Ski Racing » Stories Mon, 25 May 2015 12:00:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 National Sports Academy to close after 38 years Sun, 24 May 2015 16:24:30 +0000 SR Staff The Board of Trustees at the National Sports Academy, a private secondary school for wintersport athletes in Lake Placid, N.Y., announced on Friday that the school plans to permanently close and file a liquidation plan under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code following graduation of the Class of 2015 at the end of May.

The school was founded in 1977 by David Wenn as a winter tutorial program for elite ski racers and was originally named Mountain House. In 1981, it became a 10-month school for skiers, hockey players, ice skaters, and bobsled and luge athletes. The school changed its name to National Sports Academy in 1989 and notes several notable skiing alumni including Olympians A.J. Kitt, Billy Demong, Nick Alexander, and Lindsey Van.

“It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to this wonderful and unique little school in the heart of the Adirondacks that has given so much to so many,” school officials said via a press release. “The NSA family and memories will live on indefinitely.”

National Sports Academy faced numerous financial and enrollment struggles in recent years and was most recently saved by a $206,500 loan in 2012.

Six months ago, officials rallied to save the Lake Placid icon once again in a fundraising effort, but the movement fell short and the school was forced to file for bankruptcy in January amid greater financial woes. The student body size dropped from 60 in 2012 to just 19 in 2014, as reported by Lake Placid News, partially as a result of the termination of the women’s ice hockey program that year.

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Mancuso, Stoeckli psyched on new partnership Sat, 23 May 2015 12:44:57 +0000 SR Staff Four-time Olympic and five-time World Championships medalist Julia Mancuso is thrilled about her new three-year partnership with the Swiss ski manufacturer Stoeckli that include the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. With this latest signing, Stoeckli continues to strengthen and utilize its partnership as an official supplier to the U.S. Ski Team to reinforce its growth in the U.S. market.

“I am very excited to be on Stoeckli,” Mancuso said. “Having such a dedicated, strong team is one of the reasons I chose to move. The support from such a successful company in ski racing, that’s recognized as producing some of best skis on the tour, will only make me more confident as I enter the season. I am really happy to be joining Stoeckli.”

George Couperthwait, general manager for Stoeckli North America, believes this latest addition marks a huge opportunity for the brand.

“The endorsement of our skis’ on-snow performance with an athlete like Julia is really critically to our success in the U.S. market. I know that our entire international race department will put in the time, resources and effort to insure that Julia gets the quality results on the World Cup we know she desires. At the same time, we hope to harness her tremendous personality and loyal following to help us further market and grow the Stoeckli brand in North America,” said Couperthwait.

Stoeckli’s Director of Wintersports Walter Reusser explained that this signing will help the brand on two fronts.

“First, this is an important addition to our international stable of athletes and our commitment to international ski racing success,” he said. “Second, it confirms once again our strategic plans to reinforce and grow our business in the U.S. market. We all look forward to working with Julia and to being a part of her future success.”

Mancuso added, “I look forward to these next few years. I am ready to fight for the podium and I am certain the Stoeckli team is exactly what I need to make that jump again!”

Release courtesy of Stoeckli

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VIDEO: Scandinavian ski soccer Fri, 22 May 2015 11:58:48 +0000 SR Staff We know it isn’t ski racing, but did these Scandinavians just invent a new snowsport? You decide. It’s Team Ronaldos versus Team Telemark at Geilo, Norway.

Video by Playground Productions


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Are 2019 unveils ambitious plans for future World Championships Thu, 21 May 2015 20:00:13 +0000 SR Staff The 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Are, Sweden, took the first official step as the inaugural Coordination Group meeting was held May 19-20, 2015.

Members of the Are Organizing Committee, together with representatives from the Municipality of Are and resort owner SkiStar, welcomed members of the FIS and Infront, the broadcast and marketing partner of Are 2019.

The meeting was the first major activity for Are after being awarded the 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships on June 5, 2014 at the FIS Congress in Barcelona, Spain. First and foremost on the agenda was laying out the vision and mission for the World Championships.

Are 2019 CEO Niklas Carlsson presented the theme ‘Inspire the World to Ski’.

“Ultimately, the most important thing, not just for our community but globally as well, is that these World Championships inspire people to take up skiing. Our event should serve as a connection between the highest level of the sport, and the lifestyle of skiing for the general public,” said Carlsson.

Are, which most recently hosted the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 2007, will also focus on the legacy and the environment during the build-up to the World Championships, which are scheduled to take place Feb. 5-17, 2019.

