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  • USA 10th in World Champs Relay | USSA - Foundation
    of all races Action continues Saturday with the women s 30k classic followed by the men s 50k finale Sunday QUOTES Andy Newell I thought we skied well today as a team We were hoping to be top eight I think we can be even better than that on our best days I think we were about a minute out which is a lot better than what we have been in the last World Championships We ve improved We were right up in the lead packs and among the leaders on the first legs and made it there in time for the last legs so it was perfect Everyone skied really well To be that close is an encouraging sign looking toward the Olympics Chris Grover U S Nordic Ski Team Coach Overall really good for the guys To be one minute out of a 40k event like that is new territory for this group Especially given the fact that not everybody had a great race out there I know Kris isn t happy about the way his race went I know Tad might reconsider pacing it the next time but he also recognized that he had to get back into the mix So overall awesome huge leg by Noah huge leg by Andy great leg by Tad Kris fighting super hard the whole time It s coming closer and on a day we get all four guys ready to go we re going to be in that mix Noah Hoffman Newell skied an awesome leg I was super impressed with him and psyched to see him mixing it up right in there It s awesome He s evolved into an incredible distance skier and I m really impressed Kris skied a great leg right in the mix for more than two laps It looked like they were doing really good and then I think he kind of died a little bit He tried his hardest and tagged me off in a good position I had the French team and somebody else right behind me They started faster than I did so they caught on me right away and I just got right in that group Then the French skier decided to go and I was feeling good so I followed him He was making good time I think we were gaining on the guys in front of us We caught at least one team and almost caught the Japanese team at the end So I m really psyched I tried to get away from the French team on the last lap but he was really strong so I couldn t do it Tad Elliott We were talking as a team last night and we said a dream race would be top eight I was in seventh there with France and Japan and knew I was skiing better than they were I felt so smooth our skis were great I heard those guys were walking up front but I ve

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/news/usa-10th-world-champs-relay (2016-04-30)
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  • Ligety Slalom Hope Dashed by Straddle | USSA - Foundation
    wrist didn t seem to bother him Chodounsky sat in 20th after first run only 1 59 seconds back after a small bobble the first run A similar mistake left him in 22nd overall but he still scored World Cup points Will Brandenburg Spokane WA Nolan Kasper Warren VT and Mark Engel Truckee CA did not qualify for the second run The men look forward to skiing in the Italian Alps next week for the Alta Badia giant slalom on Sunday a classic race and a chance for a Ligety Hirscher rematch The speed team will be in action in Val Gardena with a downhill and super G where Steven Nyman has won twice HIGHLIGHTS Ted Ligety remained third in the overall Audi FIS Ski World Cup despite not finishing Sunday s slalom in Are Ligety who was 18th in the slalom opener in Levi hadn t been on a World Cup slalom podium since 2008 Next Sunday s matchup in Alta Badia will find Ligety seeking to avenge his third place finish behind Marcel Hirscher from a year ago Ligety took the win in 2012 QUOTES Sasha Rearick Men s Head Coach Ted was charging and having a good run Unfortunately when you are going for it full throttle there is a risk of straddle especially when the course is fast and snow grippy due to the cold inversion Ted was doing what he needed to do to step on the podium today I am stoked that he was sending it with confidence It was great to see Ted on the podium yesterday securing another 80 points towards the GS globe We had a tough travel here and I was really impressed with the guys attitudes with moving the race up a day missing flights and coming to a

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/news/ligety-slalom-hope-dashed-straddle (2016-04-30)
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  • Another GS Podium for Ligety in Are | USSA - Foundation
    finishing 22nd overall Ligety looked calm when he pushed out of the starting gate losing a little time on the top section of the course but putting the hammer down in the second half With his infamous angles Ligety skied through the finish in first place only surpassed by Hirscher who slaughtered the field by over a second Stefan Luitz from Germany rounded out the podium Along with Chodounsky Brennan Rubie Salt Lake City UT Mark Engel Truckee CA and Nolan Kasper Warren VT did not qualify for second run Universal Sports will re air the giant slalom at 11 00 p m EST on Saturday The men race slalom on Sunday with Universal Sports streaming the two runs live at 4 30 a m EST and 7 30 a m EST with on air broadcast of second run live QUOTES Ted Ligety I m happy to be second It s nice to get on the podium It s easy to think of places where I could have made up time just in the top steep section I lost 1 6 second or something to Marcel Hirscher but the rest of the way we were very competitive I struggled to get in the rhythm in that really steep section which is Marcel s bread and butter I need to clean up the steeper part of my skiing He skied it unbelievably It was impressive to see that and an inspiration for weeks to come I ve always wanted to ski a GS at night We have some night slaloms but no night GS races This is a really good course it has a little bit of everything gliding sections a halfpipe like section steeps sidehills My hand is not perfect I avoid hitting gates with it and dragging it on

