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Successful Season Launches Cochran-Siegle To The Next Level

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
June, 20 2018
Ryan Cochran-Siegle Birds of Prey
Vermonter Ryan Cochran-Siegle enjoyed a breakout 2018 season, including top finishes for Team USA at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.(U.S. Ski & Snowboard / Cody Downard)

The 2017-18 season was a successful one for American Ryan Cochran-Siegle as he competed injury-free and took a positive step forward in his competitive career. After he achieved a top-30 ranking in alpine combined and approached the top 30 in giant slalom as well, we asked the legacy skier some questions about the season behind him and the one that lies ahead. 

How satisfied are you with your season?  
I am very happy with how my skiing came together to close out my season. That being said, I know I am still a world away from where the top skiers are at the moment, so the satisfaction comes with a grain of salt for me. In the words of the late, great Robert Frost, “The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep.” 

Read the Full story at FIS-Ski.com

Welcome to #OneTeam Rookie Camp

By Megan Harrod
June, 14 2018
Rookie Camp Trail Work
Jade Thurgood (Snowboard Halfpipe/Slopestyle), Zoe Zimmermann (Alpine), Ainsley Proffit (Alpine) participated in #OneTeam Rookie Camp.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard recently reintroduced “Rookie Camp,” where newly nominated U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes from across sports collide into #OneTeam to learn about the ins and outs of their new team.

In this year’s edition - held Sunday, June 10 through Tuesday, June 12 - 28 athletes and a number of parents from across multiple sports arrived at the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Center of Excellence and were greeted by a full schedule, planned by Julie Glusker, head of Athlete Career & Education (ACE) and Kate Anderson, Athletics Manager. On the docket for this two-and-a-half-day program were sessions to teach athletes about their teams, U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s programs and services and their responsibility as a national team member.

In-classroom sessions were chock-full of information that had young athletes’ brains full to the brim with knowledge on topics like marketing and sponsorships, communications, social media best practices, SafeSport, team building, sports psychology and more. In addition to the classroom, outdoor activities and workouts with top-notch strength and conditioning coaches like Michael Bingaman were woven into the schedule. Athletes broke free from the office to head outside and play team games like kickball, as well as a community service opportunity with Park City's Mountain Trails Foundation for a trail clean-up.

Athletes ranged from 14 to 25 years old and came from a variety of sports, backgrounds and clubs – from Idaho’s Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation to Vermont’s Burke Mountain Academy and beyond. Response by athletes and parents was positive as U.S. Ski & Snowboard hopes to make this an annual orientation for athletes.

Glusker noted that the focus for this year’s Rookie Camp was “One Team.” Though Rookie Camp had been restructured the last few years, with the introduction of U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s #OneTeam unified brand, the organization noted the importance of bringing it back.

“Rookie camp provided a great opportunity for new athletes to meet and share their stories with each other, learn about all the different aspects and departments of U.S. Ski & Snowboard, meet and hear from team managers, coaches, Olympians and many people from across the organization,” Glusker said, “and find out about the support services available to them as they enter the team.”

Zoe Zimmermann (Gilford, N.H.; Burke Mountain Academy), granddaughter of former two-time Olympic medalist Penny Pitou – the first American to win an Olympic downhill medal – accomplished her goal of being nominated to the U.S. Ski Team for the upcoming season. As a new member of the alpine development team, she enjoyed her time at Rookie Camp meeting athletes from across sports.

“I thought it was really fun and super cool to meet a lot of athletes from other disciplines,” Zimmermann reflected. “Now I understand how serious and important it is to be part of the national team. I also now understand that what I put in my body can really affect my career and my performance. It was a lot of information, but it was all really informative.”

Lucas Foster (Telluride, Colo; Jim Smith Club) from the snowboard halfpipe rookie team echoed Zimmermann’s enthusiasm: “I had an amazing time at Rookie Camp. I did not realize how much the COE and the team have to offer. I’m so stoked to be a part of the crew and to have all this support!”

The eight alpine athletes who attended Rookie Camp also experienced their first dose of media and lived up to the challenge. While each of the athletes answered questions like, “If you could be on any other national team, which team would it be?” (the Norwegian Team was a frequent answer) and “What’s your spirit animal?” (answer by Abi Jewett (Ripton, Vt.; Green Mountain Valley School) included a catamount, fox or hippopotamus), their new teammates looked on, laughed, provided support and learned from each other.

 

Newly named Development Team member Nicola Rountree-Williams reflects on her Rookie Camp experience.

