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Countdown to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games

Shiffrin Second In Levi Slalom

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
November, 11 2017

LEVI, Finland (Nov. 11, 2017) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) grabbed her 33rd FIS Ski World Cup slalom podium, and moved into the overall World Cup lead after finishing second by just 0.10, in the season-opening slalom Saturday in Levi.

Petra Vlhova (Slovakia) skied an aggressive second run to win her third World Cup slalom and her second-straight victory over Shiffrin dating back to last season’s World Cup Finals slalom in Aspen, Colo. Wendy Holdener (Switzerland) rounded out the podium in third.

Shiffrin took a narrow first-run lead over Vlhova on the tricky Levi Black course, which featured numerous break-overs and long flat sections that forced skiers to carry their speed. In the second run, Holdener put the pressure on both Shiffrin and Vlhova as she took the lead with three racers remaining, and held that lead as Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter slipped to second.

Shiffrin Levi First Run
Mikaela Shiffrin skied to the first-run lead Saturday. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Christophe Pallot)


However, Vlhova skied an aggressive second run to best Holdener by 1.35 and squarely put the pressure on Shiffrin. Out of the gate, Shiffrin displayed her aggressive style, but failed to match Vlhova’s pace off the first break over and slipped into second.

“The timing was a little bit off on some of the turns, especially on some of the essential turns on the upper flat,” said Shiffrin, who despite her trademark strong finish, could not make up time on the 22-year-old Slovakian.

 “I’m really happy because it was a tough day,” Vlhova said. “Mikaela, she’s always fast, but now I am fast.”

“I’ve been training with Petra the past few days and I knew that she has been fast,” Shiffrin added. “So I expected that she would be strong and fast today. She’s also really mentally tough … so I expect it’s going to be a really cool fight with us this year, and that's exciting.”

Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, Wyo.), was the only other U.S. skier to qualify for the second run and finished 21st.

Next up, the women head to Vermont’s Killington Resort for the Xfinity Killington Cup Nov. 25-26 for giant slalom and slalom events. Shiffrin, skiing in front of the home crowd last season, won the slalom in Killington following her fifth-place finish in the giant slalom.

RESULTS
Women’s Slalom

 

 

Shiffrin Ready for Levi

By Megan Harrod
November, 9 2017
Mikaela Shiffrin poses with her reindeer Sven, won in 2016.

This weekend marks the 2017-18 FIS World Cup slalom kickoff in Levi, Finland for both the men and the women. Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) will go for her third win on Lapland soil—and therefore her third reindeer to join the herd along with Rudolph (2013) and Sven (2016). Listen to Shiffrin's thoughts ahead of Saturday's race.

The Northern Lights have been bright up in northern Finland, giving World Cup athletes quite the show as they head into what will, no doubt, be an action-packed weekend. Though the temps have been a bit on the warmer side, the piste is hard and the word on the street is the snow is "perfect." On the men's side, David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, Colo.) will look to make moves in an incredibly deep men's slalom field. Chodounsky snagged one of his best finishes on the World Cup in Levi in 2014, with a fifth place.

U.S. Ski Team alumni Steve Porino and Will Brandenburg will call the race for this weekend's broadcasts. See who to watch and where to catch all of the action.

WOMEN’S STARTERS
Megan McJames
Mikaela Shiffrin
Resi Stiegler 

MEN’S STARTERS
Michael Ankeny
Dave Chodounsky
Mark Engel
AJ Ginnis
Robby Kelley
Hig Roberts

HOW TO WATCH (times ET)
Saturday, Nov. 11
4:00am – women’s first run – streamed LIVE on the Olympic Channel app // olympicchannel.com
7:00am – women’s second run – LIVE on NBCSN // NBC Sports app // nbcsports.com

9:00am – women's slalom (encore) – Olympic Channel

Sunday, Nov. 12
4:00am – men’s first run – streamed LIVE on the Olympic Channel app // olympicchannel.com
7:00am – men’s second run – LIVE on the Olympic Channel // Olympic Channel app // olympicchannel.com

 

Ashley Caldwell Coaches the Men's Health Adventurist

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
November, 9 2017
MHAdventurist

Learning to master a freestyle jump is hard - unless two-time Olympian Ashley Caldwell is your coach!

