Ski Racing » Stories http://skiracing.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:56:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 US Nordic Combined rekindles relationship with USSA http://skiracing.com/stories/us-nordic-combined-rekindles-relationship-with-ussa/ http://skiracing.com/stories/us-nordic-combined-rekindles-relationship-with-ussa/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:06:08 +0000 SR Staff http://skiracing.com/?post_type=stories&p=31405 Bill Demong at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. GEPA/Christian Walgram

Bill Demong at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. GEPA/Christian Walgram

In what has been called a final Hail Mary by the U.S. Nordic Combined team to rekindle its relationship with the national governing body of skiing in the United States, USSA CEO Tiger Shaw described how the organization plans to allocate funds to the Nordic Combined national team for the next two seasons “in exchange for a commitment from the combined community to help acquire new foundation donors at a commensurate level.”

Shaw outlined the plan in an email to USSA trustees: “This commitment on the side of the USSA will support an additional coach, associated travel and other needed items at an approximate cost of $150,000 annually, further stabilizing the program.” Essentially, USSA hopes to jump-start the process of self-funding for Nordic Combined, with the hopes of easing and propelling the process of its future sustainability.

“The Nordic Combined funding model has forever been changed so we need to build something that has a strong foundation and a culture of community and self-funding,” said Bill Demong, a member on the board of the National Nordic Foundation and USA Ski Jumping. “That being said, Tiger is getting creative in terms of how he might create a partnership between ancillary organizations.”

In April, the Nordic ski community was shocked to learn that USSA had dropped funding the Nordic Combined team as part of its sweeping, post-Olympic budget cuts. The move was characterized as a business decision, as the Nordic Combined program lacked the sustainability and development potential necessary for USSA funding, despite its multiple Olympic and World Championship medals in past seasons.

The most recent change came at the urging of Demong, 2010 gold medalist and Nordic Combined team member, at the meeting of USSA trustees two weeks ago, where he pointed out how sudden USSA’s decision came without notice.

“We had a discussion at the trustee meeting where I think it was pointed out and discussed openly that there was no warning given,” said Demong. “As a result, USSA got creative.” The organization has agreed to allot 15 Gold Pass donations to aid the transition for Nordic Combined, but it will not reinstall the team as a full-time U.S. Ski Team operation.

Initially, the team had moved to partner with USA Ski Jumping, which has functioned separately from USSA by garnering its own individual sponsors. USSA’s new boost in funding will not change those arrangements. As Bryan Fletcher, a long-time member of the team, put it, they now have an opportunity to start anew and reach into different funding pools that otherwise would have been restricted by USSA.

He noted, “It does allow us to form new partnerships and it does allow us to market ourselves in a new market with sponsors relevant to our sport and movement.”

Although the two entities compete separately, they are “one team in spirit,” said Fletcher. “We certainly see ourselves working together on equipment innovations, coaches’ education and athlete education, training together to boost each others levels and push each other.”

Despite the tumultuous nature of the spring season, the team continues to keep an eye on the future, setting big goals and working to make the program sustainable. In addition to introducing a C Team to its development structure, the group has generated a pipeline plan and development system designed to keep interest in the sport.

When asked how he viewed the future of the sport, Demong said, “Ideally we find a way to work with USSA in a manner that allows for us to get some funding for our national teams, if we’re bringing our athletes to the appropriate level.” In order to do so, he added, it will be the responsibility of subsidiary programs like USA Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined to cultivate and sustain a strong development program.

“I think we will be able to produce better athletes at a younger age and most importantly a steady pipeline of athletes coming to the top level,” said Fletcher. “It’s not all sunshine and rainbows, though, its going to take a lot of hard work to establish this structure, it will take time for these young athletes to develop and most importantly it will take some generous donations from believers, supporters and partners.”

For now, USSA has allocated 15 Gold Passes to the Nordic Combined effort, with the hopes of raising awareness of the program throughout its own community.

“This type of partnership and commitment is an example of the collaboration that can lead to stable sources of funding for sports that are not significantly supported as the USSA adjusts its allocation of available resources following Olympic quad cycles,” Shaw said of the arrangement. “These adjustments allow us to maximize the efficacy of our programs, which we must do to continue our quest of being the Best in the World.”

Fletcher’s brother, two-time Olympian and US Nordic Combined member Taylor, said that he had a hard time with the cut from USSA. While he and his brother still had access to Park City’s Center of Excellence as well as direct donation USSA funding (which they allocated to their staff), he felt that the overall decision was a mistake.

“The attitude of the team going forward is the best I’ve seen in a while,” said Taylor, who noted that the cut from USSA has fueled the team’s motivation to train harder. “The future of Nordic Combined is bright.”

Both the Fletchers agreed that training has gone well this summer, and no matter which turn the team takes in terms of governing bodies, they prioritize skiing and will be ready for success this winter.

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Kelley takes big win in Coronet Cup slalom http://skiracing.com/stories/kelley-takes-big-win-in-coronet-cup-slalom/ http://skiracing.com/stories/kelley-takes-big-win-in-coronet-cup-slalom/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:51:17 +0000 SR Staff http://skiracing.com/?post_type=stories&p=31402 Athletes at the Coronet Cup races. Coronet Peak

Athletes at the Coronet Cup races. Coronet Peak

QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand — The last of four days of racing at Coronet Peak wrapped up Wednesday with the Coronet Cup slalom for both men and women.

With the national Slalom title under his belt after the previous day’s championship race, New Zealand’s Adam Barwood could relax a little and in doing so put down a solid first run, finding himself in sixth place overall heading into the second run.

“I’m pretty happy with that,” he commented of his first run time of 43.84. “I skied much better than yesterday.”

The technical courses made for quick skiing and several racers failed to finish their first runs in both the men’s and women’s fields.

A.J. Ginnis of the U.S. Ski Team was the fastest man on course in the first run, posting a time of 42.75. 

With the day warming up and snow conditions beginning to deteriorate, racers faced an added challenge for their second run.

Independent U.S. skier Tim Kelley rallied from 0.05 off Adam Zampa in the first run to beat the Slovakian World Cup regular by 1.07, topping the men’s field with a combined time of 1:29.03 and generating a minimum FIS penalty result for himself (9 points). Zampa followed in second place posting a time of 1:30.10, with Norwegian Espen Lysdahl of the University of Denver third in 1:30.55. Ginnis, the first run leader, failed to finish the second run.

Tim Kelley atop the podium. Robby Kelley

Tim Kelley atop the podium. Robby Kelley

Barwood finished the fastest of the Kiwis but made a few mistakes in the hunt for more speed on the second run and dropped to eighth position overall with a combined time of 1:31.48.

In the women’s field, NZ national champ Piera Hudson chose not to race after sustaining injuries to her shoulder and thumb earlier in the week. Eliza Grig posted a first run time of 50.95 putting her into ninth place after the first run behind Russia’s Elena Prosteva who posted the fastest first run time of 54.

Russia’s Elena Prosteva was the fastest woman in the first run with her time of 47.50.

