2015 World Cup super G and downhill globe winner Lindsey Vonn suffered a left ankle injury while training at Coronet Peak, New Zealand. According to U.S. Ski Team Medical Directory Kyle Wilkens, Vonn will return to the United States for further evaluation.
Vonn stated on social media: "Hey guys, I unfortunately crashed today while training in New Zealand. I have a small fracture in my ankle and have to head back to the states now. I will let you know when I have more info."
Juliana 'Juli' Furtado. You hear the name and think mountain biking, World Championships medals, bike designer and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame member. But did you know Furtado was a U.S. Ski Team member?
Furtado grew up racing in Vermont and attended Stratton Mountain School (SMS) before being named to the U.S. Ski Team. She was the youngest member on the Team, but a gnarly slalom skier. “I was terrified of downhill,” she laughs. Furtado came onto the team like a whirlwind—racing NorAms, Europa Cups and a few World Cups with her trademark voracity—but was plagued by injuries. “You don’t want to know how many knee surgeries I had,” remembers Furtado. “That’s what truly ended my career.”
Once a summer, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) partners and sponsors descend on Park City, UT to participate in USSA Partner Summit. Representatives from companies like Spyder, Putnam Investments, Visa and more come for panel discussions, presentations, marketing workshops and various fun events, like working out at the Center of Excellence, mountain biking and watching the Flying Aces soar off the Utah Olympic Park water ramps. U.S. Ski Team members join in on the fun as well, combining their usual workouts with meeting the sponsors that make their athletic pursuits possible.
While Bode Miller has expressed that he's leaning towards retirement, his 2015-16 season plans have not been officially decided - negating a previous report that stated he would take off the upcoming season.
Drew Duffy and Erik Arvidsson are two promising up-and-coming athletes on the U.S. Ski Team. Both started racing as kids and have gone on to build résumés that most junior racers only dream about. 20-year-old Duffy skied at Mad River Glen, starting his race career there at 9 years old, before heading to Sugarbush to attend Green Mountain Valley School (GMVS). On the other end of the country, 18-year-old Arvidsson grew up skiing on the Bear Valley Ski Education Foundation weekend ski program. When he was 13, he headed to Squaw Valley and raced there for five seasons before making the team.
The guys started breaking out in the 2014-15 season—Arvidsson turned heads when he won the NorAm combined title and a NorAm super G. Duffy beat out World Cup stars like Steven Nyman and Travis Ganong for the U.S. Alpine Champs super G title.
There’s nothing like a previously injured athlete beating the odds and scoring the winning goal, getting the highest score or finishing in first place. It's thrilling and fun for fans to watch their team or favorite athlete attack from the back. This season, there were comebacks all around the FIS World Cup circuit to keep the year interesting—specifically Bode Miller, Aksel Lund Svindal and Lindsey Vonn, to name a few. Together, they kept fans on their toes, unsure of how their favorite skier would perform at a high level again.
PARK CITY, UT (June 10, 2015) – Ted Ligety took some time out of the gym on Thursday to drive to Ogden, UT—about an hour away from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Center of Excellence in Park City, UT—to visit the Larry H. and Gail Miller Foundation YMCA Community Family Center. There, he spent the afternoon signing autographs, taking pictures and letting kids hold his gold medal from the Sochi Winter Olympics. But it wasn’t just about showing off for Ligety—it was about motivating the kids to work hard for something they love.
Ligety’s visit was part of the Y I Ski program. Started by the YMCA, Ligety, USSA, the National Winter Sports Education Foundation and Deer Valley Resort, Y I Ski is an affordable learn-to-ski program for kids ages 7-14. This is the second year of the successful program and is designed to help kids find a healthy passion to keep them active throughout the winter.
Olympian and U.S. Ski Team alumna Libby Ludlow didn’t stop when she retired from the U.S. Ski Team. Instead, she attended Dartmouth, enrolled in law school at the University of Washington and even took a year off to teach yoga. But she found her real passion in her desire to help young women.
With former U.S. Ski Team member Jilyne Higgins, Ludlow pursued that passion by started ZGiRLS, a program that mentors young girls through their sports. ZGiRLS focuses on things like sport nutrition, body image and communication skills, making the girls "confident, centered and courageous." It’s a positive curriculum that focuses on making young athletes more successful throughout their development.
Girls work together in a ZGiRLS 'huddle.' (ZGiRLS)