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Countdown to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games

Women’s Alpine Tech Crew Heads to Finnish Lapland with Depth

By Megan Harrod
November, 18 2021
Levi Finland
FIS Ski World Cup action continues with a double slalom in Finnish Lapland at Levi, Finland. Two-time Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin will lead a strong crew that includes Paula Moltzan, Nina O'Brien, AJ Hurt, and Lila Lapanja. (Ryan Mooney - U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

After a prep period at Official Training Site Copper Mountain, Colo., two-time Olympic champion and six-time world champion Mikaela Shiffrin will lead a crew of five Americans into a pair of FIS World Cup slalom races this weekend. Athletes Paula Moltzan, Nina O’Brien, AJ Hurt, and Lila Lapanja, will join Shiffrin at the Finnish Lapland venue of Levi, Finland.

Last year, Shiffrin returned to World Cup competition after 300 days, following her father’s passing in February of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic, and back pain that kept her out of competition at Soelden, Austria. Shiffrin was second and fifth, respectively...but more importantly, she found joy in ski racing again. Heading into the weekend, Shiffrin has a career 45 slalom World Cup victories. Ingemar Stenmark owns the record for single discipline wins, with 46 victories, which Shiffrin can meet or exceed this weekend. 

Despite a shortened prep period at Copper Mountain due to a back spasm, Shiffrin has some good training in her arsenal and will tap into historical success on this track heading into the weekend. Shiffrin comes into the weekend with seven podiums and four victories on the classic Levi Black slope. Winner takes home a prize reindeer—well, not literally home...as they live in Lapland—and Shiffrin has a small herd of reindeer, including Rudolph (2013), Sven (2016), Mr. Gru (2018), and Ingemar (2019). 

Shiffrin will have Slovakian rival Petra Vlhova to fend off, as well as Austrian Katharina Liensberger, two athletes with excellent track records at the venue. Moltzan, who ended the 2020-21 season ranked 11th in slalom, will also look to make some big moves. O’Brien has posted solid World Cup top-10 results in both giant slalom and slalom and started the season off with a bang at the season opener in Soelden, Austria, in ninth place. 

Moltzan, O’Brien, and Hurt have been in Europe for the long haul, training together and hanging together as a little traveling World Cup family. The group environment is electric as they head into the highly anticipated opening slalom series in Levi. Keep an eye on Lapanja—who scored World Cup points at the venue last year—and Hurt as well. 

STARTERS
AJ Hurt
Lila Lapanja

Paula Moltzan
Nina O'Brien
Mikaela Shiffrin

HOW TO WATCH 
All times EST

Saturday, Nov. 20
4:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Levi, FIN, Streaming Peacock, Ski and Snowboard Live 
7:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Levi, FIN, Streaming Peacock, Ski and Snowboard Live

Sunday, Nov. 21
4:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Levi, FIN, Streaming Peacock, Ski and Snowboard Live
7:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Levi, FIN, Streaming Peacock, Ski and Snowboard Live

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Watch Every FIS World Cup Event Live, On Demand This Season

By Tom Horrocks
November, 18 2021
How to Watch

The winter competition season for U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes kick into high gear this weekend, and U.S. Ski & Snowboard is excited to announce multiple opportunities for U.S. fans to watch every FIS World Cup event this season live, or on-demand, leading up to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.

In addition to broadcasting the 2022 Olympic Winter Games Feb. 4-20, the networks of NBCUniversal will provide live and same-day World Cup coverage of alpine, cross country, freeski, freestyle, and snowboard events on NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, and Peacock.  

Plus, fans in the United States can now access live streams from numerous World Cup alpine, snowboard, freestyle, freeski, and cross country events, all of them with English commentary on the new Ski and Snowboard Live platform. The platform will stream 160 live events during the 2021-22 season, starting with this weekend’s FIS Alpine Ski World Cup slalom in Levi, Finland. Live streaming will be available on an all-inclusive season subscription and pay-per-view package basis. In addition to live events, Ski and Snowboard Live will include on-demand content, highlights, interviews, event replays, and other behind-the-scenes footage.