 

Madison Varmette (Park City, Utah; Elite Aerial Development Program), an aerials C team member thought it was productive as well. “My Rookie Camp experience was informative but also fun,” said Varmette. “Knowing that the staff and my new friends are supporting me makes it exciting. I’m looking forward to using these tools and relationships to make the next four years filled with possibilities!”

Andrew Miller (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski Team), named to the alpine development team, walked away with new friends and looks forward to what it will bring. “I left Rookie Camp with a new group of friends and I’m excited for the future of U.S. Ski and Snowboard! The camp gives me the motivation to take advantage of this opportunity I have.”

With the #OneTeam Rookie Camp, U.S. Ski & Snowboard hopes to bring back a holistic approach to orientating our new athletes for years to come.

Athletes Trade Ski Boots for Gym Shoes to Raise Awareness

By Megan Harrod
June, 7 2018
Gym Shoes
Mikaela Shiffrin put on her gym shoes and joined professional break dancers from New York City and Philadelphia to raise awareness about their careers on the mountain. (Jana Bannan Photography)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes from across sports joined professional break dancers from New York City and Philadelphia who compete on the Pro Breaking Tour to learn some new “breaking” moves and raise awareness about their careers on the mountain.

The event, hosted by donor Steve Graham – who is a Burke Mountain Academy alumnus and a longtime supporter of U.S. Ski & Snowboard – was an example of a regional reception organized by U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Foundation team. Olympic champion and alumna Dianne Roffe, two-time Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin, Olympians Liz Stephen, Breezy Johnson, Tommy Biesemeyer and Ryan Cochran-Siegle, World Juniors downhill champion Alice Merryweather, and three-time national champion Nina O’Brien were on site to raise awareness, along with CEO & President Tiger Shaw.

Trisha Worthington, executive vice president and chief development officer for the Foundation, says the magic of these smaller gatherings is that athletes and prospective donors can be introduced in small gatherings that allow for more personal, one-on-one interactions.

“There is nothing more meaningful,” she said, “than hearing directly from our athletes about their needs and the impact of donor support on their ability to compete and succeed. These events provide guests with a unique opportunity to have personal conversations with athletes regarding their sport endeavors, training schedules, competition experiences and other topics. Additionally, each reception has its own theme or tone, set by the host.”

The theme for Graham’s reception? Breakdancing, known as “breaking” by the pros. Word on the street is that Shiffrin, Cochran-Siegle, Biesemeyer, and Stephen even gave it a shot and showed off their best moves…or at least attempted to do so.

One of my favorite parts of the night was watching the breakers perform in Steve’s basement and then getting to meet and chat with them afterward,” reflected Cochran-Siegle. “They all had a lot of cool stories that they shared with us, and it was just really interesting to compare and contrast each of our lifestyles and experiences with one another.”

Steve and Christina Graham did an amazing job accommodating us the entire time, between flying us private, providing great food and entertainment, and putting us up in their cozy country-style guest houses,” Cochran-Siegle reflected. “Having the event in the springtime was also a good time of year personally because it fits right in with my scheduled downtime at home in April and May. For whatever reason, this made it easier to relax and reflect on my past season with other guests rather than other fundraisers that I’ve been to in the fall where a higher anticipation and pressure seems to lie on the upcoming race season.”  

With zero government funding, athletes at U.S. Ski & Snowboard understand the importance of spreading the word about their passions, which have turned into careers they love dearly. Though three-time Olympic medalist, three-time World Championships medalist, five-time slalom World Cup champion and back-to-back overall World Cup champion Shiffrin juggles a busy schedule as one of the few remaining multi-event skiers on the World Cup circuit, and between media and sponsor obligations, she often makes time to attend events hosted by Foundation. Shiffrin, Cochran-Siegle, and fellow teammates want to see their sport survive and thrive, and understand that – as Voltaire (or, more recently Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben in Spiderman) – says with great power, comes great responsibility.  

The best way you can get that as an athlete is to go to that and be involved,” noted Shiffrin. “I think it’s important that athletes attend in order for potential donors to get a heart-to-heart, face-to-face connection and understand us as humans, and what we do/why we’re so passionate about it…in order for them to want to support us. I loved this event, hugely because of the added element of breakdancing – it’s one of Steve Graham’s many passions. It ended up being a sort of fun little get-together/gathering/party that was fairly intimate with a bunch of people who he knows from the area but spreading the word about U.S. Ski & Snowboard and the fact that we don’t receive government support. So many people are completely shocked by that, especially when they figure out that most of our competitor nations have support from their governments.”

Not only did athletes enjoy mixing and mingling with fans and potential donors in a relaxed environment, they also enjoyed hitting the gym floor with guys from another niche sport in a completely different world than their own. Shiffrin had gotten some intel prior to the event, and she and coach Jeff Lackie had been incorporating some moves into her conditioning because she wanted to be a part of it.