Only seven of the 20 original starters would finish a second run in the women’s field. Grigg was the only Kiwi woman to do so, finishing with a combined time of 1:42.25 for sixth place overall.

The women’s podium went to Switzerland’s Carole Bissig, first place in 1:37.50, followed by Norway’s Kristin Lysdahl, second in 1:37.90, and Prosteva third in 1:37.94.

RESULTS

Men’s Coronet Cup slalom – Aug. 20, 2014

 1  15  530837 KELLEY Tim 1986 USA  42.84  46.19  1:29.03  9.00
 2  11  700830 ZAMPA Adam 1990 SVK  42.99  47.11  1:30.10  +1.07  17.65
 3  2  421954 LYSDAHL Espen 1990 NOR  43.64  46.91  1:30.55  +1.52  21.29
 4  8  51434 TIPPELREITHER Matthias 1988 AUT  44.00  46.85  1:30.85  +1.82  23.72
 5  10  511574 TUMLER Marco 1988 SUI  44.08  46.83  1:30.91  +1.88  24.20
 6  4  532138 KASPER Nolan 1989 USA  43.65  47.57  1:31.22  +2.19  26.71
 7  13  501898 ROENNGREN Mattias 1993 SWE  44.40  46.88  1:31.28  +2.25  27.20
 8  12  410365 BARWOOD Adam 1992 NZL  43.84  47.64  1:31.48  +2.45  28.81
 9  9  422300 EIDE Peder Dahlum 1994 NOR  43.94  47.60  1:31.54  +2.51  29.30
 10  21  6530104 BENNETT Bryce 1992 USA  44.55  47.16  1:31.71  +2.68  30.67
 11  25  422301 HAUGEN Per Torstein 1994 NOR  44.32  47.50  1:31.82  +2.79  31.56
 12  14  421722 ADDE Andreas 1988 NOR  43.94  48.93  1:32.87  +3.84  40.05
 13  17  430633 JASICZEK Michal 1994 POL  45.51  47.74  1:33.25  +4.22  43.13
 14  23  54294 DRACK Fabian 1995 AUT  45.30  47.97  1:33.27  +4.24  43.29
 15  32  410364 FEASEY Willis 1992 NZL  46.03  47.77  1:33.80  +4.77  47.58
 16  22  6531203 SPROCK Ty 1995 USA  45.68  48.57  1:34.25  +5.22  51.21
 17  31  422469 SOLHEIM Fabian Wilkens 1996 NOR  45.24  49.11  1:34.35  +5.32  52.02
 18  40  492135 JOHN Luca 1995 SPA  46.74  48.75  1:35.49  +6.46  61.24
 19  24  501756 WISEN Christopher 1992 SWE  46.50  49.48  1:35.98  +6.95  65.21
 20  41  6531756 REEVES Ian 1996 USA  47.52  50.41  1:37.93  +8.90  80.98
 21  35  320419 LEE Han-Hee 1997 KOR  48.00  50.98  1:38.98  +9.95  89.47
 22  44  54372 PFLUG Florian 1996 AUT  47.87  51.27  1:39.14  +10.11  90.76
 23  64  60261 MAES Sam 1998 BEL  48.39  51.31  1:39.70  +10.67  95.29
 24  29  6531523 O BRIEN Keilan 1996 USA  45.81  54.07  1:39.88  +10.85  96.75
 25  67  350100 MARXER Silvan 1998 LIE  48.57  51.63  1:40.20  +11.17  99.33
 26  53  104528 HUTCHISON Jonathan 1997 CAN  48.53  51.73  1:40.26  +11.23  99.82
 27  49  410403 GARRICK Hamish 1996 NZL  49.62  51.05  1:40.67  +11.64  103.13
 28  51  104503 DADOUCH Leslie 1997 CAN  48.64  52.38  1:41.02  +11.99  105.97
 29  54  410409 GEMMELL Nicholas 1997 NZL  49.86  53.61  1:43.47  +14.44  125.78
 30  60  202894 HOCH Matteo 1997 GER  50.40  53.42  1:43.82  +14.79  128.61
 31  50  6292597 TOMEI Pietro 1997 ITA  54.12  50.91  1:45.03  +16.00  138.39
 32  59  410415 RICH Jackson 1998 NZL  50.41  54.71  1:45.12  +16.09  139.12
 33  39  6531634 CALARCO Matthew 1996 USA  52.69  53.23  1:45.92  +16.89  145.59
 34  65  320435 YANG Dong-Hyuk 1998 KOR  51.75  54.19  1:45.94  +16.91  145.75
 35  68  410414 HALLIWELL Oscar 1998 NZL  51.21  55.49  1:46.70  +17.67  151.90
 36  61  221321 BARTON Daniel 1998 GBR  54.85  56.21  1:51.06  +22.03  187.16
 37  6  930160 KELLEY Robby 1990 USA  1:12.81  1:17.42  2:30.23  +1:01.20  503.93
Disqualified 1st run
 26  104075 COOKSON Bryan 1994 CAN
Did not start 1st run
 45  430762 JASICZEK Jedrzej 1997 POL
 36  422333 REVELSBY Sindre Breivik 1994 NOR
 7  51395 DIGRUBER Marc 1988 AUT
Did not finish 2nd run
 63  410413 RICHARDS Samuel 1998 NZL
 62  54471 DORNER Thomas 1998 AUT
 55  410402 WALLACE Timothy 1996 NZL
 52  320420 KIM Sung-Jun 1997 KOR
 47  54359 FEURSTEIN Patrick 1996 AUT
 46  6531518 MOFFAT Kye 1996 USA
 42  534959 JITLOFF Tim 1985 USA
 33  320370 LEE Dong-geun 1994 KOR
 30  6531192 SANTANIELLO Nick 1995 USA
 27  422405 SPETALEN Kristian 1995 NOR
 20  54270 HOFSTAEDTER Christoph 1995 AUT
 19  700879 ZAMPA Andreas 1993 SVK
 16  491879 SALARICH Joaquim 1994 SPA
 3  6530115 CHRISTIANSON Kieffer 1992 USA
 1  6531063 GINNIS Alexander 1994 USA
Did not finish 1st run
 69  422633 CHRISTENSEN Lars August 1998 NOR
 66  410412 DERWIN Colbey 1997 NZL
 58  410416 SHAW Samuel 1998 NZL
 57  410411 NISBET Alan 1997 NZL
 56  570019 WILSON Connor 1996 RSA
 48  221236 TAYLOR Laurie 1996 GBR
 43  410393 JUNEAU Tai 1995 NZL
 38  6291582 LONGO Edoardo 1995 ITA
 37  104389 YOUNG Joseph 1996 CAN
 34  6530453 DUPRATT Samuel 1993 USA
 28  6530800 THEIS Tyler 1994 USA
 18  491876 PUENTE TASIAS Alex 1994 SPA
 5  934523 ENGEL Mark 1991 USA

 

