A collegiate champion turned U.S. Ski Team slalom ace, David Chodounsky is now an Olympian, progressing his skiing ever since joining the U.S. Ski Team in 2009. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom/Alexis Boichard)
Olympian David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) produced a blazing final run in sun-soaked Squaw Valley to win the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships slalom title.
The 2014 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season came to a close Sunday in Lenzerheide, where Ted Ligety capped another incredible season and led the USA with a 12th-place finish in the slalom finale.
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 14) - The U.S. Ski Team, captained by Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) and Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV), powered to second in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup
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.
Sochi bound David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) finished 22nd in the final Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom before the 2014 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)
Defending Olympic Champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) led the U.S. Ski Team Friday, finishing 15th at a slick and snowy Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom in Kitzbuehel, Austria.
David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) carved another solid pre-Olympic performance with eighth in a sunny Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom held in Adelboden.
David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) produced a courageous performance Sunday to finish a career-best seventh in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom held at Val d'Isere.
Slalom ace David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) and rising star Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, MN) combined for a U.S. Ski Team sweep of the Audi New Zealand Winter Games slalom podium Tuesday at Coronet Peak.
Erik Schlopy, a three-time Olympian and 2003 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships medalist, has joined the U.S. Ski Team men’s alpine technical staff.
The tech team of the men's U.S. Ski Team recently concluded a productive training camp at Mammoth. Coach Forest Carey, recently promoted by the team, ran the early portion of the camp and Ski Racing Magazine caught up with him between planes to a surfing
A near capacity crowd was on hand Tuesday night to cheer the host country of Austria to victory in the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships Team Event.
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) boosted her Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom lead to 33 points over top challenger Tina Maze of Slovenia with third in the Moscow City Event.
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When Minnesota born David Chodounsky fell short of making the U.S. Ski Team after high school, he enrolled at Dartmouth and won the NCAA slalom title in his freshman year. Two years later he captained the school to the NCAA overall title then graduated with a double major in engineering and geology. Now that he’s fully focused on skiing, Chodounsky has quickly risen to become the top men’s slalom racer in the U.S.
The numbers keep going the right way for Chodounsky, who posted the best World Cup season of his career in 2014. Stats include a pair of top 10 finishes, including a personal best seventh in the Val d’Isere slalom. With all things flowing the right way, “Daver” also earned the first Olympic start of his career in Sochi.
Unfortunately, his Olympic race ended in a DNF, but it did provide motivation to finish off the season strong. He went on to finish a career-best 19th in the World Cup slalom standings and locked the second U.S. Championship victory of his career at the Squaw Valley slalom.
Unfortunately, I didn’t fare as well as I had hoped at the Olympics. I hooked a tip and straddled a gate about half way down my first run, ending my hopes to be decorated with medal of any color. Nevertheless, I lived my Olympic dream!
After choking down the disappointment of not finishing the biggest race of my career, the magnitude of the occasion settled in, and I realized that I had just lived the moment I had been striving for my entire life. It was an incredible and unforgettable experience. It is still hard to believe that it actually happened, that I raced in the Olympic games among the worlds best, representing my country, family, and friends.
The U.S. Championships helped close things out. I really wanted to end with a strong note because I knew I was skiing fast. It happened in Squaw Valley so I’m really happy to bring this into the off-season, to lock this away in my mind and carry that into next year.
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