For Shiffrin, this activity made the event unique and different. “It was super cool,” Shiffrin said with a giggle. “We saw these professional breakers doing their thing, and then they had some of us come in and try the moves. We all got to talk and compare notes between sports. We were able to meet personalities that I might not have met otherwise, and these are people that we’ll be keeping in touch with for years to come – they were funny and down-to-earth. Their sport has a totally different lifestyle than ours, but there’s a lot of similarity and overlap. Ski racing is a male and white male-dominated sport, so it was really good to break out of our little bubble.”

Shiffrin said there may have even been a little bit of heckling out on the gym floor. “A lot of those guys are sponsored by energy drink companies, and we got some trash-talking going – between Red Bull for me and their energy drink sponsor. It was funny because here I am…I’m a total dingus, and I’m talking with people about sport who I would never expect would even hear what I have to say. That was super cool.”

U.S. Cross Country Team Kicks Off Training Season With Bend Camp

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
June, 4 2018
Cross Country Training Camp
Members of the 2018-19 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team kicked off the training season with a camp in Bend, Ore. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Thirteen of the 16 athletes from the recently nominated U.S. Cross Country Ski Team attended the season kick-off training camp in Bend, Ore. May 19 through June 1.

Those attending were a mix of veterans and rookies excited to start the training season with some fantastic spring skiing. Although Bend had been challenged by an unusually low snow year, the staff at Mt. Bachelor worked their magic to create great classic and skate skiing for the group.

“It has been an incredibly fun and unique Bend Camp,” said Sadie Bjornsen (Anchorage, Alaska). “The team feels really different with a combination of losing some of our teammates to retirement and gaining some new ones. The young boys and girls on our team are so much further ahead than where I was at that age; it is just so fun to watch them dream big!”

Head Coach Chris Grover added, “We’ve had excellent skiing at Mt. Bachelor every morning, with great spring klister conditions. In the afternoons, we’ve been running, mountain biking, lifting, and roller skiing. The staff at the Athletic Club of Bend has been graciously hosting the team for strength training, while the crew at Rebound Physical Therapy has been taking care of all our recovery treatment and injury prevention needs.”

Four rookies attended their first Bend Camp as nominated members of the U.S. Ski Team: Hailey Swirbul (Anchorage, Alaska), Gus Schumacher (Anchorage, Alaska), Ian Torchia (Marquette, Mich.) and Ben Ogden (Landgrove, Vt.).  

“Training with the national team has been a really exciting step for me,” said Swirbul, who won two Junior World Championships medals last season. “I feel welcomed and included on this team and it truly is a great dynamic to be part of. I’m lucky to spend time living and training with this remarkable group of athletes and people.”

When asked about the vibe of the camp, rookie Gus Schumacher stated, “It’s a super fun and focused atmosphere and I'm very excited to be a part of it. I've had some interaction with these guys at other camps and events in the past, but really getting to know them here has shown how this is truly a team.”

“Bend was an awesome camp!” Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) said. “I was so thankful and impressed with the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center for keeping the trails open and groomed for us under some quickly melting conditions. The start of the year is looking good and I’m especially excited about our awesome group of junior athletes that are coming up fast.”

Team members now head back to their home programs to continue training before the July U.S. Ski Team training block in France for the men and Lake Placid for the women.

New Hires Announced for Alpine Development

By Megan Harrod
May, 31 2018
New Hires for Alpine Development Program

PARK CITY, Utah (May 31, 2018) - U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced three new hires today that will impact the organization’s renewed focus on alpine ski racing development. Marjan Cernigoj has been named head women’s development coach, while Martin Andersen will assume the role of Europa Cup technical coach and Sam Damon the role of Eastern region director.  

These three new hires are a critical aspect of U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s direction forward as they work to expose the nation’s best athletes at the development level to programming that will enable them to make the next big step to C Team, the podium at NorAms, and – down the road – the World Cup podium.

Cernigoj will be head men’s development coach Sasha Rearick’s counterpart on the women’s side. He is returning to the organization after 15 years of work with Canada, Slovenia, and Russia at the World Cup level. Cernigoj previously served as women’s World Cup technical head coach and women’s head coach from 1998 to 2003 and has experience working in both the club and regional levels in the United States.

Cernigoj’s experience, in addition to Rearick’s, is something alpine development director Chip Knight is very optimistic about. “With a wealth of World Cup and Olympic experience, in addition to having worked domestically at both the regional and club level,” said Knight, “Marjan knows what it takes for an athlete to go to the top of our sport. As we work to impact both individual athlete development and broader coaches’ education, our young women will benefit tremendously from Marjan’s knowledge and our club coaches will reap the rewards of being able to work closely with someone of his experience and stature.”

