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2016 Team Named at Copper Mountain

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
November, 21 2015

COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Nov. 21, 2015) – There’s no question that winter has arrived at Copper Mountain, home of the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center.

Copper acted as host to a day of festivities on Saturday, kicking off with the Putnam Investments NASTAR Pacesetting Trials followed by the annual Nature Valley First Tracks team naming announcement. With Olympic gold medalists Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) and rising stars such as AJ Ginnis (Waitsfield, VT), Hig Roberts (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, MN) present, 58 athletes were officially named during a public celebration to kick off the start of the 2016 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tour. 


  • The 2016 U.S. Alpine Ski team was publicly introduced on Nov. 21 during Nature Valley First Tracks, a public celebration at Copper Mountain, CO – home of the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center. 
  • Olympic medalists Ted Ligety, Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin, Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) and Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) were among 43 athletes named to the 2015 A, B and C Team, with another nine to the Development team and six to the National University Team.
  • Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) will miss the 2015-16 season, but remain on the team.
  • Mancuso will miss the 2015-16 season due to hip surgery, but has her sights set on PyeongChang in 2018.
  • Bryce Astle (Sandy, UT) and Ronnie Berlack (Franconia, NH) were named to the team posthumously. The two were poised at the start of their U.S. Ski Team career when they were killed last January in an avalanche in Austria. It is the first time the U.S. Ski Team has named an athlete to the team posthumously.
  • Six athletes were named to the new National University Team (N-UNI), led by Coach Peter Lange. These athletes have had the opportunity to train alongside A, B, C and D teams in strength and conditioning programs and at on-snow camps.
  • Inspired by the official U.S. Ski Team mascot Champ, the Team kicked off a content series asking athletes and fans about the moment they truly felt like a champion. Auden Pankonin (Welch Village Ski Club), winner of the #WhatMakesAChamp contest, joined Ligety at the Putnam Investments NASTAR Pacesetting Trials and the team on stage alongside Champ.
  • The team is coming off a five-medal World Championships, with both Vonn and Shiffrin winning Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall titles. 
  • After securing the title of winningest female in alpine skiing history with a total of 67 victories, Vonn is again making a return to snow after an ankle fracture sustained in training at New Zealand this summer. She will make her return to snow debut at Aspen for the giant slalom. 
  • Copper Mountain is home to the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center, which provides U.S. skiers with a World Cup-level training course. 
  • The Audi FIS Ski World Cup swings through America Nov. 28-29 with a women’s giant slalom and two slalom races – one rescheduled from Levi – in Aspen, followed by men’s downhill, super G and giant slalom Dec. 4-6 at Beaver Creek, CO.

Huge crowds gathered at First Tracks at Copper Mountain. (Copper Mountain Resort - Tripp Fay)

Patrick Riml, U.S. Ski Team Alpine Director
It’s an off year—no big event like a World Championships or an Olympics—but it’s an important year for us. I think we have very high goals. A lot of our World Cup-level athletes have very high goals for globes or world titles. On the women’s side with Mikaela and Lindsey, Lindsey has a comeback and Mikaela is tapping into the speed side. We’re hoping to be competitive there. There are definitely a couple of strong girls out there. It’s going to be a very exciting season. We’ve had a good start so far—Soelden was good. On the men’s side, Ted is in good shape. Hopefully he can compete and content for the overall World Cup.

I’m also very excited about the young crew. They’re going into their season with a strong focus on the Europa Cup, Junior World Championships. We had two strong performances last year [at the Junior World Championships] with a gold and a bronze medal. So hopefully we can step it up and take it to the next level with a couple additional medals from the Junior World Championships.

It’s going to be a great season. The preparation was good. Colorado is great right now with lots of snow and good training. We’re all excited about getting going.

Mikaela Shiffrin
Racing on home soil is always special, just the feeling of being home is so wonderful and it puts me at ease. When I’m racing in Europe there’s this constant edgy feeling like I’m doing something wrong or not following the rules! Don’t get me wrong, it’s spectacular in Europe, but when I come home after being in Europe all winter I can actually take a deep breath and really relax for the first time since the start of the season. It’s huge that we get to spend most of November training in Colorado—with the men racing in Beaver Creek and the women racing in Aspen. It’s probably my favorite time of the season.

It’s always been a dream of mine to win the overall globe, but I think this year is a little bit of a gauge to see where I can stack up…if my slalom keeps going well then I feel really strong and I can make points. But it’s a little too early to tell right now. I don’t want to focus too much on that right now. It’s just race by race right, so we’ll see if I can win some races.

