A Crystal Ball
Does anyone not believe in the “best in the world” now? True, U.S. skiers did not
win everything in sight — well, except for Hannah Kearney, who came ridiculously
close! But USSA athletes won a boatload and won in every discipline in which they
competed. A careful examination of the record books may tell me otherwise, but this
year’s World Cup results must have brought more podiums, globes and wins to Park
City than ever before.
Just think of the crystal being hauled back across the Atlantic. Lindsey brings
home four alpine globes; Hannah, two freestyle; Kikkan and Sarah one each for
nordic and jumping. Count them: eight globes, three of which are the really big
ones! Three overall titles in one season — how many of us thought we would see
the day when the U. S. held the overall titles for alpine, freestyle and jumping all in
the same season?
Though she was perhaps bittersweet at the season’s conclusion because of her
disappointing GS run at Schladming, Lindsey Vonn’s World Cup results perpetuated her reign as the best alpine racer on the planet, vaulting her to the company
of the very few who attained dizzying successes in alpine World Cups past. With
53 wins, Lindsey is poised next season to shoot beyond Anna Marie Moser-Proell’s
record 62 wins if she continues at her torrid pace. The goal of passing the 2,000-
point mark in a single season is again possible. While that may be a bit of a straw-man record, with Lindsey’s hard work and extraordinary training regimen, one has
to think that it’s going down.
Lindsey was not the only alpine racer to attract attention this season. Julia Mancuso had her best World Cup season since 2008, garnering six podiums and landing
in fourth position overall. Known for shining in big events, she showed consistency
all season and closed the year with solid skiing. Ted Ligety had a strong season as
well, culminating with a win in Kranjska Gora. No, the giant slalom globe was not to
be his. It went to Marcel Hirscher, who was good in both GS and slalom. So good,
in fact, that he earned the overall title. Ligety could not match Hirscher’s consistency, but he amassed more World Cup points (853) bringing him back to his 2008
level and leaving him feeling pretty good about his season.
Juniors have been competing nationwide. Senior editor Hank McKee reviews the
regional results from around the country and Ski Racing editors have listed the key
junior results at the back of the issue. Soon, Park City will host the first J3 national
camp, featuring the 30 top male and female J3 skiers from around the country. Besides a little racing, there will be skills and strength testing. It should bode well for
In this issue, Eric Williams chats with Lindsey Vonn about her astounding success
while Hank McKee looks at the new star of the White Circus. Emily Cook, in her
Aerial View column, discusses travel and jet lag, two things every world-class athlete needs to understand. Bill McCollom profiles the late beloved masters legend
Harold Wescott and, in Finish Line, is happy to go West for spring snow.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING &
GARY BLACK JR.
First-ever women’s ski jumping World Cup champ Sarah Hendrickson
Meanwhile, Claire Abbe, a former alpine collegiate All-American with Denver
University, writes about spring racing and what you need to know about mucking
around with penalty-point runs.
The Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships are being held in conjunction with
NASTAR’s finals at Winter Park, which will bring many past champions into the
area. It should be a great time, so drop by if you are in the neighborhood. If not,
follow the results on the Ski Racing website or with our apps.
One final note; all of us at Ski Racing wish Resi Stiegler a rapid and successful
recovery. The fun and skilled native of Jackson Hole already had the return-of-the-year award. Resi, we look forward to seeing you back next fall!
Enjoy the spring, and don’t forget the sunscreen. — G.B. Jr.
SUBSCRIBER SERVICE: For the fastest
service, visit us online at
skiracing.com and click on the subscriber
services button, or write: Ski Racing, P. O. Box
65467, Salt Lake City, UT 84165. For back issues
and special requests, please call 801-364-4442.
EDITORIAL AND ADVERTISING: P. O. Box
65467, Salt Lake City, UT 84165. Submissions
must be accompanied by a self-addressed,
Ski Racing is not responsible for unsolicited
Copyright © 2012 Ski Racing International.
All rights reserved.
Ski Racing (ISSN 0037-6213) (USPS 014-521),
a publication of Ski Racing International, LLC,
P. O. Box 65467, Salt Lake City, UT 84165, published monthly in September, October, November, December and twice in Jan., Feb., Mar. and
April for a total of 12 issues. Annual subscription $24, Canada remit $47.98 in U.S. funds
(includes GST); all other international air mail
$72.98 in U.S. funds only. Periodicals Postage
Paid at Salt Lake City, UT, and additional mailing offices. Canada Post International Publications Mail Agreement #40010538. Return
undeliverable Canadian addresses to: Express
Messenger International, P.O. Box 25058 London
BRC, Ontario, Canada N6C GA8
DIGITIZED BY TEXTERITY, INC.,