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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.

Women's Ski Jumping Pioneer Passes

03/01/2015

PARK CITY, UT (March 1, 2015) - The U.S. Ski Team mourned the loss Sunday of women's ski jumping pioneer and former Mayor of Salt Lake City Deedee Corradini. As the city's Olympic mayor, Corradini played a vital role in the successful organization of the Games and was a key face of the Utah Olympics. A few years later, she adopted the cause of...

Hoffman Tough in Falun 50k

03/01/2015

FALUN, Sweden (March 1, 2015) - Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO) skied to a 31st place in a difficult 50k classic race, the close of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. On a track that broke down early, the race was held tightly together by the conditions. Despite early attemps from race favorites, breakaway efforts were absorbed by the heavy, slow...

Dominating Win for Hirscher

03/01/2015

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (March 1, 2015) - Austria's Marcel Hirscher took revenge for his World Championship loss, posting a 1.99 second first run before charging to a 3.28 second win in an Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) was fourth.

USA Titles in Belarus

03/01/2015

MINSK, Belarus (March 1, 2015) – The U.S. aerials team closed out the 2015 season on a high note, with Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, VA) jumping to her second World Cup win of the season and Mac Bohonnon (Madison, CT) and Kiley McKinnon (Madison, CT) taking season titles, each finishing second. Bohonnon and McKinnon formally claimed their positions...

Delays and Weather at Bansko Alpine Combined

03/01/2015

BANSKO, Bulgaria (Mar. 1, 2015)—After two days of delays and canceled races, the race organizers at Bansko were determined to complete the Audi FIS Ski World Cup alpine combined. But the race was marred by tough snow and fog in the super G portion, which caused many racers trouble. Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) was the...

First World Cup Win for Schild

03/01/2015

TAZAWAKO, Japan (March 1, 2015) – After a top 5 finish in Saturday’s mogul competition, Morgan Schild (Pittsford, NY) powered through four rounds of dual moguls to claim her first World Cup podium and win. Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) landed her seventh World Cup podium of the 2015 season with third place. Jeremy Cota (Carrabassett Valley, ME)...

France Defends Combined Team Title

02/28/2015

FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 28, 2015) - Legs burning from the soft snow, France's Jason Lamy Chappuis summoned one final burst of energy to hold off a hard-charing Johannes Rydzek of Germany to seal a start-to-finish win for France in the team sprint at the Falun 2015 Nordic World Ski Championships. Lamy Chappuis teamed with Francois Braud to defend...

Sullivan is Top American in Delayed Downhill

02/28/2015

GARMISCH, Germany (Feb. 28, 2015)—After over two hours of delays, the race organizers were finally able to squeak one last downhill into February. Fighting flat light and typical thick fog on the Garmisch Kandahar, Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) was the top American downhiller of the day, finishing in sixth place.

It was an Austrian-...

Stephen 11th in Falun 30k

02/28/2015

FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 28, 2015) – Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) hung on for an 11th place result in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 30k classic mass start, a race defined by Norway’s Therese Johaug who broke away with a sharp pace early and held on for an impressive win. Rosie Brennan (Park City, UT) and Sadie Bjornsen (...

Two U.S. Podiums at Tazawako Moguls

02/28/2015

TAZAWAKO, Japan (Feb. 28, 2015) – On a snowy day in Japan, Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) claimed her fourth World Cup win of the 2015 season, besting Japan’s Junko Hoshino and Canada’s Audrey Robichaud. Jeremy Cota (Carrabassett Valley, ME) earned his first World Cup podium of the season, finishing second behind Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury.

Nyman Finds Fast Line in Final Training Run

02/27/2015

GARMISCH, GERMANY  (Feb. 27, 2015) – In the final Garmisch (GAP) downhill training run on the Kandahar, Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) led the charge for the Americans, turning in the fourth fastest time—0.75 seconds off leader Hannes Reichelt. The Kandahar track is known to be one of the most challenging tracks on the circuit and the weather can...

Strong Junior Worlds Team Named

02/27/2015

PARK CITY, UT (Feb. 26, 2015) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association named a group of 16 elite athletes to compete at the 2015 FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships scheduled for March 6-13 at Hafjell, Norway.

U.S. Men 11th in Falun Relay

02/27/2015

FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 26, 2015) - The U.S. men’s team comprised of Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA), Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO), Kyle Bratrud (Eden Prarie, MN) and Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO) finished 11th in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 4x10k relay. Norway took a close victory over Sweden and France.

Weather Cancels Bansko Super G

02/27/2015

After a morning of delays, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G in Bansko, Bulgaria was canceled due to weather.

Mikaela Shiffrin Thanks World Champs Fans

02/26/2015

After winning the gold in the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships slalom, most athletes wave at the crowd and celebrate their win with friends and family. Mikaela Shiffrin did just that, but when she headed back to Europe for the remaining World Cup races, she took some time to say thank you to every fan, volunteer and organizer of her...

Behind the Gold: Riding the Wave

02/26/2015

You don’t become a World Champion without perseverance. It takes years to perfect your craft and fine-tune your body and mind – only to see it come crashing apart when you least expect it.

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