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USA Wins! On to Vail/Beaver Creek
The U.S. Alpine Ski Team wrapped up one of its most successful World Championships in history, leaving Schladming with the official medals title with four gold plus a bronze. The medals will bring a start advantage for the Americans as the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships head to the USA in 2015 at Vail/Beaver Creek – the first time since 1999. Over 300,000 spectators jammed the mountainside in the Austrian village of Schladming over the last two weeks to watch American Ted Ligety win three gold, teen Mikaela Shiffrin capture the slalom and veteran Julia Mancuso bronze in super G.
U.S. Ski Team led the official medals count for the first time in history with four gold and one bronze. It was the first time a non-European nation had led the official medals count. Austria had the most overall medals with eight, including two gold.
It was the most gold medals ever won by the U.S. Ski Team in a World Championship or Olympics. The USA has twice won six overall medals including St. Moritz in 2003 and Bormio in 2005 (Bode Miller won two gold in each).
The overall total of five medals by the USA matched the total at the last Schladming World Championships in 1982.
Ted Ligety’s three gold medals marked the first time since 1968 that an athlete has won three or more gold in a World Championship (Jean Claude Killy with four in 1968, Grenoble).
Mikaela Shiffrin at 17 became the third youngest woman to win a slalom World Championship and the youngest gold medalist since a slightly younger Diann Roffe won gold in giant slalom in 1985 at Bormio/Santa Caterina.
With her fifth career World Championship medal (bronze, super G), Julia Mancuso has now medaled in six major championships. Four World Championships and two Olympics – more than any other American.
2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships - Vail/Beaver Creek
The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will return to Vail/Beaver Creek in 2015.
Previous World Championships were held in Vail/Beaver Creek in 1999 and 1989, along with Aspen in 1950, as well as 1960 in Squaw Valley with Olympics doubling as Worlds.
With the gold medal success at 2013 World Championships in Schladming, the U.S. Ski Team will pickup additional starts for Ted Ligety in super G, super combined and giant slalom and Mikaela Shiffrin in slalom giving the USA five starts in those discplines.
1. USA - 4 gold, 1 bronze
2. Austria – 2 gold, 2 silver, 4 bronze
3. France – 2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
4. Slovenia – 1 gold, 2 silver
5. Germany – 1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze
6. Norway – 1 gold, 1 bronze
7. Italy – 2 silver, 1 bronze
8. Sweden – 1 silver, 1 bronze
9. Croatia – 1 silver
10. Switzerland – 1 silver