Another product of the famed Squaw Valley Ski Team, Erik Arvidsson is the 2016 World Juniors downhill champion and he's looking forward to crushing it on the mountain in 2017. (U.S. Ski Team)
The first event of the U.S. Alpine Championships kicked off Sunday in Aspen, CO where hometown favorite Wiley Maple and Breezy Johnson won downhill national titles.
Junior World Downhill Champion Erik Arvidsson was the lone American to finish in Thursday’s giant slalom, landing in 14th.
This is a team that is destined to have success after Erik Arvidsson led a record four Americans into the top 10 at the World Junior Championships.
he 2015 super G National Champion Drew Duffy grabbed his second straight top-11 finish today to lead the way for the Americans.
The next generation of ski racers kicked off the FIS Junior World Ski Championships on Saturday, with American Erik Arvidsson (Woodside, CA, U.S. Ski Team/Squaw Valley Ski Team/Bear Valley) snagging a huge win in the downhill.
The road to Sochi looks slightly different but not any less promising in 2016 as the 2014 Olympic Games venue plays host to the 2016 FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships.
Americans put on a strong showing during NorAms at Lake Louise and Panorama, with B, C and D Team members grabbing podiums in tech and speed events.
Drew Duffy and Erik Arvidsson are two promising up-and-coming athletes on the U.S. Ski Team. Both started racing as kids and have gone on to build résumés that most junior racers only dream about. We sat down for a Q&A to get to know the two guys.
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Another West Coaster, Erik Arvidsson cut his teeth with Bear Valley Ski Education Foundation and continued his racing developement with the Squaw Valley Ski Team. It didn't take long before he was on the U.S. Ski Team radar. Winning the combined and slalom titles at the 2012 J2 National Championships helped. The event was upgraded for the 2014 season into the U18 National Champs and Arvidsson did not dissapoint, nabbing another slalom title. He also finished sixth in both downhill and super G to show some versatility to his game. A couple of NorAm top 20s and some solid FIS results earned him an invitation to the U.S. Development Team for the 2015 season.
After a minor knee injury sidelined the big Californian for much of the summer and fall prep period, Arvidsson joined teammates Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, VT), Tommy Biesemeyer (Keene, NY) and Resi Stiegler (Jackson, WY) in a return-to-snow program under coach Bernd Brunner early in the 2016 season, Arvidsson experienced what was his breakthrough moment when he started bib 1 and landed in first at the World Juniors downhill in Sochi, Russia. A regular on the NorAm Cup podium in speed events, Arvidsson smoked the 2014 Olympic downhill track, skiing the course tactfully to win by two-tenths of a second. He adds to the line up of previous American Junior Worlds winners including current World Cup athlete Ryan Cochran-Siegle, U.S. Ski Team assistant coach Chris Beckmann and Olympic gold medalist Tommy Moe.
"We’ve been talking a lot about today being the future American Downhillers and it feels really cool to continue on the legacy of Bill Johnson and Tommy Moe and all the boys now," said Arvidsson. "We look up to everyone in the gym in the summer—like Steve [Nyman], and obviously Bode is everyone’s hero. And skiing for the Squaw Valley Ski Team, Daron Rahlves is someone I’ve looked up to and spent some time with in Tahoe. It’s a pretty special thing. It was pretty cool to run bib 1 today after Ryan Cochran-Siegle won World Juniors four years ago running number 1. There’s definitely a lot of history as a downhiller from America and I’m really proud to be a part of that group."
Keep an eye on the young Arvidsson as he continues to crush the NorAm and Europa Cup circuits and works his way towards a World Cup start in the 2017 season. With his NorAm SG and combined titles, he finished third in the overall standings, claiming World Cup starting rights in downhill, super G and combined for the 2016-17 season. BOOM!
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