Chris Knight: What Makes a Champ Tue, 26 Jul 2016 20:27:43 +0000
From local ski hills to the PyeongChang Olympics, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) encompasses all athletes that share a passion for skiing and snowboarding. We explore what makes each skier and rider a champion with stories from the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing, next to kids winning a NASTAR medal, landing their first cork 7 or joining a club team. Alongside USSA’s mascot Champ, take a look at how all of these athletes strive to be Best in the World.
Chris Knight: What Makes a Champ
How to Fuel a Speed Unicorn Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:34:42 +0000
During the summer months when the snow’s not flying, the U.S. Alpine Ski Team athletes are still hard at work at the Center of Excellence and beyond. Athletes use the summer to focus on building a solid strength and endurance foundation to prepare them for on-snow camps in the summer and fall. So, what does it take to fuel an elite-level female speed athlete (aka “Speed Unicorn”)? Building a strong foundation means consuming a high-calorie, high-iron diet.
We sat down with the USSA’s High Performance Sports Dietitian, Allen Tran, and High Performance Chef Megan Chacosky to get the scoop about what it takes to fuel a women’s speed team athlete through a day of strength and endurance training.
Allen Tran stands in the USSA Center of Excellence kitchen. (U.S. Ski Team)
How to Fuel a Speed Unicorn
What the Killington World Cup Will Look Like Tue, 19 Jul 2016 18:09:17 +0000
At the end of June, officials from the USSA, FIS and Killington headed out to the official site of the Killington World Cup to map out the event in which the best female racers in the world will race in Vermont for the first time since 1978.
The crew included Tao Smith—the president Vermont Alpine Racing Association and headmaster of Killington Mountain School—and FIS women’s Chief Race Director Artle Skaardal, among others. Discussions ranged from hill set and spectator seating to weather and snowmaking on the hill ‘Superstar.’
The crew walks the hill that will hold the upcoming World Cup race. (Ski Racing-Gabbi Hall)
What the Killington World Cup Will Look Like
Day Returns to Coach U.S. Ski Team Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:20:16 +0000
PARK CITY, UT (July 18, 2016) – The U.S. Ski Team has announced that Mike Day, current head men’s coach at Green Mountain Valley School (GMVS), will make a return to the U.S. Ski Team to serve as women’s head coach, working specifically with Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin.
A coach in various capacities for more than 15 years, Day previously coached Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), who became a world champion and won two World Cup giant slalom titles during Day’s tenure with the men’s technical team from 2010 to 2013.
Day Returns to Coach U.S. Ski Team
2016-17 U.S. Alpine Ski Team Nominations Tue, 12 Jul 2016 10:49:19 +0000
Each athlete accepting the nomination to U.S. Alpine Ski Team receives a high level of world-class program support, along with access to the USSA 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 team announcement will be made in the fall.