Does Skiing Need Cheerleaders?

The 2015 World Ski Championships have had some historic firsts. The first World Champs to be held in the U.S. this century. The oldest women's winner (Tina Maze, 31, downhill). And then the oldest World Champs winner, period (Hannes Reichelt, 34 downhill). The first skier to win the same discipline in three straight… » 2/16/15 3:41pm 2/16/15 3:41pm

Anna Fenninger's Amazing Save Showed That Size Doesn't Always Matter

Late into a giant slalom run that looked like it would clinch her second gold in the 2015 World Ski Championships, Anna Fenninger suddenly snowplowed. » 2/13/15 2:35pm 2/13/15 2:35pm

This Chill Californian Might Be The Future Of The U.S. Downhill Team

Shortly after his run, just before mounting the most important podium of his career—and the first World Championships downhill podium for the U.S. since 2005—Travis Ganong was already thinking of powder. In particular, the two feet of powder that had hit the slopes at home in Lake Tahoe the night before. "I've dreamed… » 2/07/15 7:02pm 2/07/15 7:02pm

Tina Maze Can't Quit Until She's The Best At Everything

Tina Maze made history yesterday, and not just as the first world champion to double as a Slovenian pop star. At 31, she's now the oldest female skier to have won gold in a Championship event. » 2/07/15 4:15pm 2/07/15 4:15pm

How To Build A World-Championship Ski Course

At the World Championships downhill events that started today—the women raced this morning, the men tomorrow—it all comes down to a minute and a half. That's about how long it will take most of the racers to come screaming down more than 8,000 feet of steeps that reach up to a 34-degree gradient. » 2/06/15 5:21pm 2/06/15 5:21pm

Bode Miller's Big Crash Couldn't Ruin His Comeback

The sky over Beaver Creek's Birds of Prey course was bluebird-bright, the grandstand was stuffed with 3,500 people screaming their lungs out, and Bode Miller–Olympic medalist, self-taught skiing dynamo and great divider of opinions–was in the starting gate. » 2/05/15 6:20pm 2/05/15 6:20pm

Mikaela Shiffrin Is Striving For Perfection

Mikaela Shiffrin's style is sure-footed and rhythmic. Like the best slalom skiers, she sets up her turns high. She thinks a few turns ahead. And Shiffrin—who in Sochi last winter became the youngest racer ever to win Olympic gold in slalom and who thus spent several days as a cheery, effervescent staple of NBC… » 12/02/14 4:29pm 12/02/14 4:29pm

Why Bode Miller Mattered

In a way, it's fitting for Bode Miller's Olympic career to end like this, if this is indeed the end. Having re-injured his knee in Wednesday's giant slalom, in which he finished 20th, the 36-year-old absented himself from the last ski race of the Sochi Olympics, today's slalom. He'd spent his career sliding and… » 2/22/14 2:45pm 2/22/14 2:45pm

How 18-Year-Old Mikaela Shiffrin Kept Her Nerve And Won Slalom Gold

This morning, 18-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest skier to win gold in the Olympic slalom. Ever. How? She took on a course with the kind of calm usually shown by athletes who have been on the race circuit for, well, as long as she's been alive. » 2/21/14 5:35pm 2/21/14 5:35pm

Ted Ligety Is Skidding His Way To A Skiing Revolution

Ted Ligety is all about technique. He's precise. Controlled. Clean. He's also a complete risk-taker. Each of those so-called precise, controlled, clean turns? They're perpetually a razor's-edge (or a millisecond) from disaster. » 2/19/14 5:33pm 2/19/14 5:33pm

Why It Took 90 Years For Women's Ski Jumping To Make The Olympics

The first measured ski jump was explicitly a show of manhood. In 1809, the story goes, a lieutenant in the Norwegian military launched himself 9.5 meters through the air "to show his soldiers what a courageous fellow he was." The sport that grew out of that jump was likewise a test of manliness—far too dangerous, it… » 2/11/14 11:59am 2/11/14 11:59am

The Non-Skier's Guide To Ski Racing (And Ski Crashing)

Olympic skiing began this morning—men's downhill, airing on tape delay at 11 a.m.—and if you're like most viewers, you either watch the sport with quadrennial befuddlement or you change the channel entirely. As a former ski racer, and someone who started scooting around on skis at about the same time I was working out… » 2/09/14 10:30am 2/09/14 10:30am