Women’s Coronet Cup slalom – Aug. 20, 2014

 1  11  516437 BISSIG Carole 1996 SUI  48.56  48.94  1:37.50  23.81
 2  1  426187 LYSDAHL Kristin Anna 1996 NOR  48.20  49.70  1:37.90  +0.40  26.76
 3  3  485563 PROSTEVA Elena 1990 RUS  47.50  50.44  1:37.94  +0.44  27.06
 4  6  225518 GUEST Charlotte 1993 GBR  49.08  49.39  1:38.47  +0.97  30.97
 5  13  565463 SLOKAR Andreja 1997 SLO  48.73  50.38  1:39.11  +1.61  35.70
 6  17  415206 GRIGG Eliza 1996 NZL  50.95  51.30  1:42.25  +4.75  58.89
 7  9  506693 BECKMAN Emma 1996 SWE  50.52  52.61  1:43.13  +5.63  65.39
Disqualified 1st run
 16  299587 BONACCI Claudia 1997 ITA
 7  485637 ALOPINA Ksenia 1992 RUS
Did not start 2nd run
 7  485637 ALOPINA Ksenia 1992 RUS
Did not finish 2nd run
 18  415196 JONES Melissa 1994 NZL
 10  426047 AASBERG Kristine Fausa 1994 NOR
 2  435313 MAJERCZYK Sabina 1993 POL
Did not finish 1st run
 20  107793 MCINTYRE Hannah 1988 CAN
 19  415215 REID Elizabeth 1998 NZL
 15  206616 BOETTINGER Ramona 1995 GER
 14  225525 TILLEY Alexandra 1993 GBR
 12  426160 MOHAGEN Julie Flo 1996 NOR
 8  299504 SCUSSEL Martina 1996 ITA
 5  425921 HAUGEN Kristine Gjelsten 1992 NOR
 4  225612 MEAD Darcie 1996 GBR

Release courtesy of Snow Sports NZ

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Ski Racing seeks Associate Writer http://skiracing.com/stories/ski-racing-seeks-associate-writer/ http://skiracing.com/stories/ski-racing-seeks-associate-writer/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:52:44 +0000 SR Staff http://skiracing.com/?post_type=stories&p=31398 Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 12.45.51 PMSki Racing is looking to add a motivated and creative full-time Associate Writer to our staff with responsibility for alpine ski racing coverage. The position will involve writing features, breaking news, race reports and will include additional responsibilities over the full calendar year. The ideal candidate has a background in and passion for the sport, experience as a writer, and can contribute multimedia for feature pieces.

Associate Writer

Company Expectations:  Team player — working, communicating and constantly assisting each other. One of the biggest challenges the organization faces is the lack of constant interaction of a typical office environment due to working virtually from remote locations. Communication is the key to running an efficient operation. Because of the virtual environment, Ski Racing staff members (both full-time and contractual) are expected to be on Skype whenever possible, especially but not limited to regular work hours. There are no weekends or off-seasons in news.

Requirements:

  • Ability to contribute several articles per week
  • Strong interviewing and writing skills
  • Fundamental understanding of alpine ski racing from junior-World Cup levels
  • Work unconventional hours in the competition season
  • Travel to domestic events when needed
  • Working knowledge of AP style
  • Owns a computer and reliable transportation

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in relevant field (English, journalism, communications, liberal arts, history, etc.)
  • Past experience in or solid understanding of alpine ski racing
  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office suite, photo editing software)
  • Experience with or capable of learning WordPress
  • Preference will be given to candidates with multimedia skills (photography, audio, video)

Salary: Commensurate with experience, but this is considered an entry-level position on our staff.

This opportunity is remote, but the ideal candidate will reside near a U.S. regional hub of alpine ski racing. You must be able to meet tight deadlines, be reliable, and be a self-starter.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, résumé, and portfolio (if applicable) to stuff@skiracing.com.

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Ligety names 2015 World Champs slalom contenders http://skiracing.com/stories/ligety-names-2015-world-champs-slalom-contenders/ http://skiracing.com/stories/ligety-names-2015-world-champs-slalom-contenders/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:22:21 +0000 SR Staff http://skiracing.com/?post_type=stories&p=31396 Ligety and Neureuther together at the 2013 Munich parallel slalom. GEPA/Christian Walgram

Ligety and Neureuther together at the 2013 Munich parallel slalom. GEPA/Christian Walgram

While he may be Mr. GS, back-to-back World Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety knows a thing or two about the men’s slalom scene too. Here is Shred’s call on who to watch next February:

Felix Neureuther (GER) – He wins a lot of slaloms, is an all-around good guy and can flat out turn it on when it’s big. He’s bound to be world champ.

Marcel Hirscher (AUT) – He is the Olympic gold medalist from Sochi and basically a slalom podium guarantee every race.

Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) – He’s super young and has already won an Olympic medal in slalom (bronze). He’s young and should only get better.

Mario Matt (AUT) – Plain and simple, he seems to get better with age.

Andre Myhre (SWE) – Andre is super fun to watch ski. He has amazing speed and versatility.

But don’t count out Ted. He’s been slapping the plastic all month in New Zealand and word on the street is “fast feet.”

Release courtesy of USSA

Editor’s note: Marcel Hirscher won the silver medal in Sochi but gold at the 2013 World Championships. 

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Barwood defends NZ slalom title as Hudson wins for women http://skiracing.com/stories/barwood-defends-nz-slalom-title-as-hudson-wins-for-women/ http://skiracing.com/stories/barwood-defends-nz-slalom-title-as-hudson-wins-for-women/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:26:57 +0000 SR Staff http://skiracing.com/?post_type=stories&p=31394 Piera Hudson at the 2014 NZ National Championships slalom. Antony Hansen/Wanaka TV

Piera Hudson at the 2014 NZ National Championships slalom. Antony Hansen/Wanaka TV

QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand The New Zealand Alpine National Slalom Championships were held at Coronet Peak Tuesday. Olympian Adam Barwood (Queenstown) was looking to defend the national title which he has held since 2012. In the women’s field, Piera Hudson (Hawke’s Bay/ Wanaka) was aiming to claim her second national championship title for the season having taken claimed the giant slalom one on Sunday.

The slalom course was set on the Outwide run with racers, including an international field of 70 men and 25 women, enjoying cold, clear conditions perfect for racing.

Battling a shoulder injury sustained in a fall during the previous day’s Coronet Cup GS, Hudson’s first run time of 50.14 put her in to ninth place overall. While not entirely happy with her performance, she was relieved to be sitting in top place amongst the New Zealand women.

Racing at the FIS level for the first year this year, Elizabeth Reid (Invercargill) came into the  event with a clear goal in mind: to take second place amongst the New Zealand women and earn her national podium spot. By the end of her first run, she was on track to achieve the goal, sitting just behind Hudson with a time of 50.63 and in 10th overall.

Cantabrian Eliza Grigg’s time of 51.03s put her third on national rankings after the first run.

Norwegian racer Julie Mohagen posted the fastest overall time for the first run in 47.63. Of the 25 female racers, nine failed to finish the first run.

Hudson was the last of the NZ women to take the course in the second run and just snatched the national championship title with her overall time of 1:39.48, Reid just behind her in 1:39.60. Grigg took third spot for the NZ women with a time of 1:40.25.

