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Ligety Nominated for Team USA's Best of the Year


COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (Nov. 5, 2015) – U.S. Ski Team’s Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) has been nominated for Best Male Olympic Athlete in Team USA’s Best of the Year awards. The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) announced a total of 26 male, female and team finalists for this year’s awards. Fans are invited to vote for their favorite athletes...

Drew Duffy: Ski Racing’s Big Surprise


At the end of the 2014-15 season, the U.S. Alpine Championships took place on an uncharacteristically warm day at Sugarloaf in Maine. World Cup winner and longtime U.S. Ski Team member Steven Nyman sat in first at the super G after 29 racers. The crowd at Sugarloaf, the TV audience and those watching live timing all assumed Nyman had taken yet...

VOTE for Ligety + Shiffrin as Team USA's Athletes of the Month


After stellar showings at Soelden last weekend, Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin were nominated for Team USA's Female and Male Athlete of the Month. Think both Ligety's first place and...

Behind the Gold: Ted Ligety


The Audi FIS Ski World Cup opening weekend in Soelden, Austria is a celebration of the sport. Thousands descend on the tiny Oetztal valley to cheer on their favorites. High atop the stands in the Glacier Stadium, a hard core group of fans waved the American flag proudly, holding Ted Ligety banners for all to see. There’s nothing unusual about...

Ligety Takes Win at Soelden GS


SOELDEN, Austria (Oct. 25, 2015)—In front of a packed crowd, Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) reminded ski racing fans of his giant slalom skills at the opening Audi FIS Ski World Cup race, taking his fourth win in Soelden, Austria. It was a stacked podium, with Thomas Fanara of France and Marcel Hirscher of Austria finishing under two-tenths behind...

Shiffrin Nails Second Place in World Cup Opener


SOELDEN, Austria (Oct. 24, 2015) - On an icy injected course in Soelden, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) threw down two solid runs of giant slalom to walk away with second place at the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup of the 2015-16 season. She finished behind Italian Federica Brignone, who won her first World Cup. Tina Weirather of...

Team Naming + NASTAR Pacesetting Trials Moved to Nov. 21


COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Oct. 23, 2015)—Due to U.S. Ski Team athletes’ training schedule and warmer weather in Colorado, the date of the U.S. Ski Team’s annual Nature Valley First Tracks celebration and team announcement and Putnam Investments NASTAR Pacesetting Trials has been pushed from November 6 to November 21.

The tech teams have found...

White Circus Kicks Off at Soelden


SOELDEN, Austria (Oct. 20, 2015) – On Saturday, all eyes will turn to the majestic Rettenbach Glacier in Soelden for the 2015-16 Audi FIS Ski World Cup opener. In the ski racing community, this could very well be considered Mecca.

Bryce Bennett: U.S. Ski Team Yeti #WhatMakesAChamp


The U.S. Ski Team and Copper Mountain teamed up to give away a chance to race Olympic champion Ted Ligety and other U.S. Ski Team athletes at the Putnam Investments NASTAR Pacesetting Trials by asking the ski community, “What makes you a champion?” Ligety shared his answers, and now U.S. Ski Team member Bryce Bennett explores #...

Bryon Friedman Reveals #WhatMakesAChamp


The U.S. Ski Team and Copper Mountain teamed up to give away a chance to race Olympic champion Ted Ligety by asking the ski community “What makes you a champion?” Ligety shared his answers, and now former U.S. Ski Team member Bryon Friedman...

Win a Trip to Copper Mountain #WhatMakesAChamp


PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 12, 2015)—The U.S. Ski Team and Copper Mountain have teamed up to give away a chance to race Olympic champion Ted Ligety by asking the ski community “What makes you a champion?”  

Moving Slowly: It's Not Easy for BZ


PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 9, 2015) – Try telling an alpine ski racer who specializes in speed to move slowly. It’s not easy. Tommy “BZ” Biesemeyer (Keene, NY) is no exception. After sustaining an ACL and MCL injury in 2014, Biesemeyer had to come to terms with the fact that he had pain that never really went away. Now, Biesemeyer has done the work...

Surviving an Earthquake in Chile


On September 16, an 8.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Chile, killing at least 12, evacuating over a million people, destroying more than 400 homes and triggering a 16-foot tsunami off the coastline.

World Cup, Europa Cup, National Training Group and D Team athletes were training in Chile during the quake—split up between...

Hall of Fame Coming to Aspen


ASPEN, CO (Oct. 7, 2015) - The legendary Colorado ski community of Aspen has been selected as the 2016 site of the induction ceremony and Skiing History Week for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. The week of April 5-10, 2016 will feature skiing, skiing history presentations, awards ceremonies, a film festival and first tracks with Hall...
Shiffrin Discusses Her Career…and Cooking


Mikaela Shiffrin sat down with the guys from 120 Sports to talk about why she loves ski racing, how the Olympics impacted her career, her thoughts on college and more. Oh, and how much she loves pasta.


Snowmaking Begins at U.S. Ski Team Speed Center


COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Oct. 4, 2015) – Copper Mountain, home of the U.S. Alpine Ski Team Speed Center, has officially begun snowmaking in preparation for the 2015-16 season. Copper is scheduled to celebrate its 2015-16 Opening Day in just 32 days, on Friday, November 6 to coincide with the Putnam Investments...

USSA Announces Mittersill Training Site


FRANCONIA, NH (Oct. 1, 2015) – U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) ski racers from across the east will benefit from a newly designated USSA Training Site with the Mittersill race and training venue at Cannon Mountain Ski Area in Franconia, NH. The new training venue is the result of a partnership between the USSA and the State of New...

USSA Proposes World Cup At Killington


PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 1, 2015) – World Cup ski racing may be coming back to New England in 2016. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, along with its resort partner Powdr, Corp., is proposing an Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Killington, VT this week during meetings of the International Ski Federation (FIS) in Zurich. The submission comes after...

Lila Lapanja: What Makes A Champion


From local ski hills to the PyeongChang Olympics, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) encompasses all athletes that share a passion for skiing and snowboarding. We explore what makes each skier and rider a champion with stories from the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing, next to kids winning a NASTAR medal,...

NASTAR Pacesetting Trials Coming to Copper


COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Sept. 25, 2015) – Copper Mountain, home of the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center, will act as host to the Putnam Investments NASTAR Pacesetting Trials on Saturday, November 21. It will be the first time NASTAR will have the official pacesetting trials since 1993, when a young rising star on the U.S. Ski Team named Daron Rahlves...