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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...

When Players Give Their Personal Best Everyone Wins

07/09/2014

Victory is won on and off the course when youth athletes strive to achieve their personal best. Encouraging kids to set individual goals and focus on maximum personal effort benefits both the player and the team in a variety of ways. Players who come to realize that personal development can feel even better...

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...

U.S. Olympic Committee Announces 2013 Coaches of the Year

07/02/2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (July 2) – U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) coach Erik Flora (Anchorage) was recognized as the U.S. Olympic Committee’s 2013 National Coach of the Year. He is the fourth USSA coach to earn the top coaching honor since the USOC debuted the award in 1996. Flora was honored for his work with elite cross country skiers...

The Benefits of Playing Multiple Sports

07/02/2014

For our kids, practicing and focusing on the sport they love is an important part of playing youth sports.  However, specializing in one sport from an early age can cause them to miss out on a number of benefits that could prove beneficial as they mature.

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...

Four Ways Playing Multiple Sports Can Help Your Child Become A Better Athlete

06/18/2014

It's exciting to watch your 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 not forget that playing multiple sports can be tremendously beneficial in the long run.

2015 Freestyle Skiing Team Nominated

06/17/2014

PARK CITY, UT (June 16) – Two-time Olympic medalist and World Champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) headlines a talent deep group of 36 athletes nominated to the 2014-2015 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team for aerials and moguls. The 2015 season is highlighted by World Cup stops in both Lake Placid, NY and Deer Valley, UT along with the FIS Freestyle...

New Survey Identifies Decline in Sportsmanship

06/10/2014

Now that ski season has wrapped up, a new national survey of 2,000 youth sports parents and coaches by Liberty Mutual Insurance illuminates a troubling decline in what some would say is the most important lesson of...

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...

2015 Cross Country Team Nominated

06/02/2014

PARK CITY, UT (June 2) – World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) headlines a  powerhouse team of women nominated to the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team. All five A Team women reached the World Cup podium during the 2014 season. On the men’s side, veteran sprinter Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) and rising talent Simi Hamilton (Aspen...

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.

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