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Concussion Considerations Google+ Hangout

10/20/2014

Youth sports don’t involve the same dangerous blend of power, size and speed as professional sports. However, they still carry risks of physical injury. As a result, certain safety precautions should always be taken to ensure maximum safety during competition.

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Men's Speed Team Trains in Corralco

10/17/2014

With reports of thinning snow conditions in Portillo, the U.S. men’s speed team called an audible in September and moved its early fall camp to Corralco Ski Area in the southern part of Chile.

The training block, which concluded on Sept. 27, was attended by the men’s World Cup speed team, the men’s multi-team, as well as the men’s Europa...

Universal Sports Network Unveils Extensive Coverage of FIS Alpine Ski World Cup

10/16/2014

LOS ANGELES, CA (Oct. 16, 2014)Universal Sports Network will present extensive multi-platform coverage of the 2014-15 FIS Alpine Ski World Cup both on air and at UniversalSports.com starting with the season’s opener in...

TAKE 5 with U.S. Ski Team’s Alice McKennis

10/13/2014

Youth sports might not seem as dangerous as professional sports, but there are still physical risks involved.

Safety precautions should be taken in every sport, and at Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive™ we encourage coaches and parents to educate themselves on where to find information on...

Athlete Spotlight: Steve Nyman

10/10/2014

After finishing 27th overall in men's downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Steve Nyman has been training harder than ever this past summer. "I realized last winter that I needed better endurance in races so that has been a huge part of my summer training. I learned a lot this summer from training 5-6 days per week and...

Snowmaking Underway at Copper Mountain Resort

10/01/2014

COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Sept. 30) – More than two inches of natural snow graced the slopes of Copper Mountain Resort late Monday night when snowmakers kicked into gear and started snow making operations.

Demschar to Lead Alpine Development

09/24/2014

PARK CITY, UT (Sept. 24) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has streamlined its national alpine development program leadership to provide greater service to athletes in its clubs and regional programs. USSA Alpine Director has named longtime alpine administrator and development leader Michelle Demschar to oversee the structure as alpine...

TAKE 5 with U.S. Ski Team’s Stacey Cook

09/16/2014

When watching your child play sports, it’s natural to get excited. But it’s also important to make sure you always act as a Positive Sport Parent – on game day and beyond.

Being a Positive Sport Parent means not only keeping your emotions in check on game day, but also always remaining supportive and respectful of your youth athlete – as...

U.S. Men’s Team Scores Ideal NZ Training at Ohau

08/26/2014

There hasn’t been much that could be categorized as “normal” at the first summer on-snow camps for the U.S. men’s alpine team. Much work has gone down at new sites, notably a small family-run ski area called Ohau, which drew high praise from head coach Sasha Rearick for catering to every need of the team.

“Mike and Louise were terrific...

Ted Shred Calls the 2015 Slalom Podium

08/18/2014

While he may be Mr. GS, the back-to-back World Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist knows a thing or two about the men’s slalom scene too. Here’s Shred’s call on who to watch next February.

Felix Neureuther (GER) – He wins a lot of slaloms, is an all around good guy and can flat out turn it on when it’s big. He’s...

Athlete Q&A with Slalom Specialist Nolan Kasper

08/18/2014

You were sick the last time you raced on Birds of Prey and finished just off the podium in fourth. What is it about racing on home snow that brings out great performances?
The best part about racing in the U.S. is being in a comfortable environment. The crowd there is always incredible too and that helps get you amped up...

Accidents Happen. Call in Relief.

07/21/2014

Brought to you by the Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports program

Liberty Mutual Insurance understands the responsibility that comes with being a skiing...

1989 Gold Caps McKinney Career

07/16/2014

It seems ironic that a ski racer who won 18 slalom and giant slalom World Cups in her career would reach a penultimate gold medal by virtue of a single downhill finish. That was the story of Tamara McKinney’s brilliant World Championship title in 1989 at Vail.

Throughout the ‘80s, McKinney stood out as one of ski racing’s biggest stars....

Athlete Spotlight: Laurenne Ross

07/15/2014

A talented musician as well as a ski racer, Laurenne Ross is a four-discipline threat both on and off the snow with incredible talent on violin, piano, guitar and vocals. After a slower than normal start to the 2014 season, Ross picked things up in the run up to the Olympics and then posted a season-best 11th in the Sochi downhill. With a World...

Stacey Cook Helps Promote Olympic Values at 54th IOA in Greece

07/14/2014

Winning is important, but respect for diversity is the true meaning of the Olympic Games.

That was the message at the 54th International Session of the International Olympic Academy (IOA) for Young Participants. In June, two hundred participants from 96 countries congregated in Ancient Olympia, Greece; among them was the U.S. Ski Team’s...

TAKE 5 with U.S. Ski Team’s Andrew Weibrecht

07/14/2014

When our youth athletes strive to achieve their personal best, victory is won on and off the hill. Encouraging our kids to set individual goals and focus on maximum personal effort benefits both the player and the team – in a variety of ways.

Athletes who come to realize that personal development can be even more rewarding than a win are...

Jules’ Women’s Downhill Gold Medal Picks

07/07/2014

She may be one of the top contenders for gold, but four-time Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso knows who her top competition will be come February. Check out her top picks to contend for the Raptor downhill podium.

Lara Gut (SUI) - She is a technical risk taker and this is just her kind of hill. She proved she could ski...

Raptor Downhill is the “Real Deal”

07/07/2014

BEAVER CREEK, CO (July 7) – When Granite Stater Leanne Smith (N. Conway, NH) took her first lap on Raptor – the brand new Audi FIS Alpine World Cup women’s downhill and speed host for the 2015 World Championships – she knew right away it was the “real deal.”

“Our eyes were wide when we trained on it two years ago, but there was a lot...

Nine U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Athletes Nominated for ESPY Awards

06/27/2014

PARK CITY, UT (June 30) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association will be the most represented sports organization at the 2014 ESPY Awards with nine Olympic athletes nominated in five categories. Sochi gold medalists Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), David Wise (Reno, NV), Jamie Anderson (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) and Maddie Bowman (S. Lake Tahoe, CA...

TAKE 5 with U.S. Ski Team’s Drew Duffy

06/25/2014

It's exciting to watch our children excel at the sports they love. Working hard toward a personal best or perfecting a specific technique are critical to success, but let’s also remember that playing multiple sports can be tremendously beneficial in the long run – and a lot of fun for our kids.

Branching out from just one sport offers...

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