PARK CITY, UT (April 10) – Veteran alpine speed coach Stefan Abplanalp has officially joined the U.S. Ski Team as head coach of the women’s alpine speed team. Abplanalp brings strong experience to a veteran team that includes six-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and four-time Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA). The Swiss born coach is already at the Center of Excellence in Park City working with athletic staff to shape his program for the 2015 season, which includes the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships at Vail/Beaver Creek, CO.
PARK CITY, UT (April 8) – The future dreams of Park City youth shined brightly through a spring snowstorm as Olympic medalists led a homecoming parade down Park City’s historic Main Street Saturday. Organized by the community’s Youth Sports Alliance, kids were inspired by the site of the many gold medals as they walked hand-in-hand with Olympic champions down Main Street. The venerable Stein Eriksen, himself a 1952 Olympic champion and longtime iconic Park City resident, led the parade.
With many fresh back from visiting the White House, Park City’s homegrown medalists were the highlight of the parade including Joss Christensen (2014 slopestyle skiing gold medalist), Steve Holcomb (2014 bobsled 2x bronze medalist), Ted Ligety (2014 giant slalom gold medalist), and Sage Kotsenburg (2014 slopestyle snowboarding gold medalist). Kotsenburg was also honored during the White House visit as top male athlete in the Best of U.S. Awards, televised by NBCSN.
PARK CITY, UT (April 3) – Leading eastern resort Sugarloaf, Maine and historic Sun Valley, Idaho will host the 2015-2018 U.S. Alpine Championships on alternating years beginning next winter with Sugarloaf. The announcement continues the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Associations long-term plan to move the annual celebration of American ski racing to top resorts around the United States.
VAIL, CO (March 28) - A large crowd of residents and guests of the Vail Valley got the opportunity to welcome home their newest Olympic champion Friday evening, March 28, as the Vail Valley Foundation and the Town of Vail hosted the “Gold Rush” celebration for Mikaela Shiffrin.
Shiffrin arrived at Championships Plaza for the celebration on a Vail fire truck, accompanied by 2015 World Championships mascots Pete the Mountain Lion and Earl the Raccoon. She walked to the stage on a carpet that listed her World Cup wins and titles, along with her 2013 World Championship and Sochi Olympic medals.
On February 21, the now 19-year-old Shiffrin became the youngest Slalom champion in Olympic Alpine Skiing history, with her .53 victory in Sochi over Austria’s Marlies Schild. Four days earlier, she made her Olympic debut with a fifth place showing in the Giant Slalom.
BEAVER CREEK, CO (March 28) - The U.S. Ski Team women took advantage of another chance to train on Raptor, the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships race hill, with two solid days of super G training earlier this week before snow moved in to cancel Thursday's session. Included in the camp was Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA), Leanne Smith (N. Conway, NH), Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR), Julia Ford (Holderness, NH) and Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO). Shiffrin also joined the group last spring for the first of what they hope will be three training opportunies on the race hill in advance of the Feb. 2-15 World Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek.
VAIL, Colorado (March 23) – The most successful female alpine ski racer in history was honored Saturday evening, March 22, when Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Proell was inducted into the International Ski Racing Hall of Fame as the 2014 Legend of Honor. The Legend of Honor festivities are annually hosted in conjunction with Vail’s Korbel American Ski Classic.
Moser-Proell dominated her competition during the 1970s, with six Overall World Cup titles, including five consecutive season-long crowns from 1971-75. During the course of her 12-year career, she would rewrite alpine ski racing history.
“We are incredibly excited to have this opportunity to honor Annemarie,” explained Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation and head of the 2015 World Championships Organizing Committee. “This is a wonderful celebration of one of the true legends of our sport.”
SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 23) - Two-time Olympian Megan McJames (Park City, UT) capped an outstanding week of Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships racing with an FIS giant slalom win at Squaw Valley. Under postcard perfect California skies, McJames won both runs to build up a 1.58 second victory over fellow Olympian Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY), who narrowly missed the U.S. Championships slalom win just a day before. Anna Marno (Steamboat Springs, CO) rounded out the top three.