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2022-23 U.S. Snowboard Team Nominations

By Annie Fast
May, 13 2022
Chris, Sean, Red
Chris Corning, Sean FitzSimons and Red Gerard are all nominated to the 2022-23 U.S. Snowboard Team. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Mark Clavin).

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced nominations for the U.S. Snowboard Team halfpipe, slopestyle, big air, and snowboardcross disciplines for the 2022-2023 season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season. 

The current year’s U.S. Snowboard Team nominations include 29 pro-level and 20 rookie and development level riders headlined by 2022 Olympic medalists Chloe Kim, Lindsey Jacobellis, Nick Baumgartner, and Julia Marino. 

The U.S. Slopestyle and Big Air team continue to showcase the depth of U.S. talent with a roster of 19 riders deep. The men’s and women’s pro team includes some of the most accomplished riders in the world including Olympic medalist Julia Marino and past Gold Medalists Jamie Anderson and Red Gerard. The men’s pro team also includes Luke Winkelmann, Jake Canter, and Sean FitzSimons, who all earned their first World Cup podiums in 2022, plus Chris Corning who finished third in both Big Air and Slopestyle on the World Snowboarding Points List. New recruits to the U.S. Slopestyle and Big Air rookie team include Kaitlyn Adams, Rebecca Flynn, and Lucas Ferry.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim headlines the women's pro U.S. Halfpipe Team, along with Maddie Mastro. The men’s pro team includes an incredible mix of veteran talent and youthful energy exemplified by 2022 Olympians Taylor Gold, Chase Josey, and Lucas Foster.

The next-generation U.S. Snowboard men’s halfpipe rookie team is re-upped with a whole new roster featuring Levko Fedorowycz, Noah Avallone, Kade Martin, Alessandro Berbieri, and Sumner Orr.

The powerhouse U.S. Snowboardcross Team, led by 2022 Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Jacobellis and Nick Baumgartner, continues to build, with top-10 World Cup finishers Faye Gulini and Stacy Gaskill on the women’s side and a deep men’s field including veterans Alex Deibold, Hagen Kearney and Senna Leith. The 15-member team reinforces the ranks this season with new women’s rookie riders including Junior World Championship silver medalist Brianna Schnorrbusch and NorAm winner Acy Craig. 

"Team USA is so grateful for the top-level riders returning to the team along with this fantastic group of newcomers to continue the legacy," said U.S. Snowboard Team Coach Mike Jankowski. "It truly takes a community to make this happen and we must acknowledge the clubs, families, and resorts who make it all happen."

Each athlete accepting their nomination to the U.S. Snowboard Team receives world-class program support, along with access to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard USANA Center of Excellence, as well as athletic benefits including expert coaching, sport science, sports medicine, and high-performance staff, and education opportunities. 

An official U.S. Snowboard Team announcement will be made in the fall. 

2022-23 U.S. Snowboard Team Nominations
(Hometown; Club; USASA Series; Birthdate)
*Newly named to the U.S. Snowboard Team

SLOPESTYLE / BIG AIR PRO TEAM

Men

  • Red Gerard (Silverthorne, Colo.; Rocky Mountain Series; 6/29/00)
  • Luke Winkelmann (Blowing Rock, N.C.; Kirk’s Camp; Rocky Mountain Series: 12/18/00)
  • Sean FitzSimons (Hood River, Ore.; Mount Bachelor Sports Education Foundation; Central Oregon Series; 9/22/00)
  • Chris Corning (Silverthorne, Colo.; Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 9/7/99)
  • Judd Henkes (La Jolla, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 4/3/01)
  • Brock Crouch (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 8/22/99)
  • Dusty Henricksen (Mammoth Lakes, Calif; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 2/2/03)

Women

  • Jamie Anderson (S. Lake Tahoe, Calif.; South Tahoe Series; 9/13/90)
  • Julia Marino (Westport, Conn.; Southern Vermont Series; 9/11/97)
  • Hailey Langland (San Clemente, Calif.; Tahoe Select Snowboard Team; Tahoe Series; 8/2/00)
  • Ty Schnorrbusch (Monroe Township, N.J.; Tru Snowboarding, Rocky Mountain Series 5/15/02) 

SLOPESTYLE / BIG AIR ROOKIE TEAM 

Men

  • Fynn Bullock-Womble (Mebane, N.C.; BK Pro; Rocky Mountain Series; 2/3/05)
  • Jake Canter (Evergreen, Colo.; Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club; Aspen Snowmass Series; 7/19/03)
  • Liam Johnson (Savage, Minn.; G Team; Upper Midwest Snow Series; 11/26/2004)
  • Lucas Ferry (Pennington, NJ; American Snowboard Training Center; Southern Vermont Series; ​​6/16/2004)*

Women

  • Kaitlyn Adams (Silverthorne, Colo.; Worldwide Snowboarding; Rocky Mountain Series; 9/16/2005)*
  • Courtney Rummel (West Bend, Wisc.; Midwest Best Series; 11/12/03)
  • Jade Thurgood (Salt Lake City, Utah; Park City Ski & Snowboard; Big Mountain West Series; 1/27/02)
  • Rebecca Flynn (Victoria, MN; The G Team; Upper Midwest Snow Series; 7/24/2006)*

SNOWBOARDCROSS PRO TEAM 

Women

  • Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, Vt.; Stratton Mountain School; Southern Vermont Series; 8/19/85)
  • Faye Gulini (Salt Lake City, Utah; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; Rocky Mountain Series; 3/24/92)
  • Stacy Gaskill (Golden, Colo.; Winter Park Competition Center; Rocky Mountain Series; 5/21/00)
  • Meghan Tierney (Eagle, Colo.; Board Stars Race Team; Rocky Mountain Series; 1/15/97) 