“I’m really relived and of course happy to take the title,” said Hudson. “I’m a bit disappointed with the way I skied though. I try to focus more on my skiing and not the overall outcome but today I let it all get to me and it showed in my skiing.”

On overall rankings Hudson placed ninth, Reid 10th, Grigg 12th. The international podium spots went to Norway’s Julie Mohagen (1:34.42), the University of Denver’s Kristine Haugen (1:34.81), and Russian Ksenia Alopina (1:34.85).

Barwood, who achieved a personal best result earlier this year when he placed 25th in the slalom at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, was the second racer to take to the course in the men’s race. His first run time of 47.21 put him into 10th position overall and first place amongst the NZ field.

Nick Prebble (Christchurch) posted a time of 49.16 to place second in national rankings and 21st overall, while Willis Feasey (Twizel), who claimed the national giant slalom title on Sunday, posted a time of 50.29 for 28th overall.

American Brothers Robby and Tim Kelley were the fastest racers on course in run one, sitting neck-and-neck on 45.77 (Tim) and 45.78 (Robby).

Feasey was the first of the NZ men to start his second run. All looked to be going smoothly until three quarters of the way down when a mistake led to a missed gate followed by a hike back up the hill. Successfully through the gate, Feasey finished his run in 1:46.79. Prebble followed with a time of 1:44.32.

Barwood put together a convincing second run, finishing in a time of 1:38.32 to claim the national title with Prebble second and Feasey third.

“It was a solid run and I’m really happy to win the national title,” commented Adam.

The U.S. Ski Team’s slalom ace Nolan Kasper rallied from outside podium placing in the first run to win the overall by 0.04. Robby Kelley held on for second (1:35.57) and the U.S. Ski Team’s A.J. Ginnis (1:35.69) finished third as first-run winner Tim Kelley fell to fourth.

RESULTS

Women’s New Zealand National Championships slalom – Aug. 19. 2014

 1  4  426160 MOHAGEN Julie Flo 1996 NOR  47.63  46.79  1:34.42  20.20
 2  6  425921 HAUGEN Kristine Gjelsten 1992 NOR  47.80  47.01  1:34.81  +0.39  23.17
 3  3  485637 ALOPINA Ksenia 1992 RUS  47.82  47.03  1:34.85  +0.43  23.48
 4  11  425916 FAUSA Chloe Margrethe 1992 NOR  48.16  46.86  1:35.02  +0.60  24.78
 5  15  516437 BISSIG Carole 1996 SUI  49.24  46.55  1:35.79  +1.37  30.65
 6  12  435313 MAJERCZYK Sabina 1993 POL  48.64  47.27  1:35.91  +1.49  31.56
 7  1  565463 SLOKAR Andreja 1997 SLO  48.91  48.11  1:37.02  +2.60  40.03
 8  2  206616 BOETTINGER Ramona 1995 GER  49.76  48.56  1:38.32  +3.90  49.94
 9  9  415205 HUDSON Piera 1996 NZL  50.14  49.34  1:39.48  +5.06  58.79
 10  25  415215 REID Elizabeth 1998 NZL  50.63  48.97  1:39.60  +5.18  59.70
 11  16  299504 SCUSSEL Martina 1996 ITA  50.93  49.28  1:40.21  +5.79  64.35
 12  21  415206 GRIGG Eliza 1996 NZL  51.03  49.22  1:40.25  +5.83  64.66
 13  20  299587 BONACCI Claudia 1997 ITA  51.53  50.12  1:41.65  +7.23  75.33
 14  23  415196 JONES Melissa 1994 NZL  53.52  50.87  1:44.39  +9.97  96.23
 15  24  107793 MCINTYRE Hannah 1988 CAN  1:10.44  1:10.37  2:20.81  +46.39  373.95
Did not start 1st run
 5  225588 ROGERS Rachelle 1995 GBR
Did not finish 2nd run
 18  206751 MUTSCHLECHNER Julia 1997 GER
Did not finish 1st run
 22  565464 FON Kristina 1997 SLO
 19  506693 BECKMAN Emma 1996 SWE
 17  225612 MEAD Darcie 1996 GBR
 14  225525 TILLEY Alexandra 1993 GBR
 13  225518 GUEST Charlotte 1993 GBR
 10  426047 AASBERG Kristine Fausa 1994 NOR
 8  485563 PROSTEVA Elena 1990 RUS
 7  426187 LYSDAHL Kristin Anna 1996 NOR

