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Skiing in May: On-Snow Training Camps

05/26/2015

While most of us are busy thinking about mountain biking and hiking, the U.S. Ski Team has already kicked off the 2015/16 season with on-snow training camps in California and Colorado. Heading to places like Mammoth Mountain and Arapahoe Basin, the Team looks forward to these low-pressure spring camps with no big races looming. So, what goes on...

Helpful Resources for Parents & Youth Athletes

05/26/2015

Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive®, along with our partners at Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), have created the Sports Parent Toolkit with tools and resources to help parents provide a fun and positive youth sports experience for...

Q&A: Chip Knight Rejoins the U.S. Ski Team

05/25/2015

Chip Knight is a name many ski racing fans know. He competed in three Winter Olympics (1998, 2002, 2006), won national and World Junior Championships titles and was a member of the U.S. Ski Team for over a dozen years. Impressive.

Cashman Joins U.S. Alpine Coaching Staff

05/22/2015

PARK CITY, UT (May 27)The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) has named former Squaw Valley Ski Team coach John Cashman to its alpine staff as the U16 National Training Group (NTG) head coach. Former U16 NTG Head Coach Thomas Erhard will now fulfill the role of FIS women’s NTG head coach.

From The Pros: Keeping Your Cool

05/18/2015

It’s sometimes hard to keep your cool when things aren’t going your way.  Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive® brings you five quick tips from professional athletes on how to not let anger and frustration get the best of you.

View the slideshow 5 Tips From The Pros On Keeping Your Cool.

Riml Addresses National University Team Questions

05/18/2015

As the National University Team announcement hit the ski racing world, a lot of questions popped up about the U.S. Ski Team's innovative new program. Former D1 collegiate skier Sean Higgins at Ski Racing talked to Alpine Director Patrick Riml about the N-UNI...

2015-16 Alpine Team Nominations

05/14/2015

The U.S. Ski Team has announced its nominations for the 2015-16 season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season.

Each athlete accepting the nomination to U.S. Ski Team receives a high level of world class program support, along with access to the USSA Center of...

Exploring New Territory: National University Team

05/12/2015

PARK CITY, UT (May 13, 2015)—The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is taking a deeper look at college ski racing as a viable component of the U.S. Ski Team pipeline with the introduction of a National University Team for alpine ski racing. The National University Team will aim to both provide support for athletes as well as a stronger...

USSA Nordic 2015-16 Team Nominations

05/11/2015

USSA Nordic has announced its nominations for the 2015-16 season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season.

Each athlete accepting the nomination to USSA Nordic receives a high level of world class program support, along with access to athletic...

U.S. Freestyle 2015-16 Team Nominations

05/11/2015

The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team has announced its nominations for the 2015-16 season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season.

Each athlete accepting the nomination to U.S. Freestyle Ski Team receives a high level of world class program support,...

Keeping Your Cool

05/11/2015

In the heat of a competition, it’s easy to lose our cool. It happens to all of us – parents, coaches, officials and athletes. But maintaining self-control in the face of challenges, adversity and disappointment is one of the great life lessons that sports can uniquely teach our kids.  And while we’d all like to hope that our kids just ‘know...

U.S. Alpine Ski Team Names Women’s Head Coach

05/07/2015

PARK CITY, UT (May 7, 2015)—The U.S. Ski Team has named former Alpine Canada Vice President of Sports Paul Kristofic to its staff as women’s head coach. Kristofic brings to the U.S. Ski Team extensive coaching experience, and will be overseeing women’s World Cup and Europa Cup speed and technical teams.  

Vonn Thumbs Up to 2018 Olympic Downhill

05/06/2015

SEOUL, South Korea (May 6, 2015)—Olympic excitement was palpable this week, as Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) gave a thumbs-up to the new PyeongChang downhill in South Korea and was named as the first International Games Ambassador for the 2018 Winter Games to help promote the sport of skiing. She was with a U.S. Olympic...

Play Positive Poll: Improving Teamwork

05/04/2015

Teamwork and being a good teammate are qualities that make a team successful. Many parents say “teamwork” or “learning to be a good teammate” is one of the most important life lessons kids can gain from playing youth sports. It even has an impact beyond the playing field with experiences at home, in school, within our community and even at our...

Athletes and Staff Get Schooled by PSIA

04/28/2015

PARK CITY, UT (April 28, 2015) – When Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) embarked on the first-ever U.S. Ski Team/Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) collaborative clinic last spring, he never imagined it would create a solid foundation for what would be his most successful season with the U.S. Ski Team to date. But it did. This year...

Tips to Provide a Positive Youth Sports Experience.

04/27/2015

Each week, subscribers to the Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive™ Weekly Parent Tips and Weekly Coach Tips receive an email with a quick tip to help keep kids focused, motivated and happy while learning valuable life lessons from their sport experience.  Alongside the tip...

Randall Named to the Alaska Ski Hall of Fame

04/23/2015

For the first time since 1999, the Alaska Cross Country Ski Hall of Fame will induct skiers, coaches and trail builder to their coveted halls at Kincaid Park, Alaska. Among the celebrated, Kikkan Randall will be named.

Randall, an Anchorage native, has had a successful cross country ski career, including four Olympics, 17 national titles...

Duffy & O'Brien Win Golden Ski Award

04/20/2015

PARK CITY, UT (April 20, 2015) – After impressive season-ending results at U.S. Alpine Championships, Nina O’Brien (Edwards, CO – National Training Group; Burke Mountain Academy) and Drew Duffy (Warren, VT – Green Mountain Valley School), an U.S. Ski Team invitee, have been selected by the North American Snowsports Journalists Association-East...

Four Steps to Build Teamwork

04/20/2015

Great teams emerge because teammates work hard to create a positive, encouraging, supportive environment together. To help your athlete or team get focused on being a great teammate, try this exercise in the 4 Steps To Build Teamwork from Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive™.

View the slideshow Four Steps To Build Teamwork and start...

USSA Names Alpine Development Director

04/20/2015

PARK CITY, UT (April 20, 2015) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association will welcome three-time Olympian and U.S. Ski Team alum Chip Knight to its staff as its new U.S. Ski Team alpine development director. Knight, who skied on the team for 13 years, will manage the alpine development team, national training groups, regional programs and youth...

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