Hailing from Norway, Andersen started his coaching career with the Aamodt - as in Norway’s Kjetil Andre Aamodt - family. He also returns to the organization to take the lead with the Europa Cup tech team, after previously serving as both men’s World Cup tech head coach and men’s World Cup assistant speed coach for U.S. Ski & Snowboard. He has worked with U.S. Ski Team alumni Bode Miller and Daron Rahlves as well as Norway’s Aamodt, Lasse Kjus, and Aksel Lund Svindal, and Finland’s Kalle Pallandar.

With more than 25 years of coaching experience in Norway, the United States and Finland from the club level to the top of the World Cup podium, Andersen brings vast knowledge to the development program, which will be vital in our quest for athletes to make the leap from the NorAm circuit to the World Cup. “As a seasoned coach with years of experience at the international level in both Norway and the United States,” noted Knight, “I am excited to welcome Martin back to our team and I look forward to having him guide our young athletes from NorAms to the World Cup stage.”

Finally, U.S. Ski & Snowboard welcomes Damon, where he most recently served as U16 women’s head coach at Burke Mountain Academy. Knight is looking forward to seeing Damon translate his skills both as an athlete – he skied for Dartmouth College – and a coach, to this new role with the Team. “His broad range of athletic experiences in the Eastern Region – between skiing and coaching in various programs at multiple levels – will serve him well as he seeks to move the Region forward and includes more athletes and clubs in the development pipeline,” Knight commented.  

Cernigoj, Andersen, and Damon will officially start on June 1st. Rearick hit the slopes with the men’s development crew for their initial camp in April to kick off the season and the new initiative, and Cernigoj will hit the ground running with the women’s development group’s first on-snow camp at Timberline Lodge Ski & Snowboard area in Mt. Hood, Oregon shortly thereafter.

USA Nordic Sport Announces 2018-19 National Teams

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
May, 30 2018
Kevin Bickner
Kevin Bickner will once again lead the men's Ski Jumping National Team. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

USA Nordic Sport is excited to announce nominations to the National Teams in the disciplines of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined for the upcoming 2018-19 season.

Kevin Bickner, 22 (Wauconda, Ill), will once again lead the men's Ski Jumping National Team. After posting his strongest season to date, with seven top-30 World Cup finishes, including a season's best 16th place at the Ski Flying World Cup in Planica, Slovenia. Joining Bickner on the men’s team are Michael Glasder, 29 (Cary, Ill) and Casey Larson, 19 (Barrington, Ill).

Sarah Hendrickson, 23 (Park City, Utah), former World Champion and the longest-tenured member of the women's National Team, has been named along with Nita Englund, 25 (Florence, Wis.) to the Women's Ski Jumping team. Hendrickson and Englund were both members of the 2018 US Olympic team. They will be joined by Nina Lussi, 24 (Lake Placid, N.Y.), Tara Geraghty-Moats, 25 (West Fairlee, Vt.), Logan Sankey, 19 (Steamboat Springs, Colo.), Samantha Macuga, 16 (Park City, Utah), and Annika Belshaw, 15 (Steamboat Springs, Colo.). This is the first year on the team for Sankey, Macuga, and Belshaw, all of whom were members of the Women's Junior National Team last season.

2018 Junior World Championships medalist and 2018 Olympic athlete Ben Loomis, 19 (Eau Claire, Wis.), will lead the Nordic Combined National Team this year. Loomis' results during the 2017-18 season, including multiple top-five finishes on the Continental Cup circuit. Veteran Taylor Fletcher, 28 (Steamboat Springs, Colo.), Jasper Good, 22 (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) Stephen Schumann, 18 (Park City, Utah), Grant Andrews, 20 (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) and Jared Shumate, 18 (Park City, Utah) were also named to the team.

"USA Nordic staff and coaches are excited to get back to training with our national teams,” said USA Nordic Sport Team Director Clint Jones. “We have a great group of young, motivated athletes that will no doubt continue to make big strides forward this season.  We are also planning for the Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined teams to work together whenever possible. Both teams have certain strengths that we feel will benefit our program as a whole."

For the first time ever, USA Nordic is excited to announce that we will be nominating a women's Nordic Combined Team. In addition to her nomination to the Women's Ski Jumping Team, Tara Geraghty-Moats has also been nominated to the 2018 Women's Nordic Combined National Team.

