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...

U.S. Ski Team Wraps Strong World Championships


VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 15, 2015) – The U.S. Ski Team wrapped up the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships with a strong closing weekend, finishing with five medals – including two golds – and standing second in the medals behind Austria. It was among the best performances ever by the Team. As the host nation, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard...

Diggins Leads U.S. at Ostersund Freestyle


OSTERSUND, Sweden (Feb. 15, 2015) – Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led the U.S. with a 17th place finish in the Ostersund 10K Freestyle World Cup, the lone top-twenty result today for the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team. Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) finished 26th overall. Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO), in his return to World Cup...

Big Weekend for Hendrickson


LJUBNO, Slovenie (Feb. 15, 2015) - Days before the opening of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden, defending World Champion Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) put together back-to-back podiums, finishing third again Sunday in Ljubno. Teammate Nita Englund (Florence, WI) was 10th. Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz...

Hometown Hero Shiffrin Wins World Champs


VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 14. 2015)—The Vail/Beaver Creek community turned out in force to cheer on their hometown superstar, Mikaela Shiffrin (Vail, CO) in Saturday’s slalom, and Shiffrin treated her family, friends and fans to a triumphant show. Shiffrin won the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships slalom in dramatic fashion, adding to...

Hamilton Leads U.S. in Ostersund Sprint


OSTERSUND, Sweden (Feb. 14, 2015) – Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO) led the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team at the Ostersund World Cup Classic Sprint event, finishing 11th. Teammate Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) finished 12th.  The U.S. qualified four skiers to the rounds: Hamilton, Newell, Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) and Sadie...

Hendrickson Back on Podium


LJUBNO, Slovenia (Feb. 14, 2015) - Defending World Champion Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) soared to her first podium in two seasons, finishing third in a FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Ljubno. Nita Englund (Florence, WI) was 11th.

Hendrickson was fifth after the first round, but had the second best score in the final round to move up...

Ligety Wins Gold at World Champs


VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 13. 2015)—With only a few days left in the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, spring-like temperatures and a slick, fast course made for a men’s giant slalom to remember. When it was all said and done, Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) won the event in historic and thrilling fashion in front of the home crowd....

Nordic Worlds Live in USA


PARK CITY, UT (Feb. 14, 2015) – Live action from the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Sweden is coming to America Feb. 18-March 1. Fans across the USA and Canada will be able to follow the action at the World Championships with both live and video on demand highlights through an innovative new partnership from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard...

Shiffrin 8th and Vonn 14th in Worlds GS


VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 12. 2015)—The speed races wrapped on Beaver Creek’s renowned Birds of Prey terrain and the World Champs focus switched to the technical events. Of the 116 women at the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships giant slalom (GS) on Thursday, Mikaela Shiffrin (Vail, CO) took eighth and Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) was 14th. In...

Shiffrin and Vonn To Race World Champs GS


VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 11. 2015)—Tuesday’s team event marked a transition at the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. The gears are shifting, as the athletes trade speed events for technical races. The downhill and super G races are in the U.S. Ski Team’s rearview mirror, and the athletes are now focused on the upcoming giant slalom...

World Championship Ski Jumping Team Named


PARK CITY, UT (Feb. 11, 2015) – Defending World Champion Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) headlines a team of two men and five women named to represent the USA in the Feb. 18-March 1 FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Falun.

Hendrickson will be joined by newcomers Nita Englund (Florence, WI) and Tara Garaghty-Moats (W. Fairlee, VT)...

Behind the Gold: Bode Style


USSA columnist Tom Kelly takes a look at Bode Miller's past and future in this week's Behind the Gold.

A month before the start of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, one of the sport’s most celebrated stars held court with media at the Westin in Avon. After two days of training, first on Raptor and then Vail’s Golden Peak,...