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The Magic of Ohau

09/19/2016

The U.S. Alpine Ski Team travels the globe, far and wide, to a myriad of majestic mountains, but one of the most magical of these mountains is without a doubt Ohau Snowfields in New Zealand. Recognized as one of the “9 Most Stunning Places to Ski on...

Racing a World Cup Downhill…in the Gym

09/16/2016

Even after spending all day in the gym, the Europa Cup boys on the U.S. Alpine Ski Team returned to the USSA Center of Excellence on a Thursday night in September. It was a festive atmosphere with pizza and loud music, but the guys weren’t quite dressed for a party. Instead, they all showed up in their downhill suits.

What Makes a Champ: Sadie Bjornsen

09/13/2016

From local ski hills to the PyeongChang Olympics, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) encompasses all athletes that share a passion for skiing and snowboarding. We explore what makes each skier and rider a champion with stories from the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing, next to kids winning a NASTAR medal,...

USA Sweeps Titles in NZ Finale

09/11/2016

WANAKA, New Zealand (Sept. 11, 2016) - The FIS Cross Country Continental Cup wrapped up sunday at the Snow Farm near Wanaka, with the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team's Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO) and Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, VT) picking up wins.

Hamilton won the 10k freestyle in 26 minutes, eight seconds for a 16.9 second margin over South...

Englund Top-10 in Summer Grand Prix

09/10/2016

CHAIKOVSKY, Russia (Sept. 10, 2016) - Nita Englund (Florence, WI) came from behind to finish a strong seventh in the FIS Ski Jumping Summer Grand Prix in Chaikovsky Saturday. Japan’s Sara Takanshi took the win under the lights.
 
It was a strong day for the U.S. women with Tara Geraghty-Moats (West Fairlee, VT) 13th. For...
USA Continues to Dominate NZ Nationals

09/10/2016

WANAKA, New Zealand (Sept. 10, 2016) - The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team had another strong day at the New Zealand National Championships at the Snow Farm near Wanaka Saturday. Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) won for the second day in a row, leading a U.S. sweep in the men’s 15k classic mass start. Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) took the women’s 10k,...
Sargent and Newell Take Wins in New Zealand

09/09/2016

WANAKA, New Zealand (Sep. 9, 2016) – Vermonters Ida Sargent (Orleans, VT) and Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) kicked off three days of racing with wins at the FIS Australia New Zealand Cup (ANC) classic sprint.

It was a beautiful day in New Zealand, with the sun shining brightly at Snow Farm, a cross country resort in New Zealand. In the...

2017: The Year of the American Downhiller?

09/07/2016

The U.S. men’s alpine team has accomplished almost every major feat on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup—Olympic gold, World Championship gold, slalom and giant slalom titles, Hahnenkamm gold—that is, except for winning the coveted downhill title. Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) and the American Downhillers hope to change that in 2017. Nyman knows it’s a...

USA Sweeps New Zealand Titles

09/04/2016

WANAKA, New Zealand (Sept. 3, 2016) - Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO) and Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led a strong U.S. presence Saturday, taking titles at the 42k Merino Muster near Wanaka, the third stop in the global Worldloppet long distance ski series. 
 
Hoffman played a cat and mouse game with teammate Simi Hamilton...
Fletcher Closes Out Grand Prix Strong

09/03/2016

OBERSTDORF, Germany (Sept. 3, 2016) - Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) put in two strong cross country performances to record 18th and ninth place finishes in a pair of FIS Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix events in Oberstdorf Friday and Saturday. Norway’s 18-year-old sensation Jarl Magnus Riiber remained unbeatable, taking two easy...
Utah Prepares for 2017 Nordic Junior and U23 Worlds

08/29/2016

PARK CITY, UT (Aug. 29, 2016) – It’s been just over a year since Utah was awarded the bid for the 2017 FIS Nordic Junior and U23 World Ski Championships. The Olympic venues in Park City, UT and Midway, UT are gearing up to host the world’s best junior athletes Jan. 28 – Feb 5, 2017. With over 700 athletes expected to compete, the Juniors Worlds...

Taylor Takes Top 10 in Opener

08/28/2016

OBERWIESENTHAL, Germany (Aug. 28, 2016) - Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) put down the gauntlet in the opening FIS Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix, winning the roller ski segment and finishing seventh overall in Oberwiesenthal. Norway's Jarl Magnus Riiber took a 2.8 second win over Austrian Mario Seidel. Bjoern Kircheisen of Germany...

Bickner 7th After Taking First Round Lead

08/28/2016

HAKUBA, Japan (Aug. 28, 2016) - American Kevin Bickner (Wauconda, IL) soared to one of his best performances ever Sunday, taking the first round lead and holding on for a career-best seventh in a FIS Ski Jumping Summer Grand Prix on the Olympic jumps in Hakuba. Japan's Taku Takeuchi took the win after finishing second Saturday on the HS131...

Bickner Strong Again in Grand Prix

08/27/2016

HAKUBA, Japan (Aug. 27, 2016) - The USA's Kevin Bickner (Wauconda, IL) from Chicago's Norge Ski Club continued to show his strength, finishing 16th Saturday on the HS131 meter hill in Hakuba at a FIS Ski Jumping Summer Grand Prix. It followed on the heels of his eighth place finish in Einsiedln, Switzerland three weeks ago. Norway's Anders...

How much do you know about Laurenne Ross?

08/26/2016

You may know Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) for her consistent top 10s in speed events at the end of last season, or maybe you know of her because of her beautiful photos on Instagram or her flowing words on her blog. But...

Troy Murphy Talks Moguls and Big Mountain Skiing

08/22/2016

Troy Murphy's skiing skills extend far beyond the moguls course. 

"I like doing everything,” Murphy says. “I don’t get into the park [much] now, but even a couple of years ago, I’d still go whenever I could. I think that it builds a good air awareness and if you’re hitting big park jumps, moguls jumps don’t really seem that scary.”

Wilson Debuts Carvings at Kimball Arts Festival

08/11/2016

PARK CITY, UT (Aug. 11, 2016) – With multiple World Cup podiums and an Olympic bronze medal on his resume, there’s no denying that Bryon Wilson is a talented mogul skier. This week, Wilson will have the opportunity to showcase another talent, wood carving, when he makes his artistic debut at the annual Kimball Arts Festival August 12-14 in Park...

Sarah Hendrickson: What Makes A Champ

08/09/2016

From local ski hills to the PyeongChang Olympics, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) encompasses all athletes that share a passion for skiing and snowboarding. We explore what makes each skier and rider a champion with stories from the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S.

Bickner Top 10 in Switzerland

08/08/2016

EINSIEDELN, Switzerland (Aug. 8, 2016) – Kevin Bickner (Wauconda, IL; USA Nordic/Norge Ski Club) snagged a career-best finish at the FIS Grand Prix against many top World Cup jumpers, taking eighth place.

Bickner jumped 111.5 and 114.5 meters on the large hill against a strong field that included 14 nations. Maciej Kot of Poland won the...

Debut Gold for Taylor Fletcher

07/30/2016

SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (July 30, 2016) - Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) broke away from the pack with a kilometer remaining to take his first national title at the L.L.Bean U.S. Nordic Combined Championship at Soldier Hollow. Brother Bryan Fletcher took silver with Ben Berend (Steamboat Springs, CO) earning bronze after leading the jump....

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