving a challenging and bumpy course for the women. But Fenninger, starting bib 16, appeared to have no problems with the difficult course. As she has for the better part of the month, she skied technically and tactically strong on one of the most difficult sets to lead the way heading into the slalom.

“I know I can ski fast,” said Fenninger. “To be consistent, it’s a mental thing. It’s not always easy for me to find the right rhythm at the beginning of the season. The point is to stay focused. I put all my energy into every race and don’t think about anything else.”

Maze was in hot pursuit of Fenninger, sitting in second and only trailing by 0.45 seconds after the super G portion. The Slovene who’s leading the overall and who won the combined at World Championships and another slalom race earlier this season looked poised to take the one and only World Cup alpine combined of the year. She skied smoothly and quickly through the deteriorating conditions in the slalom run to claim an advantage over then-leader Zettel. It appeared the race was hers for the taking.

But Fenninger sat in the start with loads of confidence, and it showed immediately in her skiing. She pushed out of the start and built on her advantage over Maze through the first two intervals with the look of a seasoned slalom skier. She managed to hang on through the final steep pitch into the finish and only lost six-hundredths out of her lead from the start to take the win by 0.39 seconds over Maze. Zettel finished third, 1.06 seconds behind.

“It’s incredible to think I won my first World Cup alpine combined today,” Fenninger said. “After the first run, I didn’t believe this could be possible. I am really surprised. I had such a cool feeling coming down the slalom course.”

Maze bounced back from a disappointing weekend in Maribor in front of her hometown fans where she did not finish either race and was pleased with her second-place result. She continues to lead the overall standings, but Fenninger has quickly been closing the gap with her recent success. What once looked to be an unapprochable lead had shrunk to a tight 64-point advantage for Maze. The women have nine more races remaining on the calendar, but only two of those are slaloms, the only event Fenninger does not race.

“It has been a long day, that’s why we look tired,” said Maze smiling. “It was tough to ski. Being focused all the time waiting to go down these three days was not easy. They only let us down today. I was actually really happy that we could race and feel the terrain even though conditions weren’t that nice.”

Zettel, who was one of the unlucky few to be sent early in the fog, shrugged off the bad draw to ski a clean and fast slalom run, moving up from ninth after the super G to finish on the podium. She overtook a trio of skiers who moved up significantly from the super G leg. Margot Bailet finished fourth, Marie-Michele Gagnon fifth and Dominique Gisin (third after the super G) was able to squeak a hundredth in front of her teammate Wendy Holdener, who skied the fastest slalom run, to finish sixth and seventh, respectively.

The Americans were represented in the second run by Julia Mancuso who ended up 12th overall, after finishing eighth in the super G leg; Laurenne Ross ended up 17th; and Jackie Wiles, who was unlucky in 31st after the super G, wound up 26th overall. Vonn, who along with Zettel was hit with heavy fog during her run, was 2.57 seconds behind Fenninger after the super G and elected not to start the slalom run to rest and prepare for Monday’s super G.

“Well I just want to make sure I’m saving my body and my knees going forward because I want to race in the next Olympics. So, you know, a day like today my goal is just to get to the bottom and use it as training for tomorrow,” admitted Vonn. “But looking forward I’m hoping to win the downhill and super G globes this season, so those are big goals for me.”

The women will race a make-up super G tomorrow in Bansko and then move on to the Garmisch speed races next weekend.

