U.S. Ski & Snowboard Partners with RACEtech-USA to Provide Race Equipment Service to U.S. Ski Team
PARK CITY, UTAH (October 19, 2021) – U.S. Ski & Snowboard today announced a multi-year partnership with RACEtech-USA, a service-based alpine equipment company committed to optimizing on-hill race gear performance for U.S. Alpine Ski Team athletes. As the Official Equipment Service Provider to the U.S. Alpine Ski Team, RACEtech will apply its proprietary protocols and custom tools to consistently evaluate each athlete’s on-hill performance and develop race and discipline-data based off the athlete’s equipment
RACEtech-USA will conduct pre- and post-season equipment service blocks during the year for the U.S. Alpine Ski Team at U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s headquarters, the USANA Center of Excellence in Park City, Utah, as well as at pre-season camps at Copper Mountain, Colorado. Data from the reports, in combination with coach and athlete feedback, will contribute to modifying each skier’s setup and elevating on-hill equipment performance.
“We’re thrilled to partner with RACEtech to deliver consistent World Cup-level equipment service before going to camps,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Director Jesse Hunt. “Our goal was to create a centralized location at the USANA Center of Excellence so that training time could be maximized on technique rather than with equipment issues. Through the founders’ industry knowledge and cutting-edge technology, RACEtech has created the perfect opportunity for us to improve our athletes’ equipment heading into a crucially important season.”
RACEtech-USA was established in 2015 by co-founders Graham Lonetto and Dave Brennan. Lonetto is a former 20-year World Cup service tech for the U.S. Alpine Ski Team and former owner of Edgewise Ski Service in Stowe, Vermont, while Brennan is a 25-year ski industry veteran who worked as a factory rep for several major European alpine boot, ski and binding manufacturers.
“The importance of equipment’s role in performance is well-established, but consistently quantifying and tracking setup changes and their results has been a significant challenge,” said Lonetto. “We use custom auditing and assessment tools to evaluate, audit, and track equipment set-up results.”
“Matching race gear setups with the athlete’s skill set and style is our primary mission,” said Brennan. “Connecting these dots through collaboration with the athlete, coach and technician produces a vital feedback loop that can lead to optimizing an athlete’s on-hill performance. Going forward, the plan is for RACEtech to expand our services to all U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes and coaches.”
Established in 2015 by co-founders Graham Lonetto and Dave Brennan, RACEtech-USA has operations in Park City, Utah with additional field support out of Stowe, Vermont. Using the latest automated machine and hand tools from their technology partners, Wintersteiger and SWIX, RACEtech conducts pre- and post-U.S. Alpine Ski Team training camp equipment service blocks throughout the year. Additionally, RACEtech will have a fully operational equipment service center during the on-snow training camps at Copper Mountain, CO.
About U.S. Ski & Snowboard
U.S. Ski & Snowboard is the Olympic National Governing Body (NGB) of ski and snowboard sports in the USA, based in the USANA Center of Excellence in Park City, Utah. Tracing its roots directly back to 1905, the organization represents nearly 200 elite skiers and snowboarders in 2021, competing in seven teams; alpine, cross country, freeski, freestyle, snowboard, nordic combined and ski jumping. In addition to the elite teams, U.S. Ski & Snowboard also provides leadership and direction for tens of thousands of young skiers and snowboarders across the USA, encouraging and supporting them in achieving excellence. By empowering national teams, clubs, coaches, parents, officials, volunteers, and fans, U.S. Ski & Snowboard is committed to the progression of its sports, athlete success, and the value of team. For more information, visit www.usskiandsnowboard.org
A photo of the RACEtech machine for use can be found here. Photo credit: U.S. Ski & Snowboard
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
Courtney Harkins, Elevate Communications/U.S. Ski & Snowboard, email@example.com
Dave Brennan, RACEtech-USA, Dave.Brennan@RACEtech-USA.org