Behind the scenes with the US Ski Team: Sestriere

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 30, 2011 8:03 am

Women’s Downhill
Sestriere, Italy – Jan. 30, 2011

Top Storylines:
  • Heavy snow and fog cancel the women’s downhill and super combined in Sestriere
  • It is the second women’s World Cup weekend to be scrapped this season due to weather
  • Races will not be made up before the 2011 Alpine World Ski Championships which begin Feb. 8
  • The U.S. Ski Team will move to its European training base of Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria for training
  • A World Cup giant slalom and slalom are scheduled for Feb. 4-5 in Arber-Zwiesel, Germany
SESTRIERE, Italy (Jan. 30) – Heavy snow and thick fog forced organizers to cancel the full schedule of Audi FIS Alpine World Cup races this weekend in Sestriere, Italy. This is the second women’s World Cup weekend to be lost entirely after warm temperatures scrapped a giant slalom and slalom in Maribor, Slovenia earlier this month. The races will not be made up before the Feb. 8-20 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships set for Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.


FIS Women’s World Cup Race Director Atle Skaardal
“On some parts of the course, it’s 20 or 30 centimeters, others it’s five or 10. It is a lot of snow and it is still snowing heavily. Visibility is zero. This weather is going to continue through Monday. There is just no chance.”
“For sure we’re going to miss some races this season. We have to prioritize the next organizers and the next races and be very careful with an already packed race calendar for the rest of the season.”
Head Coach Alex Hoedlmoser
“It’s a pretty packed calendar and it’s tough to make up speed races, but weather is a big part of our sport. It’s nothing new to us. We’ll just pack up and head to Kaprun to get ready for the next set of races. It’s completely dumping, but luckily we have good cars.”
“The speed group will take a couple of days off and then get right into the preparation period for Garmisch. The technical team has been training hard and will be ready to go next weekend in Zwiesel.”
Courtesy of Doug Haney Alpine Press Officer USSA.ORG/US Ski Team