Oakley Alpine Ski Racing Team Primed And Ready For World Cup Season
Winter looks like its finally ready to stay here in North America and the Oakley Alpine Ski Racing Team is more than ready to take advantage of the fresh snow. Already with a podium finish in Levi, Finland, compliments of young gun, Mikaela Shiffrin, the ever-growing Oakley team sets its sights on the upcoming World Cup season. Gathering across parts of Colorado, Oakley skiers can be found training harder than ever this year in preparation for 2013’s competition.
Up on Copper Mountain the US Speed Training Center is teaming with American promise, as Oakley skiers like Wiley Maple and Erik Fisher are busy honing their crafts, looking to step it up this season. Whether it is downhill or giant slalom training, the boys are out in full effect in Colorado.
Jump over to Vail, CO and you’ll find another hot spot for Oakley Alpine Ski Racing action. Alpine legend, and newest member to the Oakley team, Aksel Lund Svindal is making Vail “home” for the time being, flying down the hill during slalom and giant slalom practices. Also in Vail, you can find a group from north of the border. Canadians Erik Guay, Manuel Osborne-Paradis and John Kucera are enjoying the slopes in Colorado while training for their upcoming Super G competitions. Fellow countryman Robbie Dixon suffered an unfortunate injury, sustaining a broken leg in a crash this week. Dixon will have surgery this week and begin the rehabilitation process shortly after.
Finally, there’s a young, up-and-comer turning heads in the US and all across the globe; Mikaela Shiffrin. The seventeen-year-old American talent recorded her second career podium finish last weekend in Levi, Finland, finishing third in the Arctic Circle at the opening Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom event. Shiffrin has now finished in the top three, twice in just 12 career World Cup events. Look for big things to come from this young gun.
One noticeable absence from the Colorado slopes this winter has been Lindsey Vonn. The alpine icon has been sidelined with some medical issues and was recently hospitalized for tests. The good news is, Vonn has been released and has resumed training in Vail. The four-time overall World Cup winner hopes to compete in slalom and giant slalom races in Aspen over Thanksgiving weekend, but no decision has been made.
It should be another exciting alpine ski racing season. Be sure to keep an eye on the Oakley team as they are training harder than ever this year, primed for an outstanding season. Good luck to all of the guys and girls competing this year.
Upcoming Nature Valley Aspen Winternational (November 21-25):
Aspen Winternational – Women’s GS 11/25/2012 NBC 1:00PM (EST)
Aspen Winternational – Women’s GS 11/25/2012 NBC Sports Network 2:00PM (EST)
Aspen Winternational – Women’s SL 11/25/2012 NBC Sports Network 3:00PM (EST)