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Need your ski racing fix this summer? Try the Arc City podcast!

Now that it’s the end of the 2020/21 alpine ski racing season, diehard fans begin the long off-season wait until November when young athletes return to the slopes, strap on a pair of 2 by 4’s and send themselves careening headlong down the mountain with the hopes of doing it faster than other equally irrational daredevils. But fear not!  Our summer road trip takes us on an audio journey to “Arc City”, the podcast where […]

Colorado native Alice McKennis-Duran announces retirement

Minturn, CO – American downhiller and a twelve-year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team Alice McKennis-Duran took to social media on Friday to announce her retirement from the sport. First named to the U.S. Ski Team in 2008, the Colorado native posted on Facebook that evening: “That’s what comes to mind when I look back on my ski racing career – an abundant amount of injuries, risk, effort and dedication, but most importantly I feel […]

Western Regional Biathlon Championships: Ski – Shoot – Repeat!

Casper, Wyoming – Athletes from across the Rocky Mountain West and beyond met in Casper, Wyoming last month (March 21st & 22nd) for head-to-head competition in the US Biathlon’s Western Regional Championships.  The races were hosted by Casper Mountain Biathlon Club and featured athletes of all age categories including adaptive athletes competing for medals in multiple (distance) events.  Mother Nature was gracious to the racers providing blue skies and chilly temperatures on Saturday and 6 […]

Profiles in Courage: Meet Veteran and two-time Paralympian Brian Price

Casper, Wyoming – March 20, 2021 Athletes from across the country gathered in Casper, Wyoming to compete US Biathlon’s Western Regional Championships. Among the competitors is Brian Price, a 7-year Armed Services Veteran and two-time Paralympian. In next week’s Alpine Insider I’ll take a deeper look at the Regional Championships and the story behind the competition.

Crystal Globe Winner’s Circle Widens!

As the 2020/21 Alpine Season arrives at the closing weekend, three of the men’s disciplines and two of the women’s Crystal Globe winners are etched in the glass.  A Crystal Globe is FIS’s trophy awarded for the winners (men and women) of each discipline in addition to the coveted season’s Overall Champion.  With only a few events to go this weekend Lenzerheide, five racers hold a large enough lead in the point totals to claim […]

American Jessie Diggins wins FIS Cross-Country Overall Winner World Title!

To my readers: This is a truly historic achievement for an American in the sport of cross-country skiing! On Tuesday, American cross-country skier Jessie Diggins made history becoming the 2021 Women’s World Cup Overall Champion*. The 29- year-old Minnesota native is only the second American and the first American woman to win the Overall title (American cross-country skiing legend and pioneer Bill Koch earned the title in 1982). Diggins is the first non-Norwegian woman to win […]

The Alpine Insider’s Top 10 Highlights from Cortina Championships!

With the close of a successful FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, I thought it fitting to share some highlights as seen by the Alpine Insider.  So here is my top 10 list: #10 – The Snow/weather: Cortina d’Ampezzo welcomed athletes with three days of delay as “Madre Natura” (Mother Nature) dumped up to a meter of snow on the northern Italian Alps. Throw in a pinch of fog, wind, and avalanche danger and you have […]

Shiffrin mints Gold in Alpine Combined!

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy – American favorite Mikaela Shiffrin delivered a standout performance in Cortina today winning Gold in the Alpine Combined at the FIS World Ski Championships.  Monday’s win adds to her medal collection after capturing Bronze in Thursday’s Super-G. Icy course conditions did not deter the 25-year-old American who sat in 3rd place after the Super-G.  Shiffrin then produced the fastest time in the Slalom leg, ultimately outpacing silver medalist Slovakian Petra Vlhova by […]

Paris wins Downhill, Kriechmayr earns second straight Super-G win

Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) – Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr edged teammate Matthias Mayer by 0.17 seconds and Marco Odermatt (SUI) by 0.49 seconds to pick up his second-straight Super-G win of the season. In the last World Cup race before the start of the World Championships in Cortina, the influence of sunlight on the course created conditions that would prove to be favorable to the race’s early starters.  Odermatt, Mayer, and Kriechmayr kicked-out of the gate in the […]

U.S. Ski and Snowboard announces 2021 Davis U.S. Cross Country World Championships Team!

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced the first 14 athletes of the Davis U.S. Cross Country Ski Team that will compete at the 2021 FIS Cross Country World Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany, February 22nd through March 7th (mark your calendars!).  FIS World Cup leader Jessie Diggins leads a team stacked with veteran racers including Rosie Brennan who has earned 5 podium appearances this season and is 3rd on the Overall Cup leader board.  The team […]

Diggins strikes Gold again, 3-Straight for Gut-Behrami, and Split Wins in the Men’s Slalom

Cross-Country Women: Diggins Strikes Gold again! Falun, Sweden – American cross-country superstar Jesse Diggins continues to dominate the world of cross-country claiming victory in Friday’s 10km Individual start with a time of 23:35.9. The Overall World Cup leader has now won four competitions in January and holds a 238 point lead over Russian Yulia Stupak. Fellow American Rosie Brennan stands in 3rd place in the pursuit of the season’s World Cup Overall standings. Alpine Women: […]

Switzerland’s Beat Feuz goes 2 for 2 in Kitzbuhel!

Swiss speed specialist (and Alpine Insider fav) Beat Feuz broke the “runner-up” spell by claiming victory in last weekend’s two Downhill races on the legendary Streif (racecourse) in Kitzbühel. Coming into the weekend the 33-year-old Swiss veteran only managed climbing to the second step on the Hahnenkahm’s Downhill podium scoring four prior 2nd place career finishes in the legendary race. Last weekend was different and in a big way. Under intermittent foggy conditions on Friday’s […]

Alpine Insider Boxscore: Weekend Wrap in a Minute!

The Women: Kranjska Gora, Slovenia –Italy’s Marta Bassino earned a pair of 1st place Giant Slalom World Cup victories at last weekend’s “Golden Fox” races in Kranjska Gora. The 24-year-old has now won an impressive four of the five GS contests of the season claiming early-season victories in Soelden (AUT) and Courchevel (FRA). Her overall 6 podium finishes this season puts her at 3rd in the season’s overall standings.   Among the notable performances, Switzerland’s Michelle […]

Caviezel suffers concussion in training

Thursday, January 7th – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany – January 7th Swiss speed-specialist Mauro Caviezel suffered a serious concussion stemming from a training accident Thursday.  The 32-year-old, 2019/2020 winner of the Super-G Crystal Globe clipped a gate in training giving way to the crash. The accident comes amidst early-season success in the Super-G event with a 1st place outing in Val d’Isere (France), 2nd place in Val Gardena (Italy), and four other top-10 finishes. Swiss Ski reports […]

USA’s Diggins and Brennen dominate Tour de Ski!

USA skiers Jessie Diggins and Rosie Brennan capped off a weekend of racing at Val Mustair’s (Switzerland) Tour de Ski by delivering a historic first and second-place finish in Sunday’s 10K Pursuit. The double-podium victory came on the heels of a strong performance by the pair at the three-day “Tour de Ski” held annually in the high-alpine valley of Val Mustair, Switzerland.  Here’s a bit of a “play by play”… Friday: The weekend kicks off […]

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