The North American FIS Ski World Cup races are underway this week, as the excitement builds for the tech women in Killington, Vt., and the American Downhillers in Lake Louise, Canada.
Mikaela Shiffrin looks for redemption on home soil, where she’ll be competing in front of family and friends—including her best friend who will be in Killington to watch the action. Last year, the World Cup returned to the east for the first time in 25 years, and Killington played host to a record number of fans. With 30,000 spectators over two days, the crowds were among the biggest North American skiing has seen.
Shiffrin will aim to defend her reign as slalom “Superstar” gained last year, and she also seeks redemption, after finishing fifth in the World Cup opener in Soelden, Austria, and second behind Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova in Levi, Finland. This weekend will mark the World Cup debut of two young U.S. Ski Team athletes including AJ Hurt and Katie Hensien.
Up north in the picturesque Lake Louise, the American Downhillers prepare for their domestic speed series kickoff. The speed men will be led by Steven Nyman, who has been rehabbing his knee since a gnarly crash last year in Garmisch, Germany. It is still unknown whether Nyman will kick out of the start gate on race day, but he plans to ski the training runs and see how he feels.
Jared Goldberg and Tommy Biesemeyer both posted fast times in the recent FIS downhill races at Copper Mountain, Colo., with Goldberg setting the pace in the first race, among a stacked field of Germans, Italians, Austrians and more.
Information on how to watch the Killington World Cup is available here.
WOMEN’S STARTERS – Killington
MEN’S STARTERS – Lake Louise
*Denotes first World Cup start
**TBD on return to competition
Release courtesy of U.S. Ski & Snowboard