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/news/another-gs-podium-ligety-are (2016-04-30)
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  • Tech Teams Take on Sweden | USSA - Foundation
    after having trouble in the first run at Aspen and skiing out Megan McJames Park City UT rounds out the list of U S starters at Are On the men s side let s talk Ligety Just over two weeks ago Ted Ligety Park City UT sustained a carpal wrist dislocation and torn ligaments and underwent surgery After securing his fourth straight giant slalom win at Birds of Prey he s feeling strong and confident I don t really think about my hand when I ski said Ligety I mean I try not to drag it on the snow and hit gates with it but it s not something I m very conscious of He ll once again be a favorite this weekend in giant slalom Tim Jitloff Reno NV grabbed himself a top 10 finish in Birds of Prey but he has more in him David Chodounsky s 17 th place finish earned him his first giant slalom points of his career at Birds of Prey and with a finish area celebration that warmed the hearts of ski racing fans everyone can t wait to watch him again Mark Engel Brennan Rubie and Nolan Kasper will all be starting for the U S men Men s slalom starters will include Ted Ligety Tim Jitloff David Chodounsky Crested Butte CO Will Brandenburg Spokane WA Nolan Kasper Warren VT Brenan Rubie Salt Lake City UT and Mark Engel Truckee CA This will be Chodounsky s first trip to Are I ve never been up to Are but heading somewhere new is always exciting especially with a night GS happening I just want to take the same focus and mindset into this giant slalom as in Beaver Creek That s all I can really do and have fun said Chodounsky I m excited for another slalom too Levi didn t work as well as I had hoped but I feel like I m still skiing well It s going to be nice to get two races this weekend I think it helps ease the pressure of putting all your focus and energy into one race Though it s quite the trek to Are Sweden it has its advantages The men are particularly excited for the planned night giant slalom on Friday No strangers to night races having experienced the famed night slalom at Schladming these guys know there s a special vibe when you ski under the lights As Ligety told the press after winning at Birds of Prey It s really cool that we re going to have night GS there which is something I ve thought we could do for a long time That s going to be a lot of fun It s not the most ideal travel schedule going back and forth on planes there but it s definitely cool to go back to another place we haven t been in a while Universal Sports Network will provide live coverage of second runs all weekend What s on

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/news/tech-teams-take-sweden (2016-04-30)
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  • Birds of Prey Training Bodes Well for U.S. Men | USSA - Foundation
    runs Alpine Director Patrick Riml has flagged him as an up and comer who could have a breakthrough season After yesterday s run Jared reflected on Birds of Prey This is one of the most exciting downhills of the year and it s a really difficult one too Americans feel comfortable on this hill and Europeans don t so it s really our wheelhouse said Goldberg The first two training days went smoothly so Friday s downhill training run was cancelled allowing the men to do their own training or have a much needed rest day It ll be a big U S men s field this weekend with Ted Ligety Wiley Maple Travis Ganong Steven Nyman Jared Goldberg Bryce Bennett Tommy Biesemeyer Keene NY David Chodounsky Crested Butte CO Mark Engel Truckee CA Tommy Ford Bend OR Tim Jitloff Reno NV Nolan Kasper Warren VT Brennan Rubie Salt Lake City UT Marco Sullivan Squaw Valley CA and Andrew Weibrecht Lake Placid NY competing The race starts at 10 45 a m but if you can t be at the race in Colorado tomorrow be sure to watch it at 10 30 p m EST on NBC Live Extra QUOTES Ted Ligety All of us have skied the hill so many times it doesn t change anything for World Champs It s an indicator sure but it s not the end all be all We re still months away from the World Champs so it s not really a huge concern It s going to be great having it here They always do an awesome job prepping the hill here so it s a treat to race here because of that You d be surprised that the mass majority of our World Cup races are prepared pretty badly whereas here they do an awesome job Everyone loves coming here because of that Plus the fact that it s here on home soil and the Euros have to live out their duffle bags like we have to all of the time it evens the playing field a little bit Marco Sullivan Lake Louise was a great way to start the season It s always been a great place for me I ve been on the podium a couple times up there I was just nipping the guys there by tenths of a second and only ended up like four tenths back I feel like I could be right in the hunt with those guys this week I have to just keep it rolling It s definitely a more technical course a lot steeper with harder snow and more turns If I can be solid on the turns on the top pitch and carry that speed down to the bottom I ll be good That area is more in my wheelhouse with big jumps more downhill style I gotta nail the top and do my thing on the bottom Sasha Rearick Men s Head Coach I m super stoked on how all

