Aspen Times | High hopes for Birds of Prey World Cup

Aspen Times | Americans have high hopes for Birds of Prey World Cup at Beaver Creek

BEAVER CREEK — Who was the last American to win at Beaver Creek?

It’s not Ted Ligety because Mikaela Shiffrin won here at the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in slalom the day after Ted won giant slalom.

Technicalities aside, it’s been a while for the Americans on their home snow, but the red, white and blue hopes to change things at the 2019 Xfinity Birds of Prey FIS World Cup.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle, of Starksboro, Vermont, did the honors with the fastest time in downhill training Wednesday with a time of 1 minute, 41.37 seconds, ahead of Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (1:41.61) and Austria’s Matthias Mayer (1:41.67).

Of course, “winning” training only means something if things go well on race day.

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