While skiing for the University of Denver, Leever had a great season in slalom. He landed on the college podium twice in the western university races while gaining his first NorAm top 10 and a 4th place, just off the podium, at U.S. Alpine Championships. He also had the chance to go to Spain for the World University Games and Norway for the World Junior Championships. He plans to continue to push forward in slalom and try to carry the GS along with it.
Former National Training Group (NTG) athlete turned heads this season at U.S. Alpine Championships in Sugarloaf, ME when she snagged a podium amongst juniors in giant slalom. Her solid stint as an NTG athlete allowed her to propel on to the D Team for the 2016 season. It all started for Patricia (a.k.a.
New to the D Team in 2016, hailing form the USSA's Team Academy, Wardle started skiing at age two with her parents, who were both ski instructors in Aspen. She'd spend her childhood splitting time between Aspen in the winter and Las Lenas, Argentina in the summer, where her parents worked. Between the mountains of Aspen and Las Lenas, she learned how to ski and acquired a strong passion for the sport. When she was eight, she started ski racing at Aspen Valley Ski Club and from then on knew she wanted to be the best in the world.
As a 17-year-old National Training Group (NTG) athlete in 2015, Nina O'Brien wowed the crowd when she snagged the national title in giant slalom ahead of U.S. Ski Team member Paula Moltzan and veteran Megan McJames at U.S. Alpine Championships in Sugarloaf, ME. Keep an eye out for O'Brien, folks, she skyrocketed from the NTG level to the C Team and is ready to crush the NorAM and Europa Cup circuits in 2016.
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.
Alice Merryweather learned to ski at four years old on the wintery slopes of Attitash Mountain, chasing her brother down the hill. This was how she discovered her passion for speed. When she was eight, her parents signed both kids up for the Attitash Race Team, and she fell in love with the sport. When she reached high school, she realized Merryweather wanted to pursue her ski racing dreams and enrolled at Stratton Mountain School. At Stratton, she earned herself spots on the Junior World Championhsips in 2014 and 2015, as well as a spot on the D Team this season.
The NorAm Finals wrapped on Monday in Waterville Valley, NH and Burke Mountain, VT with Michael Ankeny, Tim Kelley, Paula Moltzan, Megan McJames and Tommy Ford qualifying for World Cup starts and Michael Ankeny taking the overall win.
After a successful four years of collegiate ski racing for Middlebury and a stint with Team America and coach Peter Lange during the 2015 season, Hig Roberts rocketed to the U.S. Ski Team B Team. His collegiate career featured to NCAA team slalom championships and an appearance at the 2013 World University Games. During the 2015 season, Hig snagged a third place at the NorAm Cup Finals in giant slalom, and he capped his successful season off with a sixth place finish at U.S. Nationals.
The ESPYS commemorate the past year in sports by "recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances." The awards will be handed out in a ceremony on July 15.
After his crash at the Vail/Beaver Creek World Championships that ended his comback season, Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) was still nominated to the U.S. Ski Team 2015-16 roster. He addresses the question everyone wants to know: Will he accept? He responds to the retirement speculation, talks about his best moments in his career, what races he wishes he could redo and what who he thinks is the best ski racer of all time on NBC OlympicTalk.