Men’s New Zealand National Championships slalom – Aug. 19, 2014

 1  14  532138 KASPER Nolan 1989 USA  46.12  49.41  1:35.53  9.80
 2  6  930160 KELLEY Robby 1990 USA  45.78  49.79  1:35.57  +0.04  10.10
 3  3  6531063 GINNIS Alexander 1994 USA  45.88  49.81  1:35.69  +0.16  11.01
 4  8  530837 KELLEY Tim 1986 USA  45.77  50.10  1:35.87  +0.34  12.36
 5  4  511574 TUMLER Marco 1988 SUI  46.51  49.90  1:36.41  +0.88  16.43
 6  12  501898 ROENNGREN Mattias 1993 SWE  46.57  50.13  1:36.70  +1.17  18.62
 7  7  934523 ENGEL Mark 1991 USA  46.90  49.85  1:36.75  +1.22  19.00
 8  10  51434 TIPPELREITHER Matthias 1988 AUT  47.09  49.83  1:36.92  +1.39  20.28
 9  43  534959 JITLOFF Tim 1985 USA  47.87  49.25  1:37.12  +1.59  21.78
 10  20  6530104 BENNETT Bryce 1992 USA  47.50  50.59  1:38.09  +2.56  29.09
 11  9  491879 SALARICH Joaquim 1994 SPA  46.98  51.13  1:38.11  +2.58  29.25
 12  15  6530115 CHRISTIANSON Kieffer 1992 USA  47.52  50.73  1:38.25  +2.72  30.30
 13  2  410365 BARWOOD Adam 1992 NZL  47.21  51.11  1:38.32  +2.79  30.83
 14  30  422469 SOLHEIM Fabian Wilkens 1996 NOR  48.46  50.80  1:39.26  +3.73  37.91
 15  18  54270 HOFSTAEDTER Christoph 1995 AUT  48.25  51.22  1:39.47  +3.94  39.50
 16  28  6531523 O BRIEN Keilan 1996 USA  48.48  51.09  1:39.57  +4.04  40.25
 17  21  6531203 SPROCK Ty 1995 USA  48.52  51.35  1:39.87  +4.34  42.51
 18  35  6530453 DUPRATT Samuel 1993 USA  49.87  50.62  1:40.49  +4.96  47.18
 19  69  422633 CHRISTENSEN Lars August 1998 NOR  50.28  51.56  1:41.84  +6.31  57.36
 20  24  6531217 WEISEL Kipling 1995 USA  50.86  51.96  1:42.82  +7.29  64.74
 21  46  430762 JASICZEK Jedrzej 1997 POL  50.51  52.48  1:42.99  +7.46  66.03
 22  33  320370 LEE Dong-geun 1994 KOR  50.76  52.53  1:43.29  +7.76  68.29
 23  45  54372 PFLUG Florian 1996 AUT  51.08  53.14  1:44.22  +8.69  75.30
 24  31  410372 PREBBLE Nick 1993 NZL  49.16  55.16  1:44.32  +8.79  76.05
 25  47  6531518 MOFFAT Kye 1996 USA  51.10  53.68  1:44.78  +9.25  79.52
 26  61  350100 MARXER Silvan 1998 LIE  50.82  54.49  1:45.31  +9.78  83.51
 27  32  410364 FEASEY Willis 1992 NZL  50.29  56.50  1:46.79  +11.26  94.67
 28  40  6531634 CALARCO Matthew 1996 USA  51.49  55.52  1:47.01  +11.48  96.32
 29  62  410412 DERWIN Colbey 1997 NZL  53.16  55.99  1:49.15  +13.62  112.45
 30  70  410413 RICHARDS Samuel 1998 NZL  54.75  56.00  1:50.75  +15.22  124.51
 31  60  320435 YANG Dong-Hyuk 1998 KOR  55.63  56.60  1:52.23  +16.70  135.67
 32  66  410414 HALLIWELL Oscar 1998 NZL  54.64  58.16  1:52.80  +17.27  139.96
 33  65  410415 RICH Jackson 1998 NZL  55.82  57.93  1:53.75  +18.22  147.12
 34  54  104528 HUTCHISON Jonathan 1997 CAN  1:00.38  56.79  1:57.17  +21.64  172.90
 35  63  410416 SHAW Samuel 1998 NZL  58.15  1:00.42  1:58.57  +23.04  183.45
Disqualified 1st run
 27  6530800 THEIS Tyler 1994 USA
Did not start 1st run
 34  320424 JUNG Min-Sik 1997 KOR
 19  320293 KYUNG Sung-hyun 1990 KOR
Did not finish 2nd run
 59  54471 DORNER Thomas 1998 AUT
 58  410411 NISBET Alan 1997 NZL
 57  570019 WILSON Connor 1996 RSA
 52  104503 DADOUCH Leslie 1997 CAN
 48  54359 FEURSTEIN Patrick 1996 AUT
 39  6291582 LONGO Edoardo 1995 ITA
 38  104389 YOUNG Joseph 1996 CAN
 37  422333 REVELSBY Sindre Breivik 1994 NOR
 23  501756 WISEN Christopher 1992 SWE
 22  54294 DRACK Fabian 1995 AUT
 17  700879 ZAMPA Andreas 1993 SVK
 1  430633 JASICZEK Michal 1994 POL
Did not finish 1st run
 68  202894 HOCH Matteo 1997 GER
 67  60261 MAES Sam 1998 BEL
 64  221321 BARTON Daniel 1998 GBR
 56  410402 WALLACE Timothy 1996 NZL
 55  410409 GEMMELL Nicholas 1997 NZL
 53  320420 KIM Sung-Jun 1997 KOR
 51  6292597 TOMEI Pietro 1997 ITA
 50  410403 GARRICK Hamish 1996 NZL
 49  221236 TAYLOR Laurie 1996 GBR
 44  410393 JUNEAU Tai 1995 NZL
 42  6531756 REEVES Ian 1996 USA
 41  492135 JOHN Luca 1995 SPA
 36  320419 LEE Han-Hee 1997 KOR
 29  6531192 SANTANIELLO Nick 1995 USA
 26  422405 SPETALEN Kristian 1995 NOR
 25  104075 COOKSON Bryan 1994 CAN
 16  491876 PUENTE TASIAS Alex 1994 SPA
 13  700830 ZAMPA Adam 1990 SVK
 11  421722 ADDE Andreas 1988 NOR
 5  422300 EIDE Peder Dahlum 1994 NOR

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‘Fast Skier’ scholarship opens to U16 athletes http://skiracing.com/stories/fast-skier-scholarship-opens-to-u16-athletes/ http://skiracing.com/stories/fast-skier-scholarship-opens-to-u16-athletes/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:00:23 +0000 SR Staff http://skiracing.com/?post_type=stories&p=31391 Hannah Utter was a 2013 'Fast Skier' scholarship recipient.

Hannah Utter was a 2013 ‘Fast Skier’ scholarship recipient.

VAIL, Colo./FAIRLEE, Vt. — Ski Racing Development (SRD) and World Cup Supply (WCS) are now accepting applications for the 6th annual “Fast Skier” Junior Alpine Scholarship Award.

In addition to offering two awards (one male and one female U16 athlete), this year we are pleased to offer the proceeds from our successful Fast Skier Ebay auctions. Several autographed items from Olympians and World Cup stars, many of them one-of-a-kind, have been auctioned off with the proceeds to benefit the scholarship.

The award has provided assistance to four USSA U16 athletes over the past five years, all of whom exhibit the personal characteristics required for success both on and off the hill. Each 2014 winner will receive $1,250, an SRD race suit, and a WCS start coat.

As with prior years, the award recognizes dedication, talent, skill, personal integrity and a passion for ski racing. Academic achievement and community involvement remain important factors in the selection process as well.

“We took a large step forward in 2013 by doubling the scholarship and recognizing a deserving male and female. Now with the re-calendaring of the award and the help of Ebay auction, we’re pleased secure the future of the scholarship,” commented Jim Komarmi of WCS.

The 2013 scholarship recipients were Hannah Utter of the Green Mountain Valley School and Michael Cooper of Sugar Bowl Academy.

“Our goal with the Fast Skier Scholarship remains consistent over the past 6 years, to develop a grassroots support program starting with highly motivated young U16 athletes as they progress towards the U.S. Ski Team and possible collegiate, World Cup and Olympic level competition,” noted SRD founder Barry Levinson. “It has been wonderful to see this scholarship grow over the years and see these athletes progress not only in ski racing but academics and other off-mountain pursuits.”

This year’s application, found here, is due on Oct. 1, 2014 with the winners announced on Nov. 1.

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Hudson and Feasey claim GS titles at NZ national championships http://skiracing.com/stories/hudson-and-feasey-claim-gs-titles-at-nz-national-championship/ http://skiracing.com/stories/hudson-and-feasey-claim-gs-titles-at-nz-national-championship/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 15:49:30 +0000 SR Staff http://skiracing.com/?post_type=stories&p=31389 New Zealand national championships kick off at Coronet Peak. Snow Sports NZ

New Zealand national championships kick off at Coronet Peak. Snow Sports NZ

QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand — Blue skies, sunshine, and hard-packed powder greeted racers for the first day of the New Zealand National Championships and Coronet Cup hosted by Coronet Peak, the official ski area partner of the New Zealand alpine ski team.

The national championship giant slalom was the first event on the four-day schedule with the course set on the Outwide run.

Piera Hudson (Hawke’s Bay/Wanaka) was the first of the New Zealanders to take to the course, wearing bib four in a field of 25. Describing her own first run as “so-so” and despite a few minor mistakes, Hudson was nevertheless pleased to finish run one as the fastest of the New Zealand women in 51.60, behind leader Kristin Lysdahl of Norway with a 50.16.

