Strong Shiffrin Wins in Maribor Rain


MARIBOR, Slovenia (Feb. 22, 2015)—Through rain and soft snow in Maribor, Mikaela Shiffrin (Vail, CO) had two flawless slalom runs at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup, never giving up first place. Shiffrin took the win by more than a second over Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia and Sarka Strachova of the Czech Republic.

Aerial Podiums All Around in Moscow


MOSCOW, Russia (Feb. 21, 2015) – Just three weeks after winning his first World Cup in front of a hometown crowd in Lake Placid, NY, Mac Bohonnon (Madison, CT) jumped to his second consecutive World Cup win atop a scaffolding set up in the streets of Moscow. Teammates Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, VA) and Kiley McKinnon (Madison, CT) also landed on...

Rhoads Looks Ahead After Opening Jump


FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 21, 2015) - USA ski jumper Will Rhoads (Park City, UT) is looking forward to the remaining schedule at World Championships after being bumped from Saturday's HS100-meter ski jumping final on a suit violation. Rhoads had earned a spot in the finals with a strong...

Stephen 11th in World Championship Skiathlon


FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 21, 2015) – Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) used the power of a strong skate leg to ski into 11th place leading the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 15k skiathlon event. Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) finished 20th. Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) led the men in the 30k skiathlon...

Shiffrin Fifth in Maribor


MARIBOR, SLOVENIA (Feb. 21, 2015)—The best female ski racers in the world competed in front of a rowdy Slovenian crowd on Saturday that rivaled that of the World Championships in Beaver Creek, CO. They were loud and they were ready to see hometown heroine Tina Maze perform. Just two Americans competed in Maribor: Mikaela Shiffrin (Vail, CO) and...

Maple 17th in Saalbach "Real-Deal Downhill"


SAALBACH-HINTERGLEMM (Feb. 21, 2015)—The rarely-used Schneekristall-Zwolfer track is non-stop from top to bottom. A high-speed signature course, racers question whether this track is more challenging than the famed Kitzbuehel one. On a day where the light was flat, the terrain sharp and the wind blowing, the Americans were put to the test, with...

World Championships: 15 Moments to Remember


U.S. Ski Team alpine press officer Megan Harrod chimes in with her experience at February’s hometown World Championships.

Now that the stands are empty, the cowbells have quieted and the dust has settled on the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, all that is left is the memories. As 70 nations descended...

Tailwind Thwarts Hendrickson Repeat Bid


FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 20, 2015) - A tailwind on her first of two jumps throttled back Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT), with the defending World Champion finishing sixth. She led two Americans into the top-10, with Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) ninth on a very strong second jump. Germany's Carina Vogt came from behind to take gold. Japan's Yuki...

Rhoads Qualifies for Saturday's Finals


FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 20,2015) - Making his first major event appearance, Will Rhoads flew 84.5 meters to qualify for Saturday's men's MS100 ski jumping finals. Rhoads finished 30th. Teammate Nick Alexander missed qualifying by a mere tenth of a point, finishing 41st - a half meter short of making the field. Saturday's two-jump medals...

Soft Snow Holds Back USA


FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 20, 2015) - A strong day of jumping didn’t hold up for the USA in Friday's nordic combined, as soft snow conditions hampered their move up in the 10k cross country. Germany’s Johannes Rydzek took gold in a close battle with Italy’s Alessandro Pittin, who was the only skier able to bridge the gap from chase to lead...

Will They Jump? Winds Sweep Falun


FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 20, 2015) - A calm morning was interupted prior to the scheduled 9:00 a.m. start of the nordic combined trial round as wind delays now threaten a busy ski jumping schedule at the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Swirling winds forced cancelation of the combined trial round after seven jumpers. A 10:00 a.m. start was...

Combined Opens Friday at Falun 2015


FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 19, 2015) - The nordic combined team wrapped up several days of training Thursday with a final few rounds on the HS100 jump and some late afternoon cross country. Newcomer Ben Berend (Steamboat Springs, CO) will get his first major event start, joining Olympic champion Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) and World Cup veterans...
World Title on Line for Hendrickson


FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 29, 2015) - It's been a tough year for Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT). But buoyed with confidence after two podium finishes last weekend in Slovenia, she is entering defense of her 2013 world title Friday night with optimism. Hendrckson will headline a field of five U.S. jumpers who qualified Thursday for the HS100 meter...

Caldwell 10th in Strong U.S. Day at Falun Classic Sprint


FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 19, 2015) - Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) led the U.S. skiers at the first race of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships with a 10th place finish in Thursday's classic sprint. Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO) was highest ranking American man with a 12th place finish. The U.S. qualified six skiers: Caldwell, Hamilton, Andy Newell (...

Falun Welcomes the World


FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 18, 2015) - FIS President Gian Franco Kasper and Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf opened the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Wednesday night at Falun’s Lugnet Arena, in the heart of Dalarna in Sweden. Over the next 11 days, athletes from a record 58 nations will compete for 21 gold medals. Events get underway Thursday...
U.S. Sprinters Ready for World Champs Opener


FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 18, 2015) - The cross country team has finished preparations for Thursday's opening race of the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. With record crowds nearing 250,000 expected, the opening event, a classic sprint, is rife with energy and anticipation.

Nordic Worlds Live Stream Schedule Announced


FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 18, 2015) – A full schedule of medal events will be streamed live to the USA from the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships starting in Falun Feb. 18-March 1, opening with classic sprints for men and women on Thursday. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, in partnership with presenting sponsor...
10 Ways To Respect Opponents


Good sportsmanship starts with respecting your opponents. Remember: without opponents, there would be no game at all!

Respecting opponents is something that both parents and coaches hope kids learn while participating in youth sports. But what does one do to show respect for opponents?

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Behind the Gold: Electrical Moment


USSA columnist Tom Kelly takes a look at Ted Ligety's shiny, new gold medal in this week's Behind the Gold.

Alpine ski racing is a unique athletic endeavor. If you’re a track star standing at the starting line for the 100 meters, you know the course is, well, 100 meters. You get on point, watch for the starting gun’s flash and...

World Champs End With Slalom


VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 15. 2015)—After almost two weeks of bluebird skies and warm temperatures, winter weather returned for the last day of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Battling blowing snow and difficult visibility, France’s Jean-Baptiste Grange won a thrilling slalom gold, followed by Germany’s Fritz Dopfer and Felix...