Tim Jitloff has been so close to the World Cup podium he can taste it. Good thing he’s rapidly trending in that direction and has now established himself with the best giant slalom skiers in the world. (USSA)
Anna Marno (Centennial, WY – U.S. Ski Team) took her first national title as five-time U.S. national giant slalom champion Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV – U.S. Ski Team) scored his first in super G Thursday at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships.
Mikaela Shiffrin provided another dominating slalom victory – her fifth win of the season – Saturday at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals.
Out of the 11 teams entered in the World Cup Finals team event, Switzerland put on a show in front of the home crowd for a win. Team USA made it through the first round, but did not move past the quarterfinals, tying for fifth place.
Tim Jitloff and David Chodounsky lead a big group of skiers into a trio of Audi FIS Ski World Cup races this weekend in Slovenia.
Tim Jitloff was the top American in Sunday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom, finishing 23rd Sunday.
Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) finished ninth to led the way for the U.S. Team in Monday night’s new Audi FIS Alpine World Cup parallel giant slalom.
Ted Ligety led a re-charged men’s tech team that placed three athletes in the top 12 at Alta Badia Sunday in Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom competition.
It was a heartbreaker for the American fans at Beaver Creek, as expected winner Ted Ligety fell on his first run and did not finish. However, Tim Jitloff took a solid top-15 finish in 14th place and David Chodounsky was 16th.
Giant slalom specialist Tim Jitloff threw down on bumpy snow at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships to take his third national title in a row.
Marcel Hirscher came into the race with the GS globe already secured, which left the men looking for the final World Cup win of the season. 20-year-old Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway took his second World Cup win in a row, while Ted Ligety was sixth.
Marcel Hirscher posted a 3.28 second winning margin in an Audi FIS Ski World Cup in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Ted Ligety was fourth.
With sunny, spring-like temperatures and a slick, fast course, it was a men’s World Champs giant slalom to remember. When it was all said and done, Ted Ligety won the event in historic and thrilling fashion in front of the home crowd.
Throngs of fans showed up again to Beaver Creek, CO to cheer on the men’s combined athletes at the World Championships. Ted Ligety attacked from the back—starting 29th second run—and grabbed an unlikely bronze medal.
It was a warm day at the Audi FIS World Cup in Adelboden, following a night of heavy rain. Fighting against the bumpy, salted course, Ted Ligety took seventh and Tim Jitloff 14th.
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Tim Jitloff, like so many Lake Tahoe tykes, was on skis by two and freeskied through most of his youth. He stepped up to the U.S. Development Team in 2005, the same year he captured a Junior World Championship title, and is now on the cusp of his first World Cup podium.
After flashes of brilliance earlier in his career, Jitloff has established himself as one of the best giant slalom skiers in the world…and that’s saying a lot considering his biggest competition, Ted Ligety, is the best in the world. In fact, in training, "Jit" is often faster than Ligety. With four top 15 results under his belt, Jit skied consistently—and consistently fast—in 2015, grabbing a 9th place finish at Vail/Beaver Creek World Championships on home turf and finishing 17th place in the giant slalom World Cup rankings. And as if that wasn't enough, Jit walked away with his third-straight national giant slalom title at season's end in Sugarloaf, Maine.
The 2016 season was a more challenging one for Jitloff, though he skied to a seventh place in Alta Badia, Italy, giving him confidence that the top 10 is where he belongs. Jitloff finished the season with his first super G national title at Sun Valley, ID then spent early April at an on-snow training camp in Norway. While there, he ski tested with Croc Sports, and recently announced his transition to the new ski company. With the switch and his healthy and strong physical condition, Jitloff hopes to find his way back in the top 15 in the world in giant slalom, and on to the podium in 2017. Watch him!
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