Caldwell teamed up with Men's Health to teach Clint Carter, The Adventurist, how to nail a backflip off the water ramps at the Utah Olympic Park in five days. 

"When the rep at Utah Olympic Park told me I wouldn’t be allowed beyond the 10.5-foot single ramp, I was a little burned. I came here to learn and execute a backflip in five days, and even though I’m a rank amateur who’s never caught air before (at least not intentionally), I had my eyes on the Mongo, the 22-foot triple ramp that can launch a skier 50 feet into the sky. It sounded like fun. Besides, the UOP and U.S. Ski & Snowboard not only gave me access to their million-gallon training pool (where I’ll be landing) but also assigned me an aerials goddess for a coach: Ashley Caldwell, the current women’s freestyle world champion."

Did Clint succeed? Find out here.

Meet the U.S. Ski Team at Copper Mountain

By Courtney Harkins
November, 6 2017
Jared Goldberg - Copper Mountain

The temperatures are dropping, snow guns are revving their engines and it’s almost time for the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain to open its doors to the best alpine ski racers in the country. Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety are among the Olympic champions, World Cup winners and World Champions that plan to descend on the amazing facilities Copper Mountain provides.

November 17 marks 83 days left until the 2018 Olympics kicks off in PyeongChang, so we’re opening the doors to 83 people to come to a private meet-and-greet with the U.S. Ski Team athletes training at Copper. We’ll provide the bibs and posters to be signed.

To enter:

  1. Like @usskiteam and @coppermtn on Instagram (we’ll be checking!)
  2. Like this photo
  3. Tag two friends in the comments

We’ll pick the winners and see you at Copper Mountain!

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1. No Purchase Necessary To Enter Or Win. A Purchase Will Not Increase Your Chances Of Winning.
To Enter: Like the U.S. Ski Team and Copper Mountain’s Instagram pages and submit a comment tagging two other Instagram accounts. 1. The sweepstakes is open between Nov. 6 and Nov. 15. Limit one entry per person. 2. Drawings: 83 winners will be selected in random drawings from among all eligible entries received, by the U.S. Ski Team and Copper Mountain, whose decisions in all matters relating to this sweepstakes are final. Winners will be notified via both public and private message, and instructed on how to receive their prize. Should winner not comply with instructions in a timely manner, alternate winners may be selected. Odds of winning are dependent upon the total number of eligible entries received. 3. Prizes: Entrance into a private autograph signing session with U.S. Ski Team athletes. Prizes may not be transferred or redeemed for cash. No substitution for prizes. Each winner is solely responsible for all applicable Federal, State, and local taxes on the value of his/her prize. 4. Eligibility: the sweepstakes is open to all entrants. If under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must be present at venue. Must provide own transportation to specified venue. Void where prohibited by law or regulation. Not open to employees and their families of U.S. Ski & Snowboard and Copper Mountain, their subsidiaries, affiliates, participating retailers, prize suppliers, advertising and production agencies. All Federal, State, and local laws and regulations apply. 5. Limitation of Liability: sponsor and judging organization are not responsible for typographical errors in any sweepstakes-related materials; for technical, hardware, software, or telephone failures of any kind; or for lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmissions that may limit or interfere with a participant’s ability to take part in the sweepstakes. Entrants agree that the Sponsor, its promotional partners, related companies, agencies, respective employees or officers shall not be liable for losses, injury, death, damages or costs of any kind resulting from participation in this sweepstakes or acceptance of or use or misuse of a prize or parts thereof. By entering, participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules. 6. Disclaimer of Correspondence: we value your privacy. We do not sell or provide any of the information you provide us to unaffiliated companies, marketers, magazines or any other unaffiliated third parties. By officially entering you consent to be contacted by U.S. Ski & Snowboard and Copper Mountain and/or our affiliates to include (but not limited to) the prize providers.
 
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Gold Medal Gala Signifies Go Time for PyeongChang

By Tom Kelly
November, 6 2017
Julia Mancuso and Jamie Anderson

NEW YORK (Nov. 3, 2017) - A tense energy wafted across the starlit ballroom in New York City’s Ziegfeld Theater Thursday. A day earlier, the Times Square countdown clock ticked down to just 100 days until the opening ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. As almost three dozen U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes gathered for the New York Gold Medal Gala, one theme was omnipresent: It was go time.

