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  • Rahlves Triumphs at 2016 Arctic Man | USSA - Foundation
    said Rahlves But it was redemption for Levi and me In 2014 we blew up our sled at the top of the canyon And this year we started off with problems but it worked out and came together for race day This year Rahlves and LeVallee were unbeatable finishing the 5 5 mile course in 4 minutes 2 8 seconds But it wasn t an easy win Their snowmobile had issues and it took two days to get parts to the remote camp where the Arctic Man competitors were living I was just sitting there watching racers take laps and practicing It was frustrating said Rahlves whose competitive fire honed during 12 years on the World Cup is clearly still burning You want to go up there and have fun on the track But like ski racing it all comes down to race day You can have a horrible training day and then go out and execute laughed Rahlves And that s what I did Weather and luck also worked out for Rahlves Women s snowboarding and skiing got off on Thursday along with 11 male skiers before the race was postponed Snow and clouds rolled in sending athletes down the track at 90 mph with no idea where they were going It was really bad visibility all white and bad light said Rahlves You couldn t see the snow banks on the side of the track so people were crashing everywhere After two days the men were finally able to race Wearing bib 23 Rahlves pushed out of the gate There was fresh snow but the 22 guys in front of him helped smooth out the track making the snow faster Expecting to be beaten by the guys that weigh in at 200 plus pounds the downhiller pushed the skis and knew he could make it up on the snowmobile pull since leaving the World Cup Rahlves had dropped to only around 170 pounds giving him the advantage on the uphill portion He grabbed the tow rope and flew up the mountain before dropping into the last skiing leg of the race over a mile in a tuck battling burning legs and heavy breathing He came through the finish and yes That was the run he was looking for He had won all three splits It was a big win for Rahlves taking home 61 000 the biggest purse in Arctic Man history Last year s race had been canceled due to weather so the money rolled over into an extra lucrative prize Men s skiing winners Daron Rahlves and Levi LeVallee right stand with the men s snowboarding winners Jayson Hale and Tyson Johnson left Jayson Hale There s no other race in the world like Arctic Man said Rahlves There s a kind of romance with it It s unique one of a kind a bucket list event Amongst Rahlves s competitors was Marco Sullivan who recently joined Rahlves in retiring from the U S Ski Team

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/news/rahlves-triumphs-2016-arctic-man (2016-04-30)
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  • Winter Continues in Norway | USSA - Foundation
    training with the talented Norwegian ski team 25 runs on the 1st day of Norway camp jacuzzi europe usskiteam bolle eyewear A photo posted by Tim Jitloff timjitloff on Apr 11 2016 at 2 53am PDT Last summer we partnered with the Norwegians for a couple of reasons shared Head Men s Coach Sasha Rearick We split resources in speed events video positions course reports and share training venues But more so the guys feed off of each other It increases training quality to have a sparring partner like that This means that American World Cup stars like Steven Nyman Sundance UT and Tim Jitloff Reno NV are training with podium frequenters Kjetil Jansrud Henrik Kristoffersen and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde The Norwegians are clearly the fastest guys right now said Rearick It s helping to train with them in that we know we re going the right way in our direction It gives us confidence Living the Norwegian dream Going downhill in the morning and uphill in the afternoon steven nyman tiituromar kvitfjellalpinanlegg usskiteam A photo posted by Tommy Biesemeyer tcbiesemeyer on Apr 12 2016 at 12 37pm PDT New skis are also out at this camp with all athletes testing shiny new equipment from their sponsors This is the time to dial it all in so they re ready for summer training and the impending World Cup season Also important at this camp Fundamental skills The guys are still at race level fitness meaning they can add intensity to their already honed timing and rhythm Brown cheese potatoes and salmon are the fuel The skis sound different visibility changes left right lekiusa HEAD waxedbywend whatsyourlimit fromthecore REPBend GoPro A photo posted by tommyford tommyford on Apr 13 2016 at 5 01am PDT Plus many of the guys are working

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/news/winter-continues-norway (2016-04-30)
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  • Bill Johnson: Remembering a Hero | USSA - Foundation
    It starts with undulating terrain across the top flats on Ruthie s where gliding skills and well prepared skis are vital But then it drops precipitously down Aztec into Spring Pitch and onto Strawpile where it s all in the hands of the pilot Johnson ran 19th that day outside of top 15 first seed In the finish Austrians Helmut Hoeflehner and Anton Steiner shared the lead at one minute 49 85 seconds The Olympic champion clicked into his Tyrolia bindings then held each ski up for a final wipe by Lewis The team s physical therapist Topper Hagerman gave him a quick rub down to warm up his thighs The clock beeped down and Johnson was on course He was quick to get into his tuck looking for every hundredth of a second down the rolls of Ruthie s Run As he flew by the interval time at the top of Aztec he was 07 behind the leaders The gliding was over Now it was time to turn on the technical skills Johnson knifed through Aztec carrying top speed into the high banks of the Airplane Turn through Spring Pitch He was gaining time in the very section of the course his adversaries expected him to fail Sweeping off Summer Road and down into Strawpile Norway Island and the finish area were coming into sight It was all a blur to Johnson as the Aspen fans erupted This was what they had come to see bad boy Billy Johnson had beaten the Austrians at their own game by a full quarter second on one of the White Circus toughest race courses The ever gracious Austrian Steiner was one of the first to congratulate him It s good for all ski racers to have Americans win he said It makes