See more photos from this race here


The Scoop

By Hank McKee

  1. Fenninger, Head/Head/Head
  2. Maze, Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic
  3. Zettel, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  4. Bailet, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
  5. Gagnon, Rossignol/Lange/Rossignol
  6. Gisin, Dynastar/Lange
  7. Holdener, Head/Head/Head
  8. Kirchgasser, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  9. Miradoli, Dynastar/Lange
  10. Marsaglia, Volkl/Marker

Women’s World Cup alpine combined, Bansko, Bulgaria, March 1, 2015:

  • It is the 23rd of 34 races on the women’s schedule … the first and only combined on the slate. … It is the ninth World Cup race to be held at Bansko and the second combined, the first combined for women. … It is the third race set for Bansko this season, but the first to be held.
  • It is the 11th career World Cup win for Anna Fenninger … her fifth of the season including two World Championship gold medals (super G and GS). … It is her first combined win. … The winning margin is 0.39 of a second. … Top two are within the same second. … Top nine within two seconds.
  • It is the 76th career World Cup podium for Tina Maze … her 11th of the season including three World Championship medals.
  • It is the 50th career World Cup podium for Kathrin Zettel and her fifth of the season.
  • It is the 10th career top five in World Cup for Marie-Michele Gagnon … her third in combined. … It is her best placing of the season. … It is the 14th best of 20 World Cup combined results for Julia Mancuso. … Laurenne Ross matches her 21st career best score … ninth best of the season. … It is the third best of six career scoring results for Jacqueline Wiles … her first career combined result.
  • Tina Maze holds off Anna Fenninger to maintain the lead of the World Cup overall standings 1065-1001. … Mikaela Shiffrin (did not race) is third overall with 750pts and Lindsey Vonn (did not start slalom leg) is fourth at 646pts. … Gagnon leads Canada in 26th with 219pts.
  • Austria leads the women’s Nations Cup standings 4134-2291 over the U.S. … Sweden is third with 1745pts. … Canada is ninth at 624pts.



 1  16  55947 FENNINGER Anna 1989 AUT  1:12.73  52.33  2:05.06  0.00
 2  20  565243 MAZE Tina 1983 SLO  1:13.18  52.27  2:05.45  +0.39  3.59
 3  7  55838 ZETTEL Kathrin 1986 AUT  1:14.02  52.10  2:06.12  +1.06  9.75
 4  11  196968 BAILET Margot 1990 FRA  1:14.25  52.24  2:06.49  +1.43  13.15
 5  17  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele 1989 CAN  1:14.72  52.04  2:06.76  +1.70  15.63
 6  10  515747 GISIN Dominique 1985 SUI  1:13.32  53.56  2:06.88  +1.82  16.74
 7  28  516280 HOLDENER Wendy 1993 SUI  1:16.16  50.73  2:06.89  +1.83  16.83
 8  19  55759 KIRCHGASSER Michaela 1985 AUT  1:14.78  52.22  2:07.00  +1.94  17.84
 9  2  197497 MIRADOLI Romane 1994 FRA  1:13.72  53.32  2:07.04  +1.98  18.21
 10  14  297702 MARSAGLIA Francesca 1990 ITA  1:14.24  53.18  2:07.42  +2.36  21.70
 11  12  515997 FEIERABEND Denise 1989 SUI  1:15.68  51.83  2:07.51  +2.45  22.53
 12  13  537545 MANCUSO Julia 1984 USA  1:13.83  53.82  2:07.65  +2.59  23.82
 13  25  56087 SIEBENHOFER Ramona 1991 AUT  1:15.18  52.48  2:07.66  +2.60  23.91
 14  1  55576 GOERGL Elisabeth 1981 AUT  1:13.53  54.34  2:07.87  +2.81  25.84
 15  33  296427 SCHNARF Johanna 1984 ITA  1:15.02  52.89  2:07.91  +2.85  26.21
 16  23  565333 BRODNIK Vanja 1989 SLO  1:15.02  53.28  2:08.30  +3.24  29.79
 17  4  538573 ROSS Laurenne 1988 USA  1:14.22  54.31  2:08.53  +3.47  31.91
 18  32  297910 CURTONI Elena 1991 ITA  1:14.61  54.14  2:08.75  +3.69  33.93
 19  41  56128 HUETTER Cornelia 1992 AUT  1:15.24  53.86  2:09.10  +4.04  37.15
 20  24  196726 BARTHET Anne-Sophie 1988 FRA  1:16.79  52.37  2:09.16  +4.10  37.70
 21  6  56125 PUCHNER Mirjam 1992 AUT  1:16.40  53.64  2:10.04  +4.98  45.79
 22  5  516219 NUFER Priska 1992 SUI  1:15.10  54.98  2:10.08  +5.02  46.16
 23  15  565401 BUCIK Ana 1993 SLO  1:17.22  53.44  2:10.66  +5.60  51.50
 24  38  155563 KRIZOVA Klara 1989 CZE  1:15.78  56.83  2:12.61  +7.55  69.43
 25  27  45331 SMALL Greta 1995 AUS  1:17.68  55.62  2:13.30  +8.24  75.77
 26  36  539536 WILES Jacqueline 1992 USA  1:16.70  56.70  2:13.40  +8.34  76.69
 27  39  315187 IGNJATOVIC Nevena 1990 SRB  1:17.66  55.94  2:13.60  +8.54  78.53
Did not start 2nd run
 42  296472 FANCHINI Elena 1985 ITA
 40  245066 MIKLOS Edit 1988 HUN
 35  106849 YURKIW Larisa 1988 CAN
 31  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria 1989 GER
 8  537544 VONN Lindsey 1984 USA
 3  355050 WEIRATHER Tina 1989 LIE
Did not finish 2nd run
 29  297601 BRIGNONE Federica 1990 ITA
 22  425929 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild 1992 NOR
 18  55690 HOSP Nicole 1983 AUT
Did not finish 1st run
 45  495318 RUIZ CASTILLO Carolina 1981 SPA
 44  375018 COLETTI Alexandra 1983 MON
 43  95050 KIRKOVA Maria 1986 BUL
 37  206460 WENIG Michaela 1992 GER
 34  516248 FLURY Jasmine 1993 SUI
 30  515766 SUTER Fabienne 1985 SUI
 26  196812 PELLISSIER Marion 1988 FRA
 21  516138 GUT Lara 1991 SUI
 9  565360 STUHEC Ilka 1990 SLO
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Another Austrian sweep at Garmisch sprint downhill Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:13:57 +0000 Geoff Mintz After a dissatisfying first half of the season that included a dismal performance at the World Championships, the Austrian men’s downhill team found itself in some hot water with the fans and media back home. But with back-to-back podium sweeps in the discipline, not even the Austrians can be disgruntled with the team’s recent results.