"We are excited about our continued expansion of our teams and with the exciting development of Women’s Nordic Combined including confirmation of the event in the 2021 World Championships,” said USA Nordic Sport Executive Director Bill Demong. “Tara Geraughty-Moats continues to be one of our top talents in the sport and, though she was unable to compete in any Nordic Combined competitions last year due to injury, USA Nordic recognizes the importance of growing our sports and developing athletes who have the ability to push the envelope and we are excited to lead growth and opportunity in this new discipline of Women’s Nordic Combined."

World Championships to Highlight 15 Events in Utah

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
May, 29 2018
World Freestyle Championships Logo

PARK CITY, Utah (May 29, 2018) - The world’s best snowboard, freeski and freestyle athletes are headed to Utah next February for the International Ski Federation’s (FIS) World Championships. The schedule was approved last week by the FIS Council for the February 1-10, 2019 event. Three of Utah’s world-renowned resorts - Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain and Solitude Mountain Resort - will play host to what is expected to be the strongest World Championships ever attracting over 700 athletes from 36 nations.

Utah will showcase a record 15 World Championship medal events in both genders over 10 days. They will be held on seven different competition venues at the three resorts. Two events will be contested for the first time at World Championships, big air skiing and team aerials, following approvals this past week by the FIS Congress. It will be the largest international event in Utah since the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

The Olympic venue of Deer Valley Resort, which has held over 100 FIS international events, will be the site of freestyle moguls and aerials - all to be held at night. Park City Mountain will bring back its Olympic roots holding halfpipe skiing and snowboarding, along with parallel slalom and giant slalom snowboarding. A new slopestyle venue will be built on the adjacent Pick ‘N Shovel run and nearby Canyons Village at Park City Mountain will be the site of big air snowboarding and skiing. Solitude Mountain Resort, which held a World Cup two years ago as a test event, will be the site of skicross and snowboardcross.

The Championships will open with snowboardcross and skicross on the weekend of February 1-3 at Solitude. The opening ceremony will be held Saturday, February 2 under the lights at Canyons Village at Park City Mountain with big air skiing and fireworks to kick off the 10-day Championships. Night events are set for Tuesday through Saturday night at both Deer Valley and Canyons Village at Park City Mountain.

“Our objective with the FIS World Championships is to bring the very best athletes in the world to Utah and show them a great celebration of sport,” said organizing committee chair Calum Clark of U.S. Ski & Snowboard. “This has been a true community event with outstanding partnership from the resorts and organizations like the Park City Chamber/Bureau and Utah Sports Commission.”

The FIS World Championships are held every two years, attracting the world’s best athletes to determine titles in an array of events larger than the Olympic Winter Games.

“Utah’s Olympic legacy venues continue to showcase the highest level of sport 16 years later,” said Clark. “With a schedule featuring strong weekend events and 40% of our schedule under the lights, it’s a great opportunity for fans to see the best athletes in the world compete.”

Through the continued engagement of the Olympic resorts, as well as the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, nearly all of Utah’s 2002 Olympic venues like Deer Valley and Park City continue to hold major international events.

A detailed schedule of starting times will be announced later. Every event will be broadcast live to the world with a domestic schedule to be released this fall. Additional information can be found at 2019worldchamps.com.

2019 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Friday, February 1
Snowboardcross, Solitude Mountain Resort

Saturday, February 2
Opening Ceremonies, Canyons Village
Skicross, Solitude Mountain Resort
Big air skiing, Canyons Village at Park City Mountain (night)

Sunday, February 3
Team snowboardcross, Solitude Mountain Resort

Monday, February 4
Parallel giant slalom snowboard, Park City Mountain

Tuesday, February 5
Parallel slalom snowboard, Park City Mountain
Big air snowboarding, Canyons Village at Park City Mountain (night)

Wednesday, February 6
Slopestyle skiing, Park City Mountain
Freestyle aerials, Deer Valley Resort (night)

Thursday, February 7
Freestyle team aerials, Deer Valley Resort (night)

Friday, February 8
Halfpipe snowboarding, Park City Mountain
Freestyle moguls, Deer Valley Resort (night)

Saturday, February 9
Halfpipe skiing, Park City Mountain
Dual moguls, Deer Valley Resort (night)

Sunday, February 10
Slopestyle snowboarding, Park City Mountain
Closing street party and concert, Historic Main Street, Park City (night)

2018-19 U.S. Ski Team Alpine Nominations

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
May, 25 2018
Mikaela Shiffrin

The U.S. Ski Team has announced its alpine nominations for the 2018-19 season. The top ski racers in the United States are named each year to the U.S. Ski Team. Nominations to the team come from objective selection criteria based on international rankings and head-to-head competition.

