Florian makes his debut on the U.S. Ski Team in 2017 with a D Team nomination. In 2016, he was part of the historic downhill day at World Juniors on the 2014 Olympic track in Sochi, when four young American Downhillers made their way into the top 10. Teammate Erik Arvidsson (Woodside, CA) was crowned downhill champ, Sam Morse (Sugarloaf, ME) was fourth, Szwebel seventh and Drew Duffy (Warren, VT) in 10th.
Hailing from the ski mecca that is Vail, CO and skiing for Ski and Snowboard Club Vail and the National Training Group, Nellie-Rose Talbot joins the U.S. Ski Team on the development team for the 2017 season with some solid experience under her belt. Growing up in a ski racing family, she was positively influenced on the mountain by her father and sisters. In fact, her father taught her how to ski before she could walk. Beyond her family, her ski team was like a family who supported and looked out for her success.
Cecily Decker joins the C Team for the 2017 season. Ranked 75th in the world in downhill with 19 top-10 results, including nine podiums with five overall wins, Decker earned honor of the Golden Ski Award for her 2016 season results. She was first in a NorAm Cup downhill at Lake Louise, first in a FIS giant slalom race at Sugarbush, first in a FIS giant slalom race at Jiminy Peak, first in the downhill and fourth in the super-G at the North American Junior Championships at Copper Mountain, and finished out the season by winning in downhill at a FIS race at Aspen.
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.
PARK CITY, UT (July 8, 2016) – After two years as the head coach for the women’s alpine technical team, Brandon Dyksterhouse has resigned from his coaching role. Dyksterhouse joined the program as interim women’s head tech coach prior to the 2015 World Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, and assumed the role of head coach during the 2015-16 season. He led the women’s tech team to success on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup circuit during his tenure, including five consecutive World Cup victories from Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) in the 2016 season.
Dyksterhouse leaves the program, but remains a big fan. “Although I will be moving on, USSA and ski racing will always be a treasured part of my life,” he said. “I look forward to resuming my role of virtual #SuperFan as the team tackles St. Mortitz 2017 and PyeongChang 2018. Thank you for an amazing two years and I wish everyone the best of success in the future.“
This year, U.S. Alpine Ski Team’s Ryan Cochran-Siegle was the fastest in the annual climb, surprising many and taking back the title for alpine skiers, with retired freestyler skier Heather McPhie taking the title for women.
Earlier this month, 20 athletes representing the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding headed Tijuana, Mexico to build a home for a family in need.
This was the second year athletes have made the pilgrimage south, led by Hope Sports—a nonprofit founded by professional cyclist Guy East that helps promote personal growth and community among athletes through short-term service trips. Riders and skiers of all ages joined the trip—Olympic medalists, stars from the Rev Tour, Youth Olympic Game attendees and everyone in between.