Skiing a little too conservatively for her own liking, Eliza Grigg (Canterbury) was the second fastest of the New Zealand women after run one in a time of 52.36. First-year FIS racer Elizabeth Reid (Invercargill) was happy to make it safely through her first run, posting a time of 53.57 to put her in third place in the NZ women’s field.

Determined to put her demons to rest having crashed out in the GS at the national championships for the past two years, Hudson attacked her second run and finished with the national title under her belt in fifth place overall.

“I’m really happy to take the national title,” Hudson enthused after her race. “In the past I’ve been too focused on winning and it hasn’t paid off. Today I just treated it like any other race, just focused on my skiing and trusted that the results would come.”

Women’s podium placing ultimately went to Poland’s Sabina Majerczyk (1:40.34), Norway’s Kristin Anna Lysdahl (1:40.97), and Great Britain’s Charlie Guest (1:41.26).

Eliza Grigg and Elizabeth Reid held their form in the second run finishing the day in second and third place respectively for the national championship rankings and 10th and 13th overall.

Nick Prebble (Christchurch) opened the racing in the 73-strong men’s field and posted a competitive time of 49.99s which had him sitting as the second place New Zealander by the end of the first run. Willis Feasey (Twizel) was the fastest New Zealand male on the first run, sitting fourth overall with a time of 49.27 behind leader Mark Engel of the U.S. Ski Team with a 48.93.

“I’m really happy with my first run but the job’s only half done,” commented Willis after his first run.

Defending national giant slalom champion Adam Barwood (Queenstown) posted a time of 50.66 to see him place as the third New Zealand male after run one.

“I’m not super happy with my run,” Barwood commented. “I need to be more aggressive with my second run.”

Run two got underway after a course reset with the fastest racers from run one last to take the course.

Looking to ski a more aggressive run the second time around, Barwood improved his time on run two but not enough to defend his title. He finished as the second-placed New Zealander and 12th overall with his time of 1:40.31.

The men’s national championship title went to a very happy Willis Feasey in a time of 1:39.46, sixth overall.

“I made a few mistakes and slowed down a lot on the flat section but I’m still really happy, it’s always good to win a national title,” said Feasey.

Nick Prebble rounded out the New Zealand men’s podium for third place with a time of 1:40.63, 14th overall.

The U.S. Ski Team’s Jared Goldberg finished the day with the fastest overall time of 1:38.31, with Slovakian Adam Zampa in second place in 1:38.38, and Engel third in 1:38.58.

RESULTS

Women’s NZ National Championships GS – Aug. 17, 2014

 1  11  435313 MAJERCZYK Sabina 1993 POL  50.44  49.90  1:40.34  15.81
 2  15  426187 LYSDAHL Kristin Anna 1996 NOR  50.16  50.81  1:40.97  +0.63  21.96
 3  7  225518 GUEST Charlotte 1993 GBR  50.21  51.05  1:41.26  +0.92  24.80
 4  18  426047 AASBERG Kristine Fausa 1994 NOR  51.75  50.62  1:42.37  +2.03  35.64
 5  4  415205 HUDSON Piera 1996 NZL  51.60  51.53  1:43.13  +2.79  43.06
 6  5  426160 MOHAGEN Julie Flo 1996 NOR  51.22  52.09  1:43.31  +2.97  44.82
 7  12  206668 WEIDLE Kira 1996 GER  52.04  51.99  1:44.03  +3.69  51.85
 8  9  306936 UEDA Satsuki 1991 JPN  51.93  52.33  1:44.26  +3.92  54.10
 9  6  299504 SCUSSEL Martina 1996 ITA  52.11  52.20  1:44.31  +3.97  54.58
 10  14  415206 GRIGG Eliza 1996 NZL  52.36  52.16  1:44.52  +4.18  56.64
 11  10  299587 BONACCI Claudia 1997 ITA  52.65  52.69  1:45.34  +5.00  64.64
 12  2  506693 BECKMAN Emma 1996 SWE  53.51  52.88  1:46.39  +6.05  74.90
 13  25  415215 REID Elizabeth 1998 NZL  53.57  52.89  1:46.46  +6.12  75.58
 14  19  206751 MUTSCHLECHNER Julia 1997 GER  54.75  52.27  1:47.02  +6.68  81.05
 15  17  206616 BOETTINGER Ramona 1995 GER  53.84  53.53  1:47.37  +7.03  84.47
 16  13  225612 MEAD Darcie 1996 GBR  54.26  53.51  1:47.77  +7.43  88.38
 17  21  155845 PILNA Karolina 1997 CZE  54.11  55.07  1:49.18  +8.84  102.15
 18  22  415196 JONES Melissa 1994 NZL  56.38  57.34  1:53.72  +13.38  146.49
 19  23  415208 MORRISON Ana 1996 NZL  1:01.25  1:00.15  2:01.40  +21.06  221.50
 20  24  107793 MCINTYRE Hannah 1988 CAN  1:06.30  1:07.08  2:13.38  +33.04  338.50
Did not finish 2nd run
 8  516437 BISSIG Carole 1996 SUI
Did not finish 1st run
 20  565464 FON Kristina 1997 SLO
 16  565463 SLOKAR Andreja 1997 SLO
 3  225525 TILLEY Alexandra 1993 GBR
 1  206650 LANG Isabelle 1996 GER

