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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

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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...

Men's Tech Reboots at Mt. Hood

06/19/2014

GOVERNMENT CAMP, OR (June 19) - The U.S. Alpine Ski Team men's technical program took it back to basics last week with athletes from across the country, working to elevate the nation's technical skiing ability. Audi FIS Alpine World Cup athletes David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO), Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT) and Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, CA...

Aspen Awarded World Cup Finals

06/06/2014

BARCELONA, Spain (June 6) – Aspen has been awarded one of the most prestigious events on the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup as site of the 2017 World Cup Finals. The longtime World Cup community was selected by the International Ski Federation for the March 15-19, 2017 races that will bring both the men’s and women’s tour to Aspen. The Finals will...
Starting the Sportsmanship Conversation

06/03/2014

The hyper-competitive youth sports environment has, in some cases, created a culture that has become accepting of poor sportsmanship.  This culture of competition is putting the positive youth sports experience that we want for our kids at risk, threatening to ruin the sport for them.  As a parent, what can you do to fight poor sportsmanship...

1986 Vail Win Makes History for Fletcher

06/02/2014

When she crossed the finish line, her mind was racing. Starting number 30, she knew she had had a good run. She heard the crowd roaring. But she couldn’t see the scoreboard. Finally, someone shouted out the news. The U.S. Ski Team’s Pam Fletcher had won the American Ski Classic World Cup downhill at Vail. History was made - March 15, 1986.

FIS Approves Schleper to Race for Mexico

05/29/2014

PARK CITY, UT (May 29) – Following a request from Mexico, the International Ski Federation (FIS) has approved Sarah Schleper de Gaxiola (Vail, CO) to compete under the Mexican flag for the upcoming Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season. The four-time U.S. Olympian hopes to race at the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in her hometown of Vail-...

Solid Spring Tech Camp at Loveland

05/28/2014

Story courtesy of Ski Racing Magazine.

LOVELAND, CO (May 28) - The U.S. women’s technical team ushered in the “summer season” last week, wrapping up a two-week slalom and GS camp at Loveland Ski Area in Colorado.

2015 Athlete Focus: Stacey Cook

05/27/2014

STACEY COOK – Three-time Olympian
Age - 29
Hometown – Mammoth Mountain, CA
Club – Mammoth Mountain Ski Team
Social Media - staceycookusa

Stacey Cook knows what success feels like, and she likes it. After years of consistently finishing close to the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podium, she struck back-to-...

Women Score 2015 Spring Training Bonus

05/27/2014

BEAVER CREEK, CO - Having the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in your backyard has its benefits. Just ask Olympic slalom gold medalist and World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin. The Eagle-Vail local hopped on Raptor for a few days of super G training in April with speed skiers Stacey Cook, Leanne Smith, Laurenne Ross.

While it’s not...

Golden Ski to Morse and Merryweather

05/15/2014

FRANCONIA, NH (May 15) - 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...

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