Off the Slopes: New Rodeling Video!

This video is a collaboration of short clips taken throughout the winter put together by Audi. I stayed in one of the most amazing hotel rooms in Oberjoch, Germany at the Hotel Lanig and thought the room was really cool, so I captured some of the footage with my Gopro camera. The rodeling took place with some friends in Patsch when I had a couple days off before World Champs. The skiing segments are from all over… Enjoy!

Park City Welcome Home Day

This past Saturday, Park City Mountain Resort hosted a welcome home party for me. It was a very humbling experience and all my friends and family came to watch along with the ski fans in the town. It started with a parade of flags down the main run at the mountain with a bunch of the kids and coaches on the Park City ski team. After the parade there were some speakers including the legendary Stein Eriksen, the mayor of Park City, myself and my Mom and Dad. They also put together a great/funny video from a lot of my competitors wishing me a congratulations on the season that I was surprised to watch (you can see it below!). I am so proud to have been fortunate enough to be raised in such an amazing town and to have the continued support from it throughout my career. I want to thank Park City Mountain Resort for having the event, I will never forget it.

Finals Week in Lenzerheide, Switzerland

Finals this year were held in Lenzerheide, Switzerland a couple weeks ago. It was an awesome finish to the whirlwind of a season at another amazing ski town. The weather in the beginning of the week was foggy and windy so the speed events were canceled, which was a bummer since that is a great hill for me in speed and home to my best WC DH finish (4th place). I clinched the GS title in Kranjska Gora the weekend prior going into finals, but still wanted to win the final race to cement my 4th GS title. It was awesome to end the season on such a high note. Ironically, the final GS race results were me, Hirscher, Pinturault and that was also the final standings for the GS title. I ended the season 3rd in the Overall; my best Overall ranking.


Luckily my parents were there for the week to celebrate the end of the season with me!


Overall podium; congrats again to Hirscher for an amazing season. It was awesome, motivating, frustrating and inspiring to watch him race this season. He is an admirable and fierce competitor pushing the boundaries of ski racing.

Thanks for all the support this season, I couldn’t have done it without you! It means more than you know to have positive fans, family, friends and coaches which I am fortunate to have in my career. After taking a couple weeks off the season will start up again in full force and I am already pumped and looking forward to doing it all over again many many many more seasons to come.

Amazing GS season FROM THE DENVER POST DIARY

THE BELOW ARTICLE IS TAKEN FROM MY WEEKLY DIARY WITH THE DENVER POST AND JOHN MEYER ABOUT MY WORLD CUP EXPERIENCE AFTER THE RAINY GS AND SLALOM RACES IN KRANJSKA GORA, SLOVENIA.

Giant slalom for me this season has been incredible, culminating Saturday when I clinched the season title with a week left in the season. It’s my fourth World Cup season title in GS, but it was definitely the best season of my career in GS. I won races by huge margins.

The rule changes reducing the legal amount of sidecut on our skis were an advantage for me, and that was a big reason I was so outspoken in criticizing them before they took effect. A rule change that determines winners and losers is a bad rule change. That was a big part of my opposition, in addition to my conviction that the FIS was wrong in its contention that reduced sidecuts would make the sport safer.

To have the season I had on the new skis, after I was such a vocal critic, was very important to me. I didn’t want it to seem like I was being critical because I thought it was going to threaten my stature in giant slalom. I was outspoken because the rule change lacked virtue. I worked hard on the new skis from the time the rule changes became official so I would have a head start over the other guys in adjusting to the new equipment.

I think the new skis worked better with my technique than with most of the other guys because I start the turn earlier and finish the turn later. I have a swooping, longer arc than Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who will finish second in the GS standings. Hirscher kind of chops off a little of the top of the turn and gets a lot of rebound (and acceleration) out of the ski. That was really easy to do on the old skis; you could really accelerate out of a turn. On the new skis, you don’t get as much acceleration.

I also lay the ski over on edge a little farther, which helps me arc on the reduced turn radius more cleanly.

I suspected that early in the process, after I skied on them for the first time, and also because I understood the scientific difference between a ski with a 35-meter turn radius (the new rule) and one with a 27-meter radius (the old rule). In order to pull a turn with the same radius, you need to have a higher edge angle. You can pull the same radius on a 35-meter ski versus a 27-meter radius ski if you have like 7 degrees more edge angle. My style lends itself to having a higher edge angle, and that gives me an advantage on the new skis.


Part of the team that helped me get there….

Off The Slopes: Rookie Hair Cut

The rookie haircut tradition started on the team about 4 years ago, as a fun way to both initiate and include the young rookie into the team. The haircut honors go to the last guy to score his first world cup points, so majority of the time it is a recent rookie. It is also an incentive for the rookie because if they get top 15 they get to cut my hair, so at some point in my career I’m sure I will be sporting a horrible haircut and you’ll know why. Audi Off the Slopes put this video together of our last rookie cut in Garmisch.

Russia to Norway in 5 days

As you may already know last week I had the opportunity to train in Sochi on the Olympic course. I couldn’t pass it up, but it meant I had a hectic traveling schedule in order to squeeze in training in Sochi between the Garmisch, Germany GS Sunday and the Kvitfjell, Norway SuperG the following Sunday. I got some cool photos while in Sochi and wanted to share. They have made a lot of progress since I was there last year for the World Cup, but I was amazed at how much more work they have to do to get ready.


