After sitting on the sidelines for a full winter while recovering from injury, Tommy Ford is fully charged and ready to go for 2015. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom/Alexis Boichard)
The men look fast in during two runs of downhill training at the Audi Birds of Prey in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
U.S. Ski Team athlete Tommy Ford (Bend, OR) is recovering at a hospital in Annecy after surgery on a fractured right femur. Ford suffered the injury while freeskiing Tuesday in La Clusaz.
Ted Ligety shredded to a 1.76 second victory margin in the Audi Birds of Prey giant slalom in Beaver Creek.
Times are dropping and energy is building in Beaver Creek in anticipation of Friday's Audi Birds of Prey downhill featuring Lake Louise podium finisher Marco Sullivan and a recharged men's U.S. speed team.
Hotel Portillo may be closed for the season, but its 9,500 foot slopes are still cranking as Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA), Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) and the men's U.S. Alpine Ski Team wrap up their Portillo camp.
Two weeks into the U.S. Ski Team men's technical camp in New Zealand and U.S. coaches are reporting good progression despite a constant battle with warm weather.
Despite narrowly missing the super G win Friday, Tommy Ford collected the eighth national title of his young career with gold in the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships combined.
Tommy Ford came within .04 of another gold medal as Canadian Dustin Cook squeeked the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships super G title Friday in Winter Park.
Tommy Ford took slalom gold to open men's racing at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships for the seventh national title of his career.
Hundreds of athletes from U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association club programs from across the nation have converged on Winter Park Resort to challenge the America's top skiers beginning Wednesday.
Olympic bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht rallied a bib one start into a trip to the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals Sunday after finishing 23rd behind a Norwegian 1-2 from Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal in the Kvitfjell super G.
Fighting through incredibly soft snow conditions, Ted Ligety was slowed to ninth place in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom at Crans Montana won by Italian Massimiliano Blardone.
Ted Ligety has three weeks to get back to the GS points lead.
Ted Ligety was fourth in the Adelboden giant slalom, but retained his discipline lead as Austrian Marcel Hirscher took the win.
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Olympian Tommy Ford is one of the fastest movers in ski racing. The U.S. Ski Team took notice after he locked four gold medals at the 2006 U.S. Junior Championships. That proved to be a good look, because Ford went on to score World Cup points in his rookie season and then grab a spot on the 2010 Olympic team for giant slalom.
Ford sat out the entire 2014 Olympic season while still recovering from a major freeskiing crash he suffered in France at the end of the 2013 winter. That didn’t stop him from fully applying himself in both injury recovery and education. Ford went back to school and put down two solid semesters at Dartmouth. The year off also gave his teammates a chance to win a few more U.S. Championship titles; something Ford has quickly become a legend for earning.
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