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U.S. Alpine men’s head coach Sasha Rearick tells the U.S. pipeline what to expect with FIS ski changes.

BEAVER CREEK — Next season, the use of GS skis with the proposed new dimensions will be mandatory at the World Cup and Europa Cup level and — even more problematic — at the World Junior Championships. By the 2013-14 season they will be required across all levels of FIS approved racing. We sat down with U.S. head men’s coach Sasha Rearick to find out what this is going to mean to racing in the U.S. and to hear his suggestions for how to make the best of it.

Can we cope with the ski changes as a nation?

The most important thing is that we move forward. This is the decision. At this point my main goal is to say, “OK, this is
what it is, let’s move forward and fi gure out how we can take this as an opportunity for us to take a step forward when we
start competing on these skis.”

Isn’t this going to make a huge difference in how racers approach a course?

Yes, some things are going to change technically and tactically. Fundamentals-wise, some things are going to be more
important than others on the new skis.

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Eric Williams

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