Men

  • Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, Mich.; Superior Series; 12/17/81); 4/16/98)
  • Alex Deibold (Manchester, Vt.; Stratton Mountain School; Southern Vermont Series; 5/8/86)
  • Hagen Kearney (Norwood, Colo.; International Snowboard Training Center; Rocky Mountain Series; 11/6/91)
  • Senna Leith (Vail, Colo.; International Snowboard Training Center; Rocky Mountain Series; 4/8/97)
  • Connor Schlegel (Edwards, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; Rocky Mountain Series; 3/13/2002)
  • Jake Vedder (Pinckney, Mich.; International Snowboard Training Center; Rocky Mountain Series
  • Cody Winters (Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 4/20/2000)

SNOWBOARDCROSS DEVELOPMENT GROUP 

Women

  • Livia Molodyh (Hubbard, Ore.; Park City Ski & Snowboard; Mt. Hood Series; 6/30/99)
  • Acy Craig (Stowe, Vt.; Park City Ski and Snowboard; Big Mountain West Series; 12/3/2002)*
  • Bri Schnorrbusch (Monroe Township, N.J.; Gould Academy Competition Program; Maine Mountain Series; 1/30/2006)*

Men

  • Tyler Hamel (Bethel, Maine; Gould Academy; Maine Mountain Series; 7/12/2004) 

HALFPIPE PRO TEAM 

Women

  • Chloe Kim (Torrance, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 4/23/00)
  • Maddie Mastro (Wrightwood, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 2/22/00)

Men

  • Taylor Gold (Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 11/17/93)
  • Chase Josey (Hailey, Idaho; Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation; Big Mountain West Series; 3/31/95)
  • Lucas Foster (Telluride, Colo.; Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 9/17/99)
  • Toby Miller (Truckee, Calif; Tahoe Select Snowboard Team; North Tahoe Series; 2/14/00)
  • Joey Okesson (Southbury, Conn.; Okemo Mountain School; Southern Vermont Series; 8/23/2002)

HALFPIPE ROOKIE TEAM 

Women

  • Sonora Alba (San Pedro, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 7/16/2006)
  • Tessa Maud (Carlsbad, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 10/10/03)
  • Bea Kim (Palos Verdes, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 1/25/2007)

Men

  • Levko Fedorowycz (Topanga, CA; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 8/21/2004)*
  • Noah Avallone (Montauk, NY.; Stratton Mountain School; Southern Vermont Series; 5/16/2007)*
  • Kade Martin (Bellyache Ridge, CO; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail; Rocky Mountain Series; 1/21/2006)*
  • Alessandro Barbieri (Portland, OR; Tahoe Select Snowboard Team; USASA Division - Mt. Hood; 10/5/2008)*
  • Sumner Orr (Weston, VT.; Okemo Mountain School; Southern Vermont Series; 3/22/2006)*

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U.S. Ski & Snowboard Announces Wigwam As Official Sock Provider

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
May, 12 2022
USSS

Wigwam, the 117-year-old company in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, has teamed up with U.S. Ski & Snowboard, the Olympic national governing body of skiing and snowboarding in the United States, as the official sock provider.

The multi-year deal will provide ski and snowboard athletes, coaches, and on-snow support staff with socks knit in the U.S.A. that provide comfort, durability, and unrivaled patented performance. 

“For more than 100 years, Wigwam has been dedicated to enhancing the lives of their customers,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard Chief Revenue Officer Michael O’Conor. “Their commitment to work with our athletes and coaches, and to develop socks specifically catering to athletic needs, will pay huge dividends as we enter another Olympic cycle.”

Wigwam recently provided athletes and staff competing in Europe, and on the world’s biggest athletic stage, with their SynchroKnit™ Snow Junkie socks to keep them warm, comfortable and support peak performance.  SynchroKnit™ technology knits socks with patented precision that enables socks to follow the natural contour of the foot. It is the only sock with a truly custom fit.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to work side by side with U.S. Ski and Snowboard and partner at multiple levels,” said Chief Merchandising Officer Margaret Newhard. “Wigwam’s legacy in the outdoors runs deep and we feel confident this collaboration will not only strengthen athlete and support staff during their year-round training and competition, but also inspire upcoming generations of aspiring athletes.”

The partnership will include co-branded products, and social media content and campaigns centered around U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes

About Wigwam
Since 1905, Wigwam has been family-owned, rooted in Sheboygan Wisconsin, and committed to knitting socks in the United States. Its longevity can be credited to the company’s fervent commitment to quality, comfort, and innovation.  For four generations, Wigwam has been knitting socks with life in mind, no matter what it brings. Enhancing consumers everyday experiences is part of the brand’s legacy and part of what has led to the development of three patented technologies by the company. Ultimax® and INgenius® constructions elevate the properties of knitting yarns and maximize moisture management. SynchroKnit® powered by Wigwam® focuses on a revolutionary new way of knitting that provides a fit like no other because it is knit like no other. Wigwam’s craftsmanship is felt on every foot it touches. For more information visit www.wigwam.com.

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 2022, competing in seven teams; alpine, cross country, freeski, freestyle, snowboard, nordic combined, and ski jumping. In addition to the fully-funded 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.

For More Information:
Tom Horrocks
U.S. Ski & Snowboard
tom.horrocks@usskiandsnowboard.org

 

2022-23 U.S. Freeski Team Nominations

By Annie Fast
May, 12 2022
Maggie Voisin, Mac Forehand, Colby Stevenson and Alex Hall
Maggie Voisin, Mac Forehand, Colby Stevenson and Alex Hall are all nominated to the 2022-23 U.S. Freeski Team.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced its U.S. Freeski Team halfpipe, slopestyle and big air nominations for the 2022-23 season. Nominations include those active athletes who have qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season.

The  2022-23 U.S. Freeski Team nominations include 23 pro-level and 14 rookie freeskiers. These athletes make up the winningest freeski team in the world, earning an incredible five 2022 Olympic medals and 20 World Cup podiums this past season alone. 

