U.S. SKIERS, RIDERS SHINE AT WORLDS, SOCHI PREVIEWS
SAM Magazine—Park City, Utah, Feb. 19, 2013—Between the Alpine successes at the FIS World Championships and several podium finishes at the pre-Olympic World Cup competitions at Sochi, Russia, last week, U.S. competitors achieved several noteworthy results.
The U.S. Ski Team left the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria, as the first non-European team to ever win the medal count. Ted Ligety rocketed from World Cup all-star to international legend after three commanding gold medal performances at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Schladming. His combined, super-G, and giant slalom wins marked the first time a skier had won three golds in one championships since Jean-Claude Killy in 1968. In addition, 17-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin took the slalom gold, and Julia Mancuso earned a super-G bronze.
Several events were held in the trial run for the Sochi Olympic venues, as the site hosted several World Cup competitions. Torin Yater-Wallace won his first event of the season in the Olympic halfpipe. Teammate Gus Kenworthy placed second as he achieved his first podium of the season. Hannah Kearney won the Sochi moguls test event. On the men's side, Patrick Deneen took second in moguls.
Also at Sochi, Kelly Clark won the halfpipe World Cup and teammate Scotty Lago took third for the men. And Alex Deibold scored his first career podium, finishing second in snowboardcross.