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Chloe Kim Nominated for 2022 AAU Sullivan Award

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
November, 1 2022
Chloe Kim
Chloe Kim competes in the Snowboard Halfpipe Finals at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China. (Mike Dawson/U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Known as the "Oscars" of sports awards, the AAU James E. Sullivan Award honors an outstanding athlete in the United States and has been recognizing the nation's best since 1930. This year, U.S. Ski & Snowboard's very own Chloe Kim is nominated among 19 other incredible nominees and she needs your help to bring home another win! 

Chloe is the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding gold medal at just 17 years old. Her storied career on the U.S. Snowboard Team started in 2015 and includes countless victories, most notably two Olympic gold medals in halfpipe at the 2018 and 2022 Olympic Winter Games, two World Championship victories and several X Games medals. Off the snow, Chloe was recognized at the ESPYs as the Best Female Action Sports Athlete, Best Female Athlete and Best Female Olympian. 

Voting is open to the public and closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 9, 2022. You can vote once per day up until voting closes. 

VOTE NOW! 

Bower, Sprang Appointed as Snowboard, Freeski Sport Directors

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
October, 31 2022
slopestyle course
The Men's slopestyle skiing course in Sochi, Russia at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard announced today the appointment of Rick Bower to Snowboard Sport Director and Skogen Sprang to Freeski Sport Director. Sprang and Bower have been with U.S. Ski & Snowboard for over a decade and have led their athletes on the freeski and snowboard teams to tremendous success. 

Former Snowboard Halfpipe Head Coach, Bower was a World Champion in snowboard halfpipe in 1999, and has been with the U.S. Snowboard Team since 2006. Since then, he has been part of five Olympic Winter Games, leading his athletes to 14 Olympic medals. Bower is a five-time International Snowboard Coach of the Year and winner of the prestigious USOPC Olympic Coach of the Year Award in 2011, as well as a three-time recipient of the Order of Ikkos award from his Olympic medaling athletes. He has also been a champion of advancing women’s snowboarding and has been pivotal to the success of athletes such as Olympic medalists Kelly Clark, Gretchen Bleiler and Chloe Kim. 

“I am very excited to continue my work with the U.S. Snowboard Team,” said Bower. “Not only are these tremendous athletes, but incredible people to be around. My focus in this new role will continue to be giving them the tools and opportunities to excel.”

“Rick brings a deep understanding of what an athlete needs to achieve their full potential and how to build a program around those athletes,” said Anouk Patty, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Chief of Sport. “He will lead from experience with passion and purpose and we are super excited to see this snowboard team soar under Ricky’s leadership.” 

Sprang also enters his new role with a breadth of experience and success. A U.S. Freeski Team slopestyle and big air head coach since 2012, Sprang was named U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Coach of the Year in 2021 and International Freeskiing Coach of the Year. He has led the U.S. Freeski Team to three Olympic Games where they’ve won eight Olympic medals and has helped his athletes win one-third of the total freeski Olympic medals available in history—more than any coach from other countries. Along with Bower, Sprang has also been named a USOPC National Olympic Coach of the Year and is a four-time recipient of the Order of Ikkos award. He is also a 2000 X Games silver medalist in freeski big air. 

“I’ve been with the U.S. Freeski Team for years and have learned a great deal, which has given me the tools and knowledge to provide even more for this sport and go even bigger in the years to come,” said Sprang. “I look forward to continuing my work with these incredible athletes for years to come and cannot wait to see how this sport evolves in the future.” 

“Skogen is committed to making us the best we can be,” said Patty. “We know he will lead with passion, experience, curiosity and a deep love of the sport and its athletes.”

Bower and Sprang will oversee their national teams and will work closely with the development programs. Ashley Diebold, the Snowboard/Freeski Sport Development Director, will support both new Sport Directors. Together they will manage the progression of the rookie athletes onto the elite teams and will play a significant role in engaging with the clubs and programs in the community to identify and nurture talent and the sports overall.  

Record $2 Million Raised at the 56th Annual New York Gold Medal Gala  

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
October, 28 2022
Gold Medal Gala
U.S. Ski & Snowboard's 56th Annual New York Gold Medal Gala. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard returned to New York City on October 27, 2022 for the 56th time for the organization’s largest annual fundraising event: the Gold Medal Gala. Benefitting the athletes of U.S. Ski & Snowboard, the New York Gold Medal Gala welcomes passionate supporters and fans for a night of inspiration and fun that raised over $2 million—the most money raised at a Gold Medal Gala in history. 

