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U.S. Ski & Snowboard, a national and global leader in snow sports, is committed to addressing climate change and stewarding sustainability of winter sports. Millions globally are inspired by winter sports and enjoy healthy, active lifestyles in winter environments. Climate change threatens our winter environments with receding glaciers, rising sea levels, volatile weather cycles and less snowfall.

Andringa Back on Snow, In The Air

By Lara Carlton
July, 24 2021
Casey Andringa
Casey Andringa in good spirits at Timberline Lodge & Ski Area after his first jumps on snow in almost two years (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Lara Carlton).

After almost two full years plagued by surgeries, injuries and rehabs, mogul skier for the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Casey Andringa finally achieved liftoff at Timberline Lodge & Ski Area June 17, 2021.

The 2018 Olympian was sidelined for the past two World Cup seasons and hadn’t attempted an aerial maneuver since March 2019. His first back X at the jump site in June felt as worthy an accomplishment of making the Games three years ago. “There was a point in time where I thought I would never be doing this (training to compete in mogul skiing),” said Andringa. “I didn’t want to give myself hope in case I couldn’t get back to it. If my body had said ‘no,’ it would have been that much harder to handle.”

 

 

Andringa underwent surgery in 2019 to correct an old knee injury with the intention of returning to training in summer 2020. However, a COVID-19 positive test and a period of quarantine meant he returned later than hoped. And then five days into water ramping Andringa crashed his mountain bike, dislocating and shattering his wrist and hand, and his hopes of competing the 2020-21 World Cup season. 

It took five surgeries over the course of eight months to put his hand and wrist back together and over the past year Andringa seriously considered calling it quits. “In October I was retired in my head. I had decided that I had been in so much pain for so long and I was thinking about how taxing competing in mogul skiing is on the body. I didn’t think I had any more space in my life left for more physical damage.”

 

 

Trying to get excited about what was next, Andringa realized if he left the sport, he would be leaving with an unanswered question. “If I had ended my career last October then I would have ended while I was in a headspace where I was always going to feel like my body was fragile and that I was kind of broken. It really messes with your head when you go from being able to do any activity, where you can trust your body because you’re strong and healthy and your body just does these things, to feeling like anything could mess you up. It’s almost a self-fulfilling prophecy because the more you feel that way, the harder it is to stop feeling that way, so you kind of will [the hurt] upon yourself.”

Andringa recognized the parallel in trying to make PyeongChang 2018. During the last Olympic qualification process Andringa approached the season with a clear objective, and despite the odds, had been fired up to make it happen. “The realization of how far away I was from not even skiing at the 2022 Olympics, but just to get back to cork 7s and ski moguls, even that felt so far away. It just turned itself into a tangible goal, a goal I could pursue.” 

Putting feet to boots and skis in the air marked a huge milestone for Andringa’s pursuit of another Olympic run. “I meant to jump in May at Snowbird, but my knee hurt so bad, I couldn’t even picture myself going off of the kicker, let alone doing a trick. To be able to go to Timberline and do a backflip was just…I was so scared, even though I’ve been doing them since I was 12, I’ve probably done thousands. My first cork 7 I was super nervous too, but I did it and got down to the side of the run and started crying a little bit. It just was a thing I didn’t let myself expect to get back to.”

It will be a day-by-day process for Andringa to make it in less than 200 days to Opening Ceremonies of the 2022 Games. Pushing through pain and figuring out what his body can, cannot and should not do are all part of his plan. “There’s still a chance there are things my body says no to. I’m scared I’ll show up at Zermatt and it will hurt too bad to ski. So I’m working hard when I feel good and taking each day for what it is, trying not to get too upset when things do hurt.”

 

 

While the Olympic Games provide an objective goal, what's most important to Andringa is knowing his body isn’t broken and to trust in its ability to perform. “I’m still working on that trust a lot. Every day.”

“It feels like I have had so much time to reflect and figure things out, but I think the only thing I feel like I actually learned was to just keep moving forward.”

