Ligety, Shiffrin headline Alpine Championships at Squaw
The next stop for Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin? Squaw Valley ski resort in Lake Tahoe.
After a great day on the slopes in Switzerland, U.S. skiers Ligety and Shiffrin were no doubt looking forward to the trip back home.
For the first time in more than a decade, Squaw will be hosting a major event. The U.S. Alpine Championships come to Squaw, running from March 20-24.
On Saturday, Ligety continued his tremendous season by wining his sixth giant slalom title at the Alpine ski World Cup finals.
A triple world champion this season, Ligety edged Marcel Hirscher of Austria by 0.37 seconds for the victory at Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
Ligety's win came an hour after teenage teammate Mikaela Shiffrin had taken the women's slalom World Cup with victory in the event's final race at this Swiss resort.
Ligety joined Ingemar Stenmark as the only men in the 47-year World Cup history to get six GS victories in a season. Stenmark's 10-race sweep in 1978-79 is the record.
"It's very surreal for any ski racer," Ligety said in an Associated Press story. "He is at another level that's not really achievable."
Ligety now has 17 career World Cup wins in his specialist event, but is still are a long way from Stenmark's 46 victories.
There will certainly be some local flavor this week at Squaw Valley.
Getting a chance to ski on their home mountain will be quite the thrill for Olympic skier Julia Mancuso, Olympian Marco Sullivan and young Olympic hopeful Travis Ganong, who all have roots to Squaw Valley.
"It's really cool to see all the great stuff happening at Squaw," Mancuso said. "To have U.S. nationals back just shows the commitment to racing and its roots here in Squaw Valley. It's nice to be able to stay home and race in my backyard - which I also consider to be the best resort in America - so I am psyched."
This ski season, Mancuso upped her already impressive major championship medal total to eight with Super G bronze at the Schladming, Austria World Championships in February. Mancuso owns a record of 15 U.S. titles and is the defending giant slalom and super G champion.
"We're absolutely honored to be hosting the 2013 U.S. Alpine Championships," said Andy Wirth, Squaw Valley's president and CEO. "Squaw has a very proud heritage of hosting the Winter Olympics and producing a great number of Olympians and world class athletes. We are excited to offer unique and challenging terrain for the competitions on what are some of the most spectator-friendly courses that the Alpine Championships has ever seen."
Wednesday, March 20
Men's giant slalom
Thursday, March 21
Women's giant slalom
Audi Ski Challenge
Friday, March 22
Men's and women's super G
U.S. Ski Team Autograph Session
Saturday, March 23
U.S. Ski Team Day - Dawn Patrol and ProAm Race
Sunday, March 24
Author Jeffrey Weidel, an award-winning writer from the Sacramento region, can be spotted skiing the powdery slopes at Lake Tahoe-area ski resorts or trying to lower his handicap at local golf courses. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow him on Twitter at @jeffweidel.
Pet Care | Real Estate | Restaurants | Tech | View All | * Add/Upgrade Business
Placer County News HeadlinesFatal Accident Involving Employee Closes Squaw ValleySquaw Valley, Calif.- A fatal incident occurred at Squaw Valley involving a ski patroller at 8:35 AM this morning during avalanche control activities
Locals Step up to Protect our Natural Wonders...Forever"Forever" is a daunting amount of time, yet supporters of Placer Land Trust fully embrace the challenge in their commitment to protecting our important landscapes
2017 Honda Ridgeline a very unique truckRoseville, CA- After a two-year absence, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline has emerged and the consensus is it's better than ever.
Residents Conserve Water without Government MandateSacramento-area residents reduced water use by 25 percent in 2016 compared to 2013 even without a state mandate to conserve, according to an analysis of water
There's No Business Like Show BusinessRocklin, CA - The Sierra College Patrons, a support group of the Sierra College Foundation, invite the public and those interested in becoming members of the organization
Roseville and Rocklin Officials on SACOG Board of DirectorsThe new year bring new leadership to the region's transportation planning agency representing rural, suburban, and urban perspectives. The Sacramento Area Council of Governments
Operation Recognition Seeks Veterans to Receive High School DiplomasThe Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) is again awarding high school diplomas to qualifying U.S. Veterans and Japanese American citizens through its popular
Placer Child Support Services Ranks in Top Ten StatewideAUBURN, Calif. -- Placer County's Department of Child Support Services ranks eighth in the state out of 51 county child support agencies
Roseville Reservoir in Placer County Future?Roseville's City Council and Placer County Water Agency's (PCWA) Board of Directors last week opted into the initial phase of the Sites Reservoir project
New California Laws 2017 (Part 16)Roseville, CA - New California laws for 2017. Part 16 includes federal immigration policy enforcement, veterans, disability benefits, private investigators, elections, special education, and much more.
Roseville Gas Prices Reverse Upward TrendRoseville, CA- Gas prices in Roseville and around many parts of the country reversed course with a slight downtick this past week.
Placer County Hoteliers: Taxman Cometh Airbnb, Vacation Rentals By Owner, inns or hotels. If you provide lodging in Placer County, you're required to collect Transient Occupancy Tax
NEWS: In Case You Missed It