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/news/bill-johnson-remembering-hero (2016-04-30)
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  • Top 15 Moments of the 2015-16 Season | USSA - Foundation
    not giving anything away Yeah Lila Lapanja shows how fierce she can be in a slalom at the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational earlier this season Getty Images Doug Pensinger Lila Lapanja sparkles in slalom with first career World Cup points It took Shiffrin four races to score World Cup points It took Vonn 12 races But in her comeback season Lila Lapanja Incline Village NV scored in just her third World Cup start Impressive right On that magical night the stage was set for the ladies to sparkle and sparkle they did Lapanja shined bright coming from bib 37 to land in 23rd under the lights in Flachau where all three of the American women including teammates Resi Stiegler and Paula Moltzan Lakeville MN finished in the points In Crans Montana Lapanja was en route to another solid finish before skiing out but her performance this season complete with a NorAm slalom title has given her some major confidence for the next Promising things from this one for years to come Stacey Cook performs what she calls a moonie and lands in the powder with a huge smile on her face USSA Powder skiing with the Speed Unicorns With an intense World Cup training and race schedule it s not often the athletes get an opportunity to just ski for pure enjoyment and fun But one of the most unique things about our team both the women and men is that when they get the opportunity they embrace it whole heartedly After more than 20 inches of fresh snow in Crans Montana Switzerland the downhill was canceled Though they were bummed Lindsey Vonn Laurenne Ross Bend OR Stacey Cook Mammoth Lakes CA Alice McKennis New Castle CO and Jackie Wiles Aurora OR happily opted for freshies and face shots In this case it was all about friends on powder days as the team took pow laps Like I always say when they re not skiing they re skiing The Americans true love for the sport of skiing especially shines through on a powder day Steven Nyman flies through the air during downhill training in St Moritz Switzerland Getty Images Matthias Hangst Steven Nyman goes down in American Downhiller history It was a slower start to the season for Steven Nyman Sundance UT but boy oh boy when he got in his groove did he absolutely NAMASLAY or what It all began with Jeongseon who played host to the first Olympic official test event for PyeongChang 2018 Not only did the event exceed all American Downhiller expectations but Nyman sent a very clear message to everyone that he has a reason to come back in 2018 finishing third in the downhill From there he just rolled right on Chamonix second Kvitfjell third and St Moritz second Four straight podiums You know what that means folks It means he goes down in history as the first ever American Downhiller to do that The men s speed team coaches and Marco Sullivan goof

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/news/top-15-moments-2015-16-season (2016-04-30)
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  • What Makes a Champ: Resi Stiegler | USSA - Foundation
    as competitive with others so I can really enjoy where I am in the moment Be present Results affect me less than just having a good time Of course I want to win every time I go out there and I work hard to be the best but I can also appreciate what a crazy amazing life we are living Stiegler crushes the slalom at World Cup Finals in St Moritz proving once again that she belongs among the top 15 in the world Getty Images Perhaps the best example of Stiegler s mental grit and undying spirit has emerged over the last two seasons After being on the team for 13 years two time Olympian Stiegler didn t make criteria for the 2015 season A slalom specialist she fought back to the top 25 in the world to make A team criteria for 2016 though sustaining a knee injury prior to the Flachau night race Diving into a return to snow program with coach Bernd Brunner and teammates Thomas Biesemeyer Keene New York Ryan Cochran Siegle Starksboro VT and Erik Arvidsson Woodside CA fittingly dubbed teamresitommyryanANDerik Stiegler found comfort in a new family and inspiration to fight She battled back to what ended up being the best comeback season of her career grabbing seven top 15 finishes two top 10 finishes and was ranked 13th in the world in slalom We started out together Slowly and with precision We were into details and working harder We wanted something We were on a mission We cried we laughed we hated we loved We had eachothers back I could call them whenever I wanted and they knew what I was talking about how I felt and put things in perspective Goals and dreams combined to create us I am soooooo incredibly proud of you boys It was a very fun year and so exciting to watch and cheer and have you as friends You are my family My team teamresitommyryanANDerik A photo posted by Resi Stiegler resistiegler on Mar 31 2016 at 12 28pm PDT Stiegler shares her thoughts on the importance of teamresitommyryanANDerik in her comeback season Under the counsel of Brunner who knows all to well what it s like to fight through injuries and rehab back in his skiing days Stiegler s tribe built each other up and propelled each other forward By the end of this season this group would go on to collectively snag top 15 finishes in the World Cup NorAm titles a Junior Worlds downhill gold medal and numerous podiums at U S Alpine Championships Stiegler also worked closely this season with another genuine soul coach Karin Harjo who became the first woman in World Cup history to set a slalom course Harjo created something special for Stiegler a supportive environment where Stiegler could be herself and excel And excel she did Next time you re watching a World Cup race keep a close eye on Stiegler in the finish Whether in eighth or

