October 29 marks 100 days to Sochi 2014 Winter Games, and U.S. Ski Team's Ted Ligety is already carving out a promising start to the ski racing season. This weekend, while you were glued to the Pats and Red Sox World Series, Ligety and Bode Miller were in Soelden, Austria, for the World Cup opener. Ligety won the GS with a commanding .79 second lead over Alexis Pinturault of France, also icing an historic third consecutive World Cup G.S. win at Soelden.
See Ted Ligety's winning GS run here
Bode Miller was 19th, in his first World Cup race since Feb. 2012, and U.S. Ski Team Tim Jitloff finished 20th. On the U.S. Ski Team women's side, Mikaela Shiffrin placed sixth place, and Julia Mancuso finished 27. The World Cup comes to U.S. snow Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Beaver Creek, Colorado, where Lindsey Vonn is expected to return to the gates. Vonn was in New York City this morning appearing on the Today Show. Ligety will be in N.Y.C. tomorrow to receive the U.S. Olympic Committee's SportsMan of the Year Award - to mark 100 days to Sochi build up. NBC is working to build up interest in skiing and their coverage of the XXII Olympic Winter Games from Russia beginning Feb. 6, 2014. NBC will kick off the first night of Olympics with the debut of men's and women's snowboard slopestyle, starring Shaun White, followed by women's freestyle moguls. The following night will be the Opening Ceremonies.
In New England ski news, Sunday River and Killington both opened for skiing this past weekend. The River has suspended operation until next weekend. The Big K remains open this week with the K-1 Express Gondola and North Ridge Triple accessing skiing on Great Northern and Rime trails, uploading and downloading from 9:00 a.m-3:30 p.m. Halloween skiing anyone?
Go Sox, Go Pats, Go US Ski Team!
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.