Mikaela Shiffrin trains giant slalom on the Aspen race hill on Nov. 17 (Jeremy Swanson, Aspen/Snowmass)
ASPEN, CO (Nov. 21) – All eyes will be watching Mikaela Shiffrin, Julia Mancuso and potentially Lindsey Vonn when the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational takes over the historic Colorado ski town Thanksgiving weekend with a pair of Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tech races. Vonn, who was walloped last week with a stomach illness, returned to gate training on Nov. 18, but remains day-to-day on whether she'll start in Aspen. Mancuso has been training in Colorado since early Nov. and was third in the Aspen giant slalom last season. Shiffrin carries momentum from a third place slalom finish two weeks ago in Finland. The event also marks the World Cup return of Resi Stiegler, who tore her ACL at the March World Cup Finals. NBC and NBC Sports Network will carry TV coverage from Aspen beginning at 1 p.m. ET on Nov. 25 with the second run of slalom airing live on NBC Sports Network at 3 p.m. ET.
Television Coverage NBC: Sunday, Nov. 25 – 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET (women’s GS) NBC Sports Network: Sunday, Nov. 25 - 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET (women’s SL, LIVE second run at 3 p.m. ET)
The Nature Valley Aspen Winternational, the only women's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup stop in the U.S., opens Nov. 24 with a giant slalom followed by slalom on Nov. 25.
NBC and NBC Sports Network will carry TV coverage from Aspen on Nov. 25 beginning at 1 p.m. ET with the second run of slalom airing live on NBC Sports Network at 3 p.m. ET.
Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), who has been hampered by illness, will be on the start list for Aspen, but remains day-to-day on competing.
QUOTES Julia Mancuso I love racing in Aspen, it’s such a fun town and close to my home in Squaw Valley. It’s a really difficult hill, really steep - you can’t relax. You have to go at it until you finish.
Mikaela Shiffrin is doing awesome so she’s the one to look out for. I have to watch my back so she doesn’t beat me.
Mikaela Shiffrin The atmosphere in Aspen is amazing. It feels like home and is one of my favorite race hills. But it's also one of the most difficult; the slalom hill is technical and has a lot of terrain that begins with the steepest start on the World Cup circuit. The giant slalom course is also incredibly tough. It has even more terrain than the slalom course with multiple pitch changes and a lot of blind break overs. It’s one of those courses that you really need to inspect.
Alex Hoedlmoser, Head Coach Lindsey has been training since Sunday and continues to regain her strength. Luckily we still have a few more days for her to be on snow before Aspen, but it is still day-to-day on whether she will be able to start. Julia has done an incredible job preparing for another podium in Aspen and Mikaela is skiing very well. She already has a podium this season and should have the confidence to go all out and show how good she is.