PARK CITY, UT (April 20, 2015) – After impressive season-ending results at U.S. Alpine Championships, Nina O’Brien (Edwards, CO – National Training Group; Burke Mountain Academy) and Drew Duffy (Warren, VT – Green Mountain Valley School), an U.S. Ski Team invitee, have been selected by the North American Snowsports Journalists Association-East Region (NASJA-East) as this year’s winners of the Don A. Metivier Golden Ski Award. This annual award is given to the most promising male and female junior alpine racers in the east. O’Brien and Duffy will be presented with their awards at the New England Ski Museum’s annual spring reception on Friday, June 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Franconia, N.H.
O'Brien skis to first place at the 2015 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Sugarloaf, ME.
PARK CITY, UT (April 20, 2015) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association will welcome three-time Olympian and U.S. Ski Team alum Chip Knight to its staff as its new U.S. Ski Team alpine development director. Knight, who skied on the team for 13 years, will manage the alpine development team, national training groups, regional programs and youth development programs such as SkillsQuest. He will also contribute to the USSA alpine coach education program, club development program, competition calendar development and member development.
Acting as head women’s alpine coach at Dartmouth College for the past five years, Knight will bring a wealth of knowledge about development in the sport of alpine. He has also served as director of skiing at Dartmouth since 2012, managing a variety of administrative tasks for the program. Since beginning his coaching career in 2007, Knight has been drawn to the challenge of teaching and motivating young athletes to compete at their best.
PARK CITY, UT (April 14, 2015) – Former Italian Men’s Speed Coach Alberto Senigagliesi has joined the U.S. Ski Team women’s alpine speed team staff as head coach, while interim coach Brandon Dyksterhouse will head up the women’s alpine tech team.
Senigagliesi has a significant amount of experience in all aspects of the industry, bringing a holistic background to the U.S. Ski Team. His extensive experience includes a 12-year stint skiing on the Italian national speed team, coaching for Carrabassett Valley Academy (CVA), acting as the racing test manager for Rossignol, and, most recently, coaching for the Italian national team. He’s no stranger to the U.S. Ski Team, having acted as a guest coach in 2004 and 2005 for Topolino Trophee and World Junior Championships.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (April 10, 2015) – Throughout his 18-year career, Erik Schlopy often traveled down the unbeaten path. Schlopy was a three-time Olympian and seven time national champion who had one of the longest and most successful careers in U.S. ski racing history. He was a World Pro super G champion and a bronze medal winner in the giant slalom at the World Championships in 2003. Schlopy’s story is much, much bigger than a tale of his skiing success, though. Throughout his career, Schlopy persevered through multiple injuries and challenges, including a broken back (1993), four knee surgeries and multiple other injuries. Despite these challenges, he managed to fight through and find success.
His dynamic career tells tales of perseverance and tenacity—two traits that he believes transcend the world of sport and have heavy application in the business world.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (April 10, 2015) - The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame will induct 10 athletes and sport builders, including Olympic snowboarding legend Ross Powers.
Powers won the first U.S. Olympic medal in snowboarding, a bronze, at the 1998 Nagano Games and was the Olympic halfpipe champion in 2002, leading an American podium sweep. Powers dominated the sport of snowboarding in his day, winning every major event in halfpipe snowboarding from the FIS World Championships to the X Games to the US Open. Powers retired from halfpipe competition in 2006 and turned his focus to snowboardcross racing, narrowly missing making the 2010 Olympic SBX team.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (April 9, 2015) – A story of humble beginnings, Kristina “Koz” Koznick grew up skiing ropetow laps on the modest 310-vertical-foot Buck Hill piste—what would seem like a far cry from a career on the U.S. Ski Team. Except for that it wasn’t a far cry at all. When she was a mere 15 years old, Koznick landed herself a spot on the U.S. Ski Team. By the time she retired in 2006, she had cemented herself as one of America’s most decorated female World Cup slalom racers in history with five Nationals slalom titles, 20 World Cup podium finishes and six World Cup wins.
Now that the season has wrapped, U.S. Ski Team alpine press officer Megan Harrod reminisces on the 2014/15 season with the top 15 moments of her first season on the World Cup circuit.
The birds are chirping, the little snow is melting, and springtime is in the air. Let’s get real for a second—by now you’ve all likely moved on to the next sport. But perhaps there are some of you, like me, who are still holding on to the winter months—lamenting season’s end and anxiously looking forward to getting out there for summer ski camps, and eventually, for the snow to fly and the 2015/16 season to start. Seriously. I’m ready. I didn’t want the season to end. Or so I thought until Jared Goldberg said to me at U.S. Alpine Champs, “If you woke up tomorrow in Lake Louise, would you still feel this way?” The answer is no, likely not. But a couple more races? That would have been lovely.
The Western Region FIS Elite Spring Series wrapped on Monday after a six-day race series at Sun Valley Mountain Resort—a successful event foretelling next season’s U.S. Alpine Champs.
Each gender had two slaloms, two giant slaloms and two super G races as a part of the series. The U.S. dominated the speed events, taking all podiums but one in the super G races. Hometown girl Haley Cutler (Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation) won the ladies’ first super G, followed by Tenaya Standteiner (Squaw Valley Ski Team) and Isabella Wright (Snowbird Sports Educational Foundation). In the second super G, Canadian Rae Swette took the victory with Madison Ostergren (Rowmark Ski Academy) taking second and Cutler in third.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (April 6, 2015) – John McMurtry is one of many ardent fans of ski racing in the Vail Valley who made the daily trek to the hill during the World Championships this past February. But as he watched the U.S. Ski Team win five medals, there was a special piece of him that reminisced about the role he played decades ago that is still a key part of the USA’s ongoing success.
On Saturday, McMurtry will join nine others as he is inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Steamboat Springs.
McMurtry, who today serves as the chief development officer for the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, is most known within the sport as the coach of the women’s team in the early 1980s, winning the Nations Cup title in 1982, helping steer Tamara McKinney to the overall World Cup title in 1983 and being a part of the remarkable success of the 1984 Olympic Team in Sarajevo.
PARK CITY, UT (April 6, 2015) – U.S. Ski Team Women’s Speed Head Coach Stefan Abplanalp is leaving the team after one season. Abplanalp oversaw the women’s speed team this past year, leading it to a resurgence with 12 podiums including a sweep in Lake Louise, eight wins from Lindsey Vonn, a World Championships medal and two World Cup titles.
“Stef was a big part of bringing the women’s speed team back to strength,” said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Alpine Director Patrick Riml. “But Stef and I both have come to the conclusion that our vision and philosophy is different so we came to mutual decision to part. We wish him all the best in the future. He was a big contributor to our program and I know he is proud of what he accomplished.”
The Team anticipates naming a new coach during April.