For an organization that goes up against heavily national-funded teams every weekend, the 51st annual New York soirée is a vital fundraising tool as well as an opportunity for athletes to exchange their snow boots for dress shoes and high heels to hang out with over 650 passionate fans. The gala raised well over $1 million net to support American athletes - the biggest night of its kind in Olympic sport. Next door in a unique ice bar at a local hotel, nearly a hundred more U.S. Ski & Snowboard ambassadors raised a toast to the team on its road to PyeongChang.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes
Athletes gather in front of the crowd. (Getty Images) 

Guests arrived at the midtown venue to the tune of pleasant chords from the strings of a Korean gayageum. TV crews scrambled for the arrival of stars like Lindsey Vonn, Gus Kenworthy and Ashley Caldwell. There were over a dozen Olympic medals in the house - including seven gold - plus countless world champions. The thunder of ceremonial Korean drums brought everyone's eyes to the stage as emcee and Olympic champion Jonny Moseley took to the stage.

"Do you notice a heightened level of intensity here tonight?" said Moseley. "I can tell you, the athletes feel it now - just 99 days from the biggest event of their lives. And all of you - our fans - you're paying closer attention right now, aren't you?"
 

Jonny MoseleyJonny Moseley MCs the event. (Getty Images)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Tiger Shaw - himself a two-time Olympian - recognized that, as well. "What's on everyone's mind right now is how to make that Olympic team," said Shaw. "It will be tough. That's what this year is about."

Shaw also paid tribute to young Mikey Lillis - just 17 - who passed away in his sleep two weeks earlier. Lillis' older brothers - world champion Jon and World Cup winner Chris - were there as well as their mom Jamie. It was a poignant moment for a tight-knit family. "We really have something to ski for this year," said the boys.

Alex DeiboldAlex Deibold thanks the crowd. (Getty Images)

The gala capped a week of Olympic celebrations from team uniform unveilings by The North Face and Burton to a day of fun for fans meeting athletes in Times Square, along with snowboardcross Olympic bronze medalist Alex Deibold ringing the closing bell alongside team supporters at Nasdaq while action videos played on skyscraper-sized big screens outside in Times Square.

“I feel really lucky to be here,” said Deibold addressing the crowd at Ziegfeld. “I remember coming here for the first time in 2013 and what a thrill it was. I’ve appreciated the support that I’ve had from you.”

Lindsey Vonn echoed the feeling. “We can’t do what we do without your support,” said the two-time Olympic medalist. “This is what you do, New York, and we appreciate it.”

Lindsey VonnLindsey Vonn smiles for the cameras. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Strobe lights flashed and videographers jostled for position as media looked to grab that insightful quote that would foreshadow what was to come this February in PyeongChang. Supporters clamored for a photo with the ski and snowboard stars.

Auctioneer John Curley revved up the crowd. Skiing with Tommy Moe at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge in Alaska - bam, $30k. Making turns with Jonny Moseley at Squaw Valley - bam, bam, $22k. A weekend at Julia Mancuso's place on Maui - bam, $12k.

The the real meaning of the evening is the impact New York brings to the fledgling careers of athletes with stars in their eyes. No one said it better than world moguls champion and NFL star Jeremy Bloom. The Colorado native told the story of being inspired when, as a young boy, he watched the Olympic debut of moguls skiing in 1992.

Jeremy BloomJeremy Bloom speaks to the crowd. (Getty Images)

"Seeing Edgar Grospiron win gold on TV that day changed my life," said Bloom. "I told my parents that night, 'this is what I want to do.' They said, 'put your mind to it and you can do anything.'"

Bloom had the audience spellbound as he recounted the day he was in the football locker room at the University of Colorado when he got a call from his moguls coach. The team had found some funding for him to go to Chile. It was his one-shot chance to get a result that would eventually lead him to making the U.S. Olympic Team. At his football coach's encouragement, he took a break from CU and went to Chile. At camp he skied 30-50 runs every day - first up and last off the hill. He got that result and later made the Olympic team. And he capped his career with a world championship.

"If it wasn't for what the U.S. Ski Team did for me," said Bloom, now a highly successful businessman, "this little C teamer wouldn't be standing in front of you today. It changed my life."