“We are very excited to offer U.S. fans many opportunities to watch our athletes compete all around the world this season as they prepare for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Sophie Goldschmidt. 

NBC Sports will present nearly 70 hours of broadcast and streaming coverage of U.S.-based events this season, starting the weekend of Nov. 27-28 with women’s slalom and giant slalom at the HomeLight Killington Cup, on NBC, NBCSN, and Peacock. Peacock will also live stream every minute of 2021-22 FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup coverage, including events held in Austria. All coverage on NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will also be available to stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

In addition, Peacock will offer live streaming of FIS World Cup events this season, including some with English commentary. Select events will also be broadcasted on the Olympic Channel, NBCSN, and CNBC this season. 

New this season, all Austrian World Cup events will be available for U.S. fans on the Ski World Cup Live app. This weekend’s FIS World Cup freeski slopestyle will stream live on both Peacock, and World Cup Live from Stubai, Austria.

Current television broadcast and streaming schedules for all sports are available here. Sport-specific broadcast and streaming schedules are available below:

Broadcast and streaming schedules for the Networks of NBCUniversal, Ski and Snowboard Live, and World Cup Live will be updated weekly on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard website throughout the season.

 

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Partners with Staples Promotional Products to Launch New Line of Branded Merchandise

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
November, 17 2021
Staples

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has named Staples Promotional Products (SPP), a division of Staples, Inc., as the official licensee managing its new line of branded merchandise, e-commerce website and its partners’ and affiliates’ promotional merchandise programs.

“We couldn’t be happier to partner with SPP to bring U.S. Ski & Snowboard consumer merchandise to the next level,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard Chief Revenue Officer Michael O’Conor. “The company’s industry-leading promotional products are creative and exciting, and this is the next step in branded merchandising and e-commerce for U.S. Ski & Snowboard. We’re also excited to offer an enhanced consumer shopping experience that will inspire fans to support the team with branded gear throughout the Olympic season and beyond.”

SPP has worked with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee for nearly 30 years on sponsorship merchandise programs. Its experienced Olympic merchandising team will continue to work closely with U.S. Ski & Snowboard to expand their curated seasonal retail collections enabling fans to proudly show their support for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team as the athletes go for gold at the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing.

“Staples is thrilled to be part of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard family,” said Donna Armstrong, Director of Olympic Partnerships at SPP. “As we lead up to the Beijing Olympic Games, SPP looks forward to supporting the fans with exciting U.S. Ski & Snowboard merchandise. I have been a part of the Olympic and Paralympic movement since 1999 and I couldn’t be more delighted to partner with one of the premier U.S. National Governing Bodies.”

Hosted on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s website, the e-commerce microsite will include branded retail collections of men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, and a branded accessory line.

To see the new offering from the cooperative, please visit shop.usskiandsnowboard.org.

About Staples Promo
Staples Promotional Products designs custom merchandise experiences that help businesses project their brands into minds and marketplaces around the world. Their online platforms improve business, brand, and engagement outcomes for small and large businesses alike; including over 300 Fortune-ranked enterprises. Clients depend on them to protect and enhance their powerful brands while lowering the total cost of branded merchandise and increasing supply chain compliance and transparency. Staples Promotional Products is a wholly-owned division of Staples Inc.

About U.S. Ski & Snowboard
U.S. Ski & Snowboard is the Olympic National Governing Body (NGB) of ski and snowboard sports in the U.S.A, based in Park City, Utah. Tracing its roots directly back to 1905, the organization represents nearly 200 elite skiers and snowboarders in 2021, competing in seven teams; Alpine, Cross-Country, Freeski, Freestyle, Snowboard, Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping. In addition to the elite teams, U.S. Ski & Snowboard also provides leadership and direction for tens of thousands of young skiers and snowboarders across the U.S.A, 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:
Courtney Harkins, Elevate Communications/U.S. Ski & Snowboard – charkins@elevatecom.com, 978-314-1019

