Alpine

Q&A with combined champ Jimmy Cochran

By Pete Rugh

On the tail of winning the 2008 U.S. national slalom title last Saturday, Jimmy Cochran turned in the 10th-fastest downhill run on Monday to win the national combined title. A tech specialist, the combined title is Cochran’s fifth national crown — two shy of his father’s seven national titles.     From 1969-1974, Bobby Cochran won […] Read more...

U.S. Nationals: Jitloff leads GS after opening run

By Pete Rugh

SUGARLOAF, Maine — Tim Jitloff moved into position to claim his first U.S. title Tuesday at Sugarloaf, seizing the lead after the first run of the men’s giant slalom.     Skiing first out of the gate, Jitloff clocked a time of 1 minute, 3.88 seconds over what he said was a course with grippy and […] Read more...

U.S. Nationals: Who is … J1 Laurenne Ross?

By Pete Rugh

Get Laurenne Ross chatting about skiing and music and her face lights up. “That’s what I love, ” she said.     The 19-year-old on the U.S. Development team was the top junior in Sunday’s super G at the U.S. Alpine National Championships taking sixth place overall. She nabbed the junior top spot again in Monday’s […] Read more...

U.S. Nationals: Vonn, Cochran claim combined titles

By Pete Rugh

U.S. National Alpine ChampionshipsMen's Combined1 Jimmy Cochran, USA    157.752 Tim Jitloff, USA    159.053 Andrew Philipps, USA    161.394 Nolan Kasper, USA 163.185 Michael Ankeny, USA 163.816 Jacob Lund, USA 165.167 Thomas Biesemeyer, USA 165.318 Martin Harris, USA 165.779 Luke McLaughry, USA 166.1610 Taylor Vest-Burton, USA 16.3211 Trevor Leafe, USA 166.3512 Leo Menard, USA 166.4913 Hunter Schleper, […] Read more...

U.S. Nationals: Healthy Lanning tops DH podium

By Pete Rugh

SUGARLOAF, Maine — T.J. Lanning has been oh so close before. On Monday he finally notched a national championship, claiming the downhill at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships.     There was no secret, he said, to winning here. He was just healthy this season for the first time in roughly, forever.     Lanning has […] Read more...

U.S. Nationals: Cook eludes Vonn for DH crown

By Pete Rugh

SUGARLOAF, Maine — Stacey Cook captured her second national title in two days, clipping Lindsey Vonn by less than a tenth of a second in the downhill at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships.     Admitting that she was skiing without much pressure after winning the super G crown on Sunday — and feeling even […] Read more...

Rehabbing Lalive hopes to train again in May

By Pete Rugh

Last fall, U.S. Ski Teamer Caroline Lalive tore her ACL — again. “This is like my 18th or 19th surgery,” she told Ski Racing. Read more...

Western J3/J4 JOs: Tech racing gets under way

By Pete Rugh

Sunday a spectacular day of racing at Bogus Basin Ski Area with men's GS and women's slalom races on the schedule at the Alpine Western J3/J4 Junior Olympics Festival at Bogus Basin. Read more...

U.S. Nationals: Who is … J2 Devin Delaney

By Pete Rugh

U.S. Ski Teamer Leanne Smith can’t stop raving about 17-year-old Devin Delaney. The other day, she motioned to me to come over to her at The Bag, the restaurant that some of the ski teamers were passing time at while weathering the storm at the U.S. Alpine National Championships in Sugarloaf. The ski team jokester […] Read more...

U.S. Nationals: Francis wins first career U.S. title

By Pete Rugh

SUGARLOAF, Maine — Sometimes the simplest explanation is the best.     “Super G’s been super good for me this year,” said Kevin Francis after winning the first U.S. title of his career Sunday at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships, beating back U.S. Ski Team veterans Bryon Friedman in second and Marco Sullivan in third. […] Read more...