The North American Snowsports Journalist Association East has named Sam Morse (Carrabassett Valley, ME; Carrabassett Valley Academy) and Alice Merryweather (Hingham, MA; Stratton Mountain School) the Don A. Metivier Golden Ski Award winners for 2014.
Brian McLaughlin (Topsfield, MA; Green Mountain Valley School) and Sam Morse (Carrabassett Valley, ME; Carrabassett Valley Academy) finished 16-17 to lead the U.S. Ski Team in men's downhill Sunday at the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships.
Carrabassett Valley Academy can claim that they helped guide Bode Miller into being one of the best in the world. Now they can also say they helped Sam Morse get on that path too. The young gun didn’t disappoint in 2014, obliterating the FIS race circuit to become the number one downhiller in the country within his age group. He also placed top 30 in both slalom and giant slalom at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in Squaw Valley. The results, coupled with a good work ethic, earned Morse both the Golden Ski Award (for the top junior skier in the East) and a spot on the U.S.
Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation alum Kipling Weisel banged his way through the 2014 season with just under a dozen NorAm top 30 finishes across three different disciplines. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
Dartmouth student and Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation alum Kipling Weisel banged his way through the 2014 season with just under a dozen NorAm top 30 finishes across three different disciplines. He then took that steam into the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships and finished top 25 in giant slalom. Coaches noticed; they also noticed his FIS points, which landed him among the top young prospects in the U.S. of A at the close of the 2014 season. Welcome to the U.S. Ski Team Mr. Weisel.
Another product of the famed Squaw Valley Ski Team, Erik Arvidsson has been on the U.S. Ski Team radar since winning the combined and slalom titles at the 2012 J2 National Championships. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
Another West Coaster, Erik Arvidsson cut his teeth with Bear Valley Ski Education Foundation and continued his racing developement with the Squaw Valley Ski Team. It didn't take long before he was on the U.S. Ski Team radar. Winning the combined and slalom titles at the 2012 J2 National Championships helped. The event was upgraded for the 2014 season into the U18 National Champs and Arvidsson did not dissapoint, nabbing another slalom title. He also finished sixth in both downhill and super G to show some versatility to his game.
SNOWBIRD, UT (April 29) – U.S. Ski Team men’s alpine athletes and coaches spent the past week learning the latest teaching techniques from the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) at Snowbird Resort. In addition to earning level three PSIA National Ski Instructor certification, the group will apply the latest knowledge of skiing fundamentals to foster faster skiing at all levels of the U.S. Ski Team development pipeline. U.S. Ski Team fundamental skills development coach Michael Rogan and men’s alpine Head Coach Sasha Rearick spearheaded the weeklong camp, which included all men’s assistant coaches and four Olympian athletes.
BROOMFIELD, CO (April 24) – John Garnsey, who played an instrumental role in ski racing at Vail/Beaver Creek and was the 2012 recipient of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s Julius Blegen Award for his service to the sport, will be retiring. Vail Resorts, Inc. announced that Garnsey, president of the company’s global mountain development, has decided to retire following the 2015 Vail/Beaver Creek World Alpine Ski Championships, which he helped to bring back to the Vail Valley for a third time.
PARK CITY, UT (April 24) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has ended its relationship with Andreas Evers, head speed coach for the U.S. Men’s Alpine Ski Team. Evers was convicted and sentenced Thursday (April 24) in Austria on money laundering charges. A longtime, successful coach with the Austrian national team, Evers was hired by the U.S. Ski Team in 2012 and served two seasons as its head men’s speed coach. The team had no immediate plans on his replacement.
ARE, Sweden (April 12) - Olympic Champion Julia Mancuso won the 2014 Jon Olsson Invitational on Saturday. The event, which celebrated its 10th anniversary with this year's contest, features both the Alpine Challenge (a dual slalom event) and a men's big air contest. On the men's side, Norway's Leif Kristian Haugen took the Alpine Challenge title.
Olympic Champion Julia Mancuso won the 2014 Jon Olsson Invitational, a combination big air contest and dual alpine race, in Are, Sweden.
The event celebrated its tenth anniversary this year.
On the men's side, Norway’s Leif Kristian Haugen went home with the title in the Alpine Challenge.
In the big air contest, Sweden's Oscar Wester went home with the win. American halfpipe skier Torin Yater-Wallace made it through to finals.
VAIL, Colorado—The Vail Valley has come together to support their own Olympic champion, Mikaela Shiffrin, in a partnership that will see the 19-year-old Eagle-Vail resident help endorse her community and the 2015 World Championships over the course of the coming year.
“I was born and raised here,” offered Shiffrin. “I’m just so happy to be part of this group, part of the scene, and to be able to give back a little bit. And, I can’t wait for Vail/Beaver Creek 2015.”
The one-year partnership features a collaboration of funding partners that include the Town of Vail, the Town of Avon and the Vail Valley Foundation/2015 World Championships Organizing Committee.
“The Town of Vail couldn’t be more excited to be part of this partnership,” offered Andy Daly, Mayor of Vail. “We are so proud of Mikaela, not only for everything she has accomplished, but also for the way that she represents our valley day in and day out.”
USSA To Host Alpine Strength and Conditioning Symposium
The USSA High Performance Department hosted an Alpine Strength and Conditioning Symposium on May 18-19, 2014, at the USSA Center of Excellence. The symposium included a full day of presentations and practical workshops led by the USSA strength and conditioning and sport medicine staff. Topics included alpine racing fitness and strength assessment, energy systems, periodization, training software and program analysis, effects of travel, warmup and recovery, injury prevention, return to ski protocols, injury prevention screening, recovery nutrition, core training and dynamic movements.
Summary papers were prepared by each presenter and can be downloaded here.
PARK CITY, UT (April 10) – Veteran alpine speed coach Stefan Abplanalp has officially joined the U.S. Ski Team as head coach of the women’s alpine speed team. Abplanalp brings strong experience to a veteran team that includes six-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and four-time Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA). The Swiss born coach is already at the Center of Excellence in Park City working with athletic staff to shape his program for the 2015 season, which includes the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships at Vail/Beaver Creek, CO.