Hannes Reichelt, Romed Baumann and Matthias Mayer finished in that order on an abbreviated Kandahar track in Garmisch-Partenkirchen Saturday. The race was delayed several hours due to fog and ultimately run from the ladies’ super G start.

Reichelt, who appeared to be the man to beat in training, finished with the winning time of 1 minute, 11.90 seconds. It was a tight competition all the way around: Baumann missed out on the victory by a mere hundredth, while less than a second separated the top 33 racers.

Reichelt took a questionably direct line into the critical Eishang section and fell to as much as 0.18 seconds back, but managed to generate and carry good speed through Freier Fall and into the finish.

“This is great because Kandahar is a classic downhill course,” said Reichelt. “Today from the half start it was a close race … so you really have to be fast to get the victory. I’m happy that they (completed) the race because it’s really important for our sport. It’s good to be on top of the podium. It show’s my shape is at a high level right now.”

For Baumann, who hasn’t finished on the downhill podium since 2012, the result is encouraging but also bittersweet. Saturday marks the fourth time he has finished runner-up in downhill. (He has a pair of wins in the combined.)

“It was really close like in Groeden. Maybe some day the hundredths will be on my side,” Baumann said. “I was happy we had the race. There are a lot of people in the finish area, a good crowd and they came to see a good race. It wasn’t from the top part but I’m glad that we started this race today.”

Despite battling a cold, Mayer was able to build off his momentum from a pair of wins a week ago on home snow to fight for a third-pace finish.

“It’s just like Saalbach,” said a raspy-voiced Mayer. “It’s pretty awesome for us. We couldn’t have imagined that earlier in the season. Three Austrians on the podium, yeah, couldn’t be better. … I’m happy with my third place because today it wasn’t easy for me. I’m a little bit sick and tired. I’m glad the race was a little bit shorter today.”

