Alpine

Promising Athletes Compete at Upcoming Events

by
USSA
2017-02-12 13:01
 

PARK CITY, Utah (Feb. 12, 2017) – As the best in the world compete at the Audi FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, America's rising alpine talent will also be competing – both in St. Moritz for the Longines Future Ski Champions Race and next door at Hinterreit, Austria in the 7 Nations Cup, one of Europe’s premiere U16 events.

While Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), Longines Ambassador of Elegance and back-to-back World Champion in slalom heading into St. Moritz, prepares to compete on the big stage, Cleo Braun (Eagle, CO) - also of Shiffrin’s home club Ski & Snowboard Club Vail - will represent the USA at the Longines Future Ski Champions Race. Braun will be receiving her start number on the night before the race from Shiffrin at the bib draw before competing on Monday, Feb. 13. She’ll be racing giant slalom against U16 athletes selected from 13 different countries.

 

Braun, along with twelve teammates, will also represent the U.S. in giant slalom and slalom races at Hinterreit, a popular training location for U.S. Ski Team’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup athletes. The 7 Nations Cup is hosted by a different nation in Europe each year and gives young, promising talent from the U.S. a good opportunity to ski against Europe’s best.

“The 7 Nations Cup is the premier international event for our U16s and we are looking to see how our athletes compare against their European peers,” said Chip Knight, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s National Alpine Development Director. “In the bigger picture, we want to expose our young athletes to a high-quality competitive experience so they can continue their development toward the elite levels of our sport. Competing with the best Europeans in their age group gives them a taste of international championship racing that they can build on in future years.”

Since its inception, U.S. U16s have snagged five top-five finishes, including a pair of podiums last season by Alix Wilkinson (Park City, UT) of the Park City Ski Team and AJ Hurt (Carnelian Bay, CA) from the Squaw Valley Ski Team. Four athletes who competed in last year’s 7 Nations Cup will return again to lead the team this year: Patrick Coughlin (North Salem, NY) of Burke Mountain Academy), plus Kellen Kinsella (Edwards, CO), Zane Worrell (Vail, CO), Kaitlyn Harsch (Avon, CO) and Allie Resnick (Vail, CO) - all from Ski & Snowboard Club Vail.

“It means a lot coming back after last year, having a lot of nerves and never having raced in Europe and not knowing what it’s going to be like,” said Coughlin. “I’m really excited to go back and give it another shot.”

The 7 Nations Cup will kick off with a giant slalom race on Feb. 15 and wrap up with a slalom race on Feb. 16.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cleo Braun (Eagle, CO) of Ski & Snowboard Club Vail has been selected to represent the U.S. in the Longines Future Ski Champions giant slalom race in St. Moritz on Feb. 13.
  • Longines Ambassador of Elegance and back-to-back World Champion in slalom, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), will hand out bibs to athlete participants at a public draw on Feb. 13 in Kulm Park at 5:00pm.
  • Thirteen American athletes will compete at this year’s 7 Nations Cup at Hinterreit in Austria - one of the premiere U16 events in Europe.
  • The group of U16 athletes represent over seven different USSA clubs from around the country.
  • Athletes will compete in a giant slalom race on Feb. 15 and a slalom race on Feb. 16.

 

QUOTES
Chip Knight, USSA National Alpine Development Director
The 7 Nations Cup is the premier international event for our U16s and we are looking to see how our athletes compare against their European peers.  In the bigger picture, we want to expose our young athletes to a high-quality competitive experience so they can continue their development toward the elite levels of our sport.  Competing with the best Europeans in their age group gives them a taste of international championship racing that they can build on in future years.

Zane Worrell
I think there’s pressure to do well because you’ve been there and done that, but you still just want to rip.

Patrick Coughlin
It means alot coming back after last year, having a lot of nerves and never having raced in Europe, not knowing what it’s going to be like. I’m really excited to go back and give it another shot.

2017 USA 7 NATIONS CUP TEAM
Name, Hometown (Club) Birthdate
Men
Alex Abdow, Longmeadow, MA (Stratton Mountain School) 5/14/2001
Patrick Coughlin, North Salem, NY (Burke Mountain Academy) 4/10/2001
Jackson Jewell, Waitsfield, VT (Green Mountain Valley School) 7/16/2001
Kellen Kinsella, Edwards, CO (Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) 8/7/2001
Nicolas Richeda, Steamboat Springs, CO (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) 3/12/2002
Zane Worrell, Vail, CO (Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) 8/29/2001

 

Women

Cleo Braun, Eagle, CO (Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) 10/29/2001
Berit Frischholz, Edwards, CO (Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) 8/12/2002
Kaitlyn Harsch, Avon, CO (Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) 1/1/2001
Isabelle Jenne, Bridgewater Corners, VT (Killington Mountain School) 4/14/2001
Caroline Jones, Edwards, CO (Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) 6/25/2001
Allie Resnick, Vail, CO (Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) 9/1/2001
G.G. Wattenmaker, Olympic Valley, CA (Sugar Bowl Academy) 9/13/2001