PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 28, 2015) – When elite athletes aren’t training for the Olympic Games or competing in World Cups, many focus their attention on pursuing a college degree. This school year, 48 U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association national team athletes are enrolled at Salt Lake City’s Westminster College, the official education partner of the USSA. Since 2005, more than 130 U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding athletes have attended Westminster College through a special tuition grant program, which allows them to continue their education without having to sacrifice their athletic dreams. These amazing athletes have an average G.P.A. of 3.55. They are not only dedicated athletes, but dedicated students.
LAKE PLACID, NY (Jan. 28, 2014) – The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team begins mid season World Cup competition this week at the Putnam Lake Placid Freestyle Cup. Mogul athletes will take to the course at Whiteface Mountain on Jan. 29 with the aerials competition taking place at the Olympic Jumping Complex Jan. 30-31. Lake Placid is the second U.S. stop on the World Cup tour this season and is home base for U.S. Freestyle’s Elite Aerial Development Program.
PARK CITY, UT (January 27, 2015) – The U.S. Ski Team will announce the team for the upcoming FIS Alpine World Ski Championships on a special Podium360 on Wednesday, January 28 at 5 p.m. EST live on Universal Sports Network. The announcement will also be streamed LIVE at UniversalSports.com and usskiteam.com.
U.S. Ski Team Alpine Director Patrick Riml is scheduled to announce the men’s and women’s squads for both the speed and tech events via satellite from the USSA Center of Excellence in Park City, Utah.
While Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) and Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) have all secured a downhill spot based on their World Cup podiums, the fourth spot is still up in the air between at least three other athletes.
2015 Sprint U.S. Grand Prix Mammoth Invited Riders
PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 26, 2015)—Following up the X Games and World Championships, the 2015 Sprint U.S. Grand Prix returns to Mammoth Mountain, CA February 4-7 with a top-notch roster of the world’s best riders. Olympic medalists Iouri Podladtchikov, Jamie Anderson (S. Lake Tahoe, CA), Mark McMorris, Stale Sandbech, Kelly Clark (West Dover, VT) and Torah Bright are amongst the 42 men and 32 women invited to compete in each discipline at Mammoth. Riders are invited to compete based off of the World Snowboarding Points List, along with wildcard spots awarded by the Global Snowboarders Alliance and the event. One remaining wildcard spot in each discipline will be selected at the Revolution Tour at Seven Springs Resort Jan. 26-28 to the highest ranking riders not already qualified.
SCHLADMING, Austria (Jan. 27, 2014)—Racers skied through a blizzard of wet snow at the Schladming night slalom on Tuesday—the last Audi FIS World Cup race before the FIS Alpine World Championships. Will Brandenburg (Spokane, WA) finished 18th—his first finish all season—and David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) was 19th.
In front of a crowd rivaling Kitzbuehel, Russian Alexander Khoroshilov won his first World Cup—the first World Cup win for Russia in 34 years. Stefano Gross of Italy took second and Felix Neureuther third.
Before Tuesday’s race, Brandenburg had only finished one World Cup race in the past three seasons. But he remained a strong skier, showing speed in training and in runs he finished. This race, Brandenburg said he utilized a new tactic: holding back speed to focus on completing races. “I didn’t gun it that much, but I’m happy with the result,” he said. “I’m getting there. I could have been faster, but I didn’t want to take the risk.”