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/news/what-makes-champ-resi-stiegler (2016-04-30)
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  • Alpine News | USSA - Foundation
    champion Bill Johnson charging off Ruthie s at nearly 70 mph laying down the edge of his right ski just feet from the safety fence hands in front of his face in an aerodynamic tuck arcing across the face of Top 15 Moments of the 2015 16 Season 04 08 2016 With her second season in the books U S Ski Team alpine press officer Megan Harrod takes some time to sit down and look back on the 2015 16 season Shiffrin Nominated for a Team USA Award 04 04 2016 Mikaela Shiffrin s March was one for the ages After suffering a knee injury in December Shiffrin came back to the World Cup tour with a vengeance winning the Jasna World Cup slalom the World Cup finals slalom in St Moritz and two national titles one in slalom and one in GS And all of her wins were by a combined 11 85 seconds Whoa What Makes a Champ Resi Stiegler 04 04 2016 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 Shiffrin Takes Second Career GS Title 03 27 2016 SUN VALLEY ID March 27 2016 In the final day of action at the Nature Valley U S Alpine Championships in front of a big crowd of ski racing fans Mikaela Shiffrin Eagle Vail CO U S Ski Team wrapped up the season with her second national title in giant slalom Sunday Christianson Takes First GS Title 03 26 2016 SUN VALLEY ID March 26 2016 Kieffer Christianson Anchorage AK U S Ski Team battled a crazy course set to come away with his first giant slalom national title Saturday at the Nature Valley U S Alpine Shiffrin and Chodounsky Win Slalom Titles 03 25 2016 SUN VALLEY ID March 25 2016 Mikaela Shiffrin Eagle Vail CO and David Chodounsky Crested Butte CO brought their A game to the Nature Valley U S Alpine Championships slalom Friday proving to the rest of the field that it s hard to beat two of the best slalom skiers in Marno and Jitloff Grab First Super G Titles 03 24 2016 SUN VALLEY ID March 24 2016 Anna Marno Centennial WY U S Ski Team took her first national title as five time U S national giant slalom champion Tim Jitloff Reno NV U S Ski Team scored his first in super G Thursday at the Nature Valley U S Alpine Championships Thursday s super G was also Marco Sullivan s Squaw Valley CA Squaw Valley Proposed for 2017 World Cup 03 24 2016 OLYMPIC VALLEY CA March 24 2016 The U S Ski and Snowboard Association USSA has selected Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows as the proposed site of an

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/news/all/alpine (2016-04-30)
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  • Alpine Events | USSA - Foundation
    Aspen Colorado United States Details Giant Slalom Slalom Description For additional details please visit the 2015 Nature Valley Aspen Winternational Website click here November 27 2015 Audi Birds of Prey World Cup Date Dec 4 2015 to Dec 6 2015 Location Beaver Creek Colorado United States Details Downhill Giant Slalom Super G Description For additional information regarding the event please C lick here To learn more about the Historic Birds

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/events/all/alpine (2016-04-30)
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  • Alex Hall | USSA - Foundation
    Gonzales Hall Win at Rev Tour Nadia Gonzales Keystone CO and Alex Hall Park City UT both took wins in Slopestyle at the Revolution Tour stop at Mammoth Mountain 6 Freeskiers Nominated to YOG Six young Americans have been nominated to the freeskiing team slated to compete in the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer Norway February 12 21 Alex Hall Euro Freeski Hall Silver Rev Tour Mammoth YOG Nominations Alex Hall Quick Facts Hometown Park City UT Birthplace Fairbanks AK Birthdate 09 21 1998 Years on Team 1 Freeskiing Athletes Alex Hall Additional Info Height N A Weight N A Alex Hall Websites Facebook YouTube Instagram Slopestyle and big air specialist Alex Hall is a part of the next generation of freeskiing elite Hall who grew up in Switzerland but calls Park City his home nabbed two top ten finishes against the big boys at the wo AFP Platinum events he entered in 2015 A seventh place finish at The Dumont Cup and a ninth place finish at the European Freeski Open is proof that this rookie doesn t plan to stay in the lower ranks for long With his smooth style and technical prowess Alex Hall is

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/athletes/alex-hall (2016-04-30)
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