With sights on Beijing (and the chance to represent the U.S. with his brother and teammate Jesse) Andringa also looks forward to surmounting at least one more challenge – the Road to Arcylon trail in Park City, Utah. “Yes, I still bike, it feels good to get back on the horse. And I do plan on getting revenge on the drop that took me out. I can’t let a little tiny mountain bike drop win. But I’m waiting until after ski season.”

Andringa would like to thank his parents, family and girlfriend Roma, who nursed him back to health (and is now in nursing school), as well as the countless physios and Dr. Randy Viola. Follow Casey’s journey on Instagram.

Shiffrin and Kilde Visit Arc City; Talk Jeff Shiffrin Athlete Resiliency Fund, and More

By Megan Harrod
July, 23 2021
Mikaela Shiffrin and Aleksander Kilde Visit Arc City Podcast
Two-time Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin, pictured here training at Official Training Site Copper Mountain, Colo. earlier this summer, joined teammate Jimmy Krupka on the Arc City podcast. (Copper Mountain)

Join alpine athlete Jimmy Krupka on the Arc City podcast, as double Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin makes her inaugural visit and gives a chunk of her very busy, Olympic-prepping schedule to talk over Zoom. Krupka caught up with Shiffrin just under 200 days from Beijing 2022.

First, they touch on the Jeff Shiffrin Athlete Resiliency Fund (keeptheflamealive.org), named in honor of her late father. Then, they hit a few big topics: pressure, social media, and who Shiffrin would be without skiing. Finally, we bring the 2020 FIS Ski World Cup overall champion (and Mikaela’s boyfriend), Norway's Aleksander Aamodt Kilde on for some fun and a little seriousness.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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FIS Showcases Diggins' Cross-Country Workout Challenge

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
July, 23 2021
XC Workout Jessie Diggins

Check out the core training executed by Jessie Diggins during her summer training at Vermont's Stratton Mountain School.

 

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Partners with On-Demand Virtual Coaching & Connectivity Platform, Givego

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
July, 22 2021
U.S. Ski & Snowboard

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has officially announced a multi-year partnership with Givego, an on-demand virtual coaching and connectivity platform built by athletes, for athletes. 

Givego’s one-of-a-kind virtual learning platform connects users to experts through an easy to use and intuitive app, allowing anyone the ability to connect and learn from some of the world's best experts and professional athletes. Today, users simply upload a video using their mobile device, describe what aspect of their sport they are looking to improve, and their choice of expert can respond within minutes.

“Givego’s ability to provide on-demand feedback to skiers and riders around the world directly complements our mission to encourage and support athletes, clubs, coaches, parents, officials, volunteers, and fans,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Tiger Shaw. “In addition to providing a valuable resource to key stakeholders, Givego also contributes to an athlete’s financial well being by compensating them for their expertise. We could not be more excited to support elements of our development pipeline and athlete experience alongside Givego.”

"We exist to make dreams possible," says Willie Ford, founder & CEO of Givego. "Whether you're a world champion, a young athlete with big goals, or someone who simply wants to be their best, we help you. We could not be more excited to bring Givego to the greater community of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard."

Customers can expect the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Givego experience to launch in September. To learn more, visit: www.givego.io or download Givego from the App Store to receive your free session.

 

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About Givego 
Givego is an online marketplace built by athletes for athletes in Salt Lake City, UT. Givego delivers a proprietary mobile technology that connects passionate sports enthusiasts with world-renowned experts across multiple disciplines with the sole objective of helping athletes improve. Givego’s community of experts range from Olympic and professional athletes to some of the most sought-after instructors and coaches certified by leading NGB’s.
 

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 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
 

Merryweather Says Anorexia Treatment Helped Her Learn To Enjoy Everyday Life Again

By Megan Harrod
July, 21 2021
Alice Merryweather Discusses Impact of Anorexia Treatment
Olympian speed skier Alice Merryweather, pictured here (far right) with her teammates at a recent on-snow camp at Mammoth Mountain, Calif., recently shared with Women's Health that her treatment helped her to learn to enjoy everyday life again. (Ryan Mooney - U.S. Ski Team)

Olympian speed skier Alice Merryweather shared in early December that she has been struggling with an eating disorder and she had opted to sit the 2020-21 season out to recover. In a recent piece that hit both digital and print editions of Women's Health, Merryweather shared that her treatment helped her to learn to enjoy everyday life again. 