Ted Ligety
I think winning the overall title is my biggest career goal – I think it’s every ski racer’s biggest career goal. I never really wanted to be a specialist growing up. I’ve done well in all of the disciplines at some point or the other, but haven’t pieced together a full season. I am definitely an outside contender…I wouldn’t consider myself anywhere near one of the favorites for the overall, but it’s definitely a goal. And trying to get the GS globe back is definitely a goal.

Athletes pose on stage at First Tracks. (Copper Mountain Resort - Tripp Fay)

Name (hometown; home club) (skis, boots, bindings, poles, helmet, goggles, glasses, protection) birthdate
* denotes Olympian
**denotes posthumous team naming

Men's A Team

David Chodounksy (Crested Butte, CO; Crested Butte Ski Team) (Nordica, Nordica, Marker, Swix, Briko, Briko, Briko, Slytech) 6/25/1984 *
Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA; Squaw Valley Ski Team) (Atomic, Atomic, Atomic, Leki, POC, POC, POC, Leki/Ortema) 7/14/1988 *
Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV; Park City Ski Team) (Stoeckli, Lange, Atomic, Leki, Bolle, Bolle, Bolle, Leki/Ortema) 1/11/1985 *
Ted Ligety (Park City, UT; Park City Ski Team) (Head, Head, Head, Leki, Shred, Shred, Shred, Slytech) 8/31/1984 *
Bode Miller (Franconia, NH; Carrabassett Valley Academy) (Bomber Skis, Leki, Dainese, Dainese) 10/12/1977 *
Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT; Park City Ski Team) (Fischer, Fischer, Fischer, Komperdell, POC, POC, POC, Ortema) 2/12/1982 *
Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA; Squaw Valley Ski Team) (Atomic, Atomic, Atomic, Leki, POC, POC, POC) 4/27/1980 *
Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY; New York Ski Education Foundation) (Head, Head, Head, Komperdell, Briko, Briko, Briko, Slytech/Ortema) 2/10/1986 *

Women's A Team

Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA; Mammoth Mountain Ski Team) (Stoeckli, Marker/Volkl, Komperdell, POC, POC) 7/3/1984 *
Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA; Squaw Valley Ski Team) (Stoeckli, Stoeckli, Lange, Swix, POC, POC, POC) 3/9/1984 *
Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO; Rowmark Academy) (Atomic, Atomic, Atomic, Leki, Briko, Briko) 8/19/1989 *
Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR; Mt. Bachelor Ski Education Foundation) (Volkl, Lange, Marker, Briko, Briko) 8/17/1988 *
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO; Burke Mountain Academy) (Atomic, Atomic, Atomic, Leki, Atomic, Oakley, Oakley, Leki) 3/13/95 *
Leanne Smith (North Conway, NH; Mt. Washington Valley Ski Team) (Rossignol, Lange, Rossignol, Swix, POC, POC, POC, Slytech) 11/28/1987 *
Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY; Jackson Hole Mountain Resort) (Rossignol, Lange, Rossignol, Leki, Shred, Shred, Shred) 11/14/1985 *
Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO; Buck Hill Ski Racing Club/Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) (Head, Head, Head, Leki, Briko, Oakley, Oakley, Leki) 10/18/1984 *

Men's B Team

Michael Ankeny (Deephaven, MN; Buck Hill Ski Racing Club/Dartmouth College) (Nordica, Nordica, Nordica, Leki, Briko, Briko) 1/17/1991
Thomas Biesemeyer (Keene, NY; New York Ski Education Foundation) (Rossignol, Rossignol, Rossignol, Swix, Briko, Briko, Ortema) 1/30/1989
Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, VT; Cochrans Ski Club/Mt. Mansfield Ski and Snowboard Club) (Rossignol, Rossignol, Rossignol, Komperdell, Shred, Shred, Shred, Slytech) 3/27/1992
Tommy Ford (Bend, OR; Mt. Bachelor Ski Education Foundation) ((Head, Head, Head, Swix, Shred, Shred, Shred, Slytech) 3/20/1989 *
Jared Goldberg (Holladay, UT; Snowbird Sports Education Foundation) (Head, Head, Head, Leki, POC, POC, POC, Leki/Ortema) 6/15/1991 *
Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT; Burke Mountain Academy) (Volkl, Lange, Marker, Swix, Briko, Briko, Ortema) 3/27/1989 *
Kieffer Christianson (Anchorage, AK; Burke Mountain Academy/Dartmouth College) (Blizzard, Tecnica, Marker, Swix, POC, POC) 8/11/1992
Hig Roberts (Steamboat Springs, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club/Middlebury College) (Fischer, Fischer, Fischer, Leki, Daniese, Daniese, Daniese) 3/15/1991
Wiley Maple (Aspen, CO; Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club) (Atomic, Atomic, Atomic, Komperdell, Briko, Oakley) 5/25/1990

