Hard work is tattooed into the psyche of Resi Stiegler. Knock her down and she will be back to knock you out. Take that, slalom gates! (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The Vail/Beaver Creek community turned out in force to cheer on their hometown superstar, Mikaela Shiffrin (Vail, CO) in Saturday’s slalom, and Shiffrin treated her family, friends and fans to a triumphant show.
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) celebrated the New Year in style, winning her second straight Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom in Zagreb and laying claim for the second time to the Snow Queen Trophy.
With two nearly perfect runs, Mikaela Shiffrin never let go of first place at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup, taking her first slalom win of the season against a stacked field in Austria.
Mikaela Shiffrin skied a strong second run but it wasn't quite enough, falling .02 short of the podium in fourth.
The ladies Tech Team is ready for this season's first U.S. World Cup.
The start of the 2014-15 slalom season began in Levi, Finland, with all eyes on defending overall slalom champ and Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin, but it was 2013 overall winner Tina Maze who surprised many – and stole the show.
Mikaela Shiffrin skied conservatively on the steep Levi Black pitch to drop out of contention after the first run and finish 11th in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom opener.
Two-time Olympian Megan McJames (Park City, UT) capped an outanding week of Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships racing with an FIS giant slalom win at Squaw Valley.
Two-time Olympian Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) finished one one-hundredth of a second behind Canadian Marie-Michelle Gagnon Saturday as women's slalom officially wrapped up the 2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in Squaw Valley.
Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) won her fourth Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom of the season on Saturday to mathematically clinch a second straight World Cup title in the discipline.
Audi FIS Alpine World Cup action returned to the main stage Tuesday with a Nations Team Event in Innsbruck, where Sweden edged Norway for the first post Olympic podium.
Eighteen-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest Olympic gold medalist in women’s slalom history Friday with her victory under the lights at Rosa Khutor.
Mikaela Shiffrin skied to fifth Tuesday during her first-ever Olympic appearance at the women’s giant slalom of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Today, the USSA announced a strong team of 20 alpine athletes, including three Olympic gold medalists, to represent the USA in Sochi. (Photo: Mickael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Images)
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Olympian and daughter to Olympic gold medalist Pepi Stiegler, Resi (RAY-zee) Stiegler was born and grew up in prime ski country (Jackson Hole, WY and Lienz, Austria). She's represented the United States at every level of alpine ski racing—Topolino, Whistler Cup, Junior Worlds, World Cup, World Championships and the Olympics. She’s won Junior Worlds medals and U.S. titles and has stood on the World Cup podium.
Stiegler may only be in her late 20’s, but she has more experience than most people double her age. This U.S. Ski Team veteran entered the 2015 season as an independent, after not meeting criteria for the first time in her long career, but also with two consecutive injury-free seasons and full prep periods, which is something she had never experienced before. It paid off for Stiegler, who approached the season with lazer-focus, and skied more disciplined and refined than ever before. Simply put, she crushed. With five top 30 finishes and two top 15 finishes including an 11th place finish at Aspen, Stiegler made it clear that she was back and she was a fighter. And then she crashed in training prior to Flachau's night race and suffered yet another injury: a torn anterior cruciate ligament and the meniscus in her right knee.
Somehow, though, Stiegler soldiered through and found that fight within to fulfill a dream and compete in World Championships on home turf in Vail/Beaver Creek. After a shaky training run prior to the race, and overcome by nerves in the start shack, she finished 35th first run and opted not to take any more risks choosing not to ski the second run. With more confidence than ever before, and off-season training already underway, you be sure that this Jackson Hole firecracker who has rocketed back up to A team status, will put on quite the show during the 2016 season.
In her first Juniors Worlds in '03, she won bronze medals in slalom and combined. Stiegler credits not only her parents, but also another Olympic champion and silver medalist, former Olympic and world champion Diann Roffe. Roffe coached Stiegler in a U.S. Development program for several winters, helping sculpt her into such a promising racer.
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