Marco Sullivan threw down his best result since Lake Louise earlier this season — in fact it’s his best result outside of Lake Louise since Wengen in 2009. Running 23rd, Sully was even at the second split but lost time below Freier Fall, otherwise he could have been a threat for the podium.

“It was pretty typical Garmisch weather. We’ve been battling this fog pretty much every time we’ve been here the last five years or so. It was a day where you had to stay focused through all the delays. I had an inkling that we would run eventually — kind of a bummer that we had to go from the super G start start. It neuters the race. The top section is really fun.

“For me personally, I had good training runs. I knew I was skiing well,” he added. “The race was so tight. I think a tenth one way or the other would have cost me five places. It was just go for broke.”

Meanwhile, Kjetil Jansrud can’t be too pleased with his 19th-place result. The Norwegian was very direct up top but got a low on the bottom part of the run and dragged his arm at one point, which seemed to have an impact on his time.

The result certainly doesn’t help Jansrud’s chances in the overall title chase with Marcel Hirscher who leads by 104 points. In fact, with two races remaining and an 84-point lead over Reichelt in the downhill standings, the discipline title is now also in play as the season draws to a close.

See more photos from this race here.


The Scoop

By Hank McKee

  1. Reichelt, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
  2. Baumann, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
  3. Mayer, Head/Head/Head
  4. Varettoni, Head/Head/Head
  5. Paris, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
  6. Sullivan, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  7. Kriechmayr, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  8. Streitberger, Head/Head/Head
  9. Defago, Rossignol/Lange/Rossignol
  10. Franz, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

Men’s World Cup downhill, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Feb. 28, 2015:

  • It is the 28th of 38 races on the men’s schedule … the eighth of ten scheduled downhills. … It is the 100th World Cup held at least in part at Garmisch, the first in 1970 … the 40th downhill. … Most recent World Cup DH winner is Christof Innerhofer in 2013. … After several postponements due  to fog the start is lowered to the super G start.
  • It is the tenth career World Cup victory  for Hannes Reichelt … his first at Garmisch. … It is his fourth win of the season including a gold medal in super G at the World Championships. … It is the second straight podium sweep by Austrians in men’s downhill … an extremely close race. … The winning margin is .01 of a second. … Top 33 are within the same second. … The Austrians cram six into the top 10.
  • It is the tenth career World Cup podium placing for Romed Baumann, his first since February of 2012.
  • It is the 11th career World Cup podium for Matthias Mayer. … He podiumed twice this season at Saalbach earlier this month.
  • Marco Sullivan matches his tenth best career World Cup finish. … It is his second best finish of the season after a fifth in DH at Lake Louise back in November. … It is the 30th best career World Cup result for Steven Nyman and his third best at Garmisch. … It is the 14th best World Cup result for Benjamin Thomsen, matching his third best finish for the season. … Travis Ganong scores his best result at Garmisch, bettering his placing from 2012.
  • Marcel Hirscher (did not race) maintains the lead of the World Cup overall standings 1028-912 over Kjetil Jansrud (19th in race). … Alexis Pinturault (did not race) is third overall with 699pts. … Ted Ligety (did not race) leads the Americans in 12th place with 420pts.
  • Jansrud holds the lead of the downhill standings 469-385 over Reichelt. … Dominik Paris (fifth in race) is third with 357pts. … Steven Nyman is the top U.S. skier in sixth with 268pts. … Ganong is 10th with 200pts.
  • Austria leads the men’s Nations Cup standings 4373-2817 over France. … Italy is third with 2647. … The U.S. is seventh with 1454pts and Canada ninth at 475pts.