In the piece, as told to Women's Health's Amy Wilkinson, Merrweather shared, 

I’ve been skiing since I was 4 years old and racing since I was 8. Throughout high school, I never felt insecure—I was confident in my body and proud of being strong. Once I achieved my goal of making the World Cup team, though, there was no huge next step to take, and I turned my focus and perfectionism inward. I became more conscious of what I looked like and what I was consuming.

The turning point was when the World Cup season was cut short in the spring of 2020. I’d fallen short of my goals, and on top of that, I was taking a heavier class load than usual at Dartmouth College, and my housing where I was going to be training fell through. It was a perfect storm of stress. I found a reprieve—and thought I was gaining control—through my diet. I stopped eating enough, but I would justify it with excuses like “I didn’t work out that hard today.”

My boyfriend, Sam, was the first person to mention the words eating disorder to me. He noticed I couldn’t manage my emotions. I also complained about being cold, even on hot summer days, which is a symptom. I brushed it aside. I was making the right athletic choice, I reasoned.

Pull Quote Women's Health - Alice MerryweatherMerryweather recently returned to snow with her team for a successful spring prep period camp at Official Training Site Mammoth Mountain in California and has been working hard in the gym at the USANA Center of Excellence in Park City, Utah. She plans to return to competition for the 2021-22 season, with hopes to compete at the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China. 

Read the full piece at Women's Health.

Shiffrin Shows People How She Got Red Carpet Ready for the 2021 ESPYs

By Megan Harrod
July, 21 2021
Mikaela Shiffrin ESPYs
Two-time Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin shared a glimpse behind the scenes with People magazine as she prepared for her red carpet moment with her Norwegian boyfriend (and 2020 FIS Ski World Cup Overall Crystal Globe winner) Aleksander Aamodt-Kilde. 

July means two things for two-time Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin: double session strength and conditioning workouts in the gym and hitting the red carpet for the ESPYs: the biggest sports awards night of the year to celebrate the best players, moments, coaches, and games in sports. She shared a glimpse behind the scenes with People magazine as she prepared for her red carpet moment with her Norwegian boyfriend (and 2020 FIS Ski World Cup Overall Crystal Globe winner) Aleksander Aamodt-Kilde. 

First thing's first. Shiffrin hit the gym to start off the day with U.S. Ski & Snowboard coach Jeff Lackie, saying, 

I'm currently in the middle of a strength and conditioning block preparing for the big upcoming season (headlined by the 2022 Beijing Olympics), so I snuck in an a.m. workout with my coach Jeff Lackie.

Mikaela Shiffrin in the Gym Before the ESPYs

Shiffrin also caught up with U.S. Ski & Snowboard teammate and fellow Olympic champion Chloe Kim, congratulating her for her fifth ESPYs Award, this time in the "Female Action Sports Athlete" category. 

Check out the full article at People.com.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Pilots Freestyle Mogul Development Team

By Lara Carlton
July, 16 2021
Alli Macuga
Alli Macuga competes at the 2021 U.S. Freestyle Moguls National Championships at Snowbird, Utah. (Steve Earl - U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard announced today the creation of a pilot development program for the U.S. Freestyle Mogul Ski Team. The addition of a Development Team (D Team) signifies an evolutionary change in how U.S. Ski & Snowboard, together with its regional and club network, will approach future national team selection and development programming for the discipline. The creation of the D Team seeks to reinforce U.S. Ski & Snowboard as a dominant presence in mogul skiing and provide a clear pathway to success for Olympic hopefuls in 2026 and beyond. 

“Mogul skiing has a long history of success in America, it’s a tradition and community we’re proud of, and it’s critical that we continue to be well positioned for the future,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard Head Mogul Coach Matt Gnoza. “We conducted an analysis of our development pipeline, as well as that of other key nations in our sport, and saw the need for bridging the gap from club-level to national team level. By being able to better identify athletes who show talent, skill and promise, and bring them into the fold earlier, we will better enable future generations of American mogul skiers.”

