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Skiing Superstar Lucas Braathen: The New Kid on the Block

Norwegian alpine skier Lucas Braathen is the one to watch this season. At just 20 years old, he has conquered his first World Cup victory in Soelden. While Braathen had an unconventional start to his skiing career – initially starting off playing football and starting skiing in his late teens – he has become somewhat of a rising star in the sport. He beat Swiss duo Marco Odermatt and Gino Caviezel to take out his first ever podium at a World Cup event.   “It’s a pretty good day,” Braathen told Austrian TV, “I knew that I was capable of a podium. First victory, first race of the season, it’s unbelievable.” His previous best result was coming fourth place at the slalom in Kitzbuehel in January, but he finally made it to the top in his 23rd event in a World Cup. “I went for it. I am not here for…

Sprongo Brings AI Video Analysis to the Masses

It’s no secret that in order to become the best skier you can be, careful analysis of your skiing is an essential piece to that puzzle. Almost every skier and coach since it became practical to film turns with handheld cameras has had some form of video analysis used as part of their programs. In many ways, the camera revolutionized ski racing and opened up a whole new realm of analysis to coaches and athletes not possible in the early days of the sport.

Is Mikaela Shiffrin set to be the world’s greatest ski racer?

In light of Mikaela Shiffrin’s massive win in Sweden this week – her 14th World Cup win of the season – everyone has been raving about Shiffrin’s dominance in the skiing sport right now. With her win on Tuesday being her 14th victory this season, she is currently tied with Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider’s 1989 record of winning the most wins within a single season!

Mizayaki becomes first female junior champion in Nordic combined

Nordic combined history has been made by Japanese skier, Ayane Mizayaki. After Wednesday’s race at the Junior World Ski Championships in Lahti, Mizayaki became the first-ever female champion in Nordic combined.

She won the race with a time of 17:43.8, with Norway’s Gyda Westvold not far behind with a time of 17:47.4. Mizayaki’s fellow teammate Anju Nakamura finished in third place at 18:02.3.

Mikaela Shiffrin wins Super-G Gold in Cortina

One thing is for sure – there’s no stopping Mikaela Shiffrin! The 23 year old alpine skier struck gold once again on Sunday, winning her third Super-G of the season. It’s her 54th win of her career, getting her even closer to the all-time record of 86 wins. She tore up the slopes in Cortina, finishing the race in 1 minute, 22.48 seconds – 0.16 seconds faster than runner-up Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein. Austria’s Tamara Tippler was a close third – just 0.02 second behind Weirather. Shiffrin has been on her game this season, mastering the course that hindered other skiers from finishing their races, including Lindsey Vonn, and Alice Merryweather. The super-G win is Shiffrin’s 11th victory of the season. With more performances like this, it’s likely she will reach the all-time list while she’s still in her 20s. But one of the record’s that is close in her…

Ski World Championship Videos coming to Sprongo

We’re almost at the end of 2018, and that means the Ski World Cup is well underway! With many exciting performances in store for us this World Cup, we don’t want you to miss any of the action. We’ll be uploading highlights of all major races that will take place in Killington and Beaver Creek this season. That includes Mikaela Shiffrin’s epic slalom win, as well as Frederica Brigone’s giant slalom win. As we’re creeping into 2019, we’re also not far from the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Are. The two-week event will run from 4th-17th February 2019. We’ll see new world champions crowned in downhill, super-G, giant slalom, alpine combined and the alpine team event. Race videos from the championships will also be added to Sprongo. We’ll make it easy for you to stay up to date with the best runs from the top skiers in the game!…

Kjetil Jansrud wins Super-G, securing the World Cup discipline title

Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud wins his third Super-G title – with a record time of 1:33.21 – rounding up Norway’s winning streak in the Men’s World Cup Super-G to seven seasons! Jansrud secured his third discipline title in four years – he also took the Super-G titles in 2014-15 and last season. He also won Olympic bronze in Pyeongchang last month, adding to his gold from the Sochi Games four years ago and silver from the 2017 world championships. His Norwegian teammates Aksel Lund Svindal (2011-2014) and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (2016) also won the discipline title in recent years – making Norway the team to watch out for. They’ve matched the winning streak set by Austria who have previously won the super-G title seven years in a row from 1998-2004. Now it’s Norways time to shine. In an interview with ESPN, Jansrud shared his excitement for the win. “I am a…

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