 1  20  50742 REICHELT Hannes 1980 AUT  1:11.90  0.00
 2  5  51215 BAUMANN Romed 1986 AUT  1:11.91  +0.01  0.17
 3  19  53902 MAYER Matthias 1990 AUT  1:12.14  +0.24  4.17
 4  24  293141 VARETTONI Silvano 1984 ITA  1:12.18  +0.28  4.87
 5  21  291459 PARIS Dominik 1989 ITA  1:12.21  +0.31  5.39
 6  23  533131 SULLIVAN Marco 1980 USA  1:12.29  +0.39  6.78
 7  26  53980 KRIECHMAYR Vincent 1991 AUT  1:12.31  +0.41  7.13
 8  28  50858 STREITBERGER Georg 1981 AUT  1:12.35  +0.45  7.82
 9  13  510727 DEFAGO Didier 1977 SUI  1:12.37  +0.47  8.17
 10  10  53817 FRANZ Max 1989 AUT  1:12.38  +0.48  8.34
 11  11  192746 THEAUX Adrien 1984 FRA  1:12.40  +0.50  8.69
 12  18  511139 KUENG Patrick 1984 SUI  1:12.47  +0.57  9.91
 13  14  191740 CLAREY Johan 1981 FRA  1:12.52  +0.62  10.78
 14  49  294277 KLOTZ Siegmar 1987 ITA  1:12.58  +0.68  11.82
 15  48  990081 CASSE Mattia 1990 ITA  1:12.59  +0.69  12.00
 16  12  292455 FILL Peter 1982 ITA  1:12.62  +0.72  12.52
 17  8  533866 NYMAN Steven 1982 USA  1:12.63  +0.73  12.69
 18  25  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin 1987 CAN  1:12.64  +0.74  12.87
 19  43  194167 MUZATON Maxence 1990 FRA  1:12.65  +0.75  13.04
 19  42  202196 BRANDNER Klaus 1990 GER  1:12.65  +0.75  13.04
 19  16  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil 1985 NOR  1:12.65  +0.75  13.04
 22  17  530874 GANONG Travis 1988 USA  1:12.66  +0.76  13.21
 23  15  511313 JANKA Carlo 1986 SUI  1:12.70  +0.80  13.91
 24  2  202059 FERSTL Josef 1988 GER  1:12.72  +0.82  14.26
 25  3  54005 STRIEDINGER Otmar 1991 AUT  1:12.73  +0.83  14.43
 26  27  191964 POISSON David 1982 FRA  1:12.74  +0.84  14.60
 27  45  561216 KLINE Bostjan 1991 SLO  1:12.78  +0.88  15.30
 27  9  511383 FEUZ Beat 1987 SUI  1:12.78  +0.88  15.30
 29  29  194190 ROGER Brice 1990 FRA  1:12.80  +0.90  15.65
 30  34  511513 CAVIEZEL Mauro 1988 SUI  1:12.81  +0.91  15.82
 31  44  194542 GIRAUD MOINE Valentin 1992 FRA  1:12.84  +0.94  16.34
 32  4  200379 SANDER Andreas 1989 GER  1:12.86  +0.96  16.69
 33  31  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew 1986 USA  1:12.87  +0.97  16.86
 34  40  481705 GLEBOV Alexander 1983 RUS  1:12.97  +1.07  18.60
 34  22  192932 FAYED Guillermo 1985 FRA  1:12.97  +1.07  18.60
 36  41  194298 GIEZENDANNER Blaise 1991 FRA  1:13.03  +1.13  19.65
 36  35  934643 GOLDBERG Jared 1991 USA  1:13.03  +1.13  19.65
 36  30  102899 OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel 1984 CAN  1:13.03  +1.13  19.65
 39  7  292514 HEEL Werner 1982 ITA  1:13.17  +1.27  22.08
 40  36  561067 PERKO Rok 1985 SLO  1:13.18  +1.28  22.25
 41  38  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko 1986 CRO  1:13.27  +1.37  23.82
 41  6  50753 KROELL Klaus 1980 AUT  1:13.27  +1.37  23.82
 41  1  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan 1981 SUI  1:13.27  +1.37  23.82
 44  37  51327 PUCHNER Joachim 1987 AUT  1:13.36  +1.46  25.38
 45  46  930024 MAPLE Wiley 1990 USA  1:13.48  +1.58  27.47
 46  33  561217 KOSI Klemen 1991 SLO  1:13.51  +1.61  27.99
 47  47  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo 1985 ITA  1:13.53  +1.63  28.34
 48  39  6530104 BENNETT Bryce 1992 USA  1:13.57  +1.67  29.03
 49  32  103612 PRIDY Morgan 1990 CAN  1:13.61  +1.71  29.73
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Snow, fog cancel second day of Bansko racing Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:08:22 +0000 Jessica Kelley Mother nature was at it again, forcing the cancellation of the second super G in a row in Bansko, Bulgaria, due to heavy fog.