The Coordination Group discussed Are 2019’s extensive test event plans for the World Championships. In addition to hosting its annual ladies’ World Cup race this coming season, Are 2019 will host the FIS Junior World Ski Championships in 2017 and the Audi FIS World Cup Finals in 2018. To take the first steps in generating significant national interest in the World Championships, this upcoming season Stockholm will also host a city event on March 1, 2016.

“Are did an excellent job already in 2007 hosting the World Championships,” said FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis. “But it is clear during these meetings that the Organizing Committee is looking to take things to the next level, with many ambitious plans and ideas.”

Release courtesy of FIS

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2015 USSA Congress decisions in a nutshell Thu, 21 May 2015 15:10:21 +0000 Jessica Kelley As the 2015 USSA Congress meetings wrapped up over the weekend, there were several new announcements and a few that stood above the rest. Here are some of the takeaways from the meetings that will have an immediate impact on USSA and its members.


Membership Model

In perhaps one of the biggest changes seen in recent years, USSA announced a revamped membership plan for 2015-16 that will help to reduce membership costs associated with participation in USSA sport programs. It has been close to 20 years since USSA has proposed a membership category change of such magnitude.

For starters, the biggest change is among the breakdown of age classes. In the past there were two options for alpine competitors: Youth (non-scored, ages 13 and under) for $80 and Competitor (scored, ages 12 and over) for $150. Now only U16 ages and above will have to pay the $150 fee and the remaining age groups are tiered – the younger the group, the lower the cost. This model applies across all USSA sports. USSA has also added a new category of General Member for a $15 fee, which takes over for last season’s Club Participant with a $10 decrease in cost. Club Volunteer is also reduced from $60 last year to $45 for 2015-16.

Another significant change is the stipulation that an individual only needs to purchase one membership, with the higher priced category encompassing all areas. This applies to coaches or officials who still want to compete, an athlete who participates in multiple disciplines (ex: freestyle and alpine), or anyone who found themselves in the tight position of having to purchase two USSA memberships in the past. USSA has also implemented a family cap at $400, regardless of the number of family members requiring memberships. There is also now an option for short term memberships with per-day pricing, allowing individuals to try out one or multiple events without having to purchase a full competitor license.

The general takeaway from these membership changes is that the USSA wants to reach a broader audience and therefore generate higher membership numbers across all platforms.




Although the NASTAR/USSA partnership and agreement was first announced prior to the Congress, it was still a popular topic of discussion throughout the week. USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw addressed the partnership during his keynote address Friday morning.

“We’re taking on a historic endeavor to expand our impact and visibility in alpine, while at the same time supporting our clubs with direct connectivity to a recruiting tool as we assume operational management of NASTAR,” Shaw noted. “This will allow us to reach up to 200,000 new prospects for our sports at well over 100 resorts nationwide.”

The goal will be to incorporate more crossover between NASTAR racing and USSA, with the hope of recruiting any number of the 61,000 participants NASTAR boasts into USSA memberships as well as building stronger relationships with the 115 resorts that host NASTAR events.

It is a step into unchartered territory for the USSA and is one that is still in the planning and organizational phase. But in the end, it is an area where big returns are quite feasible in terms of growing overall membership and increasing both interest and participation in the sport throughout the country.


Board of Directors

USSA Chairman Dexter Paine welcomed four new members to the USSA Board of Directors at its annual meeting on Sunday during the final day of Congress. Dan Leever, Grete Eliassen, Chris Seemann and Martina Lussi were added as board members, each bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience in sport and leadership.

Leever, who also sits on the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation Board of Trustees, has been involved with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail for over 15 years and is an avid supporter of the USSA’s alpine racing programs. He is also the founder and chairman of the Vail Snow Sports Foundation and the TA Foundation, organizations dedicated to promoting youth snow sports through the financial support of young athletes.

Eliassen is a U.S. freeskiing alum who will be representing the United States Olympic Committee Athletes’ Advisory Council ex-officio position. Eliassen grew up ski racing then transitioned to freeskiing during her teenage years. She won six X Games medals in halfpipe and slopestyle skiing during her career and is the only female skier to medal in both the first halfpipe and slopestyle X Games events.

Seemann has been involved with freestyle skiing for over 20 years. He began as an aerials athlete and has transitioned into a variety of roles with the national team, including coach and technical advisor. Seeman is also the current Chairman of USSA’s freestyle and freeskiing sport committee.