Men’s NZ National Championships GS – Aug. 17, 2014

 1  14  934643 GOLDBERG Jared 1991 USA  49.04  49.27  1:38.31  10.49
 2  6  700830 ZAMPA Adam 1990 SVK  49.20  49.18  1:38.38  +0.07  11.19
 3  2  934523 ENGEL Mark 1991 USA  48.93  49.65  1:38.58  +0.27  13.18
 4  17  421954 LYSDAHL Espen 1990 NOR  49.77  48.85  1:38.62  +0.31  13.58
 5  10  530758 COHEE Nick 1988 USA  49.37  49.89  1:39.26  +0.95  19.96
 6  8  410364 FEASEY Willis 1992 NZL  49.27  50.19  1:39.46  +1.15  21.95
 7  20  422300 EIDE Peder Dahlum 1994 NOR  49.72  49.87  1:39.59  +1.28  23.25
 8  12  534508 CHODOUNSKY David 1984 USA  49.42  50.25  1:39.67  +1.36  24.05
 9  11  511574 TUMLER Marco 1988 SUI  49.80  49.96  1:39.76  +1.45  24.94
 10  5  6530115 CHRISTIANSON Kieffer 1992 USA  50.04  49.85  1:39.89  +1.58  26.24
 11  31  421722 ADDE Andreas 1988 NOR  50.90  49.35  1:40.25  +1.94  29.83
 12  19  410365 BARWOOD Adam 1992 NZL  50.66  49.65  1:40.31  +2.00  30.43
 13  16  530837 KELLEY Tim 1986 USA  50.31  50.08  1:40.39  +2.08  31.22
 14  1  410372 PREBBLE Nick 1993 NZL  49.99  50.64  1:40.63  +2.32  33.62
 15  48  533866 NYMAN Steven 1982 USA  50.96  49.69  1:40.65  +2.34  33.82
 16  45  51395 DIGRUBER Marc 1988 AUT  51.23  49.63  1:40.86  +2.55  35.91
 17  28  6531203 SPROCK Ty 1995 USA  51.39  49.99  1:41.38  +3.07  41.09
 18  7  6531063 GINNIS Alexander 1994 USA  50.51  50.88  1:41.39  +3.08  41.19
 19  26  6530800 THEIS Tyler 1994 USA  51.55  49.87  1:41.42  +3.11  41.49
 20  22  422333 REVELSBY Sindre Breivik 1994 NOR  50.59  50.94  1:41.53  +3.22  42.59
 21  64  54294 DRACK Fabian 1995 AUT  51.36  50.21  1:41.57  +3.26  42.99
 22  35  6530104 BENNETT Bryce 1992 USA  51.04  50.57  1:41.61  +3.30  43.39
 23  38  54359 FEURSTEIN Patrick 1996 AUT  51.54  50.37  1:41.91  +3.60  46.38
 24  29  422469 SOLHEIM Fabian Wilkens 1996 NOR  51.50  50.64  1:42.14  +3.83  48.67
 25  21  6530454 FARROW Tanner 1993 USA  51.47  50.69  1:42.16  +3.85  48.87
 26  27  6291582 LONGO Edoardo 1995 ITA  51.34  50.95  1:42.29  +3.98  50.16
 27  70  54270 HOFSTAEDTER Christoph 1995 AUT  51.87  50.51  1:42.38  +4.07  51.06
 28  30  930024 MAPLE Wiley 1990 USA  52.03  50.77  1:42.80  +4.49  55.25
 29  9  700879 ZAMPA Andreas 1993 SVK  54.50  49.53  1:44.03  +5.72  67.51
 30  60  60261 MAES Sam 1998 BEL  52.34  52.31  1:44.65  +6.34  73.69
 31  33  6531634 CALARCO Matthew 1996 USA  52.60  52.36  1:44.96  +6.65  76.78
 32  18  6531217 WEISEL Kipling 1995 USA  52.33  52.66  1:44.99  +6.68  77.08
 33  72  422633 CHRISTENSEN Lars August 1998 NOR  53.17  52.29  1:45.46  +7.15  81.76
 34  65  350100 MARXER Silvan 1998 LIE  53.65  52.40  1:46.05  +7.74  87.65
 35  47  6531518 MOFFAT Kye 1996 USA  52.91  53.42  1:46.33  +8.02  90.44
 36  51  104503 DADOUCH Leslie 1997 CAN  53.92  52.98  1:46.90  +8.59  96.12
 37  53  6292597 TOMEI Pietro 1997 ITA  52.67  54.27  1:46.94  +8.63  96.52
 38  54  410403 GARRICK Hamish 1996 NZL  53.98  53.01  1:46.99  +8.68  97.02
 39  41  104389 YOUNG Joseph 1996 CAN  53.51  53.69  1:47.20  +8.89  99.11
 40  50  6531756 REEVES Ian 1996 USA  53.29  54.02  1:47.31  +9.00  100.21
 41  43  6531523 O BRIEN Keilan 1996 USA  54.70  52.86  1:47.56  +9.25  102.70
 42  40  320370 LEE Dong-geun 1994 KOR  54.23  53.41  1:47.64  +9.33  103.50
 43  71  104528 HUTCHISON Jonathan 1997 CAN  54.72  53.45  1:48.17  +9.86  108.78
 44  42  304067 TAHARA Kazuki 1993 JPN  54.82  53.54  1:48.36  +10.05  110.67
 45  61  410413 RICHARDS Samuel 1998 NZL  54.42  53.95  1:48.37  +10.06  110.77
 46  44  320419 LEE Han-Hee 1997 KOR  54.54  54.07  1:48.61  +10.30  113.17
 47  46  221236 TAYLOR Laurie 1996 GBR  54.71  53.98  1:48.69  +10.38  113.96
 48  63  410412 DERWIN Colbey 1997 NZL  54.84  54.27  1:49.11  +10.80  118.15
 49  62  54474 POECHGRABER Paul 1998 AUT  55.05  54.17  1:49.22  +10.91  119.25
 50  66  410416 SHAW Samuel 1998 NZL  55.30  55.18  1:50.48  +12.17  131.81
 51  55  410410 DAVIES Austin 1997 NZL  55.32  55.36  1:50.68  +12.37  133.80
 52  52  320420 KIM Sung-Jun 1997 KOR  55.52  55.45  1:50.97  +12.66  136.69
 53  73  410414 HALLIWELL Oscar 1998 NZL  56.19  55.96  1:52.15  +13.84  148.45
 54  56  410402 WALLACE Timothy 1996 NZL  56.97  55.31  1:52.28  +13.97  149.75
 55  68  410415 RICH Jackson 1998 NZL  56.47  56.00  1:52.47  +14.16  151.64
 56  69  320435 YANG Dong-Hyuk 1998 KOR  57.98  56.54  1:54.52  +16.21  172.08
 57  67  221321 BARTON Daniel 1998 GBR  59.14  58.11  1:57.25  +18.94  199.29
 58  59  410411 NISBET Alan 1997 NZL  58.59  59.82  1:58.41  +20.10  210.86
 59  58  570019 WILSON Connor 1996 RSA  1:01.01  1:01.29  2:02.30  +23.99  249.63
Disqualified 2nd run
 23  532138 KASPER Nolan 1989 USA
 3  221117 GOWER Jack 1994 GBR
Disqualified 1st run
 13  6530453 DUPRATT Samuel 1993 USA
Did not finish 2nd run
 57  410409 GEMMELL Nicholas 1997 NZL
 49  501756 WISEN Christopher 1992 SWE
 39  54372 PFLUG Florian 1996 AUT
 37  410393 JUNEAU Tai 1995 NZL
 15  930160 KELLEY Robby 1990 USA
Did not finish 1st run
 36  6531506 LANE Colby 1996 USA
 34  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew 1986 USA
 32  422405 SPETALEN Kristian 1995 NOR
 25  104075 COOKSON Bryan 1994 CAN
 24  6531192 SANTANIELLO Nick 1995 USA
 4  501898 ROENNGREN Mattias 1993 SWE

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USSA Rocky/Central completes regional projects at Mt. Hood http://skiracing.com/stories/ussa-rockycentral-completes-regional-projects-at-mt-hood/ http://skiracing.com/stories/ussa-rockycentral-completes-regional-projects-at-mt-hood/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 15:22:48 +0000 SR Staff http://skiracing.com/?post_type=stories&p=31385

Rocky/Central August project participants. Ian Dunlop

TIMBERLINE LODGE, Ore. — The final of three USSA regional camps at Mt. Hood this July and August concluded with Rocky/Central’s project focusing on technical elements from Aug. 3-11. This project was open to U16 and older athletes who are members of the Rocky/Central Regional Training Group as well as a select number of invitees. Under the leadership Rocky/Central Regional Development Coach Ian Dunlop, Joe Downing (University of New Mexico), Ben Brown (Steamboat), Jen Stielow (AMP Sport), and John Leffler (Quantum – Breckenridge), athletes worked on fundamentals and tactics in both GS and slalom.

