Having been on the U.S. Ski Team for over 14 years, Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) has become a bit of a hoarder of ski gear throughout the year. He took Ski Racing to his garage to sort through his racing history through World Cup bibs, Spyder suits, old skis and of course, Olympic gear.
During the tour, Nyman took out a pair of well-loved, familiar-looking skis. “A coach of mine, Mike Day—who now coaches Mikaela—gave me these. These were Bode’s old skis,” said Nyman, looking down at the slalom skis. “I went to World Juniors and I won, wearing my tight stretch pants and a cut off downhill suit. Aksel (Lund) Svindal was on the podium with me and he said ‘Who are you?’ … That was the beginning of my ski career.”
One by one, they placed their Olympic gold medals on the chair. Some showed signs of age. Others gleamed brilliantly. They came in all shapes and sizes, most with colorful ribbons attached. Each one marked a point in the history of sport. And every medal represented a lifetime of hard work, sacrifice and achievement.
Since the Olympic Winter Games began in 1924, 31 Americans have won 35 Olympic ski or snowboarding Olympic titles. Nearly two dozen were gathered for the 50th anniversary of the New York Gold Medal Gala, an event that has grown from humble beginnings at Tavern on the Green in 1967 to become a million-dollar fundraiser for the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing.
USSA Partners with Experticity for Member Benefits
PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 26, 2016) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and Experticity, the world’s largest community of influential category experts, have partnered to give USSA members exclusive access to top brands in the ski and snowboarding industry and beyond.
Through the new partnership, USSA members will have access to Experticity’s site and all of the incredible benefits it provides, including access to USSA Partners like Spyder, Smartwool, and CLIF Bar as well as offers from sports and outdoor brands like Diamondback Bicycles, Traeger Grills and more. The benefits available to USSA members through Experticity include information about and discounts on thousands of products offered by hundreds of brands who want their products in front of the USSA audience.
USANA Signs On as Title Sponsor for 2017 Nordic Junior Worlds
PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 24, 2016) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation (UOLF) announced today that USANA Health Sciences has signed on to be the title sponsor of the 2017 FIS Nordic Junior and U23 World Ski Championships, taking place Jan. 28 – Feb 5, 2017.
Based in Salt Lake City, UT, USANA has long-term partnerships with both the USSA and UOLF. USANA’s relationship with both organizations focuses on the support of athletes as well as a presence at national and international events. USANA products are also used to fuel athletes at the USSA’s Center of Excellence in Park City, UT.
SUGARLOAF, ME (Oct. 24, 2016) – The best ski racers in the country will hit the slopes at Sugarloaf this season for the 2017 U.S. Alpine Championships March 25 - 28, 2017. It will be the resort’s sixth time hosting the Championships. Sugarloaf will also play host to the newly instated U19 and U21 Junior National Championships, taking place immediately after the U.S. Championships.
The U.S. Championships are a vital part of the USSA’s national development program, pitting top club athletes from regional teams around America against U.S. Ski Team veterans from the Audi FIS Ski World Cup tour. Sugarloaf, along with Carrabassett Valley Academy, has long been a hotbed of ski racing and the development home of stars like Olympic champion Bode Miller and up-and-comer Sam Morse.