In 95 days, around 100 U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes will walk into PyeongChang Olympic Stadium with big eyes, broad smiles and Olympic dreams. For many, that night at the New York Gold Medal Gala will resonate in their mind and push them further to achieve their dreams. 

Does Your Athlete Have The Right Membership?

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
November, 1 2017
Membership Opportunities

It’s important your athlete has the correct membership for his/her sport. Please review the options below to determine which membership is best for your child.

Option 1 – U.S. Ski & Snowboard Competitor Membership

The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Competitor membership includes participation in U.S. Ski & Snowboard sanctioned events and scoring to the national points list for scored events. You may upgrade your child to a competitor membership for his/her age class by calling Member Services on 435.647.2666. The $30 paid for the general membership and any applicable division dues will be applied to the upgrade. Additional division dues may apply.

Please click the links below to see the competitor membership available in your sport.

Option 2 – U.S. Ski & Snowboard General Membership

The U.S. Ski & Snowboard general membership is a great option for your athlete (restricted to those age 17 and under) to train with his/her club throughout the season. However, the general membership does not allow for competition in U.S. Ski & Snowboard sanctioned events. 

Option 3 – U.S. Ski & Snowboard Short-Term Membership
U.S. Ski & Snowboard short-term memberships are designed for those 17 and under who wish to participate in a single event. Short-term memberships are available for all sports.

Short-Term Membership Guidelines:

  • Short-term memberships are $30 per day and may be purchased for up to five consecutive days
  • Limit of two short-term membership purchases permitted per person per season
  • Additional participation will require an upgrade to regular membership
  • The amount previously paid for the short-term memberships will be applied towards the upgrade during the same season
  • Additional Short-Term memberships must be purchased directly through Member Services
  • Please purchase your additional short-term membership up to 24 hours prior to the event

If you are still unsure of which membership to purchase please contact your child’s coach or club for directions. Or contact Member Services:

New Non-Scored Athlete Memberships

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
November, 1 2017
New Non-Scored Athlete Memberships

Introducing the new U.S. Ski & Snowboard Non-Scored Athlete Membership Available in Selected Sports: The membership is primarily designed for those over 18 and includes both periodic background screening and SafeSport training to aid in providing an environment which fosters athlete safety. The Non-Scored Athlete membership provides access to all levels of U.S. Ski & Snowboard scored and non-scored competitions at the local, divisional, regional and national level. However, as the name implies it does not include access to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard points list. 

Alpine Non-Scored Athlete (ages 14-24)
Athletes 18-22 may race in Alpine Masters races (excluding championships)

Freestyle Non-Scored Athlete (ages 18 and over)
Replaces the Freestyle Rookie membership

Freeski Non-Scored Athlete (ages 18 and over)
Replaces the Freeski Rookie membership

Snowboard Non-Scored Athlete (ages 18 and over)
New membership category for the 2019-20 season

How can I change my club affiliation?

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
November, 1 2017
How can I change my club affiliation?

Please contact Member Services to change your club affiliation.

Email: membership@usskiasnowboard.org

Chat: http://my.ussa.org/membership/start

Phone: 435.647.2666

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Member Services primary hours of operation are Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. However, we also provide weekend support during the months of October through March. You may reach us by email, voicemail, and chat. During the weekends all channels are checked periodically throughout the day.

Contact Us!

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
November, 1 2017
Member Service Hours of Operation

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Member Services primary hours of operation are Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. However, we also provide weekend support during the months of October through March. You may reach us by email, voicemail, and chat. During the weekends all channels are checked periodically throughout the day.

Email: membership@usskiandsnowboard.org

Chat: http://my.ussa.org/membership/start

Phone: 435.647.2666

How can I upgrade my membership?

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
November, 1 2017
Membership Upgrade

Currently, members who wish to upgrade must contact Member Services. The amount previously paid in the same season will be applied toward your upgrade.

Email: membership@usskiandsnowboard.org

Chat: http://my.ussa.org/membership/start

Phone: 435.647.2666

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Member Services primary hours of operation are Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. However, we also provide weekend support during the months of October through March. You may reach us by email, voicemail, and chat. During the weekends all channels are checked periodically throughout the day.