​​U.S. Ski & Snowboard Announces 2021-22 HomeLight Foundation Series for Alpine, Freestyle, Snowboard, Freeski

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
November, 16 2021
HomeLight USSS

U.S. Ski & Snowboard announced today HomeLight, the real estate technology platform transforming the home buying and selling process for top real estate agents and their clients, as the title sponsor of the HomeLight Foundation Series, a series of grassroots competitions in four of the Olympic national governing body’s winter sport disciplines. The HomeLight Foundation Series events include the U.S. leg of the FIS NorAm for both alpine and freestyle skiing and the HomeLight U.S. Revolution Tour for freeski and snowboard halfpipe, slopestyle and big air.

The HomeLight Foundation Series is the most prestigious North American series for all four sports and serves as the catalyst to kickstart the careers of the nation’s top up-and-coming athletes. Each event operates as part of U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s athletic pipeline, providing athletes a pathway toward elite level competitions, such as Junior Worlds, Europa Cups and FIS World Cups for alpine and freestyle, and Junior Worlds, FIS World Cups and the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix for freeski and snowboard. HomeLight’s support of the critical grassroots event series demonstrates the company’s commitment to growing the sports at the developmental level.

As the leading real estate technology company powering the businesses of top real estate agents and their teams nationwide, HomeLight is dedicated to building the foundation of world-class teams—and the tight-knit communities across the country that they call home. 

“As a significant partner of U.S. Ski & Snowboard for three years, HomeLight’s sponsorship expansion truly highlights its commitment to furthering our competitions, teams and athletes that help our communities thrive,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Chief Commercial Officer Michael O’Conor. “Every year we see fresh faces make their mark through the NorAm circuit and the Rev Tour, and we’re thankful to have HomeLight deepen their investment in the ski and snowboard community as these athletes make their way to becoming Best in the World.”

The HomeLight Foundation Series for alpine is scheduled to take place at Colorado’s Copper Mountain Resort in November before swinging through Burke Mountain, Vermont; Whiteface Mountain, New York; and Sugarloaf Mountain, Maine. The HomeLight Foundation Series for freestyle begins in Winter Park, Colorado with Selections and moves on to competitions at Deer Valley Resort, Utah; Killington Resort, Vermont; and the Utah Olympic Park. The Rev Tour season will kick off at Mammoth Mountain, California in January before heading to Colorado’s Aspen/Buttermilk and Copper Mountain.

“HomeLight is thrilled to continue to partner with U.S. Ski & Snowboard to help build the foundation of an elite team,” said HomeLight’s Senior Vice President of Marketing, John Van Slyke, III. “Everything we do at HomeLight is laser-focused on the singular goal of building and supporting world-class teams—in real estate and beyond.” 

For more information on the HomeLight Foundation Series, click here. For more information on the HomeLight Rev Tour, including criteria and prequalified athletes, click here.

SCHEDULE

HOMELIGHT FOUNDATION SERIES – ALPINE

  • Nov. 18-23, 2021 – Copper Mountain Resort, Colorado
  • Feb. 14-17, 2022 – Burke Mountain, Vermont
  • Feb. 14-17, 2022 – Whiteface Mountain, New York
  • March 20-April 1, 2022 – Sugarloaf, Maine

HOMELIGHT FOUNDATION SERIES – FREESTYLE

  • January 18-21, 2022 – Deer Valley Resort, Utah (moguls, dual moguls)
  • February 10-11, 2022 – Killington Resort, Vermont (moguls, dual moguls)
  • February 20-26, 2022 – Utah Olympic Park, Utah (aerials)

HOMELIGHT U.S. REVOLUTION TOUR

  • January 24-29, 2022 – Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort (slopestyle, halfpipe)
  • February 12-17, 2022 – Aspen/Buttermilk (slopestyle, halfpipe, big air)
  • February 26-March 3, 2022 – Copper Mountain (halfpipe)

