PARK CITY, UT (May 13, 2015)—The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is taking a deeper look at college ski racing as a viable component of the U.S. Ski Team pipeline with the introduction of a National University Team for alpine ski racing. The National University Team will aim to both provide support for athletes as well as a stronger post-university transition to the U.S. Ski Team.
There have been numerous athletes who have transitioned out of the university system to the U.S. Ski Team, but the USSA has identified a significant gap in physical development between these athletes and that of national team athletes. With the introduction of the National University Team, the U.S. Ski Team hopes to provide continuity of elite-level programs while athletes attend university.
PARK CITY, UT (May 7, 2015)—The U.S. Ski Team has named former Alpine Canada Vice President of Sports Paul Kristofic to its staff as women’s head coach. Kristofic brings to the U.S. Ski Team extensive coaching experience, and will be overseeing women’s World Cup and Europa Cup speed and technical teams.
After working with Alpine Canada for the last 21 years, Kristofic brings a wealth of diverse experience to the U.S. Ski Team. “I'm looking forward to working with all the talented athletes, coaches and leadership at the U.S. Ski Team in my new role as alpine Women’s Head Coach,” said Kristofic. “For me, the most interesting aspect of the job is working with my staff and empowering them to make good decisions and bring the best out of every racer that’s on the roster.”
SEOUL, South Korea (May 6, 2015)—Olympic excitement was palpable this week, as Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) gave a thumbs-up to the new PyeongChang downhill in South Korea and was named as the first International Games Ambassador for the 2018 Winter Games to help promote the sport of skiing. She was with a U.S. Olympic Committee delegation, along with U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association officials who signed an agreement with the Korean Ski Association to foster greater awareness and education about skiing and snowboarding in Korea.
After missing the Sochi Olympics due to injuries in 2014, Vonn is looking for more hardware in 2018. The speed skier was excited about the new downhill venue in Jeongseon and was impressed by the steep track. “The course looks very challenging with lots of jumps, which I really like,” Vonn said. “I am looking forward to seeing it with snow on and actually be able to run the course, but so far it looks really good.”
PARK CITY, UT (April 28, 2015) – When Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) embarked on the first-ever U.S. Ski Team/Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) collaborative cliniclast spring, he never imagined it would create a solid foundation for what would be his most successful season with the U.S. Ski Team to date. But it did. This year, more athletes participated in the educational clinic to learn about what PSIA is about and how its approach to teaching can impact the ski racing world.
PARK CITY, UT (April 20, 2015) – After impressive season-ending results at U.S. Alpine Championships, Nina O’Brien (Edwards, CO – National Training Group; Burke Mountain Academy) and Drew Duffy (Warren, VT – Green Mountain Valley School), an U.S. Ski Team invitee, have been selected by the North American Snowsports Journalists Association-East Region (NASJA-East) as this year’s winners of the Don A. Metivier Golden Ski Award. This annual award is given to the most promising male and female junior alpine racers in the east. O’Brien and Duffy will be presented with their awards at the New England Ski Museum’s annual spring reception on Friday, June 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Franconia, N.H.
O'Brien skis to first place at the 2015 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Sugarloaf, ME.
PARK CITY, UT (April 20, 2015) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association will welcome three-time Olympian and U.S. Ski Team alum Chip Knight to its staff as its new U.S. Ski Team alpine development director. Knight, who skied on the team for 13 years, will manage the alpine development team, national training groups, regional programs and youth development programs such as SkillsQuest. He will also contribute to the USSA alpine coach education program, club development program, competition calendar development and member development.
Acting as head women’s alpine coach at Dartmouth College for the past five years, Knight will bring a wealth of knowledge about development in the sport of alpine. He has also served as director of skiing at Dartmouth since 2012, managing a variety of administrative tasks for the program. Since beginning his coaching career in 2007, Knight has been drawn to the challenge of teaching and motivating young athletes to compete at their best.
PARK CITY, UT (April 14, 2015) – Former Italian Men’s Speed Coach Alberto Senigagliesi has joined the U.S. Ski Team women’s alpine speed team staff as head coach, while interim coach Brandon Dyksterhouse will head up the women’s alpine tech team.
Senigagliesi has a significant amount of experience in all aspects of the industry, bringing a holistic background to the U.S. Ski Team. His extensive experience includes a 12-year stint skiing on the Italian national speed team, coaching for Carrabassett Valley Academy (CVA), acting as the racing test manager for Rossignol, and, most recently, coaching for the Italian national team. He’s no stranger to the U.S. Ski Team, having acted as a guest coach in 2004 and 2005 for Topolino Trophee and World Junior Championships.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (April 10, 2015) – Throughout his 18-year career, Erik Schlopy often traveled down the unbeaten path. Schlopy was a three-time Olympian and seven time national champion who had one of the longest and most successful careers in U.S. ski racing history. He was a World Pro super G champion and a bronze medal winner in the giant slalom at the World Championships in 2003. Schlopy’s story is much, much bigger than a tale of his skiing success, though. Throughout his career, Schlopy persevered through multiple injuries and challenges, including a broken back (1993), four knee surgeries and multiple other injuries. Despite these challenges, he managed to fight through and find success.
His dynamic career tells tales of perseverance and tenacity—two traits that he believes transcend the world of sport and have heavy application in the business world.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (April 10, 2015) - The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame will induct 10 athletes and sport builders, including Olympic snowboarding legend Ross Powers.
Powers won the first U.S. Olympic medal in snowboarding, a bronze, at the 1998 Nagano Games and was the Olympic halfpipe champion in 2002, leading an American podium sweep. Powers dominated the sport of snowboarding in his day, winning every major event in halfpipe snowboarding from the FIS World Championships to the X Games to the US Open. Powers retired from halfpipe competition in 2006 and turned his focus to snowboardcross racing, narrowly missing making the 2010 Olympic SBX team.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (April 9, 2015) – A story of humble beginnings, Kristina “Koz” Koznick grew up skiing ropetow laps on the modest 310-vertical-foot Buck Hill piste—what would seem like a far cry from a career on the U.S. Ski Team. Except for that it wasn’t a far cry at all. When she was a mere 15 years old, Koznick landed herself a spot on the U.S. Ski Team. By the time she retired in 2006, she had cemented herself as one of America’s most decorated female World Cup slalom racers in history with five Nationals slalom titles, 20 World Cup podium finishes and six World Cup wins.