2022 Olympic silver and bronze medalists, David Wise and Alex Ferreira, headline the U.S. Halfpipe Team on the men’s side, along with fellow Olympians Aaron Blunck and Birk Irving among the deep field of veteran athletes. Winter Park Competition Center’s Dylan Ladd is bumping up to the pro ranks following a breakthrough season taking his place among this nine-man team. 

On the women’s U.S. Halfpipe Team, it's 2022 Olympians Brita Sigourney, Hanna Faulhaber and Carly Margulies. Seventeen-year-old Faulhaber ended the season ranked second in the World Cup standings, along with Sigourney in the top ten.

The U.S. Halfpipe Rookie Team is getting a major boost with three-time Junior World Championship medalist Kate Gray, hailing from the Mammoth Mountain Freeski Team, joining the women’s team and two-time Junior’s medalist Matt Labaugh from Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, along with Pro Team Foundation’s Kai Morris and Park City Ski and Snowboard’s Ben Fethke adding to the men’s team. 

The U.S. Slopestyle Pro Team is once again packed, with 2022 Olympic Slopestyle gold and silver medalists Alex Hall and Nick Goepper, and Big Air silver medalist Colby Stevenson on the men’s side. The deep field also includes Olympian Mac Forehand, who finished this season ranked third in the World Cup slopestyle points list and eighth overall. Waterville Valley BBTS’s Hunter Henderson is making the jump up to the pro team after an incredible season, where he also finished among the top ten in World Cup slopestyle points. 

The U.S. Slopestyle women’s field features 2022 Olympians Maggie Voisin, Caroline Claire and Marin Hamill, who finished the season fifth in World Cup slopestyle standings. And Grace Henderson earned a bump up to the pro team—Henderson also hails from the Waterville Valley BBTS team. 

“These men and women have so much to be proud of in being nominated to this ‘best in the world’ 2022-23 U.S. Freeski team,” shared Head Coach Mike Jankowski. “They all operate with true passion and full dedication to the art of freeskiing. And the reward has been the top-notch results they have achieved so far. You can trust that they will continue to represent the USA with everything they have.”

Each athlete accepting the nomination to the U.S. Freeski Team receives world-class program support, along with access to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard USANA Center of Excellence, as well as athletic benefits including sport science, sports medicine, and education opportunities. 

An official U.S. Freeski Team announcement will be made in the fall. 

2022-23 U.S. Freeski Team Nominations 

(Hometown; Club; USASA Series; Birthdate) 
*Newly named to the U.S. Freeski Team

HALFPIPE PRO TEAM
Women 

  • Brita Sigourney (Carmel, Calif.; Intermountain Series; 1/17/90)
  • Carly Margulies (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Freeski Team; Unbound Series; 12/24/97)
  • Hanna Faulhaber (Carbondale, Colo.; Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 9/04/04

Men 

  • Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; Rocky Mountain Series; 4/12/96)
  • Alex Ferreira (Aspen, Colo.; Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club; Aspen/Snowmass Series; 8/14/94) 
  • Birk Irving (Winter Park, Colo.; Winter Park Freeride Team; Rocky Mountain Series; 7/26/99) 
  • David Wise (Reno, Nev.; 6/30/90)
  • Lyman Currier (Boulder, Colo.; Winter Park Freeski Team; Rocky Mountain Series; 8/28/94) 
  • Dylan Ladd (Lakewood, Colo.; Winter Park Competition Center; Rocky Mountain Series; 8/29/01) 
  • Cassidy Jarrell (Aspen, Colo.; Rocky Mountain Series; 8/31/99)
  • Hunter Hess (Bend, Ore.; Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation; Central Oregon Series; 10/01/98)
  • Taylor Seaton (Avon, Colo.; 7/16/90)

HALFPIPE ROOKIE TEAM 
Women

  • Kate Gray (Crowley Lake, Ca.; Mammoth Mountain Freeski Team; Unbound Series, 06/29/2006)*
  • Svea Irving (Winter Park, Colo.; Winter Park Freeride Team; Rocky Mountain Series; 2/27/02)
  • Riley Jacobs (Oak Creek, Colo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 8/14/2003) 

Men 

  • Kai Morris (Aspen, Colo.; Pro Team Foundation, Rocky Mountain Series, 3/22/2004)*
  • Matt Labaugh (Avon, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Rocky Mountain Series, 01/05/2004)*
  • Tristan Feinberg (Aspen, Colo.; Rocky Mountain Series; 4/23/2003)
  • Ben Fethke (Boise, Idaho; Big Mountain West Series; 04/14/2006)*
  • Connor Ladd (Lakewood, Colo.; Rocky Mountain Series; 9/26/03)
  • Hunter Carey (Winter Park, Colo.; Winter Park Competition Center; Rocky Mountain Series; 6/12/02)

SLOPESTYLE / BIG AIR PRO TEAM
Women 

  • Caroline Claire (Manchester Center, Vt.; Stratton Mountain School; Southern Vermont Series; 2/2/00) 
  • Maggie Voisin (Whitefish, Mont.; Park City Ski and Snowboard; Big Mountain West Series; 12/14/98)
  • Marin Hamill (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski and Snowboard; Big Mountain West Series; 4/5/01)
  • Rell Harwood (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski and Snowboard; Big Mountain West Series; 6/1/01)
  • Grace Henderson (Madbury, N.H.; Waterville Valley BBTS; New Hampshire Series; 4/28/01)

Men 

  • Alex Hall (Salt Lake City, Utah; Park City Ski and Snowboard; Big Mountain West Series; 9/21/98)
  • Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, Ind.; Cork Technologies and Consulting; Rocky Mountain Series; 3/14/94)
  • Colby Stevenson (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski and Snowboard; Big Mountain West Series; 10/3/97)
  • Mac Forehand (Winhall, Vt.; Stratton Mountain School; Southern Vermont Series; 8/4/01) 
  • Cody LaPlante (Truckee, Calif.; Squaw Valley Freestyle and Freeride Team; North Tahoe Series; 2/15/02)
  • Hunter Henderson (Madbury, N.H..; Waterville Valley BBTS; New Hampshire Series; 12/28/2002)