The original start time of 11:15 a.m. had temporarily clear conditions and they were able to start 13 racers before the fog rolled in. Overnight snow again played a role, but race crew and course workers were able to clear the track for the original start time. Unfortunately, they could do nothing about the fog. The race was delayed repeatedly for over two hours until the decision was finally made to call the race when it was clear the fog was not going to lift.

Italy’s Elena Curtoni was leading the way before the race was interrupted. Julia Mancuso was sitting in third, 0.84 behind. The canceled super G from Friday will be made up on Monday, but there is no word if they will be able to find time in the remaining schedule to make up today’s cancellation as well.

“The conditions weren’t easy, but they were still good when we started the race,” explained FIS Chief Race Director Atle Skaardal. “But after an already long interruption it was clear that the visibility would not improve, (the) reason why we had to call it a day.”

“In addition, when conditions change very much during an interruption, it makes it impossible to have a fair race. That is also to be considered in the case of an interrupted race,” Skaardal added.

The women race an alpine combined tomorrow, with a run of super G in the morning followed by slalom in the afternoon.


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US names 16 alpine athletes to World Juniors team Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:22:53 +0000 SR Staff PARK CITY, Utah – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association named a group of 16 elite athletes to compete at the 2015 FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships scheduled for March 7-13 at Hafjell, Norway. The team is headlined by World Cup and FIS Alpine World Ski Championships competitor Paula Moltzan, who grabbed a pair of top-10 finishes at World Junior Champs a year ago and is currently ranked sixth in the overall NorAm Cup standings.

“This is a strong and diverse Junior Worlds Team with athletes from some of the best club programs around the country,” said U.S. Ski Team Alpine Director Patrick Riml. “We look forward to being competitive in Norway and using the Championships as a platform for the future.”

The event is also designed to serve as a test event for the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer. Notably absent from the U.S. roster is Mikaela Shiffrin, who will remain in Europe to focus on the World Cup where she is leading the Audi FIS World Cup slalom standings and is third in the overall standings. The venues at Hafjell and Kvitfjell were used during the 1994 Olympic Winter Games where Tommy Moe, Diann Roffe and Picabo Street won medals.

2015 FIS Alpine Junior World Championships Team


  • Kipling Weisel, San Francisco, CA, 3/26/95 (U.S. Ski Team; Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation)
  • Sam Morse, Carrabassett Valley, ME, 5/27/95 (U.S. Ski Team; Carrabassett Valley Academy)
  • AJ Ginnis, Waitsfield, VT, 11/17/94 (U.S. Ski Team; Green Mountain Valley School)
  • Erik Arvidsson, Woodside, CA, 9/3/96 (U.S. Ski Team; Squaw Valley Ski Team)
  • Drew Duffy, Warren, VT, 6/1/95 (Green Mountain Valley School)
  • Alex Leever, Vail, CO, 7/6/95 (University of Denver; Team America)
  • Jack Auty, Durham, NH, 3/13/95 (Global Racing Ski Team; Burke Mountain Academy)
  • Florian Szwebel, Avon, CO, 9/4/96 (National Training Group; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail)