This year’s theme focused on “the edge” and how U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes are always pushing themselves to the limit to achieve greatness. Fittingly, an athlete who always pushed the limits whenever he competed was also celebrated, Shaun White was honored at the event. The five-time Olympian and three-time Olympic gold medalist was awarded the Golden Goat statue from fellow GOAT and Olympic champion teammate Lindsey Vonn. The award recognizes his legacy in snowboarding and how he transcended the sport. White accepted the award in front of his family, teammates, supporters and friends and was surprised with a video where legends like Kelly Slater, David Beckham, Chloe Kim and several others congratulated him on his career and well-deserved retirement. 

This year, 500 passionate supporters of the team, as well as 32 past and present athletes from all sports, came together to raise over $2 million for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team. This amount surpasses any amount ever raised in previous years, and every single dollar raised goes on to support the athletes as they continue their quest of becoming the best in the world. 

“We are immensely grateful to everyone who attended the event, both in person and virtually,” says Sophie Goldschmidt, President and CEO of U.S. Ski & Snowboard. “To be in the same room with some of the best athletes in the world is a privilege and what better way to end the gala than knowing we raised an incredible amount of money to help them achieve their dreams. Thank you to everyone who donated and who continuously supports these incredible athletes year after year.”

Athletes at the Gold Medal Gala

Shaun White

 

U.S. Ski & Snowboard, Stifel Announce New Partnership; Title Sponsorship of U.S. Alpine Ski Team

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
October, 27 2022
Stifel

U.S. Ski & Snowboard announced today an official partnership with Stifel Financial (NYSE:SF), a leading wealth management and investment banking company. Under terms of the agreement, Stifel will become the title sponsor of the Stifel U.S. Alpine Team.

The partnership marries two brands that share common values, including success, precision, and partnership. Moving forward, the U.S. Alpine Ski Team will be renamed the Stifel U.S. Alpine Team, which includes decorated athletes such as three-time Olympic medalist Mikaela Shiffrin, 2022 Olympic silver medalist Ryan Cochran-Siegle and eight-time FIS World Cup podium finisher Breezy Johnson. In addition, U.S. Ski & Snowboard and Stifel will collaborate on a career and financial education program, designed to help athletes with savings and investing strategy. 

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Stifel,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard President & CEO Sophie Goldschmidt. “This is the most significant alpine partnership in U.S. Ski & Snowboard history, supporting alpine skiers from the development level to the World Cup. Stifel’s long-term commitment combined with our comparable values makes them the perfect partner.”

This is the first alpine partnership for U.S. Ski & Snowboard that encompasses all elite levels of competition in North America, including World Cup, NorAms and National Championships, and will be kicking off a season with the most domestic alpine World Cups in history. Stifel will serve as the title sponsor of the men’s FIS Alpine Ski World Cup event in Palisades Tahoe, California and as a sponsor of the additional men’s FIS Alpine Ski World Cup events in Beaver Creek, Colorado and Aspen, Colorado, as well as the women’s FIS Alpine Ski World Cup event in Killington, Vermont.

“At Stifel, success is ingrained in our culture,” said Stifel Chairman and CEO Ronald J. Kruszewski. “We have become a firm where success meets success – one that attracts successful individuals and partners, recognizes up-and-coming successes, and helps others achieve success. The athletes of the U.S. Alpine Team exemplify dedication, focus, and perseverance and represent the very definition of success. Stifel is excited to partner with U.S. Ski & Snowboard to support these athletes on the world stage.”

Stifel has also been named the title sponsor of the U.S. NorAm Tour, which is the pipeline for young athletes to earn their spot on the Stifel U.S. Alpine Team with hopes of representing the USA internationally in the World Cup, World Championships and Olympics. Stifel will also become the presenting partner of the Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships, where national titles are awarded annually in downhill, super-G, giant slalom and slalom.

“Stifel and their leadership have been longtime supporters of alpine skiing and the team, and we’re thrilled to bring them on as the official title sponsor of the Stifel U.S. Alpine Team,” said three-time Olympic medalist Mikaela Shiffrin. “I also love that they will be supporting the team at every level including developing the pipeline to help build the next generation of Olympic champions in the United States.”

In addition to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard relationship, Stifel also has sponsorship agreements with the NHL’s St. Louis Blues, several PGA golfers, and is the presenting sponsor of the Haskins and ANNIKA Awards, which honor the nation’s top collegiate golfers, and the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl.

