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Norway Dominates Drammen Sprint

03/11/2015

DRAMMEN, Norway (March 11, 2015) – Norway made short work of the final World Cup sprint of the season, a classic race in their home country, by sweeping both the men’s and women’s podium and taking seven of the top ten places in both competitions. The U.S. team struggled in qualification with only Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) and Sadie Bjornsen...

U18 Alpine National Champs Crowned at Copper

03/10/2015

PARK CITY, UT (March 10, 2015) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s National Training Group (NTG) athletes put on a strong showing at the 2015 U18 National Alpine Championships at Copper Mountain, CO. Eight NTG athletes found the podium after eight days of tech and speed events. For the first time, the championship event included two...

Have You Met With Your Child’s Coach?

03/09/2015

Your child’s coach plays a significant role in their overall youth sports experience and athletic development. Positive youth sports parents not only want a positive experience for their youth athlete, but hope their child learns the important lessons that sports can teach like good sportsmanship, respect,...

Junior Worlds Medals for Moltzan and Ginnis

03/09/2015

HAFJELL, Norway (March 9, 2015) – Nearly perfect snow conditions on the first run led Minnesota native Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, MN) to a gold medal in slalom Monday at the 2015 FIS Alpine Junior World Championships on the 1994 Olympic venue of Hafjell, just outside Lillehammer. Moltzan’s win is the first ever win for a U.S. woman in Junior...

Weibrecht Snags Fifth in Kvitfjell

03/08/2015

KVITFJELL, Norway (March 8, 2015)—It was a tough day in Kvitfjell, with 21 DNFs in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G. Only 38 racers made it down the difficult course, with Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) tying his career-best super G result in fifth place. Kjetil Jansrud of Norway was back to his dominating form, winning the race, with...

Bjornsen Siblings Lead U.S. Skiers in Lahti

03/08/2015

LAHTI, Finland (March 8, 2015) – Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) led the U.S. in the Lahti 10k classic race with a 14th place, while her brother Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) led the U.S. men in 38th place. The sibling duo battled spring-like klister conditions and a deteriorating race course. Marit Bjorgen of Norway resumed her familiar place at...

Vonn Regains World Cup Lead with Win

03/08/2015

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (March 8, 2015)—The ladies wrapped up the last speed series before World Cup finals on Sunday with a Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G in Garmisch. It was a perfect day for Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), who put down a flawless run to take the win and the overall super G World Cup lead.

Randall Returns to Podium in Lahti Sprint

03/07/2015

LAHTI, Finland (March 7, 2015) - Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) returned to the World Cup podium with a third place finish in the Lahti Freestyle Sprint. Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) finished just behind Kikkan in fourth, impressive in a sharply competitive day that saw relatively few Americans move through to the sprint heats.

U.S. Men Stack Four in the Top 15

03/07/2015

KVITFJELL, Norway (Mar. 7, 2015)—In the penultimate Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill of the season, the men were thirsty for results—looking to tighten the race for the overall downhill globe. Hannes Reichelt of Austria had a nearly perfect run on the Kvitfjell track and took the win, while the Americans stacked four racers in the top 15. Travis...

Title Chase Narrows for Vonn

03/07/2015

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (March 7, 2015) - Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) was seventh Saturday in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, retaining her tour lead but seeing the margin drop to 35 points over Anna Fenninger of Austria. Fenninger was second in a race won by Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather. The crystal globe...

U.S. Freestyle Announces 2015 Junior Worlds Team

03/06/2015

U.S. Freestyle Announces 2015 Junior Worlds Team

PARK CITY, UT (March 6, 2015) – A strong team of 16 athletes, including Morgan Schild (Pittsford, NY), Bruce Perry Jr. (Winter Park, CO), Chris Lillis (Rochester, NY) and Elle Gaudette (Maple Grove, MN), will represent the U.S. at the 2015 FIS Freestyle/Freeskiing Junior...

Americans Still Going Strong in Lahti

03/06/2015

LAHTI, Finland (Mar. 6, 2015) - The FIS Cross Country World Cup season is a furious train that boards in Northern Scandinavia in early December, speeds through the Tour de Ski, past countless central European stops and various championships before coming to its final destinations in Sweden, Finland and Norway. This year, there are more American...

Watabe in Come from Behind Win

03/06/2015

LAHTI, Finland (March 6, 2015) - Japan's Akito Watabe slogged through deep snow to make up 54 seconds on the leaders and take a hard fought victory over Germany's World Champion Johannes Rydzek as the Lahti Ski Games opened in Finland with a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup. It was a tough day on the jumping hill for the USA, with Taylor Fletcher...

McKennis Finds Redemption in Training Run

03/06/2015

GARMISCH, GERMANY (Mar. 6, 2015) – The second week of races at Garmisch features the women, and in the only downhill training run, Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO) was seeking redemption on a track that does not bring back good memories. After snagging her very first World Cup victory (and podium) in St. Anton in 2013 in what was the best...

Ski Team Members Visit American Military Heroes

03/05/2015

The U.S. ski racers returned to Europe after the World Championships with screams of 200,000 hometown fans still echoing in their ears. Medals adorned necks, hundreds of autographs signed, and national newspapers and morning shows called the skiers heroes. But World Cup circuit schedules returned to normal for the athletes when they crossed the...

Athletes Rip U18 National Champs Tech Events

03/04/2015

COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Mar. 4, 2015)—Top U.S. athletes under the age of 18 headed to Copper Mountain, CO to compete for the title of best American U18 racer in the U18 National Championships. The USSA National Training Group (NTG) raked in results, with Vermont’s Burke Mountain Academy showing dominance.

Play Positive Poll: Respecting Opponents

03/03/2015

Name calling, refusing to shake hands, fake fouls and fights during games are just a few acts of poor sportsmanship we see in all levels of sports. As a positive sport parent or coach, we want to teach kids good sportsmanship, including respecting opponents. There are several important lessons to teach kids when it comes to respecting opponents...

Case Studies in Conviction: Harvey & Olsson & Northug

03/02/2015

“You can say that you believe in yourself, but to actually believe in yourself is an entirely different thing,”  - U.S. Head Coach Matt Whitcomb following the U.S. women’s strong fourth place performance in Wednesday’s relay.

Diggins & Gregg - Seizing Opportunity

03/02/2015

USSA columnist Tom Kelly takes a look at Jesse Diggins and Caitlin Gregg winning World Championships medals in Falun in this week's Behind the Gold.

It was an unlikely scenario. In a raging, wet Swedish snowstorm, three athletes shivered in the cold of the finish stadium in Falun. In the middle stood Sweden’s favorite daughter,...

Vonn Podiums in Rescheduled Super G

03/02/2015

BANSKO, Bulgaria (March 2, 2015) - The weather finally lifted in Bansko, after a weekend of delays and cancelations due to heavy fog. In a sun-drenched, technically set super G, Lindsey Vonn grabbed third place. Podium regulars Anna Fenninger of Austria and Tina Maze of Slovenia went one-two—identical results to Sunday’s alpine combined.

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