FRANCONIA, NH (May 15) - 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. Each spring, the organization - formerly known as the Easter Ski Writers Association - presents the honor to the most promising male and female junior alpine racers in the Eastern U.S. The awards will be presented at a reception at the New England Ski Museum in Franconia, NH on Friday, May 30from 5-7 p.m.
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MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, CA (May 9) – The U.S. Ski Team women’s alpine speed team closed a week-long camp today at Mammoth Mountain, marking their first on-snow time with newly appointed speed Head Coach Stefan Abplanalp. The annual camp was focused on skiing basics with U.S. Ski Team fundamental skills development coach Michael Rogan on hand to run the athletes through specific drills. However, the biggest gain from the week was the time the athletes were able to spend working on communication with the new coaching staff.
After crushing the U18 Championships on the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain, CO Squaw Valley’s Stephanie Lebby was all but assured a spot on the U.S. Development Team for 2015. She sealed the deal with a solid slalom result at the main event U.S. Championships later that spring on her home hill. A smattering of International experience earlier in the season was also a big boost. While she’ll train with the National Training Group for the 2015 season, she’ll for sure kick out of the training gate with a bunch of national team colleagues.
PARK CITY, UT (May 7) – Olympic gold medalists Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) are among the 40 athletes nominated to the 2015 U.S. Alpine Ski Team. The team will formally named in the fall during Nature Valley First Tracks at Copper Mountain, CO – home of the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center.
PARK CITY, UT (May 7) – Four-time U.S. Ski Team International Coach of the Year Alex Hoedlmoser has been named Head Coach for the U.S. Ski Team men’s speed team. Hoedlmoser has spent the last 17 years working with the U.S. women’s alpine speed team, including the last four as head coach. During his tenure with women’s alpine, he led American athletes to 18 Olympic and World Championship medals and over 150 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podiums.
VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (May 12) – American ski racing fans will have unprecedented coverage of the International Ski Federation’s 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek as the result of a media partnership announced by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, NBC Sports Group and Universal Sports. NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports will combine for a record 25+ hours of coverage, including live coverage of every event for the first time in history. NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product, Universal Sports and the USSA Network on YouTube will combine to provide comprehensive live streaming coverage. The Feb. 2-15, 2015, World Championships will feature the best alpine ski racers in the world, including U.S. Ski Team Olympic stars like Ted Ligety, Bode Miller, Andrew Weibrecht, Mikaela Shiffrin, Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso.
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.