SLOPESTYLE / BIG AIR ROOKIE TEAM 
Women 

  • Bella Bacon (Ellicottville, N.Y.; Agenda Freeski; Western New York Series; 1/29/04)
  • Jay Riccomini (He/Him, Port Matilda, Penn.; Team Summit Colorado; Rocky Mountain Series; 3/12/2004) 

Men 

  • Troy Podmilsak (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski and Snowboard; Big Mountain West Series; 8/23/2004)
  • Konnor Ralph (Helena, Mont.; Wy’East Mountain Academy; Mt. Hood Series; 1/27/2003) 
  • Charlie Gnoza (South Londonderry, Vt.; Stratton Mountain School; Southern Vermont Series; 8/2/2003) 


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2022-23 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Nominations

By Lara Carlton
May, 11 2022
Jaelin Kauf
Jaelin Kauf claimed silver at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Mike Dawson).

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced its U.S. Freestyle Ski Team nominations for the 2022-23 competition season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season. Twenty-six aerials and moguls athletes have been nominated to the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team. 

“The athletes nominated to the 2022-23 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team represent an exciting mix of Olympic medalists, accomplished veterans, and new rookie blood,” said Matt Gnoza, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Development Director. “We embark on this new Olympic quad cycle with a ton of momentum and I look forward to watching our aerials and moguls skiers continue to be leaders in their disciplines both on and off the hill.”

The 2022-23 team is highlighted by 2022 Olympic medalists Jaelin Kauf (silver, moguls), Ashley Caldwell (gold, mixed team aerials), Chris Lillis (gold, mixed team aerials), Justin Schoenefeld, and Megan Nick (bronze, aerials). 

The 2022-23 FIS Freestyle World Cup calendar is expected to be confirmed by the International Ski Federation (FIS) later this month. The 2023 FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Championships are scheduled for Feb. 20 - March 3 in Bakuriani, Georgia.

Each athlete accepting the nomination to U.S. Ski Team receives world-class program support, along with access to the USANA Center of Excellence, as well as athletic benefits including elite coaching, sport science, sports medicine, high performance staff, and education opportunities.

An official U.S. Freestyle Ski Team announcement will be made in the fall.

2022-23 Freestyle Nominations
(Hometown; Club; Birthdate)

U.S. Mogul Ski Team

Men

  • Cole McDonald (Park City, Utah; Wasatch Freestyle; 3/6/2003)
  • Nick Page (Park City, Utah; Wasatch Freestyle Foundation; 8/1/02)

Women

  • Olivia Giaccio (Redding, Conn.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 8/15/00)
  • Tess Johnson (Vail, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 6/19/00)
  • Jaelin Kauf (Alta, Wyo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 9/26/96)
  • Elizabeth Lemley (Vail, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 1/22/2006) 
  • Kai Owens (Vail, Colo.; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail; 8/16/04)
  • Hannah Soar (Somers, Conn.; Killington Mountain School; 6/4/99)

D Team

  • Kasey Hogg (Park City, Utah; Wasatch Freestyle Foundation; 1/8/03)
  • Ali Macuga (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski & Snowboard; 9/24/03)
  • Dylan Marcellini (Walnut Creek, Calif.; Wasatch Freestyle; 9/29/02)
  • Charlie Mickel (Durango, Colo.: Durango Winter Sports Club, Wasatch Freestyle; 7/06/04)
  • Sami Worthington (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski & Snowboard, Wasatch Freestyle; 6/15/04)

U.S. Aerial Ski Team

Men

  • Quinn Dehlinger (Cincinnati, Ohio; Elite Aerial Development Program; 6/8/02)
  • Chris Lillis (Pittsford, N.Y.; Bristol Mountain Freestyle Team; 10/4/98)
  • Eric Loughran (Pelham, N.H.; Loon Mountain Freestyle; 12/4/95)
  • Derek Kreuger (Cleveland, Ohio; Park City Ski & Snowboard; 6/2/03)
  • Justin Schoenefeld (Lawrenceburg, Ind.; Elite Aerial Development Program; 8/13/98)

Women

  • Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, Va.; Elite Aerial Development Program; 9/14/93)
  • Karenna Elliott (Cincinnati, Ohio; Park City Ski and Snowboard, 5/24/00)
  • Kaila Kuhn (Boyne City, Mich.; Park City Ski and Snowboard; 4/8/03)
  • Dani Loeb (Pintlala, Ala.; Park City Ski and Snowboard; 8/10/01)
  • Megan Nick (Shelburne, Vt.; Elite Aerial Development Program; 7/9/96)
  • Megan Smallhouse (Reno, Nev.; Park City Ski and Snowboard; 1/16/01)
  • Tasia Tanner (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski and Snowboard; 7/26/02)
  • Winter Vinecki (Gaylord, Mich.; Park City Ski and Snowboard; 12/18/98)

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2022-23 U.S. Cross Country Team Nominations

By Tom Horrocks
May, 10 2022
2022-23 Team Announcement
Scott Patterson (left, Rosi Brennan, Zak Ketterson, and Jessie Diggins are all nominated to the 2022-23 U.S. Cross Country Team. (Nordic Focus)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced the 22 athletes nominated to the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team for the 2022-23 season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on the published selection criteria in the prior season.

In addition to established veterans, including three-time Olympic medalist Jessie Diggins and two-time Olympians Rosie Brennan and Scott Patterson, the 2022-23 Team includes five new members. Moving up to the A Team and joining Diggins, Brennan and JC Schoonmaker for the coming season are 2022 Olympians Julia Kern, Novie McCabe, Ben Ogden and Patterson. 

