Miller, Ligety, Mancuso and first-time Olympian Shiffrin headline what may be strongest American ski squad ever.
Even without the injured Lindsey Vonn, winner of 59 World Cup races, the American alpine racing Olympic team looks one of the strongest ever. The U.S. Ski Team announced its Sochi team Sunday. It includes proven medal winners like Bode Miller, Ted Ligety and Julia Mancuso along with an Olympic newcomer—18-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin—who’s already demonstrated that she’s the woman to beat in slalom and has been making impressive inroads in GS. The Games begin in just two weeks, starting with the men’s downhill on Feb. 9 and the women’s super combined on Feb. 10.
The 64th film features some of the hottest skiers ripping some of the best snow in the world.
Warren Miller Entertainment kicks off its 64th film, Ticket to Ride, Friday, Oct. 11 in Salt Lake City. The film, which was shot throughout the world including locations like Kazakhstan, Iceland, Greenland, Colorado, Utah and Alaska, features skiers like Ted Ligety, Sierra Quitiquit, Chris Davenport, Julia Mancuso and more.
“We spent the winter in search of amazing terrain and deep snow, with some of the world’s top skiers in some of the world’s hardest to access ski locales,” says Max Bervy, Warren Miller Entertainment’s managing director.
Ligety, on the verge of the Wengen podium, skis out near the finish.
Lindsey Vonn, the third-winningest racer in World Cup history, got back into the record-chasing business over the weekend with a win in the downhill at Cortina, Italy, and the American women continued to crowd the top of the speed-event leaderboards.
On the men’s side, it was Lauberhorn weekend in Wengen, Switzerland, where Italy’s Christof Innerhofer won the tour’s longest downhill. Marco Sullivan was the top American finisher in 13th. GS points leader Ted Ligety appeared headed for a second-place finish in the Wengen combined but skied out near the finish of his slalom run.
Julia Mancuso arrives at this weekend’s season-ending U.S. National Championships in Winter Park, Colorado fresh off the success of her first World Cup victory in four years in what was on paper the second-best season of her career.
Just over two weeks ago at World Cup finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland the Squaw Valley, California native outdistanced her nearest challenger – Swiss favorite Lara Gut - by a colossal eighty-one hundredths of a second to claim the ladies downhill. For Mancuso, it was her first victory on tour in over four years dating back to March 3, 2007, when she won a downhill in Tarvisio, Italy.
Bode Miller, Julia Mancuso, and Lindsey Vonn are training for this weekend's World Cup races in Beaver Creek, Colorado, and Lake Louise, Alberta.
Americans Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), and Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) finished strong in Tuesday’s downhill training for the upcoming Audi FIS World Cup speed events at Beaver Creek, CO and Lake Louise, AB this weekend.
On Dec. 3, 4, and 5, the men will compete in Downhill, Super G, and Giant Slalom, respectively, at Beaver Creek’s famous Birds of Prey course.