The North American Snowsports Journalists Association – East Region (NASJA-East) has announced their winners of the 2016 Don A. Metivier Golden Ski Award. This year, the award goes to Cecily Decker (Saranac Lake, NY, Eastern Regional Team /New York Ski Education Foundation) and Ben Ritchie (Waitsfield, VT, National Training Group/Green Mountain Valley School).
Ben Ritchie (left) finished second at the Longines Future Ski Champions event.
Since 1969, the Golden Ski Award has been presented to the top junior male and female skiers in the east. Previous winners have included athletes such as Mikaela Shiffrin, Ryan Cochran-Siegle and Nolan Kasper. 2015’s winners were U.S. national champions and U.S. Ski Team members Drew Duffy and Nina O’Brien.
From local ski hills to the PyeongChang Olympics, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) encompasses all athletes that share a passion for skiing and snowboarding. We explore what makes each skier and rider a champion with stories from the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing, next to kids winning a NASTAR medal, landing their first cork 7 or joining a club team. Alongside USSA’s mascot Champ, take a look at how all of these athletes strive to be Best in the World.
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) is a name you hear constantly in the ski racing world. And the rest of the sports world is starting to take notice. Red Bull explored her past, her undeniable dominance in the tech World Cups and where she’s heading next in their piece “Find out the fascinating story of Mikaela Shiffrin.”
There’s nothing more American than football, and while the U.S. Ski Team is inherently American, there isn’t much relation between the NFL and ski racing. However, in 1994, the two sports merged and it resulted in Tommy Moe taking home two medals at the Lillehammer Olympics. Read the story about how Mike McCoy, a cornerback for the Green Bay Packers and University of Colorado alum, helped train the U.S. Ski Team for the Olympic season.
After a tough beginning of the 2015-16 season, Steven Nyman attacked the second half with force and power—snagging four podiums in the last four downhills. But while he’s a big guy with a killer skiing resume, he’s a grounded, personable character with a drive to take home a downhill globe next season.
Dave Brennan of Powder sat down with Nyman to talk with him about the sacrifices he’s had to make, ski racing’s public perception, his future and more. Read the powerful interview here.
For the last 11 years, the U.S. Ski Team has dominated Arctic Man. Names like Scott Macartney (Kirkland, WA) and Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) have snatched the title year after year, refusing to let the bragging rights and cash prize go to mere non-national team mortals. This year, after days of delays, four-time Olympian Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA) and pro snowmobiler Levi LaVallee—a dominant rider in X Games Snocross and Freestyle events— snagged the top prize for the first time at the 2016 Arctic Man.
KVITFJELL, Norway (April 13, 2016) – Resorts are closing, racers are putting summer wax on their skis and bikes are emerging into the warming weather, but the U.S. Ski Team isn’t done with winter yet.
Sun Valley’s U.S. Alpine Championships weren’t the end of the season for the World Cup and Europa Cup guys, who have landed in Norway for a spring camp. And not only are they training on a great track, they’ll be training with the talented Norwegian ski team.
Standing at the top of Aztec, you see the town of Aspen below – an awe-inspiring sight. Close your eyes and you can visualize Olympic champion Bill Johnson charging off Ruthie’s at nearly 70 mph, laying down the edge of his right ski just feet from the safety fence – hands in front of his face in an aerodynamic tuck - arcing across the face of Aztec then pointing his Atomics down into the fall line heading for Spring Pitch.
Last Saturday, hundreds of Bill Johnson’s family, friends and fans gathered at the start atop Ruthie’s Run to ski down the course that many say galvanized his position as a truly great downhill ski racer when he won there on March 4, 1984.
Johnson had claimed the Lauberhorn in Wengen, Switzerland that January and was coming off wins in the Olympic downhill at Sarajevo and U.S. Championships in Copper Mountain. Thousands lined the course in Aspen to see the Olympic champion in a race delayed by a day with over a foot of new snow.
With her second season in the books, U.S. Ski Team alpine press officer Megan Harrod takes some time to sit down and look back on the 2015-16 season.
Last year I recall sitting in the Center of Excellence in Park City with the sun shining on my face as I wrote the 2014-2015 season recap. It was a stunning first season to be a part of something special – from Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) becoming the winningest female in alpine ski racing history to Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) defending their World Championship titles on home soil at Vail/Beaver Creek. It’s no surprise that this season was different. It was full of highs and lows and everything in between. Let's talk about it, shall we?!
Mikaela Shiffrin’s March was one for the ages. After suffering a knee injury in December, Shiffrin came back to the World Cup tour with a vengeance, winning the Jasna World Cup slalom, the World Cup finals slalom in St. Moritz and two national titles—one in slalom and one in GS. And all of her wins were by a combined 11.85 seconds. Whoa.
It wasn’t only the ski racing community that noticed Shiffrin’s remarkable comeback. Team USA nominated her for their ‘Best of March’ award.
Help Shiffrin get this prestigious award by voting for her here before 7 p.m. ET on April 6.