B Team nominations include 2022 Olympians Hailey Swirbul, Sophia Laukli, Gus Schumacher, Kevin Bolger and Luke Jager. John Steel Hagenbuch and Hunter Wonders move from the D-Team to the B Team, and Zak Ketterson re-joins the national team program as a member of the B Team for the 2022-23 season. Finn O’Connell has been nominated to the B Team for the first time after finishing fourth in the overall SuperTour standings, which included nine individual top-10 results. 

Development Team nominations include returning team athletes Sydney Palmer-Leger – the 2020-21 NCAA Champion – and Zanden McMullen. New Development Team athletes include Sammy Smith, who finished fifth in the freestyle sprint at the 2022 Junior World Championships; and three members of the bronze-medal winning U.S. men’s relay team from the 2022 Junior World Championship – Will Koch, Michael Earnhart, and Walker Hall.

“This team is the largest in U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s XC history, and it could become our most successful one, too,” noted Head Coach Matt Whitcomb. “There is clear talent, as well as a history of impressive results, but most importantly, these are individuals from many different clubs in the U.S. that are interested in connecting and believing in one another, and pushing hard. Talent and past results don’t get me as excited as a bunch of athletes that are ready to lock in together.”

Notable retirements following the 2021-22 season include 2022 Olympian Hannah Halvorsen, and Junior World Championships bronze medalist Katharine Odgen.

The 2022-23 FIS Cross Country World Cup season is scheduled to kick off with races in Ruka, Finland Nov. 25-27. The 2023 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships are scheduled for Feb. 21 through March 5 in Planica, Slovenia.

A 2022-23 staff announcement will be forthcoming, while an official U.S. Cross Country Ski Team announcement will be made in the fall.

2022-23 Cross Country Nominations(Hometown; Club; Birthdate)

A TEAM
Women

  • Rosie Brennan (Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Pacific University Ski Nordic Center; 12/21/88)
  • Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.; Stratton Mountain School Elite Team; 8/26/91)
  • Julia Kern (Waltham, Mass.; Stratton Mountain School Elite Team; 9/12/97)
  • Novie McCabe (Winthrop, Wash.; Methow Valley Nordic Team/University of Utah; 12/15/01)

Men

  • Ben Ogden (Landgrove, Vt.; Stratton Mountain School Elite Team/University of Vermont; 2/13/00)
  • Scott Patterson (Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center; 1/28/92)
  • JC Schoonmaker (Tahoe City, Calif; University of Alaska Anchorage/Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy; 8/12/00)

B TEAM
Women

  • Sophia Laukli (Yarmouth, Maine; University of Utah; 6/8/00)
  • Hailey Swirbul (Aspen, Colo.; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center; 7/10/98)

Men

  • Kevin Bolger (Minocqua, Wisc.; Sun Valley Gold Team; 4/11/93)
  • John Steel Hagenbuch (Ketchum, Idaho; Sun Valley Gold Team; 10/1/2001)
  • Luke Jager (Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center/University of Utah; 1/17/00)
  • Zak Ketterson (Bloomington, Minn; Team Birkie/Northern Michigan University; 4/2/97)
  • Finn O’Connell (Bozeman, Mont.; Bridger Ski Foundation; 6/26/1998)
  • Gus Schumacher (Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Winter Stars; 7/25/00)
  • Hunter Wonders (Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center; 8/7/98)

DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Women

  • Sydney Palmer-Leger (Park City, Utah; Sun Valley Gold Team/University of Utah; 2/4/2002)
  • Sammy Smith (Boise, Idaho; Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation; 9-22-2005)

Men

  • Michael Earnhart (Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center; 8-11-2002)
  • Walker Hall  (Winthrop, Wash.; Methow Valley Nordic Team/University of Utah; 6-11-2002)
  • Will Koch (Peru, Vermont; Stratton Mountain School T2/University of Colorado; 2-21-2002)
  • Zanden McMullen (Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center/Montana State University; 5/31/2001)

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Kappa Joins U.S. Ski & Snowboard As Official Technical Apparel Partner of U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Freeski Team, U.S. Snowboard Team

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
May, 10 2022
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U.S. Ski & Snowboard announced today that Kappa, Italy’s leading sportswear brand, has signed a multi-year sponsorship as Official Technical Apparel Partner of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Freeski Team, and U.S. Snowboard Team. This is the first time a single outerwear and race suit provider has outfitted all the U.S. teams.

As a global lifestyle brand with a focus on athletics, fashion, innovative campaigns and collaborations, Kappa will outfit all teams with outerwear, speed and race suits beginning with the 2022-23 season and provide additional support for all U.S. domestic and FIS World Cup events through the 2032 season. The partnership also includes outfitting all U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes who will compete in the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Italy and the 2030 Olympic Games. The partnership will include a fashion retail line helping to expand Kappa’s footprint across the U.S.

“We are incredibly excited to partner with such an iconic brand that will enhance our team’s performance and style,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Sophie Goldschmidt. “The opportunity to have a single outerwear and race suit provider for all teams will allow us to streamline every aspect of this partnership to reach its fullest potential. In addition, Kappa’s research and development will provide U.S. athletes with significant technical advantages as they focus on next season, the 2026 Olympic Winter Games and beyond.”

Born in Turin, Italy in 1967, Kappa is the leading Italian sportswear brand that produces apparel, footwear and accessories for sport and leisure. Present in more than 130 countries and worn by professional athletes and style enthusiasts around the world, Kappa is recognized for its heritage of technical sportswear and a non-conformist blend of Italian technology and style. Recognized as The Champions Jersey, Kappa’s iconic Omini Logo is featured on many of the top teams in soccer and Formula 1, along with other sports teams and athletes worldwide. 

“We’re truly honoured to start this long-term partnership with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard,” said Lorenzo Boglione, Vice President Sales, BasicNet S.p.A. “For Kappa, this is a great opportunity as well as a wonderful comeback to sponsor an American national team, as we did from 1982 to 1988 with the USA Track and Field. We are very proud to dress these incredible athletes. Being together in the Milano-Cortina 2026 Winter Olympics here in Italy will be amazing.”

