Dick Butler
By Dick Butler
Editor of www.Snowsportsna.com
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November 26th 2009
Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Update

The only World Cup stops in the states are set for the coming two weekends.

Aspen Mountain is scheduled to open for the season this Thanksgiving Day and the women's giant slalom is set there for Saturday, Nov. 28 with the women's slalom following on Sunday, Nov. 29.

On December 4-6 the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup rolls into neighboring Beaver Creek for the Audi Birds of Prey Race Week. This is the lone men's alpine World Cup stop on American snow prior to the Vancouver Olympic games. Super Combined, Downhill and Giant Slalom races will take place in that order. Earlier this week the course at Beaver Creek was inspected by FIS officials and given thumbs up for the famous downhill race.

NBC is set to broadcast the races. Weather has been amenable on the mountains with several recent dumps of snow.

The next stops on the World Cup Circuit are Val d'Isere France for men (December 11th Super Combined, 12th Super G and 13thGiant Slalom) and Are Sweden for the ladies (December 12th Giant Slalom and 13th Slalom)

Soelden, Austria 2010 AUDI FIS ALPINE WORLD CUP
Oct. 25, 2009
Men's Giant Slalom

1st Didier Cuche, Switzerland, 2:21.45
2nd. Ted Ligety, Park City, UT, 2:22.05
3rd. Carlo Janka, Switzerland, 2:22.40
4th Massimilliano Blardone, Italy, 2:22.41
5th Benjamin Raich, Austria, 2:22.90
6th Kjetil Jansrud, Norway, 2:23.27
7th Jean-Baptiste Grange, France, 2:23.87
8th Davide Simoncelli, Italy, 2:24.03
9th Jean-Philippe Roy, Canada, 2:24.08
10th Cyprien Richard, France, 2:24.13

See interview with Ligety after race at Soelden

Nov. 15, 2009 Men's Slalom

1st Reinfried Herbst, Austria, 1:49.79
2nd Ivica Kostelic, Croatia, 1:50.07
3rd Jean-Baptiste Grange, France, 1:50.32
4th Matias Hargin, Sweden, 1:50.34
5th Julien Lizeroux, France, 1:50.70
18th. Ted Ligety, Park City, UT, 1:51.88
19th. Jimmy Cochran, Keene, NH, 1:52.05

Other American results at Levi:
Bode Miller Franconia of NH did not finish his second run and Nolan Kasper of Warren, VT did not qualify for a second run. Tim Jitloff, Reno of NV did not finish his first run.

24-year-old U.S. Ski Team athlete Resi Stiegler of Jackson Hole, WY will be out for the season as a result of an injury sustained while giant slalom training on November 19th at Copper Mountain, CO. According to U.S. Ski Team Medical Director Richard Quincy, Stiegler suffered a serious complex injury to her left leg. She, unfortunately, will be out of action for the remainder of the season.

Audi of America, sponsor of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup, announced that it has commissioned a film entitled, “Truth in Motion: The U.S. Ski Team's Road to Vancouver� which will tell stories of our best American athletes as they prepare for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Truth in Motion: The U.S. Ski Team's Road to Vancouver will reputedly air January 30 at 8pm EST on NBC, followed by an appearance on the USA Network on February 6 at 5pm EST. It will also run three times on the Universal Sports Network.

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