Alpine

Tim Jitloff: What Makes a Champ

Tim Jitloff: What Makes a Champ

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2016-10-18 16:48
 

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.

 


 

Remembering Lawrence’s Double Gold in 1952

Remembering Lawrence’s Double Gold in 1952

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2016-10-13 13:55
 

From its humble beginnings in 1967, the New York Ski Ball has become more than just a fundraiser, establishing itself as a pivotal cultural event in the Olympic sport. Over the years, hundreds of Olympic skiers and snowboarders have graced the stage of some of New York’s most notable venues from the Plaza, Pierre and Waldorf hotels, to the Hammerstein Ballroom, Cipriani and even the deck of the aircraft carrier Intrepid. This October, all 31 of the Olympic champions or their descendants are invited to New York City to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Foundation’s New York Gold Medal Gala. Prior to the event, we explore some of the greatest stories about skiing and snowboarding’s gold medalists throughout the years.

 


 

Sam Morse: What Makes a Champ

Sam Morse: What Makes a Champ

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2016-10-10 07:34
 

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.

 


 

Vonn Releases "Strong Is the New Beautiful"

Vonn Releases "Strong Is the New Beautiful"

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2016-10-04 14:53
 

NEW YORK, NY (Oct. 4, 2016) - Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn released her new book, "Strong Is the New Beautiful" on Tuesday. With her writing revolving around strength, fitness and training, Vonn tells her story about how she has bounced back from injury to become the best female skier in the world. 

For more information on "Strong Is the New Beautiful," to see where Vonn will be visiting on her book tour or to purchase the book, click here.

 


 

2016-17 Alpine Staff Named

2016-17 Alpine Staff Named

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2016-10-03 13:39
 

PARK CITY, UT (October 4, 2016) – The U.S. Ski Team announces its alpine coaching staff for the 2016-17 season, which kicks off in Soelden, Austria on October 22-23 and also features four domestic Audi FIS Ski World Cup events, highlighted by World Cup Finals in Aspen.  

Mike Day has rejoined the U.S. Ski Team as women’s World Cup technical staff head coach. Additionally, the women’s World Cup tech team welcomes former Ski Team Sweden head men’s slalom coach Magnus Andersson. Andersson will officially start this week with a camp in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, and joins assistant coach Karin Harjo, who became the first woman in World Cup history to set a slalom course last year in Flachau.

 


 

Tommy Moe: The Golden Boy

Tommy Moe: The Golden Boy

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2016-09-30 13:58
 

From its humble beginnings in 1967, the New York Ski Ball has become more than just a fundraiser, establishing itself as a pivotal cultural event in the Olympic sport. Over the years, hundreds of Olympic skiers and snowboarders have graced the stage of some of New York’s most notable venues from the Plaza, Pierre and Waldorf hotels, to the Hammerstein Ballroom, Cipriani and even the deck of the aircraft carrier Intrepid. This October, all 31 of the Olympic champions or their descendants are invited to New York City to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Foundation’s New York Gold Medal Gala. Prior to the event, we explore some of the greatest stories about skiing and snowboarding’s gold medalists throughout the years.

 


 

The Magic of Ohau

The Magic of Ohau

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2016-09-19 11:13
 

The U.S. Alpine Ski Team travels the globe, far and wide, to a myriad of majestic mountains, but one of the most magical of these mountains is without a doubt Ohau Snowfields in New Zealand. Recognized as one of the “9 Most Stunning Places to Ski on Earth” in 2015, Ohau (pronounced “oh-how”) is one of three locations that plays host to the men’s and women’s alpine ski teams as they return to snow each summer for their first prep period of the season. Lake Ohau Lodge is like summer camp on steroids—all of the good of summer camp mixed with a touch of luxury and fine dining…and a staff that rivals the best camp counselors from your childhood memories. But what is it, exactly, that makes Ohau’s magic so unmatched? 

 


 

Racing a World Cup Downhill…in the Gym

Racing a World Cup Downhill…in the Gym

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2016-09-16 11:44
 

Even after spending all day in the gym, the Europa Cup boys on the U.S. Alpine Ski Team returned to the USSA Center of Excellence on a Thursday night in September. It was a festive atmosphere with pizza and loud music, but the guys weren’t quite dressed for a party. Instead, they all showed up in their downhill suits.

The Center of Excellence gym—full of elite skiers and snowboarders getting strong for the upcoming season—houses a ski simulator designed by SkyTech. The athletes put on their ski boots and step into the bindings. There are sensors everywhere—tracking movement, angles, the position of skis and more. They’re on a motor that generates forces and the sensation of skiing. In front of them is a World Cup track filled with gates—an actual World Cup course filmed in previous seasons—allowing the skier to train a hill over and over, prior to actually racing it on snow.

 


 

2017: The Year of the American Downhiller?

2017: The Year of the American Downhiller?

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2016-09-07 15:32
 

The U.S. men’s alpine team has accomplished almost every major feat on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup—Olympic gold, World Championship gold, slalom and giant slalom titles, Hahnenkamm gold—that is, except for winning the coveted downhill title. Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) and the American Downhillers hope to change that in 2017. Nyman knows it’s a big feat, but he’s making his intention very clear: full steam ahead with American Downhiller-style grit and determination.

What is an American Downhiller, exactly? Sure, there’s a Levi’s denim vest adorned in a permanent marker-drawn American Flag and an Ullr Norse Ski God pin, but there’s more. Let’s start there.

AMERICAN DOWNHILLER, noun. 

1.  Born in the USA, resilient, risk-taking, defy-all-odds badasses.

 


 

How much do you know about Laurenne Ross?

How much do you know about Laurenne Ross?

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2016-08-26 10:57
 

You may know Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) for her consistent top 10s in speed events at the end of last season, or maybe you know of her because of her beautiful photos on Instagram or her flowing words on her blog. But how much do you really know about the creative, talented ski racer?

FIS asked Ross a few key questions about her podiums and her artistry on their website this week. Read the full article here.

READ: FIS Q&A WITH LAURENNE ROSS

 


 

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