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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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™.

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USSA Names Alpine Development Director


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...

Women’s Alpine Staff Adds New Energy


PARK CITY, UT (April 14, 2015) – Former Italian Men’s Speed Coach Alberto Senigagliesi has joined the U.S. Ski Team women’s alpine speed team staff as head coach, while interim coach Brandon Dyksterhouse will head up the women’s alpine tech team.

Hoffman and Caldwell Train With Boston Youth


BOSTON, MA (April 14, 2015)—The season has ended. The snow has (mostly) stopped flying and the athletes have scattered across the country to return home for the summer. But Noah Hoffman and Sophie Caldwell took a brief detour to Belmont Hill School in Boston, MA to lead more than 100 young cross country enthusiasts in a dryland training session...

Success Through Teamwork


TEAM. Together Everyone Achieves More.  It’s a saying that is posted in many youth sports locker rooms around the country. And it’s no secret: the most successful teams in any sport are marked by great teamwork.  History celebrates the great partnership between two players or the seemingly average group of individuals who work together...

Schlopy Joins Legends in Hall of Fame


STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (April 10, 2015) – Throughout his 18-year career, Erik Schlopy often traveled down the unbeaten path. Schlopy was a three-time Olympian and seven time national champion who had one of the longest and most successful careers in U.S. ski racing history. He was a World Pro super G champion and a bronze medal winner in the...

Top Moments of the 2015 Freestyle Season


The athletes of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team have a lot of fond memories to look back on from the 2015 season. In addition to four medals at the 2015 FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships, the moguls and aerials teams combined to bring home eight of the 12 major FIS World Cup awards. While one veteran bid ado to a sport she...

Powers to be Inducted Into Hall of Fame


STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (April 10, 2015) - The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame will induct 10 athletes and sport builders, including Olympic snowboarding legend Ross Powers.

Hall of Fame to Honor Kristina Koznick


STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (April 9, 2015) – A story of humble beginnings, Kristina “Koz” Koznick grew up skiing ropetow laps on the modest 310-vertical-foot Buck Hill piste—what would seem like a far cry from a career on the U.S. Ski Team. Except for that it wasn’t a far cry at all. When she was a mere 15 years old, Koznick landed herself a spot on...

Top 15 Moments of the 2014/2015 Season


Now that the season has wrapped, U.S. Ski Team alpine press officer Megan Harrod reminisces on the 2014/15 season with the top 15 moments of her first season on the World Cup circuit.

Gnoza Takes Over as Moguls Head Coach


PARK CITY, UT (April 08, 2015) – The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team has announced the promotion of Matt Gnoza to head moguls coach. Gnoza, who coached the moguls C team for the 2014-15 season, has over 20 years of freestyle leadership and coaching experience acting as a moguls coach and freestyle program director at the Killington Mountain School in...

Spring Series Wraps in Sun Valley


The Western Region FIS Elite Spring Series wrapped on Monday after a six-day race series at Sun Valley Mountain Resort—a successful event foretelling next season’s U.S. Alpine Champs.

Development Pioneer McMurtry to be Honored


STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (April 6, 2015) – John McMurtry is one of many ardent fans of ski racing in the Vail Valley who made the daily trek to the hill during the World Championships this past February. But as he watched the U.S. Ski Team win five medals, there was a special piece of him that reminisced about the role he played decades ago that...