The US Ski Team had a winning weekend. Lindsey Vonn successfully returned to the slopes at Lake Louise Canada, just weeks after injuring her knee again. She had said after skiing the Downhill Friday, "I guess I'm a little rusty.I was more nervous than normal and I didn't ski with confidence, guess that happens after blowing out your knee and not racing for 10 months." But the next day, Vonn placed 5th in the Super G. Teammate Leanne Smith of North Conway finished just behind Vonn in sixth. The women's ski team heads to St Moritz Switzerland next on the World Cup ski circuit.
Meanwhile at Beaver Creek Colorado, the US Men took 1st and 2nd, as Ted Ligety won the Giant Slalom with a full second lead on the demanding Birds of Prey course, with Bode Miller right behind. Miller had commented after his first run, "I think I can beat him. Don't tell Ted that though." After winning Ligety said, "Sharing the podium with Bode is awesome. That?s cool to be able to have another American guy challenging me." The men's alpine World Cup heads to Val D'Isère France next.
So the friendly rivalries and fierce competitions continue as the US Ski Team works on winning World Cups on their Road to Russia and the Sochi Winter Olympics in February.
US Ski Team photo of Bode Miller and Ted Ligety at Beaver Creek Audi Birds of Prey
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.