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Aspen Awarded World Cup Finals

Aspen Awarded World Cup Finals

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2014-06-06 02:24
 
BARCELONA, Spain (June 6) – Aspen has been awarded one of the most prestigious events on the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup as site of the 2017 World Cup Finals. The longtime World Cup community was selected by the International Ski Federation for the March 15-19, 2017 races that will bring both the men’s and women’s tour to Aspen. The Finals will be the first outside Europe since 1997 and the return of men’s World Cup for first time since 2001. Aspen was selected by the FIS Council over Lenzerheide, Switzerland and the mountain nation of Andorra.
 
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  • Aspen has been awarded the 2017 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals by the International Ski Federation.
  • The March 15-19, 2017 World Cup Finals will bring the best athletes in both the men’s and women’s tours to Aspen for a season finale with competitions in downhill, super G, giant slalom, slalom and nation’s team event.

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Starting the Sportsmanship Conversation

Starting the Sportsmanship Conversation

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2014-06-03 16:30
 

The hyper-competitive youth sports environment has, in some cases, created a culture that has become accepting of poor sportsmanship.  This culture of competition is putting the positive youth sports experience that we want for our kids at risk, threatening to ruin the sport for them.  As a parent, what can you do to fight poor sportsmanship and reverse this trend?

One of the most impactful things you can do is simply have a conversation with your kids on the topic of sportsmanship.

Are you wondering how to start the conversation on sportsmanship? Download our helpful handout which includes 4 easy steps:

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1986 Vail Win Makes History for Fletcher

1986 Vail Win Makes History for Fletcher

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2014-06-02 06:48
 

When she crossed the finish line, her mind was racing. Starting number 30, she knew she had had a good run. She heard the crowd roaring. But she couldn’t see the scoreboard. Finally, someone shouted out the news. The U.S. Ski Team’s Pam Fletcher had won the American Ski Classic World Cup downhill at Vail. History was made - March 15, 1986.

Growing up outside Boston at her parents’ Nashoba Valley Ski Area, Fletcher had worked a lifetime for that moment. Her parents had taught her well. From watching her father manage the minute details of a weather-challenged business, she learned about precision in how she skied and the ability to roll with the situations that life presented her.

Fletcher was in her sixth season on the World Cup. She came into the race at Vail with a pair of top 10 downhill results, plus a super G podium from Furano, and had been top five in every downhill training run at Vail.

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FIS Approves Schleper to Race for Mexico

FIS Approves Schleper to Race for Mexico

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2014-05-29 10:40
 

PARK CITY, UT (May 29) – Following a request from Mexico, the International Ski Federation (FIS) has approved Sarah Schleper de Gaxiola (Vail, CO) to compete under the Mexican flag for the upcoming Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season. The four-time U.S. Olympian hopes to race at the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in her hometown of Vail-Beaver Creek.

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Solid Spring Tech Camp at Loveland

Solid Spring Tech Camp at Loveland

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2014-05-28 11:38
 

Story courtesy of Ski Racing Magazine.

LOVELAND, CO (May 28) - The U.S. women’s technical team ushered in the “summer season” last week, wrapping up a two-week slalom and GS camp at Loveland Ski Area in Colorado.

On hand were Mikaela Shiffrin, Lila Lapanja and Paula Moltzan, as well as Head Technical Coach Roland Pfeifer, taking advantage of the late-spring, high-elevation training environment on the Continental Divide. The camp kicked off with full-blown winter conditions, including fresh snow, but sunshine and a hard surface closed out the training block.

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2015 Athlete Focus: Stacey Cook

2015 Athlete Focus: Stacey Cook

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2014-05-27 09:47
 

STACEY COOK – Three-time Olympian
Age - 29
Hometown – Mammoth Mountain, CA
Club – Mammoth Mountain Ski Team
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Stacey Cook knows what success feels like, and she likes it. After years of consistently finishing close to the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podium, she struck back-to-back second place finished in downhill to open the 2013 season. Then at the 2014 World Cup test events on Raptor, Cook won a downhill training run, but finished 19th in the race. That didn’t taste too good.

“I didn’t leave those World Cup races in Beaver Creek with a whole lot of confidence and I think that’s why it took me so long to find my speed last season. I’ve got to fix that.”

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Women Score 2015 Spring Training Bonus

Women Score 2015 Spring Training Bonus

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2014-05-27 09:37
 

BEAVER CREEK, CO - Having the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in your backyard has its benefits. Just ask Olympic slalom gold medalist and World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin. The Eagle-Vail local hopped on Raptor for a few days of super G training in April with speed skiers Stacey Cook, Leanne Smith, Laurenne Ross.

While it’s not yet determined if Shiffrin will race super G or super combined at the Feb. 2-15 big show, she and her teammates certainly benefitted from bonus time on the World Champs slope.

“The extra time was huge,” said Cook, a three-time Olympian, who also trained on the venue in April of 2013. “The conditions in April where more similar to what we’ll see in February and I left the camp with a good feeling. I know that I can ski that hill fast. I’m excited to go back there.”

 


 

Golden Ski to Morse and Merryweather

Golden Ski to Morse and Merryweather

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2014-05-15 06:29
 

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 30 from 5-7 p.m.

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TAKE 5 with U.S. Ski Team’s Katie Ryan

TAKE 5 with U.S. Ski Team’s Katie Ryan

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2014-05-13 08:55
 

Youth sports provide a great avenue for your kids to build self-esteem and learn invaluable life lessons.

They also provide an opportunity for parents and coaches to teach the importance of good sportsmanship to youth athletes. Our kids look to their role models for guidance, and when adults and athletes have a win-at-all-costs mentality, it can tarnish the game and bring out the worst in everyone. Good sportsmanship matters.

Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports sat down with budding young U.S. Ski Team star Katie Ryan to get her thoughts on the importance of good sportsmanship.

In our exclusive TAKE 5 interview, Katie told us that the current state of sportsmanship in alpine skiing is exceptional.

 


 

Good First Speed Camp for Abplanalp

Good First Speed Camp for Abplanalp

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2014-05-09 12:59
 

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.

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