The ESPYS commemorate the past year in sports by "recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances." The awards will be handed out in a ceremony on July 15.
After his crash at the Vail/Beaver Creek World Championships that ended his comback season, Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) was still nominated to the U.S. Ski Team 2015-16 roster. He addresses the question everyone wants to know: Will he accept? He responds to the retirement speculation, talks about his best moments in his career, what races he wishes he could redo and what who he thinks is the best ski racer of all time on NBC OlympicTalk.
VARNA, Bulgaria (June 8, 2015) – The International Ski Federation (FIS) capped its spring FIS Calendar Conference by announcing World Cup schedules for 2015-16, including a host of sites in the USA. Colorado’s Beaver Creek and Aspen resorts, along with Deer Valley Resort in Utah, plus the Olympic villages of Lake Placid in New York and California’s Squaw Valley are set to host the best skiers and riders in the world across a variety of disciplines. Additional World Cup sites will be announced later this spring as a part of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s U.S. Grand Prix tour.
On the heels of a successful FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek last year, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup will return to Colorado with races in Aspen Nov 28-29 and Beaver Creek Dec. 4-6. Aspen is also the site for the World Cup finals in March 2017.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (June 8, 2015) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved big air snowboarding and an alpine team event as new event inclusions for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association had been among nations lobbying for inclusion of big air.
The inclusion of big air is another step from the IOC in appealing to a more youth-oriented audience. The hugely successful slopestyle events at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi provided a great platform to launch big air as an additional medal opportunity for American athletes. Big air was introduced at the 2003 FIS Snowboarding World Championships and was included on the World Cup tour in 2015. U.S. Snowboarding’s Ty Walker (Stowe, VT) won the first ever women’s World Cup this past season in Istanbul, Turkey.
At the FIS Council Meetings in Varna, Bulgaria, Ceil Folz—president of the Vail/Beaver Creek 2015 World Championships organizing committee—gave her final World Champs report. In response, she received praise from FIS Alpine Chairman and Olympic Champion Bernhard Russi, who said, "You did an amazing job for our sport."
As athletes continue to arrive at the Center of Excellence in Park City, UT, a new batch of skiers will participate in summer training programs alongside elite skiers and snowboarders—the men from the National University Team (N-UNI). The newest branch of the U.S. Ski Team, the N-UNI team is made up of six men that will attend college while racing for the U.S. Ski Team.
While most of us are busy thinking about mountain biking and hiking, the U.S. Ski Team has already kicked off the 2015/16 season with on-snow training camps in California and Colorado. Heading to places like Mammoth Mountain and Arapahoe Basin, the Team looks forward to these low-pressure spring camps with no big races looming. So, what goes on at a U.S. Ski Team training camp?
On the men’s side, Head Men's Tech Coach Forest Carey and assistant coaches Scotty Veenis and Ian Garner made their way westward to Mammoth Mountain, accompanied by an eclectic crew including Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY), David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) and Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, CA). Though it was a quick seven-day camp and there was certainly a lack of snow, the crew was able to get some high-volume giant slalom and super G training under their belts.
Chip Knight is a name many ski racing fans know. He competed in three Winter Olympics (1998, 2002, 2006), won national and World Junior Championships titles and was a member of the U.S. Ski Team for over a dozen years. Impressive.
After leaving the Team post-2006 Olympics, Knight headed to Williams College to finish out his degree. While there, Ed Grees, head coach of the Williams Ski Team, encouraged him to get back into the sport and serve as the assistant coach. “What began as a part-time activity grew into a rekindled passion for ski racing,” said Knight. “I loved working with younger athletes to help them achieve their goals and fostering a healthy team environment in what is otherwise a highly individual sport.”
PARK CITY, UT (May 27)—The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) has named former Squaw Valley Ski Team coach John Cashman to its alpine staff as the U16 National Training Group (NTG) head coach. Former U16 NTG Head Coach Thomas Erhard will now fulfill the role of FIS women’s NTG head coach.