Lussi steps in as the jumping/Nordic combined representative. She has volunteered at a number of events, including the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Lussi currently sits on the board for Women’s Ski Jumping USA.

USSA Board of Directors

  • Chairman: Dexter Paine, New York, NY (FIS)
  • Vice Chairman: Greg Boester, Rye, NY (Foundation)
  • Treasurer: John Bucksbaum, Chicago, IL (Foundation)
  • Tricia Byrnes, Aspen, CO (Snowboarding Athlete)
  • Jon Casson, Salt Lake City, UT (Snowboarding)
  • Charles Christianson, Anchorage (Alpine Athlete)
  • Emily Cook, Park City, UT (Freestyle Athlete)
  • Bryan Fletcher, Steamboat Springs, CO (Jumping/Nordic Combined Athlete)
  • Cami Thompson Graves, East Thetford, VT (Cross-Country)
  • Jeanne Jackson, Portland, OR (Foundation)
  • Lisa Kosglow, Hood River, OR (At-Large)
  • Darryl Landstrom, Minneapolis, MN (Alpine)
  • Dan Leever, Palm Beach, FL/ Vail, CO (At-Large)
  • Martina Lussi (Jumping/Nordic Combined)
  • Andy McLane, Weston, MA (Foundation)
  • Kipp Nelson, Ketchum, ID (Foundation)
  • Erik Resnick, Vail, CO (Foundation)
  • Chris Seemann, Winter Park, CO (Freestyle)
  • Tiger Shaw, Park City, UT (CEO)
  • James Southam, Anchorage, AK (Cross-Country Athlete)


  • Michael Berry, Lakewood, CO (National Ski Areas Association)
  • Grete Eliassen, Salt Lake City, UT (USOC Athletes’ Advisory Council)
  • David Ingemie, McLean, VA (SnowSports Industries America)
  • Bill Marolt, Park City, UT (USOC)
  • Hank Tauber, Park City, UT (FIS)


Keynote Address

Watch Tiger Shaw’s entire keynote address here:


Points of Interest

Shaw’s keynote address to kick off Friday morning was followed by an open Q&A session with Shaw, Executive Vice President Luke Bodensteiner, newly-appointed Development Director Chip Knight, and Vice President of Athlete Career and Education Jory Macomber. All in all the takeaway and feeling from those in attendance was very positive. Shaw did not shy away from addressing the lack of funding for most athletes not named to the A-teams and acknowledged that attempting to close the $2 million funding gap is one major goal they have moving forward.

Sharing complete information on how elite teams are funded will become part of a new sport allocation model that is in the developing stages. Shaw also talked about the need to review the vision, mission, values, and goals of USSA and used public input in the form of a brainstorming session where anyone could add the values they viewed as important to a bulletboard. Individuals could then add colored stickers to any value they agreed with. All input was received and will be reviewed at a later date by USSA to develop their new core values. This is all in an attempt to become more transparent as an organization on the daily operations of USSA.

The entire Q&A session can be seen here:

Look for more 2015 USSA Congress updates on next week as we acknowledge those who were honored with annual awards and provide a recap of alpine equipment and rule changes coming down the line for the 2015-16 season.

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Khoroshilov renews Fischer contract for 2 more years Tue, 19 May 2015 16:16:33 +0000 SR Staff World Cup slalom star Aleksander Khoroshilov will use Fischer equipment for at least two more years, as he recently signed a new contract with the company. As the only Russian on the product and as a long-standing member of the Fischer race family, Khoroshilov fully established himself at the world-class level in the 2014-15 season.

The 31-year-old Russian finished in the top 10 in every World Cup slalom race this past season and was eighth at the World Championships. The most notable results were his third-place finishes in Åre and Méribel, which also secured his third-place result in the seasonal discipline ranking, as well as his spectacular victory in front of 40,000 spectators at Schladming.

“It’s great when an athlete progresses together with us. What unites Aleksander and us is a long journey together, with numerous ups and downs,” said Fischer Racing Director Siegi Voglreiter. “Our racing family sticks together, in good times and also in not so good times, and as you can see, it pays off.”

“I am very happy that I will be skiing with Fischer also in the future. I have been using their equipment for nine years and we have always worked incredibly well together,” said Khoroshilov. “This season was fantastic, and I am absolutely delighted. A dream has come true and I hope to continue with these successes next season, too.”