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About Stifel

Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE: SF) is a financial services holding company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, that conducts its banking, securities, and financial services business through several wholly owned subsidiaries. Stifel’s broker-dealer clients are served in the United States through Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, including its Eaton Partners business division; Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc.; Miller Buckfire & Co., LLC; and Stifel Independent Advisors, LLC; and in the United Kingdom and Europe through Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited. The Company’s broker-dealer affiliates provide securities brokerage, investment banking, trading, investment advisory, and related financial services to individual investors, professional money managers, businesses, and municipalities. Stifel Bank and Stifel Bank & Trust offer a full range of consumer and commercial lending solutions. Stifel Trust Company, N.A. and Stifel Trust Company Delaware, N.A. offer trust and related services. To learn more about Stifel, please visit the Company’s website at www.stifel.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 CONTACT:

U.S. Ski & Snowboard

Courtney Harkins

Director, Marketing & Communications

courtney.harkins@usskiandsnowboard.org

Stifel

Neil Shapiro

Head of Corporate Communications

shapiron@stifel.com

 

Women's Speed Events in Zermatt-Cervinia Canceled

By Leann Bentley
October, 25 2022
Zermatt
A U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete trains at the 2021 speed and tech training camp in Zermatt, SUI. (AmarcsterMedia)

After the snow control meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25, it was officially announced that the two women's Matterhorn Cervino Speed Opening downhill races slated for Nov. 5-6, 2022 are canceled. The races will not be replaced on this season's World Cup calendar. 

The Matterhorn Cervino downhill was to be the first cross-boarder downhill race in FIS history. According to FIS, the organizers in Zermatt and Cervinia are already hard at work to make the premiere of the Matterhorn Cervino Speed Opening in 2023 a reality. 

Tommy Ford Sixth in Soelden

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
October, 23 2022
Tommy Ford
Tommy Ford competes in the giant slalom race at the FIS 2022 Soelden World Cup. (FIS/Getty).

Tommy Ford had an incredible first race of the season in Soelden, Austria with a sixth-place finish in the stacked men's alpine field. First run, Ford finished in 26th place but on his second run he clocked the fastest time in the field and is ending the weekend in Soelden with an overall top 10.

Teammate River Radamus finished with a 26th overall finish. Ryan Cochran-Siegle was 31st in his first run and just missed the flip for run two. Isaiah Nelson skied to 45th place in the first run at his first World Cup.

After variable weather conditions Friday and Saturday, the skies cleared making way for a sunny beautiful day in Soelden for the men’s first World Cup of the season. The track stayed fairly solid as more racers made their way down. The previous season’s Soelden champion, Swiss skier Marco Odermatt, secured the fastest overall time with a combined time of 2:04.72.  Second-place finisher Zan Kranjec of Slovakia skied to 2:05.48 and Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen took third with a combined time of 2:05.69. After the cancellation of Zermatt-Cervinia, the next men's World Cup stop is the parallel slalom in Lech/Zürs, Austria, November 12–13.

RESULTS
Men's giant slalom

Men's Speed Events in Zermatt-Cervinia Canceled

By Courtney Harkins
October, 22 2022
Matterhorn Cervino Speed Opening
With low snow fall on the Swiss/Italy border creating unsafe conditions, FIS canceled the Zermatt-Cervinia men's downhills the weekend of October 29-30. (FIS)

Due to lack of snow, the men's Matterhorn Cervino Speed Opening downhills slated for October 29-30, 2022 was canceled one week prior to the event. The races will not be replaced on this season's calendar.

It was the event debut of the Matterhorn Cervino downhill, slated to start in Zermatt, Switzerland and finish in Cervinia, Italy. It was scheduled to be the first cross-border downhill in FIS World Cup history. 

The event has one more chance in the 2022-23 season with women's downhills at the same venue the following weekend. Snow control will take place on October 25.

Troy Podmilsak Takes Third in First World Cup of Season

By Leann Bentley
October, 22 2022
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The Big Air jump in Chur, SUI. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard, @mikedawsy)

U.S. Freeski Ski Team rookie athlete Troy Podmilsak went big at the first World Cup of the season. In the qualification round, an impressive 94.00 score landed him the top spot leading into the finals. Podmilsak was the only U.S. skier to make the finals in men's and women's competitions.

Entering the finals in the first place spot, Podmilsak went on to finish third overall behind Olympic Champion Birk Ruud of Norway and Noah Porter MacLennan of Canada. 

Last season, he took home two Junior World Championship titles in big air and slopestyle and can now add a third-place World Cup finish to his list of top results. 

Other U.S. independent athletes, James Kanzler (36th), Peter Raich (37th) and Luke Votaw (50th) also competed in the first competition of the season but did not make the finals. 