  • Paula Moltzan, Lakeville, MN, 5/7/94 (U.S. Ski Team; Buck Hill Ski Team)
  • Katherine Irwin, Vail, CO, 6/5/94 (Ski and Snowboard Club Vail)
  • Breezy Johnson, Victor, ID, 1/19/96 (U.S. Ski Team; Rowmark Ski Academy)
  • Alice Merryweather, Hingham, MA, 10/5/96 (Stratton Mountain School)
  • Nina O’Brien, Edwards, CO, 11/29/97 (National Training Group; Burke Mountain Academy)
  • Patricia Mangan, Derby, NY, 3/7/97 (National Training Group; Holimont Race Team)
  • Stephanie Lebby, Big Bear Lake, CA, 2/19/97 (U.S. Ski Team; Squaw Valley Ski Team)
  • Galena Wardle, Basalt, CO, 4/24/98 (National Training Group; Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club)

Release courtesy of USSA

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Target on Reichelt’s back as the man to beat on Saturday Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:27:42 +0000 SR Staff GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany – Anticipating snow for the second and last downhill training run on the Kandahar proved to be the right decision on Friday. After checking the weather forecast, officials decided on Thursday evening that the first racer would start at 10:30 a.m. instead of 11:45 a.m. CET as it was estimated that the front would reach GAP by midday. The forecast proved accurate. During the morning, clouds started to move in and shortly after the last racers crossed the finish line a light snowfall started.

Despite conditions being somewhat different from those in the first training run, the very top of the standings didn’t change – Hannes Reichelt was once again the man to beat. With a run time 0.98 seconds faster than on day one, the Austrian is entering Saturday’s race as the main favorite.

“I still have a bit of room for improvement, but at least this time around I made all the gates,” Reichelt said. “If you can be ahead in the training runs it’s a good sign. It gives you confidence when you know you’re fast.”

Reichelt won silver on this slope at the 2011 World Championships, so it comes as no surprise that he feels particularly comfortable on it, even in runs when he is not pushing the gas pedal all the way.

But winning might not be all that easy as the other big favorite, Kjetil Jansrud, didn’t let Reichelt get too far ahead. The Attacking Viking once again finished his run in second place, 0.32 seconds off Reichelt. American Steven Nyman also cleaned up his line and was able to finish fourth, 0.75 seconds from the fastest time.

Saturday’s downhill race is scheduled to start at 11:45 a.m. CET.