Release courtesy of Fischer Sports

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Riml sounds off on National University Team Mon, 18 May 2015 13:04:18 +0000 Sean Higgins In a recent interview with at the 2015 USSA Congress, Alpine Director Patrick Riml explained the decision to move ahead this season with a unique program aimed specifically at collegiate skiers.

Riml clarified the need to institute a support system for athletes who may have deviated from the established development pipeline, whether due to injury or otherwise, and decided that a university program was the best option for them. Launching the new National University Team was the answer to this problem.

“I think this is a great program and a great opportunity. We have quite a few athletes who probably need that badly – the different format of competition – to really grow, to mentally grow as a person, and to learn how to compete,” said Riml. They have great fundamentals and great talent … so this is going to be a great opportunity to get into that system and hopefully also learn how to compete at the top level.”

Where are the women?

In the inaugural 2015-16 season of the program, six male athletes were named to the roster, prompting many to ask, “Where are the women?”

Riml stressed that the team is a pilot project aimed at testing the validity of such a program. A trial period was deemed necessary in order to test the value of the program before allocating additional funding and hiring new staff for a women’s team or committing long term even to the men’s side. Riml also explained that the maturation level of female athletes compared to their male counterparts at various ages was taken into account. Historically, female World Cup skiers have peaked at earlier ages than men and tend to retire from the sport at younger ages as well, so the pilot program was launched as a men’s team to first measure the viability among that population.

“If there is a need on the women’s side, we will figure out a way to make a program that will work for the girls,” Riml said.

Additionally, new regional programming coming down the line for 2015-16 will target females to help balance out the resources available to both genders.

In this case, issues relating to Title IX – the landmark federal law passed in 1972 ensuring equal access to collegiate athletics for women – are moot due to the fact that the USSA is not an educational institution that receives funding from the federal government.

Selection criteria

There were several hurdles to leap in order to launch this new program so late in the calendar year, one of which was the lack of published criteria in advance of the 2014-15 qualification season.

“If you start something like this at this time of year, it’s always very difficult to publish a selection criteria,” said Riml. “But you have to start at some point.”

Riml explained that for the current team, a hybrid system of looking at how athletes fall on the alpine performance band (which is used to develop the rest of the U.S. Ski Team’s selection criteria) and examining head-to-head results in high level events like NorAms and U.S. Alpine Championships was utilized to select the six men who make up the roster. At the meeting of USSA’s Alpine Collegiate Working Group, Riml confirmed that set criteria would be published for future National University rosters should the program continue.

Cost to participate

Each athlete named to the team will have access to summer conditioning at the Center of Excellence in Park City, on-snow camps in the summer and fall in New Zealand and Colorado, as well as additional support during the competition season from former Team America coach Peter Lange as well as a yet-to-be-named assistant and ski technician. But there is no option to participate on a per project basis as has been the case with the National Training Group (NTG) for younger athletes.

“You have to commit to this program,” Riml said. “We don’t want to have somebody coming in for a week here and a week there.”

Riml stressed that once the racing season begins, athletes will still have primary responsibilities with their university teams and will have the ability to lodge with either Lange or their university at NorAms, depending on which option the athlete feels is best. Specific program costs to the athlete are not yet available, as USSA is still sorting out the finer details, but there will be a cost to participate on the team.

In an effort to improve the racing conditions of NCAA competitions, Riml highlighted how Lange’s role includes not only coaching but also acting as an adviser of sorts to race organizers in matters such as hill preparation and course setting in an effort to provide more continuity between the NorAm and collegiate circuits. Both Riml and Lange see this as a major plus, as it will provide more opportunity for athletes to make the jump to the next level and make talent identification at races around the continent easier for USSA staff.

In addition, Lange and Riml are also working with NorAm, collegiate, and various other organizers to minimize the amount of scheduling conflicts during the season, something that has presented a major problem for NCAA racers in past years.

Riml affirmed that if an athlete who is not on the National University roster ends up posting strong results, they will not be passed over by USSA as far as World Cup and Europa Cup opportunities are concerned.

“The door is always open,” Riml said. “We want the fastest skiers. If someone is doing well, it would not make sense at all to not give that kid an opportunity.”

Only time will tell whether the experiment that is the National University Team is something that warrants long-term USSA investment. This coming season is sure to provide ample opportunity not only for the athletes, but also for USSA staff to fully evaluate the program and determine its future place within the U.S. Ski Team.