Olympic champions Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) and Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.) will lead a team of 41 nominated athletes into the upcoming 2018-19 season. In an impressive 2017-18 season, Shiffrin earned an Olympic gold in giant slalom, silver in alpine combined, as well as the FIS Ski World Cup overall title for the second-straight year, and her fifth slalom title. Her transition to speed events proved a success, as she now has her first downhill victory - won at Lake Louise, Canada - under her belt. On top of that, her career season record of World Cup 12 victories brings her win total to 43 victories - at just 23 years old.

Meanwhile, team veteran Vonn won an Olympic bronze medal in the downhill and five World Cup races this season, bringing her World Cup victory total to 82...and that much closer to Ingemar Stenmark’s once elusive record of 86 victories. On the men’s side, keep a close eye on Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah), who is feeling healthy and strong, and team veterans Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, Calif.) and Steven Nyman (Sundance, Utah) to return to the slopes from injury. A promising crew of young athletes, including AJ Hurt (Carnelian Bay, Calif.) and River Radamus (Vail, Colo.) will look to capitalize on the opportunity to ski amongst the best in the world and make their mark, too.

Athletes accepting their nomination to U.S. Ski Team receives a high level of world-class program support, along with access to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Center of Excellence and numerous athletic benefits including an elite coaching, sport science, sports medicine and high performance staff, and education opportunities.

An official team announcement will be made in the fall.

U.S. Ski Team
2018-19 Alpine Team Nominations
Name (hometown; home club; birthdate)


A TEAM
Men

Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, Calif.; Squaw Valley Ski Team; 7/14/1988)
Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski and Snowboard; 8/31/1984) 
Steven Nyman (Sundance, Utah; Park City Ski and Snowboard/Sundance Ski Team; 2/12/1982)                     

Women
Breezy Johnson (Victor, Idaho; Rowmark Ski Academy; 1/19/1996)
Alice McKennis (New Castle, Colo.; Sunlight Winter Sports Club/Rowmark Ski Academy; 8/18/1989)
Laurenne Ross (Bend, Ore.; Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation; 8/17/1988)
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.; Burke Mountain Academy/Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 3/13/1995)
Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail/Buck Hill Ski Team; 10/18/1984)
Jacqueline Wiles (Aurora, Ore.; White Pass Ski Club; 7/13/1992)

B TEAM
Men

Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, Calif.; Squaw Valley Ski Team; 7/14/1992)
Tommy Biesemeyer (Keene, NY; New York Ski Education Foundation; 1/30/1989) 
Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, Vt.; Cochran’s/Mount Mansfield Ski & Snowboard Club; 3/27/1992) 
Tommy Ford (Bend, Ore.; Mt. Bachelor Ski Education Foundation; 3/20/1989)       
Jared Goldberg (Holladay, Utah; Snowbird Sports Education Foundation; 6/15/1991) 
Sam Morse (Carrabassett Valley, Maine; Carrabassett Valley Academy; 5/27/1996)
River Radamus (Edwards, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 2/12/1998)
Luke Winters (Gresham, Ore.; Sugar Bowl Academy; 4/2/1997)*

Women
Stacey Cook (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Ski & Snowboard Club; 7/3/1984)
AJ Hurt (Carnelian Bay, Calif.; Squaw Valley Ski Team; 12/5/2000)*
Alice Merryweather (Hingham, Mass.; Attitash Race Team/Stratton Mountain School; 10/5/1996)
Nina O’Brien (Edwards, Colo.; Burke Mountain Academy/Squaw Valley Ski Team; 11/29/1997)
Resi Stiegler (Jackson, Wyo.; Jackson Hole Ski Club; 11/14/1985)

C TEAM
Men

Cooper Cornelius (Glenwood Springs, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 6/20/1999)*
Nick Krause (Northboro, Mass.; Stratton Mountain School; 5/12/1993)
Kyle Negomir (Littleton, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 10/3/1998)*
George Steffey (Lyme, N.H.; Stratton Mountain School; 8/8/1997)

Women
Abi Jewett (Ripton, Vt.; Green Mountain Valley School; 1/10/2000)*
Patricia Mangan (Derby, N.Y.; Holimont Race Team; 3/7/1997)
Katie Hensien (Redmond, Wash.; Rowmark Ski Academy; 12/1/1999)
Galena Wardle (Aspen, Colo.; Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club; 4/24/1998)

DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Men

Andrew Miller (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski Team; 12/18/1998)*
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/University of Denver Ski Team; 11/5/1998)
Trey Seymour (Steamboat, Colo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 10/13/2000)*

Women
Keely Cashman (Strawberry, Calif.; Squaw Valley Ski Team; 4/4/1999)
Cecily Decker (Saranac Lake, N.Y.; New York Ski Education Foundation; 5/16/1998)
Ainsley Proffit (St. Louis, MO; Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy; 3/21/2001)*
Nellie-Rose Talbot (Vail, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 8/24/1999)
Nicola Rountree-Williams (Edwards, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 7/7/2002)*
Zoe Zimmermann (Gilford, N.H.; Burke Mountain Academy; 5/16/2002)*

*Newly named to the U.S. Ski Team

2018-19 U.S. Ski Team Cross Country Nominations

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
May, 24 2018
Diggins
Olympic gold medalist Jesse Diggins is among the 16 athletes nominated to the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team for the 2018-19 season. (Getty Images)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced its U.S. Ski Team cross country nominations for the 2018-19 season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season.