Women's B Team

Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, MN; Buck Hill Ski Racing Club) (Rossignol, Rossignol, Rossignol, Swix, POC, POC) 4/7/1994
Katie Ryan (Aspen, CO; Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club) (Head, Head, Head, Swix, POC, POC) 1/3/1993
Jacqueline Wiles (Aurora, OR; White Pass Ski Club) (Rossignol, Lange, Rossignol, Swix, Shred, Shred) 7/13/1992 *

Men's C Team

Erik Arvidsson (Woodside, CA; Squaw Valley Ski Team) (Head, Head, Head, Swix, POC, POC, POC, Ortema) 9/3/1996
**Bryce Astle (Sandy, UT; Snowbird Sports Education Foundation) 1/16/1995
Bryce Bennett (Olympic Valley, CA; Squaw Valley Ski Team) (Fischer, Tecnica, Marker, Leki, POC, POC, POC, Leki/POC) 7/14/1992
**Ronnie Berlack (Franconia, NH; Burke Mountain Academy) 4/21/1994
Drew Duffy (Warren, VT; Green Mountain Valley School) (Nordica, Nordica, Marker, Swix, Shred, Shred, Slytech) 6/1/1995
Samuel DuPratt (Dixon, CA; Park City Ski Team) (Head, Head, Head, Swix, POC, POC) 11/28/1993
Mark Engel (Truckee, CA; Sugar Bowl Academy) (Atomic, Atomic, Atomic, Komperdell, Bolle, Bolle, Bolle, Ortema) 10/1/1991
AJ Ginnis (Waitsfield, VT; Green Mountain Valley School/Dartmouth College) (Fischer, Fischer, Fischer, Leki, Shred, Shred, Shred, Ortema/Slytech) 11/17/1994
Tim Kelley (Burlington, VT; Cochrans Ski Club) (Fischer, Fischer, Fischer, Leki, Shred, Shred, Shred, Slytech) 5/20/1986
Nicholas Krause (Northboro, MA; Stratton Mountain School) (Head, Head, Head, Leki, POC, POC, Leki/Ortema) 5/12/1993
Brennan Rubie (Salt Lake City, UT; Snowbird Sports Education Foundation) (Nordica, Nordica, Marker, Bolle, Bolle, Bolle, Slytech) 5/8/1991
Kipling Weisel (San Francisco, CA; Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation) (Stoeckli, Rossignol, Marker, Swix, POC, POC, POC, Slytech/Ortema) 3/26/1995

Women's C Team

Lila Lapanja (Incline Village, NV; Sugar Bowl Academy/Diamond Peak) (Fischer, Lange, Fischer, Leki, POC, POC, Leki) 12/3/1994
Anna Marno (Steamboat Springs, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) (Stoeckli, Stoeckli, Marker, Swix, Uvex, Uvex) 11/23/1992
Nina O’Brien (Edwards, CO; Burke Mountain Academy) (Rossignol, Rossignol, Rossignol, Leki, POC, POC) 11/29/1997

Men's Development Team

Addison Dvoracek (Truckee, CA; Squaw Valley Ski Team) (Nordica, Nordica, Marker, Leki, POC, POC) 1/27/1996
Patrick Kenney (Hingham, MA; Burke Mountain Academy) (Nordica, Nordica, Marker, Leki, Dainese, Dainese) 2/13/1997
Sam Morse (Carrabassett Valley, ME; Carrabassett Valley Academy) (Fischer, Fischer, Fischer, Swix, Uvex, Uvex, Uvex, Ortema) 5/27/1996
River Radamus (Edwards, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail/TEAM Academy) (Rossignol, Rossignol, Swix, POC, POC) 2/12/1998

Women's Development Team

Breezy Johnson (Victor, ID; Rowmark Ski Academy) (Atomic, Atomic, Atomic, Leki, Shred, Shred, Shred, Slytech) 1/19/1996
Stephanie Lebby (Big Bear Lake, CA; Squaw Valley Ski Team) (Head, Head, Head, Leki, POC, POC, Leki) 2/19/1997
Galena Wardle (Aspen, CO; Aspen Valley Ski Club) (Volkl, Lange, Marker, Leki, POC, POC) 4/28/1998
Patricia Mangan (Derby, NY; HoliMont Race Team) (Rossignol, Rossignol, Rossignol, Leki, Briko, Briko) 3/7/1997
Alice Merryweather (Hingham, MA; Stratton Mountain School) (Rossignol, Rossignol, Rossignol, Leki, POC, POC) 10/5/1996

National University Team

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

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Assistant Coach: Brad Saxe
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Head Coach: Brandon Dyksterhouse
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Atomic Ski Service Mikaela Shiffrin: Kim Erlandsson
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