Security check to get on the Gondola


I got to free ski on the Olympic Downhill course, behind me is the Olympic village


This photo was taken from the top Gondola looking down on the bottom where all the courses converge and then separate again to the finish area


Sunrise on the top of the mountain


Military at the top of the mountain


Looking down on Krasnaya Polyana; the main town for mountain events

Kvjetfill, Norway was a beautiful stop on the World Cup as always, too bad I couldn’t spend more time there. I headed back to Germany for some training before Kranjska Gora GS and Slalom this weekend right after the Super G race.


I watched the DH race on Saturday from mid course….looks like I have a mustache!

GoPro Video of the GS Olympic Hill in Sochi

I took a video of my GS training runs on the Olympic hill in Sochi, Russia using my Gopro3 this week. One view is from me being followed by Alex down the run and the other is from my POV. This is the same slope that will be used in the 2014 Olympics for the Mens Giant Slalom run and part of the Downhill and Super G. It will be the longest GS on the World Cup, ranging from a 1 min 30 secs to 1 min 40 secs. My legs were burning midway not to even mention the bottom. Enjoy!

World Championship Diary

BELOW IS TAKEN FROM MY WEEKLY DIARY WITH THE DENVER POST AND JOHN MEYER ABOUT MY WORLD CUP EXPERIENCE ALONG WITH SOME OF MY PERSONAL PHOTOS FROM THE TWO WEEKS IN SCHALDMING.

Hard to Fathom Making History at World Ski Championships

SCHLADMING, Austria — I still can’t really fathom what happened to me at the world championships. I knew I had chances for medals in super-G and super combined, and I really wanted to win the gold medal in the giant slalom. To win three gold medals definitely exceeded my expectations, and it’s been a crazy wave to ride.

It’s really weird thinking that it hadn’t been done since Jean-Claude Killy in 1968. It’s hard to imagine somebody hasn’t done it in 45 years, and it was such a cool feeling to put it together the way I did.

After I won the third gold medal, the legendary Alberto Tomba spent some time with us and he was pretty taken aback, even saying it was something he couldn’t have done. It was cool having one of my childhood heroes talking about how neat my accomplishment was. That was special.

I knew it was possible for me to win medals in all three events. On the World Cup this season, I’ve been skiing so well in super-G, with two fourth-place finishes and a sixth place, and this hill was perfect for me in super-G. I knew it was a really good opportunity.

In combined, if I hadn’t lost a ski three gates from the finish line in Wengen last month, I would have been second there, so I knew I had a chance in combined at worlds. After the combined downhill — one of the best downhill runs I’ve had in a long time, beating a lot of the best downhill skiers in the world — I could ski tactically in the slalom rather than taking a lot of risks.

But going into the giant slalom with two gold medals, I felt a lot of pressure because defending my title from the 2011 world championships was my No. 1 goal. It was stressful because I hadn’t been able to train much GS while focusing on the super-G and combined. Plus Austrian coaches set the course for the first run, and I knew they would really try to mess with me, setting a course that would be disadvantageous for me and advantageous for my main rival in GS, Marcel Hirscher, on his home hill.

To go out and win the first run by more than a second, and then be able to ski smartly on the second run, it was really cool to be in that position.

With the Olympics less than a year away now, I know winning these three gold medals has made my summer far more busy than normal. It will be a really good opportunity to project myself beyond ski racing.

But I’m not doing ski racing to become famous. I do it because I love it and I’m competitive. That’s what drives me. I’m not looking to be on the cover of People magazine. My main focus is on ski racing, not the red carpet.

THE ARTICLE ABOVE WAS PUBLISHED ON MONDAY, BUT I STILL WANTED TO SHARE IT. THE PAST COUPLE DAYS I HAVE BEEN TAKEN SOME TIME OFF TO RECOVER AND RECHARGE AFTER WORLD CHAMPS, NOW I AM READY TO FINISH OFF THE REST OF THE SEASON STRONG.

DENVER POST DIARYS CAN BE FOUND BELOW ALONG WITH THE REST OF MY DIARYS WITH THEM:

http://www.denverpost.com/extremes

Audi off the slopes video!

I have been capturing some of my adeventures in Europe this season from the Rockfest race, a heli ride to a training session in Switzerland and a bungy swing jump taken with my GoPro3 and sending them to Audi for a project they are doing with several racers called “Off the Slopes” to capture the behind the scenes of the World Cup.

SUPER G GOLD MEDAL DAY: Schladming World Champs

I still can’t believe I won the Gold medal at World Champs in the Super G yesterday. It was a great day of racing, I started 10th, so I was more nervous watching the rest of the top skiers come down than I was at the start of my run. Celebrating the victory with Aksel and DeTessiere, Alex, the Head team, Audi, my coaches and my girlfriend made for an awesome day that I will never forget. It wouldn’t have been possible to get the gold without the support of all those people.

After the medal ceremony we were rushed across the street to tape a live show for ORF. I thought the studio was really cool.

I celebrated over a couple beers, but had to get up early for the downhill training runs this morning. It’s still early in the World Champs, so I am looking forward to the Super Combined on Monday!

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