Throughout the partnership, Kappa will collaborate with U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes and coaches on research and development aspects of athletic performance wear. For the alpine speed suits, the collaboration will include wind-tunnel testing and proprietary custom-tailored suit development.

The partnership also includes U.S. Ski & Snowboard athlete activation and ambassador programs, broadcast, social media and digital promotion rights, custom competition content creation and email marketing campaigns with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard fan base. Kappa branding will also be seen on all athlete uniforms and team gear, as well as available to consumers through U.S. Ski & Snowboard and Kappa official branded merchandise.

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About Kappa
Kappa® is one of the brands owned by BasicNet SpA, an Italian company that also owns Robe di Kappa®, Jesus Jeans®, K-Way®, Superga®, Sabelt®, Briko® and Sebago®, leading clothing, footwear and accessories brands for sport and leisure. BasicNet operates worldwide through a network of entrepreneurs who, under license, produce or distribute products with the Group’s trademarks. BasicNet provides these companies with research and development, product industrialization and global marketing services. All business processes take place solely via the internet, which makes BasicNet a “fully web integrated company”. BasicNet, based in Turin, has been listed on the Italian Stock Exchange since 1999.

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 2022, competing in seven teams; alpine, cross country, freeski, freestyle, snowboard, nordic combined, and ski jumping. In addition to fully funding 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

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2022-23 U.S. Alpine Ski Team Nominations

By Megan Harrod
May, 9 2022
2022-23 U.S. Alpine Ski Team Announced

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced the 42 athletes nominated to the U.S. Alpine Ski Team for the 2022-23 competition season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on the published selection criteria in the prior season.

Joining FIS Ski World Cup standouts like two-time Olympic champion and six-time world champion Mikaela Shiffrin, Olympic silver medalist Ryan Cochran-Siegle, and seven-time World Cup downhill podium finisher Breezy Johnson on the 2022-23 A Team will be River Radamus, who ended up ranked top-15 in the world in giant slalom and posted several top-10 finishes. Radamus also finished just off the podium in fourth in the giant slalom at Beijing 2022. 

B Team nominations are highlighted by Ava Sunshine Jemison, Lauren Macuga, and Allie Resnick’s leap from the D Team based on their strong and consistent results during the 2021-22 season, highlighted by Jemison’s silver medal in the super-G and Macuga’s bronze in the downhill at the 2022 FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships. Joining this crew in the B Team ranks will be Isaiah Nelson, the 2022 Junior World Super-G Champion.

Camden Palmquist, Jay Poulter, and Cooper Puckett are making moves from the D Team to the C Team for the 2022-23 season, while D Team nominations include three fresh facesElisabeth Bocock, Kaitlin Keane, and Kjersti Moritz. 

“It has been great to hit the ground running with the camps at our official training site in Mammoth, and see the potential this group of athletes has,” commented Alpine Director Patrick Riml. “We have a solid group of veterans who have yet to see their full potential, as well as a promising group of young athletes coming up through the ranks. I’m excited to see what they can do, and I’m even more excited to do what I can to help them reach their potential.”

The 2022-23 FIS Alpine World Cup season is scheduled to kick off for the men and women with a pair of giant slalom races in Soelden, Austria Oct. 22-23. The 2023 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships are scheduled for Feb. 6-19 in Courchevel/Meribel, France.

A 2022-23 staff announcement will be forthcoming, while an official U.S. Alpine Ski Team announcement will be made in the fall.

2022-23 U.S. Alpine Ski Team Nominations
(Hometown; Club; Birthdate)

A TEAM

Women

  • Breezy Johnson (Victor, Idaho; Rowmark Ski Academy; 1/19/1996)
  • Paula Moltzan (Prior Lake, Minn.; Buck Hill Ski Team/Ski and Snowboard Club Vail and University of Vermont; 4/7/1994)
  • Nina O’Brien (Edwards, Colo.; Burke Mountain Academy/Team Palisades Tahoe; 11/29/1997)
  • Mikaela Shiffrin (Edwards, Colo.; Burke Mountain Academy/Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 3/13/1995)

Men

  • Bryce Bennett (Olympic Valley, Calif.; Team Palisades Tahoe; 7/14/1992)
  • Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, Vt.; Cochran’s/Mount Mansfield Ski & Snowboard Club; 3/27/1992)
  • Tommy Ford (Bend, OR; Mt. Bachelor Ski Education Foundation; 3/20/1989)
  • Travis Ganong (Olympic Valley, Calif.; Team Palisades Tahoe; 7/14/1988)
  • Steven Nyman (Sundance, Utah; Park City Ski and Snowboard/Sundance Ski Team; 2/12/1982) 
  • River Radamus (Edwards, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 2/12/1998)                    

B TEAM

Women

  • Keely Cashman (Strawberry, Calif.; Team Palisades Tahoe; 4/4/1999)
  • AJ Hurt (Carnelian Bay, Calif.; Team Palisades Tahoe; 12/5/2000)
  • Ava Sunshine Jemison (Edwards, Colo.; Burke Mountain Academy; 6/20/2002)
  • Lauren Macuga (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski & Snowboard; 7/4/2002)
  • Alice Merryweather (Hingham, Mass.; Attitash Race Team/Stratton Mountain School; 10/5/1996)
  • Allie Resnick (Vail, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 9/1/2001)
  • Jacqueline Wiles (Aurora, Ore.; White Pass Ski Club; 7/13/1992)
  • Alix Wilkinson (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.; Team Palisades Tahoe; 8/2/2000)
  • Isabella Wright (Salt Lake City, UT; Snowbird Sports Education Foundation; 2/10/1997)

