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Sarah Schleper to compete in fifth Olympics

Fifteen year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team, Sarah Schleper, will be making an appearance at the Winter Olympics in Pyeonghcang this February! Not only will she be competing, but she’ll also be flag bearer for the Mexican delegation at the opening ceremony on February 9th. Although originally from Vail, Schleper married Federico Gaxiola in 2007, became a Mexican citizen in 2014, and has been competing for Mexico, including the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Beaver Creak, and the 2017 Worlds in St Moritz. Schleper has had an eventful skiing career, taking part in 186 World Cup races, and achieving 4 podium finishes, and one victory. Pyeongchang will be her fifth Olympics. In an interview with VailDaily, Schleper talks about how excited she is to be representing Mexico this Winter Games. “Mexico is a wonderfully vibrant and beautiful nation” she said. “We have a lot of Mexicans coming…

Skiers to watch out for this Winter Olympics

With just under a month left until the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, we’re super excited to see what the athletes bring to the table! Here are some of the star skiers who have qualified for the upcoming Olympics, and you should be sure to keep an eye on! Alpine Skiing Men Austrian Alpine Skier, Marcel Hirscher is undoubtedly one to watch this Olympics. His last Olympic win was at the 2014 Winter Olympics, finishing with a silver medal in slalom. He’s had an amazing run at the current Ski World Cup with 7 gold medals, and we’re sure to see him do all he can to get that gold in this coming Olympics! Norwegian skier, Henrik Kristoffersen is another contender to watch out for. With 9 podium finishes at this seasons World Cup, we can count on him to bring his A-game at the games in Pyeongchang this…

Marcel Hirscher wins slalom race in Zagreb!

Marcel Hirscher is undoubtedly the strongest slalom athlete this season! For the 5th time in a row, Hirscher has done it again, winning the slalom in Zagreb on Thursday with a time of 1:50.65! Fellow Austrian, Michael Matt came in second with a time of 1:50.65, and Norwegian skier Henrik Kristoffersen finished third.  Hirscher has won places on the podium in his last 12 giant slalom races in the world cup and world championships, and has won 7 of them! Proving he’s an unstoppable force this season. In light of his win, let’s take you through some of his biggest skiing achievements! World Cup Debut Making his world cup debut at the age of 18 in 2007, the half-Austrian and hap-dutch skier Marcel Hirscher quickly rose to fame and established himself as slalom king! Between 2007 and 2009, he had much success in the Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super G…

Mikaela Shiffrin wins first Downhill Race!

She’s knows as being the ‘slalom queen’, but Mikaela Shiffrin can now add Downhill to her growing list of achievements, winning her very first World Cup downhill victory in Lake Louise last Saturday! Shiffrin scored a time of one minute 27.55 seconds, beating Germany’s Viktoria Rebesburg by 0.13 seconds, and Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin who came in third with a time of 1:27.72. Shiffrin, who was the overall World Cup winner last season was competing in just her fourth World Cup downhill race, and of her 32 World Cup wins, 26 are her triumphs in slalom. The start of the race was delayed by over an hour because of a power outage after a a power line to the Lake Louise resort failed, so the course was shortened for the race on Saturday. “Shortening the distance was definitely an advantage to me because the top section is flat and I’m not…

FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Winners!

Its been an epic month of ski racing so far, so lets take you through some of our highlights! Super G – Ladies 28 year old Tina Weirather from Liechtenstein won the the season’s first Super-G race last Sunday at Lake Louise. Weirather was also last years Super-G crystal globe winner, proving herself again by barreling down the slopes in 1:18.52 seconds. Second place went to last year’s super-G winner Lara Gut from Switzerland with a time of 1:18.63, while the super-G reigning champ Nicole Schmidhofer finished third with a time of 1:18.79. Drama unveiled when American skier Lindsey Vonn – the all time biggest winner in the discipline, failed to finish the Super-G race after crashing for her second time this season. She unfortunately failed to keep her skis under her when taking a wide turn, resulting in a slide out. Although Vonn had a nightmare weekend at Lake…

Watch The NorAm Cup Races with us!