Women’s Giant Slalom in Soelden Canceled

By Courtney Harkins
October, 22 2022
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Staff clears snow from barriers as the women’s giant slalom event was canceled due to weather conditions in Soelden, Austria. (Getty Images - Johann Groder)

The women’s debut World Cup of the season was canceled in Soelden, Austria. Warm weather and rain followed by wet snow combined to present unsafe conditions for the giant slalom and the organizers called the race early in the morning on Saturday.

Scheduled to race were Mikaela Shiffrin, who has podiumed six times in Soelden, Paula Moltzan, Nina O’Brien, Katie Hensien, Stella Johansson, Allie Resnick and Ava Sunshine. Nina O’Brien and Allie Resnick are making their returns after injuries last season, while Ava Sunshine and independent athlete Stella Johansson were to make their World Cup debuts.

The organizers are optimistic for the men’s race on Sunday. 2022 Olympic silver medalist Ryan Cochran-Siegle, River Radamus, Tommy Ford and Isaiah Nelson will represent the stars and stripes in their new Kappa speed suits in the Soelden giant slalom.

Rescheduling of the canceled women’s giant slalom will be announced over the next couple of days, according to FIS.

2022-23 U.S. Freeski Team Announced

By Leann Bentley
October, 21 2022
Birk Irving
U.S. Freeski Ski Team athlete Birk Irving competing during the freeski halfpipe qualification round at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced its U.S. Freeski Team halfpipe, slopestyle and big air team for the 2022-23 season. This year, 23 pro-level and 14 rookie freeskiers will make up the official roster of the winningest freeski team in the world, with five 2022 Olympic medals and 20 World Cup podiums in the 2021-22 season alone. In the months ahead, aside from competing in events around the globe, the World Championships will return with the FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships in Bakuriani, Georgia, marking the first time in history that Georgia will host this large-scale event. 

This season, the slopestyle and big air pro team are sure to turn heads with returning 2022 Olympic slopestyle gold and silver medalist Alex Hall and Nick Goepper and 2022 Olympic silver medalist in big air Colby Stevenson. Coming off a successful 2021-22 World Cup and Olympic season, 2022 Olympians Caroline Claire, Marin Hamill and Maggie Voisin lead the talented U.S. slopestyle women’s team. The slopestyle and big air rookie team is filled with up-and-coming talented athletes, namely Jay Riccomini, Charlie Gnoza, Bella Bacon, Troy Podmilsak and Konnor Ralph. 

“We are all really proud of all the athletes that have qualified for the U.S. Freeski Team for the 2022-23 season,” says Freeski Slopestyle/Big Air Head Coach Skogen Sprang. “Tons of hard work and resiliency have paid off for these athletes and we can’t wait to see them progress the sport and push themselves throughout the winter.”

2x Olympian David Wise, 2018 Olympic medalist Alex Ferreira with fellow teammates and World Championship medalists Aaron Blunck and Birk Irving, lead the competitive and talented field of men on the U.S. Halfpipe Pro Team. On the women’s pro roster, 2018 Olympic medalist Brita Sigourney, Hanna Faulhaber and Carly Margulies headline the team. The rookie group is as strong as ever, with Junior World Champion medalist Kate Gray and two-time Junior World medalist Matt Labaugh consistently climbing up the ranks.  

“I’m very excited to be back coaching the U.S. Freeski Halfpipe Team again for another year,” says Freeski Halfpipe Head Coach Mike Riddle. “The team has been looking strong and motivated in offseason training camps and we can’t wait to show off what we’ve been working on! #theszniscoming.”

2022-23 Freeski World Cup Schedule

2023 Freeski World Championships

2022-23 U.S. Freeski Team 

(Hometown; Club; USASA Series; Birthdate) 

*Newly named to the U.S. Freeski Team

Freeski Coaches and Staff

  • Head Coach Halfpipe: Mike Riddle 
  • Halfpipe Pro Team Coach: Matt Margetts
  • Halfpipe Rookie Team Coach: Ryan Carey
  • Head Coach Slopestyle/Big Air: Skogen Sprang                                               
  • Slopestyle/Big Air Pro Team Coach: Dave Euler
  • Slopestyle/Big Air Rookie Team Coach: Ryan Wyble                                                                                  
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 & 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 Freeski Team; 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, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Freeski Team; Unbound Series, 06/29/2006)*
  • Svea Irving (Winter Park, Colo.; Winter Park Freeski 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 & Snowboard; Big Mountain West Series; 12/14/98)
  • Marin Hamill (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski & Snowboard; Big Mountain West Series; 4/5/01)
  • Rell Harwood (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski & 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 & 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 & 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.; Olympic 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 & 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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