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Julia Mancuso finalizes contract with Stoeckli Sun, 17 May 2015 11:31:01 +0000 CJ Feehan Although speculation on the anticipated equipment change started back in March, 31-year-old American ski racing star Julia Mancuso has only now officially signed a contract with ski manufacturer Stoeckli to utilize the Swiss product over the next three years including the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.

Mancuso, who formerly skied on HEAD product as a member of the World Cup Rebels, has also been a Volkl/Lange and Rossignol athlete in previous seasons. The four-time Olympic and five-time World Championships medalist collected one World Cup podium result in the 2014-15 season (contributing to the American podium sweep by finishing third in the Lake Louise downhill) but had to end her racing year early due to a hip injury.

“The three-year contract has been signed,” said Stoeckli CEO Marc Glaeser. The company had previously courted Lara Gut and Tina Weirather, to no avail, after learning its Slovenian star Tina Maze intended to take a year off from competition in the 2015-16 season. Gut ultimately switched from Rossignol to HEAD while Weirather chose to remain loyal to Atomic.

While Stoeckli is excited to capitalize on Mancuso’s wide-ranging appeal in the sports industry – her Facebook page alone has nearly 350,000 followers – the brand also remains realistic about its expectations for her future success and is not simply trying to replace Maze with a new skier.

“The resulting gap cannot be easily filled,” Glaeser noted regarding Maze’s absence in the 2015-16 season. Additionally, Mancuso is unlikely to be in contention for season globes like the Slovene. “A podium rank is possible,” Glaeser told Zentral+ magazine.

Mancuso will return to working with ski technician Andrea Vianello, with whom she previously worked during her time on Rossignol, when she returns to snow. Vianello had been Maze’s technician with Stoeckli for the past several seasons.

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US Ski Team names 2015-16 alpine roster Thu, 14 May 2015 19:09:38 +0000 SR Staff The U.S. Ski Team announced its nominations for the 2015-16 season Thursday, identifying 51 total athletes on the A, B, C, and D Teams for next season.

Each athlete accepting a nomination to the U.S. Ski Team receives a high level of world class program support and education opportunities, along with access to the USSA Center of Excellence as well as athletic benefits including an elite coaching, sport science, sports medicine and high performance staff.

An official team announcement will be made in the fall.

2015-16 U.S. Alpine Team Nominations


A Team

  • Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA; Mammoth Mountain Ski Team; 7/3/1984)
  • Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA; Squaw Valley Ski Team 3/9/1984)
  • Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO; Rowmark Ski Academy; 9/19/1989)
  • Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR; Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation; 8/17/1988)
  • Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO; Burke Mountain Academy; 3/13/1995)
  • Leanne Smith (North Conway, NH; Mt. Washington Valley Ski Team; 5/28/1987)
  • Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY; Jackson Hole Ski Club; 11/14/1985)
  • Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail/Buck Hill; 10/18/1984)

B Team

  • Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, MN; Buck Hill Ski Team/Ski and Snowboard Club Vail; 5/7/1994)
  • Katie Ryan (Aspen, CO; Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club; 1/3/1993)
  • Jacqueline Wiles (Aurora, OR; Pacific Northwest Ski Association/White Pass Ski Club; 7/13/1992)

C Team

  • Lila Lapanja (Incline Village, NV; Diamond Peak Ski Team/Sugar Bowl; 12/3/1994)
  • Anna Marno (Steamboat Springs, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 11/23/1992)
  • Alice Merryweather (Hingham, MA; Stratton Mountain School; 10/5/1996)
  • Nina O’Brien (Edwards, CO; Burke Mountain Academy; 11/29/1997)

D Team

  • Breezy Johnson (Victor, ID; Rowmark Ski Academy; 1/19/1996)
  • Stephanie Lebby (Big Bear Lake, CA; Squaw Valley Ski Team; 2/19/1997)
  • Patricia Mangan (Derby, NY; Holimont Race Team; 3/7/1997)
  • Galena Wardle (Basalt, CO; Aspen Valley Ski Club; 4/24/1998)



A Team

  • David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO; Crested Butte Ski Team; 6/25/1984)
  • Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA; Squaw Valley Ski Team; 7/14/1988)
  • Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV; Park City Ski Team; 1/11/1985)
  • Ted Ligety (Park City, UT; Park City Ski Team; 8/31/1984)
  • Bode Miller (Franconia, NH; Carrabassett Valley Academy; 10/12/1977)
  • Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT; Park City Ski Team/Sundance Ski Team; 2/12/1982)
  • Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA; Squaw Valley Ski Team; 4/27/1980)
  • Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY; New York Ski Education Foundation; 2/10/1986)

