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U.S. Women Find Speed in Portillo

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
September, 26 2013

Ski Racing Magazine caught up with women's alpine speed Head Coach Chip White and athlete Laurenne Ross  following a recent training camp in Portillo, Chile. 

PORTILLO, Chile (Sept. 26) - It was warm; then it was cold. It rained; then it snowed. But that’s all part of the fun when you’re training in South America. The U.S. women’s speed team ramped up intensity in its preparation period this month in Portillo, Chile. Conditions were something short of perfect, but the women accomplished a lot, said Head Coach Chip White. "In El Colorado (last month), our focus was on technical, basic skills, freeskiing drills. GS was the main focus. This camp, here, is built around speed. Snow conditions were a little bit challenging. There wasn’t a whole lot of it when we got there, so we had to be very creative with course setting around thin spots and rocks that were starting to poke up," remarked White. High winds earlier in the season stripped down many of the domes and breakovers where the athletes were accustomed to jumping, giving the venue a different look than in previous years.

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