“The goal for this camp is to work on fundamentals and GS tactics. Many of the kids from the Central Region don’t get as many opportunities to work on GS so it was important for us to incorporate many of the GS tactical skills with the slalom fundamentals in this camp,” explained Dunlop. “The dynamic between the older and younger athletes has worked really well to accomplish the goals of this project. We had athletes come in from the University of New Mexico to mentor and set the track for the younger athletes. I think that the athletes really benefited from this and we were able to see a lot of improvement in the line and tactics that athletes were using.”

“My role at the camp was to assist the coaches with training the kids as well as demonstrate and be a role model,” remarked University of New Mexico NCAA skier Karoline Soevik Myklebust. “I found the camp very helpful. The days you get on snow before the season starts are very important. I got to do a lot of testing of equipment, which you don’t really have time for during the winter.”

Another important aspect of this project was integrating the use of AMP Sport, an athlete management system that is becoming an integral part of both regional and national USSA projects. Athletes who had not previously been using AMP were taught how to use the program to their advantage by reviewing coach’s comments while coaches can monitor athletes through wellness checks. Jen Stielow, a sport science expert at AMP Sport who formerly worked as the USSA Western Region development manager, was on hand to assist with educational sessions on the program.

“AMP is really helpful to our overall goals with these athletes,” noted Dunlop. “The connection with AMP is really great. The program is working behind the scenes taking care of details.”

Rocky/Central programing continues with a small speed camp in Valle Nevado, Chile in conjunction with the Western Region in mid-September and returns to the U.S. in November at Copper Mountain.

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Farrell named VARA Collegiate Skier of the Year http://skiracing.com/stories/farrell-named-vara-collegiate-skier-of-the-year/ http://skiracing.com/stories/farrell-named-vara-collegiate-skier-of-the-year/#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 11:35:29 +0000 SR Staff http://skiracing.com/?post_type=stories&p=31382 Brad Farrell in the 2014 Middlebury Carnival GS. Dustin Satloff/EISA

Brad Farrell in the 2014 Middlebury Carnival GS. Dustin Satloff/EISA

COLCHESTER, Vt. – Saint Michael’s College alpine skiing rising junior Brad Farrell continued an honors-filled 2014 by being named the Vermont Alpine Racing Association (VARA) Collegiate Skier of the Year. Farrell became the first Purple Knight recognized since the accolade was established in 2006, as skiers from Middlebury College and the University of Vermont had each won four times. Farrell’s older brother Bobby, a member of the UVM team, was the 2012 winner.

Among VARA’s six annual Merit Awards is Collegiate Skier of the Year, which acknowledges Vermont college skiers in NCAA and United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) programs for their accomplishments at the regional and national levels. Winners are also judged on devotion to the sport, team leadership, camaraderie, sportsmanship and overall character.

During his sophomore campaign, Farrell qualified for the NCAA Championship, where he claimed 19th out of 34 starters during the slalom, matching the second-best showing ever by a Saint Michael’s male skier at a national meet. Farrell was 27th in the NCAA giant slalom. As the only Saint Michael’s skier to qualify for NCAA Championship, he single-handedly lifted the team to a 19th-place showing, tying its best finish at the championship since 1999. Farrell was among the top 20 eight times in 14 events during the winter, placing in the top 10 on three occasions.

Due not only to his athletic success but also his academic credentials, Farrell was among just seven men’s skiers nationally chosen for the Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-District 1 At-Large team in May. He became the first Alpine skier in his school’s history to earn a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District honor. Farrell has also qualified for the United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association (USCSCA) National Collegiate All-Academic Ski Team each of his years at Saint Michael’s.

Farrell and all of the VARA award winners will be recognized on Nov. 8 at the VARA Celebration of Vermont Ski Racing Gala at the Equinox Resort in Manchester, Vt.

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Sweden’s Myhrer hopes new GS skis will help second discipline http://skiracing.com/stories/swedens-myhrer-hopes-new-gs-skis-will-help-second-discipline/ http://skiracing.com/stories/swedens-myhrer-hopes-new-gs-skis-will-help-second-discipline/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:04:22 +0000 SR Staff http://skiracing.com/?post_type=stories&p=31375 Andre Myhrer in the 2014 Adelboden World Cup slalom. GEPA/Mario Kneisl

Andre Myhrer in the 2014 Adelboden World Cup slalom. GEPA/Mario Kneisl

Over the past few seasons Andre Myhrer has been a constant name on the top of the slalom rankings, winning the slalom title in 2012, standing on the podium 18 times (with five victories), and claiming bronze at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Heading into Sochi, Myhrer was certainly one of the favorites for a spot on the podium but a knee injury suffered a few days before heading to Russia threw a wrench in his plans. Despite the pain, he decided to give his third Olympics a shot and started the slalom but was unable to finish the second run. He cut his season short and focused on getting his knee back in shape.

Months later and with a new ski brand, switching from Nordica to Head, Myhrer is ready to be back at the top in the coming season. FIS had a chat with him between summer training.

It has been a rough end of the season for you last year, how hard was it to accept things not going as planned?

It’s never fun to be forced to stand on the sideline and watch the race when all you want is to be in it, racing for the victory. But it could have been much worse. In the end I didn’t have to go through a surgery and was just focusing on making a good rehab in order to come back even stronger. To get injured only 10 days before the most important race, the one you get a chance at only every four years, that was the hardest part.

Are you satisfied with how your rehab has been going and are you back 100% now?

Rehab has been good and I feel OK now, I feel as if I’m back where I want to be.

You recently changed ski brands and went from Nordica to Head, what made you take such decision?

I’ve been with Nordica for the past 14 years. I’ve tested other equipment in the past but always stayed with Nordica. This spring my contract with them ended, and I was looking for something else to try but wasn’t sure if my knee would hold up for a good ski test. Nordica was also struggling with the current economy, and in the end I felt that maybe a change would be good for me.

How do you think the change will benefit your skiing?

I needed a new challenge and with Head I have a company that supports me 100% as they are in need of a slalom skier. The first tests have been very good, and I look forward to start skiing again after the summer break and to keep working on finding the material that suits me best.

Slalom has been your main focus over the years but you have also been able to crack the top 10 in GS a few times. Is consistency in a second discipline a focus for the future or are you content sticking mainly to slalom?

I will keep on fighting in giant slalom, and with Head I will also get a great GS ski so that is going to be very interesting.

Seems like your last two summers have been very family-oriented — Last year you had a daughter and you recently got married. How important is having a dose of normality in the off-season?

It´s very important to me to get a break from skiing in the summer, to unwind and to charge my batteries for the demanding season ahead.

What are your plans for the summer and what are you looking forward to the most for next season?

I haven´t got that many plans actually. I am mainly trying to spend as much time as possible with my family and friends while trying to relax between training sessions.

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