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U.S. Alpine Ski Team Gets Speed Band Back Together

U.S. Alpine Ski Team Gets Speed Band Back Together

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2017-04-07 11:30
 

PARK CITY, UT (April 7, 2017) — Former U.S. Ski Team coaches John “Johno” McBride and Chip White will both return to the U.S. Alpine Ski Team for the Olympic season. McBride will take over as head men’s speed coach and White will step in as head women’s speed coach, while present Men’s Head Speed Coach Alex Hoedlmoser returns to the women’s alpine speed team, specifically to support Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO).

Heading into the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic year, the Team has made changes to bring extensive coaching experience and familiarity to the men’s and women’s World Cup speed teams.

 


 

Shiffrin Wins Team USA’s Best of March Award

Shiffrin Wins Team USA’s Best of March Award

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2017-04-06 09:40
 

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (April 6, 2017) – Mikaela Shiffrin's (Eagle-Vail, CO) standout performance last month earned her a Best of March honor from the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Team USA Awards.

In March, Shiffrin won her first overall FIS World Cup crystal globe at the World Cup Finals in Aspen, making her the only one of five American athletes to win the esteemed title, and only the third American woman in history to do so. In addition to the overall title, she also won her fourth slalom crystal globe in five years and three World Cups during the month’s 31 days. Shiffrin beat out four other nominees, with the voting determined by National Governing Body representatives and select members of the media, as well as online fan voting.

 


 

USA Alpine World Cup Plan Announced

USA Alpine World Cup Plan Announced

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2017-04-04 10:58
 

PARK CITY, UT (April 4, 2017) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association is moving forward with hosting Audi FIS Ski World Cup stops at Killington Resort and Beaver Creek Resort during the 2017-18 season. Both resorts are part of a comprehensive USSA event calendar that will be presented to the International Ski Federation during its annual meetings next month in Portoroz, Slovenia.

“Killington and Beaver Creek are both dedicated partners who, along with Aspen and Squaw Valley, have demonstrated their commitment to showcasing our athletes and growing the sport of alpine ski racing,” said USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw. “We’ve seen strong performances from our athletes at both venues and look forward to giving them the opportunity to ski on home snow as they vie for their Olympic spots.”

 


 

Marco Sullivan: What Makes a Champ

Marco Sullivan: What Makes a Champ

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2017-03-31 14:55
 

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.

 


 

USA Wraps Up Record World Cup Season

USA Wraps Up Record World Cup Season

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2017-03-29 10:39
 

ASPEN, CO (Mar. 29, 2017) - The U.S. Ski Team wrapped up the Audi FIS Ski World Cup season recently with a spectacular week of racing at the World Cup Finals in Aspen. More than 30,000 fans packed the stadium with estimated global TV audiences of over 25 million tuning in, including more than two million U.S. viewers on NBC and NBCSN. It was the first time World Cup Finals were held in the USA in 20 years and the first time ever an American alpine skier received an overall crystal globe on home snow.

The Finals capped one of the biggest seasons of alpine World Cup ski racing in America. The USA came into the season with 16 races - one of the biggest calendars in history. World Cup weekends at some of America’s most noted resorts, including Killington, Squaw Valley and Aspen, drew in excess of 75,000 fans. Despite a strong snow season at Beaver Creek, races there were canceled due to late arriving snowfall.

 


 

Roberts Sends It for Murph and Grabs GS Title

Roberts Sends It for Murph and Grabs GS Title

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2017-03-28 16:14
 

SUGARLOAF, ME (Mar. 28, 2017) – In the final race of the U.S. Alpine Championships Tuesday in Sugarloaf, Maine, Hig Roberts (Steamboat Springs, CO) edged out seven-time national champion Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV – U.S. Ski Team) for the giant slalom national title.

Roberts, a former U.S. Ski Team and Middlebury College athlete, showed courage and strength in rugged conditions – powering through the thick fog to his first national title. Jitloff was second, just .14 seconds off the pace and 2016 national giant slalom champion Kieffer Christianson (Anchorage, AK) finished third, .29 seconds out. Tanguy Nef, who hails from Switzerland and competes for Dartmouth, was the top junior of the day, grabbing eighth.

 


 

Ross Injured at Sugarloaf

Ross Injured at Sugarloaf

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2017-03-28 10:38
 

SUGARLOAF, ME (March 28, 2017) – Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) sustained a right knee injury during the giant slalom at U.S. Alpine Championships at Sugarloaf on Monday and is currently being evaluated. Her return to competition is undetermined.

Ross, 2017 super G national champion, finished the 2017 season on a high note with three top-10 finishes and two top fives across super G and downhill on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup circuit – including a fourth place at the Olympic test event at Jeongseon Alpine Centre. She will look to come back strong for the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang.

 


 

McJames Scores First National Title

McJames Scores First National Title

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2017-03-27 14:33
 

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME (March 27, 2017) – Megan McJames (Park City, UT – Western Region) walked away from U.S. Alpine Championships in Sugarloaf, Maine with her career first national title in Monday’s giant slalom.

McJames continued her end of season fire, topping the podium and grabbing her first national title despite some challenging New England conditions with gusting winds and snowfall. Former U.S. Ski Team athlete and current Dartmouth Big Green standout Foreste Peterson was .33 seconds off the pace, with Patricia Mangan (Derby, NY – U.S. Ski Team), who also attends Dartmouth, rounding out the podium in third, 1.82 out.

Mangan was also the top junior of the day, followed by Galena Wardle (Basalt, CO – U.S. Ski Team) and Keely Cashman (Strawberry, CA – U.S. Ski Team) – who finished fourth and sixth overall, respectively.

 


 

Ginnis and Stiegler Win Slalom Titles

Ginnis and Stiegler Win Slalom Titles

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2017-03-26 14:44
 

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME (March 26, 2017) – Resi Stiegler (Jackson, WY – U.S. Ski Team) and AJ Ginnis (Vouliagmeni, Greece – U.S. Ski Team) were victorious under a sunny, bluebird spring day in Sunday’s slalom at the U.S. Alpine Championships in Sugarloaf, Maine.  

On the women’s side, Stiegler found herself atop the podium at U.S. Alpine Championships for the first time since 2007, when she won both the giant slalom and slalom national titles. Canadian Roni Remme, who skis for the University of Utah, was second, while Lila Lapanja (Incline Village, NV – U.S. Ski Team) was third. Nina O’Brien (Edwards, CO – U.S. Ski Team), who was the junior champion in Saturday's super G, was the top junior finisher once again, landing in seventh.

 


 

Ross and Cochran-Siegle Claim SG Titles

Ross and Cochran-Siegle Claim SG Titles

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2017-03-25 14:01
 

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME (March 25, 2017) – Laurenne Ross (Bend, Oregon – U.S. Ski Team) and Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, VT – U.S. Ski Team) claimed the top of the podium in Saturday's super G at the U.S. Alpine Championships at Sugarloaf.

After some fresh snowfall Friday night, the course crew at Sugarloaf had their work cut out for them for Saturday’s super G. Though the fresh snow and fog led to delays, it didn’t seem to bother Ross – who snagged her second U.S. Championship title in super G – or Cochran-Siegle, who grabbed his first career title.

 


 

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