Ski in Peace: Ronnie Berlack and Bryce Astle


SOELDEN, Austria (Jan. 5, 2015) – The U.S. Ski Team is mourning the loss of two promising development-level ski racers killed Monday in an avalanche in Soelden. The two were among a group of six athletes freeskiing at the Austrian resort. The other four skied out of the slide.

Killed in the avalanche were Ronnie Berlack, 20 (Franconia,...

Bratrud and Gregg Take Opening Titles


HOUGHTON, MI (Jan. 4, 2015) - With temperatures in the single digits, fresh snow and blowing winds, the conditions at the Michigan Tech Trails in Houghton, Michigan played a big role in sorting out the first winners of the week long U.S. Cross Country Championships. Titles in the 15k and 10k freestyle event went to Kyle Bratrud (Eden Prairie...
U.S. Women Steady in Tour de Ski


OBERSDORF, Germany (Jan. 4, 2015) – The seven-stage Tour de Ski entered day two with the U.S. Ski Team’s womem holding strong. Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) and Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) finished 14th and 15th respectively, just two seconds from each other and fifty seconds away from the podium in a 10k classic pursuit. Norway’s...
Top 10 for Fletcher in Schonach


SCHONACH, Germany (Jan. 4, 2015) - Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) skied to another top 10, finishing ninth in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Schonach. Brother Taylor was 24th as Lukas Klapfer of Austria took the win over Aikito Watabe of Japan by a second. It was Fletcher's second top 10 including his eighth in Lillehammer a month...

Shiffrin Crowned Snow Queen Again


ZAGREB, Croatia (Jan. 4, 2015) - Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) celebrated the New Year in style, winning her second straight Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom in Zagreb and laying claim for the second time to the Snow Queen Trophy. Shiffrin won in dominating style, leading the first run by .80 and expanding that lead in the second for a 1.68...

Victory Number 43 for Kearney


Calgary, AB (Jan. 3, 2015) – Mogul queen Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) edged out Canadian sisters Chloe Dufour-Lapointe and Justine Dufour-Lapointe on their home turf to earn her 43rd World Cup victory on Saturday at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. Kearney is now just three World Cup wins away from the all-time freestyle moguls record...

Strong Tour de Ski Opener for USA


OBERSDORF, Germany (Jan. 3, 2015) - Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) kicked off the seven stage Tour de Ski with a strong 3 kilometer prologue Saturday in Obersdorf. “I felt like I was going today,” Bjornsen said of the opening event in the seven-stage tour, now in its ninth year. Bjornsen led a strong day for the U.S. women, finishing seventh....
Five Things to Know About Championships


HOUGHTON, MI (Jan. 3, 2015) - Cross country ski racers from across America will be vying for titles and team spots this week as the U.S. Cross Country Championships come to Houghton at the Michigan Tech Nordic Training Center with several hundred skiers expected for the Jan. 4-10 event.
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Mogul Skiers Kick Off 2015 in Calgary


Park City, UT (Jan. 1, 2015) – The U.S. Freestyle moguls team will start off the New Year in Calgary, Canada for the second World Cup of the season. The event will take place at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park on January 3, one of the premier sites from the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. 

Fueling for Game Day: Plan it Out


You wouldn’t drive a car down the highway with the gas tank on “LOW”.  Likewise, your body and brain can’t function optimally without the proper fuel.

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Shiffrin Wins First Slalom of Season


KUEHTAI IN TIROL, Austria (Dec. 29, 2014)—With two nearly perfect runs, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) never let go of first place at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup, taking her first slalom win of the season against a stacked field in Austria. Sarka Strachova of the Czech Republic was second and Wendy Holdener of Switzerland was third. Resi...

Shiffrin Podiums in Austria


KUEHTAI IN TIROL, Austria (Dec. 28, 2014)—Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) stood on the podium for the first time since her win in Soelden, Austria. Shiffrin won the first run at Sunday's Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom, but battled rough conditions and poor visibility to take third place overall. Sara Hector of Sweden won her first World...

Ganong Claims Career First Win


SANTA CATERINA, Italy (Dec. 27, 2014) - Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) took advantage of a new course for the men's Audi FIS Ski World Cup tour and punched through for his career first victory, winning the Santa Caterina downhill. Austria's Matthias Mayer was the only one who got close to Ganong, finishing in second, nine-hundredths back....

How the Nordic Team Celebrates the Holidays


We all celebrate the holidays differently—some roast chestnuts over the fire, some sing carols with their families, and others…do intervals before everyone wakes up in the morning.

No matter who you are, we all have that favorite gift and memory of the holiday season. This year, we asked our athletes about their favorite gifts and...

Flight School Pays Off for Nyman


As a teen, Steven Nyman learned about terrain at the USSA's Western Region Flight School. How did that help him win Val Gardena a third time? USSA columnist Tom Kelly takes a look in this week's Behind the Gold.
Behind the Gold
Trackside With Tiger at Cross Country World Cup


DAVOS, Switzerland (Dec. 22, 2014) - The FIS Cross Country World Cup tour came to the Swiss Alps the last two week, with back-to-back weekends of cross country ski racing. USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw was trackside with the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team and shared his thoughts on his time with the team.
USA Blanked in Madonna Slalom


MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, Italy (Dec. 22, 2014) - It was a tough day at the office for the U.S. Ski Team, with no finishes in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup night slalom in Madonna di Campiglio. After a string of near misses, Germany's Felix Neureuther finally pulled it together for two runs to take his first victory since last March - a .82 margin...

TAKE 5 With U.S. Ski Team’s Laurenne Ross


Elite athletes know how to deliver elite performances. And they know that the best way to fuel elite performances is to make great nutrition choices. But fueling elite performances shouldn’t be limited to our elite athletes. 

Crashes Mar Davos Sprint


DAVOS, Switzerland (Dec. 21, 2014) – Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK) edged closer to the top of the results page in Sunday’s 1.2k freestyle sprint World Cup, finishing ninth and advancing through to the semi-final round. Randall shared her heat with teammate Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT). The Davos event was an unexpected sprint in the World Cup...
Three Podium Weekend for U.S. Aerialists


BEIJING, China (Dec. 21, 2014) – Connecticut natives Kiley McKinnon and Mac Bohonnon (both Madison, CT) each put down personal bests to earn World Cup podium finishes during the individual portion of the first-ever aerials team event at the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup opener. McKinnon found herself on the podium for the second time during...