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/news/birds-prey-training-bodes-well-us-men (2016-04-30)
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  • Shiffrin and Ligety Poised to Make Magic in Levi | USSA - Foundation
    races in Levi Finland Looking to defend World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin won the Audi FIS Ski World Cup opening slalom last year by 1 06 seconds also snagging herself a Lapland reindeer she named Rudolf as a first place prize Big U S Field Will Brandenburg Spokane WA Nolan Kasper Warren VT David Chodounsky Crested Butte CO Will Gregorak Longmont CO Tim Kelley Starksboro VT Michael Ankeny Deephaven MN Paula Moltzan Lakeville MN Resi Stiegler Jackson Hole WY and Hailey Duke Boise ID will also start for the U S Colorado Training The team prepared for the event with training at Copper Mountain Colorado The 2015 U S Alpine Ski Team was announced Nov 8 during Nature Valley First Tracks a live fan focused stage program at Copper Mountain CO QUOTES Roland Pfeifer We had a very good prep period over in Copper Mountain The girls are healthy they re fit they re motivated In the case of Mikaela we all expect a pretty good race which means she s really shooting for winning slalom With the other girls the goal is to make the flip and improve the way to be into the top Mikaela Shiffrin Levi is looking awesome The hill is in great shape I think they ve worked really hard to make sure it s really good and it s cold so the hill should stay in awesome shape over night We got to free ski on it today and I m feeling quick Last year I was pretty tired for the free ski on the hill but today I felt really quick and strong so even after kind of a long travel day I feel like I m ready to race We got some training in the training hill was in really good condition and I just got a really good feeling So I feel like I m ready to go tomorrow I think a lot of the girls are skiing fast so I have no idea who s going to be fast tomorrow but there are a few girls who we saw today who looked like they were going to rip so it s same as always same goal I have to go really hard start to finish top flats skate as hard as I can and bottom pitch I have to make sure I keep it under control but still let it fly I m looking forward to it Ted Ligety Levi is always a unique race for sure it s dark most of the day so it definitely feels like a night race even thought it s in the middle of the day So it s always unique and they always do a pretty good job with the hill conditions so it s a fun hill It s cool to be able to race on the same hill as the girls It s kind of like Soelden in the sense that there s a little bit more nervousness to it because it

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/news/shiffrin-and-ligety-poised-make-magic-levi (2016-04-30)
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  • Athlete Q&A with Slalom Specialist Nolan Kasper | USSA - Foundation
    The crowd there is always incredible too and that helps get you amped up to go fast Describe the Birds of Prey track as it relates to some of the other classic venues We haven t raced slalom at BOP besides a makeup race a few years ago so it s hard to compare it to other venues It s probably most similar to Zagreb in difficulty But it s not very hard after the first few gates which means you have to attack the whole way You were top 15 at the Olympics but know you have a lot more speed Is there a specific peaking strategy you re using to prepare for 2015 Nope I go about my season the same way as usual Work hard stay focused and try not to let disappointing results change that New boards how are they running I switched to Volkl skis and Lange boots this past spring I m really excited about being back in the Lange boots and have been very happy with the ski boot combination so far It s been a rough road health wise the last few years how are you feeling at this point in the prep period My body is feeling good right now I just have to stay on top of the little injuries that pop up throughout the year so they don t turn into something bigger Any other thoughts racing the World Championships on home snow It s really exciting that a championship ski racing event is coming back to the U S Look out for Team USA in 2015 HELP THE TEAM The U S Ski Team relies solely on the support of the American public Click here to support the team Top Alpine News Stories Bill Johnson Passes Away Vonn

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/news/athlete-qa-slalom-specialist-nolan-kasper (2016-04-30)
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  • Men's Tech Reboots at Mt. Hood | USSA - Foundation
    as well as Bryce Bennett Squaw Valley CA Kieffer Christianson Anchorage and Drew Duffy Warren VT as some of the top athletes who made major positive changes in their skiing over the course of the project Post camp the athletes moved directly to a conditioning camp at the Center of Excellence in Park City UT The next on snow camp is slated for early August in New Zealand The 2015 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season opens Oct 25 26 in Soelden Austria and the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships are scheduled for Feb 2 15 in Vail Beaver Creek CO Ski Racing Magazine is on site at Mt Hood and contributed to the content of this story Read an extended story at www SkiRacing com QUOTES Nolan Kasper It was a great opportunity to see the next generation of skiers coming up in the country Being able to work with them was really rewarding and I think for some of the athletes they were able to see the guys who they ve looked up to or are maybe going to have to chase down in the future Everyone is working together to try to make skiing in the U S better Even when I was on the development team I never really had the opportunity to ski with the best slalom skiers I remember the first time I trained with Ted and Bode was when I qualified for the World Cup Now we re doing a lot more integration between the teams and working with younger athletes Sasha Rearick Head Coach We ve fallen off the mark in the technical disciplines slalom and GS without a doubt I watched the skiing at Nationals and fundamentally in the tech disciplines we re not where we need to be I

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/news/mens-tech-reboots-mt-hood (2016-04-30)
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