A broken ski pole didn't discourage David Chodounsky in his first run. Chodounsky successfully defended his slalom title Sunday with a fast second run in the last event at the U.S. Alpine Championships. He edged AJ Ginnis by 0.15 seconds. First-run leader Tim Kelley was third.
Over the years, Mikaela Shiffrin has been patiently refining her technique, trying to get it just perfect. Shiffrin added another title to her impressive collection, winning the slalom by a huge margin Saturday at the U.S. Alpine Championships. The 20-year-old from Eagle-Vail, Colorado, finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 33.02 seconds to beat Paula Moltzan by 4.31 seconds. Shiffrin opened a 2.62-second advantage after the first run at Sugarloaf resort.
No matter the course or on which side of the coast, Tim Jitloff finds a way to rule the giant slalom at nationals. He finished in a combined time of 2 minutes, 16.26 seconds, edging Tommy Ford, the leader after the first run, by 0.42 seconds. Nick Cohee was third. Jitloff's first national title was here, at Maine's Sugarloaf resort, in 2008.
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) -- Teenager Nina O'Brien captured the giant slalom title Thursday at the U.S. Alpine Championships against a field that was filled with World Cup veterans.
Fresh from the World Cup finals, Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin and other top U.S. skiers are headed from France to Maine to finish the competitive season at the U.S. Alpine Championships. Vonn, the most decorated female ski racer in history, will headline the event that begins Wednesday and runs through the weekend at Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley in western Maine. For Shriffin, it'll be her first time at Sugarloaf.
Anna Fenninger overcame her nerves and a strong challenge from Tina Maze to clinch her second straight World Cup title in style Sunday, joining Marcel Hirscher on the winners' podium as he celebrated a record fourth straight men's title. Both won their races, with Hirscher winning the men's slalom to capture his third straight globe in that discipline, and Fenninger making it a great day for the Austrians as she held off Maze to win the women's giant slalom, also defending that title in the process. ''What is definitely one of the greatest things is to have the record (of four straight), which I don't have to split with someone.'' Hirscher had clinched his title before Sunday's race even began as closest rival Kjetil Jansrud decided to skip it - the burly Norwegian is not a specialist in technical events -but Fenninger had it all to do as she trailed Maze by 18 points. The showdown pitted GS world champion Fenninger against Olympic champion Maze - the World Cup winner the season before Fenninger - and did not disappoint.