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.
CANCUN, Mexico (June 11, 2016) – American ski racing fans are in for another exciting season with the global alpine ski racing tour making four stops in the U.S. in 2016-17, culminating with the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals at Colorado’s Aspen Snowmass resort. The final schedule was confirmed at the annual International Ski Federation (FIS) Congress on Friday, June 10, with 16 alpine tour starts being awarded to the USA. Killington Resort, Beaver Creek Resort and Squaw Valley will each host World Cup stops before the season ends at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals in Aspen. After successfully hosting the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 2015, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), in conjunction with its resort partners and the FIS, continues to help grow the visibility of alpine ski racing in America.
When the season finally wraps after U.S. Alpine Championships, you’d expect the U.S. Ski Team athletes to take off to exotic, warm and snow-free locations. However, the month of April has turned into the time to carry the momentum of the season into high-quality training days. The men took off for Norway, while the women headed to California.
So what does the rest of the offseason look like for these athletes? Ski Racing explored coach Paul "PK" Kristofic’s plan for the summer and the thought behind each camp, workout and rest day.
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.
“Mentally I’m just as fired up as I’ve ever been,” Vonn told Wambach. “The goal is definitely to make it to the next Olympics in South Korea in 2018, so that’s two more seasons, but I’m really hoping for three more seasons… In my final season, I would like to race against the men in one race.”
Vonn said she has started the process to figure out how racing the men can be accomplished. “It’s going to be definitely a hard thing to get done with all the ski federations involved, but that’s my goal.”
“My final hurrah!" said Vonn. "Beat some boys and then call it a day.”