What a difference a day makes. After the men’s super-G at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championship at Beaver Creek, Colo. was postponed Wednesday due to heavy snowfall and high winds. Thursday’s re-scheduled race was staged under dream conditions with blue skies on a well-prepared course.
The cold front due to hit Colorado's central Rocky Mountain Range and the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships at Beaver Creek overnight came in later than forecast, giving race officials who were up on the mountain early in the morning some hope that today's race wouldn’t impacted by the weather. It was not to be.
For United States Winter Olympians the Welcome Home parade on March 16 in Lake Placid will bring their Sochi experience full circle.
Sochi, Russia (special to SnoCountry.com): After finally winning a medal on a warm Sunday afternoon in Sochi, the greatest Olympic skier in United States history was reduced to tears.
Sochi, Russia — All the injuries, surgeries, sickness, training interruptions, frustrations and equipment changes came rushing out of Andrew Weibrecht Sunday, Feb. 16. The initial, physical outpouring came in the run of his life down the super-G course at Rosa Khutor.
TUESDAY UPDATE: Thick fog obscured the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park Monday, forcing officials to move the men’s snowboardcross event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games to Tuesday morning.
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 16) - In an historic and seemingly improbable finish, Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) took silver and Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) tied for bronze in the men's Olympic super G at Rosa Khotur Sunday.
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 14) – Five-time Olympian Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) skied into sixth at a particularly tricky slalom race Friday during the super combined event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 9) – Jamie Anderson (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) cleaned up her second run to earn the first-ever women’s slopestyle snowboarding gold medal Sunday at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Her smooth style during her final run secured her the gold with a score of 95.25, putting her on top of the podium.
Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) skied a fast and tight line but plowed through a panel and lost time, finishing eighth in the men’s downhill. Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) was fifth in his first Olympic appearance.
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Photo: Jamie Anderson in Cadrona World Cup (USST.Oliver Kraus)
Just a few weeks before Sochi, it appears American Ted Ligety is back in form. Ligety won the super combined Audi FIS World Cup (one downhill run, two slalom runs) at Wengen, Switzerland Friday.
It was a day at Beaver Creek, Colo. that may well have set the stage for Olympic drama in February. American champion Ted Ligety won his fourth straight Audi FIS World Cup Giant Slalom pushed by the USA’s Bode Miller coming back from a year off recovering from injury.
UPDATE 12/5: Lindsey Vonn will definitely return to the race course Friday (Dec. 6) for the first of two downhills at Lake Louise. She skipped the second training run, saying she has the course “dialed in.”
Thousands of fans were on hand as the U.S. Alpine Ski Team was named for the new season. Olympic gold medalists Ted Ligety, Bode Miller, and Lindsey Vonn were on hand, as was World Champion Michaela Shiffrin.
Veteran U.S. Ski Team coach Forest Carey has been tabbed to leads a new World Cup Multi-Team of Ted Ligety and Bode Miller during the coming Olympic season, according to men’s alpine Head Coach Sasha Rearick.
Chelone “Chilly” Miller, the snowboarding younger brother of Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller, died Sunday of “an apparent seizure” in a van where he was living near Mammoth Mountain, Calif.