Julia Mancuso got the ball rolling with an almost forgotten bronze medal on the day Lindsey Vonn had a season-ending crash.
Ted Ligety followed with three golds to earn the title from local media of "Der Koenig von Schladming" "The King of Schladming."
And Mikaela Shiffrin, 17, capped a historic world championships for the United States Ski Team by fighting off a serious case of nerves to win the slalom title.
Even without Vonn and Bode Miller, who is sitting out this season to recover from left knee surgery, the U.S. team had the most golds at worlds the first non-European nation to achieve the feat.
While host Austria led with eight total medals, the U.S. team topped the International Ski Federation's table with four golds. Austria and France won two golds each.
"It's nice being in Austria and beating up on the Austrians on their home turf," said Ligety, who won in super-G, super-combined and giant slalom. "They always dominate the sport and they always kind of seem like they should be dominating the sport, so it makes it all the more satisfying to beat them."
The United States will host the skiing world championships Feb. 2-15, 2015, in Colorado. Organizers finished cutting trees for two new women's courses in Beaver Creek last summer alongside the existing men's Birds of Prey track. All medal events will be in Beaver Creek. Nearby Vail will host the team event and qualifying races.
Dutch speedskater Sven Kramer became the first man to win six all-around world championships, taking the final 10,000-meter race with a time of 13 minutes, 1.86 seconds to beat Belgium's Bart Swings and Havard Bokko of Norway in Hamar, Norway.
Courtney Force wins
Courtney Force raced to victory in Funny Car at the NHRA Winternationals, and defending Top Fuel world champion Antron Brown walked away from a fiery crash with minor injuries.
Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel) and Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) also were winners in the season opener at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona.
Force powered her Ford Mustang past Ron Capps' Dodge Charger with a pass of 4.025 seconds at 317.12 mph to claim her second career win.
The race was delayed for 90 minutes for cleanup after Brown's dragster went out of control and crashed after crossing the finish line in the second round of eliminations. The 8,000-horsepower engine burst into flames and the dragster slid into a retaining wall.
Donovan to rejoin Galaxy
Landon Donovan will rejoin the Los Angeles Galaxy in the final week of March after a break of almost four months.
The midfielder and forward, a veteran of three World Cups with the United States, said last fall he was uncertain whether he wanted to continue playing.
Donovan, 30, has a team-record 92 goals in eight seasons with the Galaxy, which has won the past two Major League Soccer titles. He has a record 49 goals in 144 appearances for the United States.
Ex-Nebraska back dies
Ken Clark, one of the top all-time rushers at Nebraska who went on to play for the Indianapolis Colts, died Saturday. He was 46.
Clark's career highlight came in 1988, when he ran for 256 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders and Oklahoma State.