The team had a historic 2017-18 season with Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) and Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, Alaska) winning the first Olympic gold medal for the U.S. in the team sprint. Diggins also finished the season ranked second in the overall and third in the distance World Cup standings, with Sophie Caldwell finishing third in the sprint standings. Sadie Bjornsen also had a breakthrough season with four individual podiums, landing herself sixth in the overall World Cup standings. The 16-member team will look to carry that momentum into the 2018-19 World Championship season.

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

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

U.S. Ski Team
2018-19 Cross Country Nominations
(Hometown; Club; Birthdate)

A TEAM
Men
Simi Hamilton (Aspen, Colo.; Stratton Mountain School Elite Team; 5/14/87)

Women
Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, Wash.; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Center; 11/21/89)
Sophie Caldwell (Peru, Vt.; Stratton Mountain School Elite Team; 3/22/90)
Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.; Stratton Mountain School Elite Team; 8/26/91)
Ida Sargent (Orleans, Vt.; Craftsbury Green Racing Project; 1/25/88)

B TEAM
Men
Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, Wash.; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Center; 7/14/91)
Kevin Bolger (Minocqua, Wisc.; Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation; 4/11/93)
Patrick Caldwell (Lyme, N.H.; Stratton Mountain School Elite Team; 2/18/94)
Scott Patterson (Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Center; 1/28/92)

D TEAM
Men
Ben Ogden (Landgrove, Vt.; Stratton Mountain School; 2/13/00)
Gus Schumacher (Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Winter Stars; 7/25/00)
Ian Torchia (Rochester, Minn.; Northern Michigan University; 3/8/96)

Women
Hannah Halvorsen (Truckee, Calif.; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Center; 2/19/98)
Julia Kern (Waltham, Mass.; Stratton Mountain School Elite Team; 9/12/97)
Katharine Ogden (Landgrove, Vt.; Stratton Mountain School; 11/17/97)
Hailey Swirbul (Aspen, Colo.; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Center; 7/10/98)

2018-19 U.S. Snowboard Team Nominations

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
May, 22 2018
U.S. Snowboard Team Nominations 18-19
Kelly Clark, Chloe Kim, and Maddie Mastro are among the more than 50 athletes nominated to the 2018-19 U.S. Snowboard Team (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced the U.S. Snowboard Team alpine, snowboardcross, halfpipe, slopestyle/big air and alpine nominations for the 2018-19 season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season.

The U.S. fielded one of the most dominant snowboard teams ever last season, bringing home seven Olympic medals, including four gold, seven X Games medals and 48 World Cup and major event podiums. Olympic Champions Chloe Kim (Torrance, Calif.), Jamie Anderson (S. Lake Tahoe, Calif.) and Red Gerard (Silverthorne, Colo.) are just a few of the returning veterans on the 37-athlete pro team rosters, along with 19 talented young riders on the development and rookie teams.

Each athlete accepting their nomination to U.S. Snowboard Team receives world class program support, along with access to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Center of Excellence, as well as athletic benefits including elite 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.

U.S. Snowboard Team
2018-19 Team Nominations
(Hometown; Club; USASA Series; Birthdate)

HALFPIPE
PRO TEAM

Men
Chase Blackwell (Longmont, Colo.; Jim Smith Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 2/27/99)
Ben Ferguson (Bend, Ore.; Central Oregon Series; 1/21/95)
Gabe Ferguson (Bend, Ore.; Central Oregon Series; 4/16/99)
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)
Toby Miller (Truckee, Calif; Tahoe Select Snowboard Team; North Tahoe Series; 2/14/00)
Jake Pates (Eagle, Colo.; 7/30/98)
Ryan Wachendorfer (Edwards, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; Rocky Mountain Series; 2/3/98)

Women
Kelly Clark (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.; Mount Snow Academy, Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Southern Vermont Series; 7/26/83)
Arielle Gold (Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 5/4/96)
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)