Release courtesy of FIS


 1  14  50742 REICHELT Hannes 1980 AUT  1:58.66
 2  10  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil 1985 NOR  1:58.98  +0.32
 3  4  191740 CLAREY Johan 1981 FRA  1:59.33  +0.67
 4  7  533866 NYMAN Steven 1982 USA  1:59.41  +0.75
 5  5  192746 THEAUX Adrien 1984 FRA  1:59.43  +0.77
 6  11  291459 PARIS Dominik 1989 ITA  1:59.58  +0.92
 7  3  194190 ROGER Brice 1990 FRA  1:59.62  +0.96
 8  24  533131 SULLIVAN Marco 1980 USA  1:59.63  +0.97
 9  16  510727 DEFAGO Didier 1977 SUI  1:59.65  +0.99
 10  17  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin 1987 CAN  1:59.71  +1.05
 11  23  200379 SANDER Andreas 1989 GER  1:59.72  +1.06
 12  19  511313 JANKA Carlo 1986 SUI  1:59.73  +1.07
 13  2  53980 KRIECHMAYR Vincent 1991 AUT  1:59.91  +1.25
 14  1  202059 FERSTL Josef 1988 GER  1:59.92  +1.26
 15  8  511383 FEUZ Beat 1987 SUI  1:59.95  +1.29
 16  26  191964 POISSON David 1982 FRA  2:00.00  +1.34
 17  15  530874 GANONG Travis 1988 USA  2:00.08  +1.42
 18  32  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew 1986 USA  2:00.22  +1.56
 19  25  51215 BAUMANN Romed 1986 AUT  2:00.34  +1.68
 20  6  53817 FRANZ Max 1989 AUT  2:00.35  +1.69
 21  18  292455 FILL Peter 1982 ITA  2:00.41  +1.75
 22  29  292514 HEEL Werner 1982 ITA  2:00.43  +1.77
 23  28  293141 VARETTONI Silvano 1984 ITA  2:00.53  +1.87
 24  9  192932 FAYED Guillermo 1985 FRA  2:00.54  +1.88
 25  21  102899 OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel 1984 CAN  2:00.60  +1.94
 26  35  511513 CAVIEZEL Mauro 1988 SUI  2:00.72  +2.06
 27  37  561067 PERKO Rok 1985 SLO  2:00.86  +2.20
 28  31  560447 SPORN Andrej 1981 SLO  2:00.88  +2.22
 29  48  930024 MAPLE Wiley 1990 USA  2:00.90  +2.24
 30  39  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko 1986 CRO  2:01.10  +2.44
 31  34  561217 KOSI Klemen 1991 SLO  2:01.17  +2.51
 32  33  103612 PRIDY Morgan 1990 CAN  2:01.18  +2.52
 33  51  294277 KLOTZ Siegmar 1987 ITA  2:01.22  +2.56
 34  22  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan 1981 SUI  2:01.27  +2.61
 35  44  202196 BRANDNER Klaus 1990 GER  2:01.38  +2.72
 36  45  194167 MUZATON Maxence 1990 FRA  2:01.49  +2.83
 37  50  990081 CASSE Mattia 1990 ITA  2:01.57  +2.91
 37  27  50753 KROELL Klaus 1980 AUT  2:01.57  +2.91
 39  38  51327 PUCHNER Joachim 1987 AUT  2:01.75  +3.09
 40  20  50858 STREITBERGER Georg 1981 AUT  2:01.77  +3.11
 41  30  54005 STRIEDINGER Otmar 1991 AUT  2:01.83  +3.17
 42  42  194298 GIEZENDANNER Blaise 1991 FRA  2:01.91  +3.25
 43  41  481705 GLEBOV Alexander 1983 RUS  2:02.07  +3.41
 44  36  934643 GOLDBERG Jared 1991 USA  2:02.13  +3.47
 45  46  194542 GIRAUD MOINE Valentin 1992 FRA  2:02.50  +3.84
 46  49  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo 1985 ITA  2:02.52  +3.86
 47  40  6530104 BENNETT Bryce 1992 USA  2:02.59  +3.93
 48  47  561216 KLINE Bostjan 1991 SLO  2:02.93  +4.27
Did not start 1st run
 43  400281 VAN HEEK Marvin 1991 NED
 12  53902 MAYER Matthias 1990 AUT
Did not finish 1st run
 13  511139 KUENG Patrick 1984 SUI
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Fog spells cancellation for make-up super G in Bansko Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:26:13 +0000 Jessica Kelley The first women’s super G in Bansko, Bulgaria, has been canceled due to persistent fog. Despite heavy overnight snow, the course crew worked tirelessly to push the fresh 10-15 centimeters of snow off the course, but they were unable to do anything about the fog that blanketed the hill.

“In the end, there was still too much fog, so we had no visibility and this is, of course, very critical when we have a speed event,” FIS Race Director Atle Skaardal explained. “So that is the reason why we had to cancel the race.”

The start was pushed back repeatedly for over two hours and at one brief, relatively clear moment, a forerunner was sent. But in the end the weather won over and the race was canceled. This super G was a replacement for a cancellation earlier in the season in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria.

“The track was good. We had a lot of work because we had a lot of snow this morning, more than expected,” said Skaardal. “Course workers did a great job and the track was ready on time. But of course there was some soft snow around and you need to have good visibility when the snow situation is not perfect.”

The women will race another scheduled super G in Bansko tomorrow starting at 10:15 a.m. CET and also an alpine combined on Sunday. This first super G has been rescheduled to an additional day of racing on Monday.

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