Men

  • Erik Arvidsson (Woodside, CA; Team Palisades Tahoe and Middlebury College; 9/3/1996)
  • Bridger Gile (Aspen, Colo., Aspen Valley Ski Club/Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 10/15/1999)
  • Jared Goldberg (Holladay, Utah; Snowbird Sports Education Foundation; 6/15/1991)
  • Kyle Negomir (Littleton, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 10/3/1998)
  • Isaiah Nelson (Wayzata, MN.; Buck Hill Ski Racing Club; 4/3/2001)
  • Ben Ritchie (Waitsfield, VT; Green Mountain Valley School; 9/5/2000)
  • Jett Seymour (Steamboat, Colo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and University of Denver Ski Team; 11/5/1998)
  • Luke Winters (Gresham, Ore.; Sugar Bowl Academy; 4/2/1997)

C TEAM

Women

  • Katie Hensien (Redmond, Wash.; Rowmark Ski Academy; 12/1/1999)
  • Zoe Zimmermann (Gilford, N.H.; Burke Mountain Academy; 5/16/2002)

Men

  • Camden Palmquist (Eagan, Minn.; Team Summit Colorado; 4/15/2003)
  • Jay Poulter (Bondville, Vt.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club/Stratton Mountain School; 7/1/2003)
  • Cooper Puckett (Steamboat, Colo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 3/31/2003)

D TEAM

Women

  • Elisabeth Bocock (Salt Lake City, UT; Rowmark Ski Academy; 9/3/2005)*
  • Mary Bocock (Salt Lake City, UT; Rowmark Ski Academy; 10/3/2003)
  • Kaitlin Keane (Vail, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 11/26/2004)*
  • Storm Klomhaus (Boulder, Colo.; Team X Alpine and University of Denver Ski Team; 7/17/1998)
  • Kjersti Moritz (Edwards, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 11/28/2004)*
  • Emma Resnick (Vail, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 7/23/2003)
  • Dasha Romanov (Thornton, Colo.; Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation; 5/3/2003)

Men

  • Justin Bigatel (Park City, UT; Burke Mountain Academy; 4/29/2003)
  • Ryder Sarchett (Ketchum, ID; Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation; 7/28/2003)
  • Jack Smith (Sun Valley, Idaho; Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation; 4/24/2001)

*Newly named to the U.S. Ski Team

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Finalists Announced for U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame, Class of 2022

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
May, 2 2022
Julia and Lindsey Vancouver 2010
Olympic champions Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso, pictured here celebrating their 1-2 finish in the downhill at Vancouver 2010, are among the five U.S. Ski & Snowboard alpine finalists for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame, Class of 2022. (Brian Robb Photography)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee today announced the finalists for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame, Class of 2022, consisting of 15 Olympians, nine Paralympians, three Olympic teams, two Paralympic teams, six legends, three coaches and three special contributors. Team USA fans can cast their vote HERE for the Olympian, Paralympian, Olympic team and Paralympic team categories from today through May 16 to help determine the Class of 2022, which will mark the first class inducted into the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame since 2019.

“On behalf of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, it is an honor to unveil the finalists for induction into the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic
Hall of Fame, Class of 2022,” said USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland. “Each finalist has had a profound impact on Team USA, and on the greater Olympic and Paralympic movements. We are proud to honor their work in living out the Olympic and Paralympic ideals, and we look forward to celebrating the Class of 2022.”

The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame finalists for 2022 include:

Olympic

Kristin Armstrong, Cycling; Natalie Coughlin, Swimming; Shani Davis, Speedskating; Cammi Granato, Hockey; Mia Hamm, Soccer; Kayla Harrison, Judo; Michelle Kwan, Figure Skating; Eleanor ‘Elle’ Logan, Rowing; Julia Mancuso, Alpine Skiing; Bode Miller, Alpine Skiing; Michael Phelps, Swimming; John Smith, Wrestling; Dawn Staley, Basketball; Brenda Villa, Water Polo; Lindsey Vonn, Alpine Skiing

Paralympic
Steve Cash, Sled Hockey; Muffy Davis, Para Alpine Skiing, Para-cycling; Susan Hagel, Wheelchair Basketball, Para Archery, Para Track and Field; Trischa Zorn-Hudson, Para Swimming; David Kiley, Wheelchair Basketball, Para Track and Field, Para Alpine Skiing; Marla Runyan, Para Track and Field, Olympic Track and Field; Marlon Shirley, Para Track and Field; Andy Soule, Para Nordic Skiing; Cortney (Jordan) Truitt, Para Swimming

Olympic Team
1976 Women’s Swimming 4x100 Freestyle Relay Team; 1996 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team; 2010 Four-Man Bobsled Team

Paralympic Team
2002 U.S. Sled Hockey Team; 2008 U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team

Legend
Billy Fiske, Bobsled; Gretchen Fraser, Alpine Skiing; Roger Kingdom, Track and Field; Darrell Pace, Archery; Brad Parks, Wheelchair Tennis; Norbert ‘Norb’ Schemansky, Weightlifting

Coach
Bob Beattie, Alpine Skiing; James ‘Doc’ Counsilman, Swimming; Pat Summit, Basketball

Special Contributor
Walter Bush; Billie Jean King; David Wallechinsky

The finalists will be narrowed down to five Olympians, three Paralympians, one Olympic team, and one Paralympic team for induction into the class of 2022. In addition to the public vote, U.S. Olympians and Paralympians and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family will also vote on the categories of legend, coach and special contributor. The Olympic and Paralympic family consists of the Athletes’ Advisory Council, National Governing Bodies, High Performance Management Organizations, USOPC board of directors, Paralympic Advisory Council members, and select members of the media.

“The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame is an important guardian of the rich history of Team USA,” said USOPC Board Chair Susanne Lyons. “My sincere gratitude goes to all the finalists for representing the United States with amazing skill and pride, for working in support of the Olympic and Paralympic values, and using sport to drive positive change in their communities and around the world.”

Starting in 2022, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame will include the separation of one Olympic team and one Paralympic team.