The Nor-Am Cup – otherwise known as the North American Cup, brings together some of the best ski racers in North America, giving them the opportunity to compete against athletes from other countries for a chance to make it onto the World Cup circuit. The Nor-Am Cup lasts for the whole season, and ventures to multiple ski resorts including, Copper Mountain, Loveland, Lake Louise and more. The Cup will come to head in March for the NorAm finals, where, in alpine skiing, the top two overall competitors for each discipline at the end of the finals win a World Cup spot for the following season in their respective events. An awesome way to give North American talents the chance to compete with other top ski racers! The skiing talents of these racers are incredible and we want to give athletes, parents and coaches the opportunity to view the Nor-Am races, to…

Pro videos of this seasons World Cup winning races!

World Cup Levi Racing has kicked off the alpine season this month, bringing together the world’s best slalom skiers. We’re super excited to announce Sprongo now has the licensed rights to over 20 winning World Cup runs from this season! With the season just starting we currently have the very first two winning world cup runs on Sprongo – Felix Neureuther who won the Men’s slalom, and Petra Vhlova who won the Ladies slalom. We’ll be covering the best runs from the season, from the top skiers of the game! As the world cup continues, we will be uploading the runs of all major events. Below is a list of the world cup runs that will be added: Date EVENT 11.11.2017 Levi (FIN) Ladies Slalom – Run 2 12.11.2017 Levi (FIN) Men’s Slalom – Run 2 25.11.2017 Killington (USA) Ladies Giant Slalom -Run 2 26.11.2017 Killington (USA) Ladies Slalom -Run…

Austria Racing Camps

Austria Racing Camps (ARC) has come along way since its opening in 1975 by founder Hugo Nindl -a Slalom World Cup winner, two time Professional World Champion, six time Austrian Junior Champion and nine times Austrian Champion! With such a talented founder, the young athletes of ARC were in great hands. They’ve made the foundation a family affair, with Nindl’s son, Oliver Nindl becoming Director and Head Coach of ARC since 1986. ARC offer high-quality ski training from top athletes all over the world, with many of their athletes ranging from children, to teenagers to master racers from all global backgrounds. Initially starting off with just summer camps, ARC soon offered winter and autumn camps to keep up with their high demand and success. And now, ARC coaches are at their athlete’s disposal everyday throughout the entire year! The coaches at ARC are always wanting to give their athletes…

Athletes of Sprongo – Mikaela Shiffrin

As a Video Analysis platform, we are lucky enough to have some amazing athletes using our Sprongo platform to help them achieve success! One of our top athletes is Mikaela Shiffrin. Mikaela is an American Alpine Ski Racer with the US Ski Team. She has won multiple Skiing World Championships and won an Olympic gold medal at only 18. She is the youngest slalom champion in Olympic Alpine skiing history! In light of Mikaela Shiffrin winning the Serge Lang Trophy (also knows as the  Skieur d’Or Award) for this year, we would like to take you through some of Mikaela’s biggest achievements over her athletic career. Early Comings Mikaela is in fact the daughter of two ski racers, growing up with the snow sport at a young age. When she was only 8, she had already become a talented ski racer. She joined the ski team at the Burke Mountain Academy…

Introducing Burke Mountain Academy’s JP Daigneault

Burke Mountain Academy (BMA) is a leading ski racing academy located in Vermont, USA. BMA differentiates itself on the strength of its community, enabling it to focus on providing passionate ski racers the ability to pursue their academic and athletic potential. Burkies focus on hard work, and the school challenges students to risk failure and learn from success. Burke Mountain Academy has an accomplished and talented staff, recently hiring a friend of ours – JP Daigneault – as Head Coach for the Men’s FIS program earlier this year. Daigneault has previously worked as Program Director at Northwood School, and has held high-level coaching positions at Green Mountain Valley School (GMVS), BC and Quebec Provincial teams in Canada.  Daigneault had a pretty outstanding athletic career of his own having been captain of the Dartmouth Alpine Ski Team and a four-time All-American NCAA Division I skier, in addition to racing for the Canadian team at World Juniors…

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