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World Championships: 15 Moments to Remember

02/20/2015

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

02/20/2015

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

02/20/2015

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

02/20/2015

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

02/20/2015

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

02/19/2015

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

02/19/2015

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

02/19/2015

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

02/18/2015

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

02/18/2015

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

02/18/2015

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

02/17/2015

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

02/17/2015

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

02/15/2015

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

02/15/2015

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

02/15/2015

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

02/15/2015

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

02/14/2015

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

02/14/2015

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

02/14/2015

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...

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