B Team

  • Michael Ankeny (Deephaven, MN; Buck Hill Ski Team and Club; 1/17/1991)
  • Tommy Biesemeyer (Keene, NY; New York Ski Education Foundation; 1/30/1989)
  • Kieffer Christianson (Anchorage, AK; Burke Mountain Academy; 8/11/1992)
  • Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, VT; Cochran’s/Mount Mansfield Ski & Snowboard Club; 3/27/1992)
  • Tommy Ford (Bend, OR; Mt. Bachelor Ski Education Foundation; 3/20/1989)
  • Jared Goldberg (Holladay, UT; Snowbird Sports Education Foundation; 6/15/1991)
  • Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT; Burke Mountain Academy; 3/27/1989)
  • Wiley Maple (Aspen, CO; Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club; 5/25/1990)
  • Hig Roberts (Steamboat Springs, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 3/15/1991)

C Team

  • Erik Arvidsson (Woodside, CA; Squaw Valley Ski Team; 9/3/1996)
  • Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, CA; Squaw Valley Ski Team; 7/14/1992)
  • Andrew Duffy (Warren, VT; Green Mountain Valley School; 6/1/1995)
  • Sam DuPratt (Park City, UT; Park City Ski Education Foundation; 11/28/1993)
  • Mark Engel (Truckee, CA; Sugar Bowl Academy; 10/1/1991)
  • AJ Ginnis (Vouliagmeni, Greece; Green Mountain Valley School; 11/17/1994)
  • Robby Kelley (Starksboro, VT; Cochran’s Ski Club/Mt. Mansfield Ski Club; 5/26/1990)
  • Tim Kelley (Starksboro, VT; Cochran’s Ski Club/Mt. Mansfield Ski Club; 5/20/1986)
  • Nick Krause (Northboro, MA; Stratton Mountain School; 5/12/1993)
  • Brennan Rubie (Salt Lake City, UT; Snowbird Sports Education Foundation; 4/8/1991)
  • Kipling Weisel (San Francisco, CA; Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation; 3/26/1995)

D Team

  • Addison Dvoracek (Truckee, CA; Squaw Valley Ski Team; 1/27/1996)
  • Patrick Kenney (Hingham, MA; Burke Mountain Academy; 2/13/1997)
  • Sam Morse (Carrabassett Valley, ME; Carrabasset Valley Academy; 5/27/1996)
  • River Radamus (Edwards, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 2/12/1998)

National University Team

  • Griffin Brown (North Fayston, VT; University of Vermont; 2/8/1995)
  • Garret Driller (Tahoe City, CA; Montana State; 8/24/1996)
  • Tanner Farrow (Ketchum, ID; Westminster; 5/21/1993)
  • Alex Leever (Vail, CO; University of Denver; 7/6/1995)
  • Brian McLaughlin (Topsfield, MA; Dartmouth; 6/24/1993)
  • Sandy Vietze (Warren, VT; University of Vermont; 7/16/1993)

Release courtesy of USSA


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Maze’s coach to work as consultant with the Slovenian Ski Association Thu, 14 May 2015 14:24:49 +0000 SR Staff As reported by the Slovenia Times on Tuesday, Tina Maze’s boyfriend and coach Andrea Massi has been hired by the Slovenian Ski Association (SZS) as a consultant to help with development of its national alpine team during the year Maze is taking off from competition.

SZS announced its hiring of Massi, 48, following a meeting of its Alpine Committee earlier this week in Ljubljana.

The hope of the federation is that the Italian coach will bring his extensive World Cup experience to advise on how to reinvigorate a national team that has seen little success on that level in recent years aside from the glowing achievements of Maze.

Massi has played a role on Maze’s private team which has operated independently of the SZS, and he intends to continue to work closely with her despite his new role and her time away from racing.

“My experience will stay in your country and will not be shared with other teams. But I also intend to help Tina, as she will continue to work on her conditioning and skiing during her sabbatical. It would be too traumatic for her to completely give up skiing,” Massi said.

He will aim to improve the channels of cooperation in the country moving forward.

“Everyone seems to be holding the cards to themselves. Only with cooperation will we be able to get the results which Slovenian skiing was known for in the 1980s and onwards,” he said, according to the Slovenia Times. “My goal is to get all the heads together and not to act as some kind of a know-it-all God.”

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