The D Team marks a shift in programming from a nationally-managed team to a shared elite development model between U.S. Ski & Snowboard and clubs. A cornerstone of the program is collaboration with the club network as athletes nominated to the D Team will work with U.S. Ski & Snowboard at Team camps and events, but continue to work with their home clubs for day-to-day training throughout their season. Club coaches and national team coaches will integrate and share knowledge for training and athletic objectives. Through this effort U.S. Ski & Snowboard will seek to create a deeper pool of elite developing athletes up to 20 years old, as well as create a better transition path from the regional club level to national team nomination. 

Athletes nominated to the program will receive invitations to attend select Team prep camps; access to the USANA Center of Excellence and Official Training Site Utah Olympic Park; access to sports science, nutrition, fitness, and career and education support services; Team gear; among other benefits. 

In this pilot year four nominations were determined based off of the 11th FIS points list of the 2021 season for FIS junior age-eligible athletes and therefore participation is limited to competitors ages fourteen to nineteen in the calendar year of the approaching season. D Team criteria will be included in national team published criteria for the 2022-23 season, and beyond. 

2021-22 Freestyle Mogul Development Team Nominations
(Hometown; Club; Birthdate)

Women

  • Elizabeth Lemley (Vail, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 1/22/2006)
  • Ali Macuga (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski & Snowboard; 9/24/2003)

Men

  • Dylan Marcellini (Walnut Creek, Calif.; Wasatch Freestyle; 9/29/2002)
  • Cole McDonald (Park City, Utah; Wasatch Freestyle; 3/6/2003)

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan Unveiled

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
July, 15 2021
OneTeam

U.S. Ski & Snowboard today announced the organization’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Action Plan. 

The objective of the three-year action plan is to achieve a higher-performing organization with an inclusive culture, equitable systems, and a team that will benefit from a more diverse range of backgrounds, experiences, and views. The plan is built around DEI pillars and corresponding subcommittees including leadership, governance, training, education, expanded access, representation, recognition, public facing content, and partnerships. 

“Elite performance cannot reach its highest levels when pursued in an elitist or inequitable way,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Tiger Shaw and Chairman of the Board Kipp Nelson. ”In setting this Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Action Plan, our purpose is to honor and hold ourselves accountable to enriching our sport by nurturing a more welcoming culture, establishing fair systems at all levels, and opening the door wider to make skiing and snowboarding more accessible to athletes, professional staff, and communities with a more diverse array of backgrounds and identities.”

U.S. Ski & Snowboard expanded and accelerated DEI efforts following the unjust killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery in June 2020, begging the question: What can our organization do as a member of the bigger snow sports industry? Up until that point, progress had been made in the area of gender equality, but it was clear the organization needed to make more headway in creating a real connection between snowsports and underrepresented communities.

The action plan is not the beginning of, or the end of the organization’s DEI efforts, but is a tool to focus efforts on key priorities and provide accountability over the next three years. The plan is designed to have a positive impact on diversity and inclusion across our organization, our athletes, our members, our clubs, our donors, and our fans around the world. It is a symbol and a representation of a commitment to advancing DEI throughout the organization and snowsports in a way that is both meaningful and lasting. 
 

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan
June 2021 DEI Update: One Year of Progress 

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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 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.
 

Former FIS President Kasper Passes Away

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
July, 12 2021
Gian Franco Kasper

U.S. Ski & Snowboard mourns the passing of FIS President Gian Franco Kasper, who will be long remembered for the extraordinary role he played in growing a small sport into one of the most impactful in the Olympics over his 46 years of service at FIS (International Ski Federation). His leadership has established a strong base for the next generation of our sport under new FIS President Johan Eliasch.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Gian Franco Kasper’s family. 

For more information please see FIS-Ski.com

Dexter Paine
FIS Council Member

Tiger Shaw
President and CEO