ROOKIE TEAM
Men
Jake Canter (Evergreen, Colo.; Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club; Aspen Snowmass Series; 7/19/03)
Lucas Foster (Telluride, Colo.; Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 9/17/99)
Jason Wolle (Winter Park, Colo.; Jim Smith Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 11/30/99)
Jack Coyne (Edwards, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; Rocky Mountain Series; 01/17/2002)

Women
Tessa Maud (Carlsbad, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 10/10/03)
Jade Thurgood (Salt Lake City, Utah; Park City Ski and Snowboard; Big Mountain West Series 1/27/02)
Anna Valentine (Sparta, N.J.; Okemo Mountain School; Southern Vermont Series; 2/20/00)

SLOPESTYLE/BIG AIR
PRO TEAM

Men
Nik Baden (Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 1/13/98)
Chris Corning (Silverthorne, Colo.; Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 9/7/99)
Brock Crouch (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 8/22/99)
Brandon Davis (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 8/30/95)
Lyon Farrell (Haiku, Hawaii; Rocky Mountain Series; 11/22/98)
Red Gerard (Silverthorne, Colo.; Rocky Mountain Series; 6/29/00)
Judd Henkes (La Jolla, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 4/3/01)
Chandler Hunt (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski and Snowboard; Big Mountain West Series; 11/4/98)
Kyle Mack (West Bloomfield, Mich.; Great Lakes Snow Series; 9/6/97)
Ryan Stassel (Anchorage, Alaska; Auburn Ski Club; Big Alaska Series; 10/23/92)

Women
Jamie Anderson (S. Lake Tahoe, Calif.; South Tahoe Series; 9/13/90)
Jessika Jenson (Rigby, Idaho; Big Mountain West Series; 8/7/91)
Hailey Langland (San Clemente, Calif.; Tahoe Select Snowboard Team; Tahoe Series; 8/2/00)
Julia Marino (Westport, Conn.; Southern Vermont Series; 9/11/97)
Karly Shorr (Milford, Mich.; Auburn Ski Club; Great Lakes Series; 5/18/94)

ROOKIE TEAM
Men
Jake Canter (Evergreen, Colo.; Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club; Aspen Snowmass Series; 7/19/03)
Dusty Henricksen (Mammoth Lakes, Calif; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 2/2/03)
Sean Fitzsimons (Hood River, Ore.; Mount Bachelor Ski Education Foundation; Central Oregon Series; 9/22/00)
Luke Winkelmann (Blowing Rock, N.C.; Kirk’s Camp; Rocky Mountain Series: 12/18/00)

Women
Nora Healey (Plymouth, N.H.; Waterville Valley BBTS; Eastern Series; 6/16/98)
Courtney Rummel (West Bend, Wisc.; Wisconsin Advanced Ski and Snowboard Program; Upper Midwest Snow Series; 11/12/03)
Ty Schnorrbusch (Monroe Township, N.J.; Tom Anderson, Rocky Mountain Series 5/15/02)
Jade Thurgood (Salt Lake City, Utah; Park City Ski & Snowboard; Big Mountain West Series; 1/27/02)

SNOWBOARDCROSS
A TEAM

Men
Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, Mich.; Superior Series; 12/17/81)
Jonathan Cheever (Saugus, Mass.; Maine Mountain Series; 4/17/85)
Alex Deibold (Manchester, Vt.; Stratton Mountain School; Southern Vermont Series; 5/8/86)
Mick Dierdorff (Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 4/30/91)
Nate Holland (Sandpoint, Idaho; Northwest Series; 11/8/78)
Hagen Kearney (Norwood, Colo.; International Snowboard Training Center; Rocky Mountain Series; 11/6/91)

Women
Faye Gulini (Salt Lake City, Utah; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; Rocky Mountain Series; 3/24/92)
Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, Vt.; Stratton Mountain, School; Southern Vermont Series; 8/19/85)

B TEAM
Men
Jake Vedder (Pinckney, Mich.; International Snowboard Training Center; Rocky Mountain Series; 4/16/98)

Women
Rosie Mancari (Anchorage, Alaska; Steamboat Spring Winter Sports Club; Big Alaska Series; 1/22/94)

DEVELOPMENT GROUP
Men
Cole Johnson (Reno, Nev.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; South Tahoe Series; 9/21/93)
Senna Leith (Vail, Colo.; International Snowboard Training Center; Rocky Mountain Series; 4/8/97)

Women
Meghan Tierney (Edwards, Colo.; International Snowboard Training Center; Rocky Mountain Series; 1/15/97)
Stacy Gaskill (Golden, Colo.; Winter Park Snowboard Team; Rocky Mountain Series; 5/21/00)

ALPINE
B TEAM

AJ Muss (Rumson, N.J.; Rocky Mountain Series; 12/15/1994)