The Class of 2022 will be announced on Wednesday, June 1, and inducted on Friday, June 24, during a ceremony at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Red carpet arrivals, interviews and the induction awards dinner at the Museum, the permanent home for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame, will be open to the media; credential information will be available in June.

“Congratulations to all the athletes and teams whose legacies and impact we celebrate today as finalists for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame,” said Caryn Davies, U.S. Olympians & Paralympians Association president. “These finalists represent the larger body of Team USA athletes, and we thank them for their commitment to sport and inspiring the next generation of athletes.”

Visit TeamUSA.org/HallOfFame to explore the history and achievements of all current hall of fame members.

About the USOPC
Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. The USOPC is focused on protecting, supporting and empowering America’s athletes, and is responsible for fielding U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, and serving as the steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the U.S. For more information, visit TeamUSA.org.

About the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame
The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame was established in 1979 to celebrate the achievements of America's premier athletes in the modern Olympic and Paralympic Games. The first U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame class was inducted in 1983 during a ceremony in Chicago and included Team USA greats such as Muhammad Ali, Bob Beamon, Peggy Fleming, Al Oerter, Jesse Owens, Wilma Rudolph, Mark Spitz, Jim Thorpe and the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" men’s hockey team.

Diggins, Wise Use Medals To Open Doors, Spark Climate Discussion On Capitol Hill

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
April, 29 2022
Diggins
Three-time Olympic medalist Jessie Diggins was among many Winter Olympians who met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill recently to discuss climate change. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Jessie Diggins pulled the Olympic medals out of her bag Thursday afternoon, between meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Yes, she said with a smile, they're pretty useful conversation starters.

Two months after winning silver and bronze at the Beijing Games, Diggins was among a handful of current and former Winter Olympians who came to Washington to lobby members of Congress to act on climate change – an issue they believe is an existential threat to their sports.

Read The Full Story at USAToday.com

Morgan Schild Forges New Path in Retirement

By Lara Carlton
April, 29 2022
Morgan Schild
Morgan Schild competes at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea. (David Ramos/Getty Images)

It is a tall order to come back from three season-ending injuries to be physically and mentally fit enough to make a concerted run at another Olympic appearance. Morgan Schild personified true grit to enter the 2021-22 season in that place. Unfortunately, the mind sometimes cannot overcome what the body cannot do. After sustaining another knee injury early in December, Schild came to peace with closing the chapter on her competitive career after eight years. 

“Mentally I was still really hungry and that's where my goals were set,” Schild reflected on her headspace in working towards Olympic medals. “My clock was ticking on how many crashes I could take before coming to a serious injury again. That [crash in France] put a lot in perspective. Overall it was really freeing in a sense, which is how I knew that my career should be over. The decision to finally step away and let my body heal and let my career go a different way, huge relief.”

“At the end of the day, my goal was to make an impact on sport, to lead a generation of high DD on women’s side. I could walk out head held high, I was able to do that and can now look back with a positive perspective,” she added. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Schild left France at peace with her decision, but was devastated with the weight of another injury. However, after receiving a second medical opinion, Schild learned she did in fact have an ACL and there was hope for her to return to skiing before the season was over. She underwent the knife in March to clean up some cartilage damage and four weeks later was standing on skis again. “It was a glorious moment realizing ‘I’m back,’ that there was no pressure on this. It would be on my own time to get better. I needed that release and that pressure to subside a little after trying to compete during eight years of injuries.”

The limbo from going from elite skier chasing Olympic dreams to retired athlete is a challenge for many. And with any challenge in life, it usually helps to have someone there who understands. 

Mikaela Wilson neé Matthews earned the nickname “Momma Mikay” when she was a mogul skier for the U.S. Ski Team. Former teammate of Schild and current Moguls Director for Park City Ski & Snowboard, Wilson threw Schild a lifeline. “She asked if I wanted to start coming out to training sessions to hang out.” 

“As an athlete who is going through retirement there's not a ton of things you can grasp to reign you back down to earth at that point in time,” explained Schild. “There is this sense of floating and loss in that transition process. Having someone who had done it and who was doing great in a real world job show support was really comforting. That moment of connectivity with someone I knew and trusted was incredible. I felt valued and I felt like I did have an option, it is super important as a retired athlete is feeling like you have options.”

Schild, who’s fiancé, 2018 Olympian Emerson Smith, is also a coach for PCSS, quickly fell into the fold of coaching. “I ended up helping out on top airs, chops, bottom airs. The days I was up there coaching meant I had something to look forward to in my recovery. I started to work with a fun group of athletes, and I remembered why I started in the sport.” 

Coaching feels like the right place for Schild to start her professional life. She graduates this spring from the University of Utah with a degree in psychology, and thinks her studies pair perfectly with her extensive athletic experience. “I ended up in psych because of my own experiences in and curiosity about sport psychology. I realized it was helping me as an athlete and it definitely gives me a leg up in coaching. I can understand the situations just a little bit deeper and understand how to help kids on and off the hill. Especially the girls. As a girl who has been in the sport with only male coaches, I see it’s a huge help to have someone who can relate to the little things. 

“I’m hoping as a female I can lead a good example on how to take sport on with grace and be fully committed,” said Schild. “One of my big pushes is to make sure these girls have the best possible plan for fitness and recovery so they can keep their knees and bodies healthy for as long as possible. Men and women have different needs, and it is helpful to address it in a positive way.”

Schild accepted a coaching offer for PCSS for the 2022-23 season and looks forward to carrying her dreams on through the next generation of skiers. “Having this example from the U.S. Moguls Freestyle Ski Team women and the strong personalities and performance that has come out of us has allowed me to understand what a good team can look like and what a productive women’s team can look like. The experience of being part of such a well rounded group of people allows me to go into coaching with a good idea of what's healthy and what's possible.”

In addition to coaching, Schild looks forward to pursuing her interests in art, photography and videography. You can follow her journey on Instagram @morganschild