About HomeLight
HomeLight is building the future of real estate — today. Our vision is a world where every real estate transaction is simple, certain, and satisfying for all.  The best real estate agents rely on HomeLight’s platform to deliver better outcomes to homebuyers and sellers during every step of the real estate journey, whether that's enabling an all-cash offer, unlocking liquidity of their existing home to buy a new one, or creating certainty through a modern closing process. Each year, HomeLight facilitates billions of dollars of residential real estate business on its platform for thousands of agents.  Founded in 2012, HomeLight is a privately held company with offices in Scottsdale, San Francisco, New York, Tampa, and Seattle, with backing from prominent investors including Zeev Ventures, Menlo Ventures, Group 11, Crosslink Capital, Bullpen Capital, Montage Ventures, STCAP, Citi Ventures, Google Ventures, and others.  For additional information and images: homelight.com/press

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 2021, competing in seven teams; alpine, cross country, freeski, freestyle, snowboard, nordic combined and ski jumping. In addition to the 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

 

Scott Graham Named as New Eastern Region Youth Development Coach

By Paige Roberts
November, 12 2021
U.S. Ski & Snowboard Eastern Region Logo

U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Eastern Region is pleased to welcome Scott Graham as the newest member of the team as the Youth Development Coach. Scott succeeds Kathy Okoniewski in this role, as she has moved into a new position within the organization with Sport Education as the Alpine Education Coordinator. 

Scott grew up in Waitsfield, VT as an Eastern ski racer with GMVS before moving West to Colorado to attend the University of Denver. For the past six years, he has worked and coached for the Loveland Ski Club, most recently serving as their Alpine Program Director. Scott just wrapped up assisting with the Men’s NDG project in Copper, CO and will be heading back East before the end of the year. In the meantime, he is available in Colorado to connect with programs, and will be on-hill for the Copper Super G projects after Thanksgiving. On becoming the new Eastern Region Youth Development Coach, Scott states: “I’m incredibly excited to be returning to the Eastern Region after growing up and racing there. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with, as well as getting to know, the coaches, athletes, and programs within the East. Youth Development is incredibly important, and I am excited to help strengthen the Eastern Region!”

The excitement to welcome Scott to the Eastern Region squad is shared amongst the staff as well. Eastern Region Director Sam Damon emphasized his enthusiasm to have Scott join the team: “I am super excited to have Scott back in the East. He has a great connection to the culture of local clubs here, which is so important to our grassroots here in the East, but he also has a really diverse history as an athlete, coach, and program director. The experience he's accumulated here and in Rocky/Central will be invaluable as we continue to improve youth ski racing here in the Eastern Region.”

Scott Graham, Eastern Region Youth Development Coach

Catch Scott back East at Sugarbush, VT for the U16 RPS on Dec 17-19, or drop him a line in the meantime at scott.graham@usskiandsnowboard.org.

2021-22 U.S. Alpine Ski Team Announced

By Megan Harrod
November, 10 2021
Women's Tech Team Soelden
The women's tech team celebrates four women in the top 25 at the FIS Ski World Cup opener at Soelden, Austria on Oct. 23.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced the 44 athletes of the U.S. Alpine Ski Team for the 2021-22 Olympic season. The FIS Ski World Cup kicked off with a weekend of giant slalom in Soelden, Austria Oct. 23-24. The season continues with a parallel for both men and women in Lech, Austria, this weekend, Nov. 13-14. 

Two-time Olympic champion and six-time world champion Mikaela Shiffrin and Bormio, Italy super-G victor Ryan Cochran-Siegle highlight the deep list of alpine athletes who will represent the U.S. Alpine Ski Team this season. This season will feature the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, from February 4-20, 2022. Due to COVID-19, the Olympic test events in 2020 and 2021 were canceled, so both the men and the women will head into the Olympics without having skied the tracks.  

It was an exciting start to the Olympic season in Soelden, as Shiffrin led four athletes into the top-25, with teammate Nina O’Brien in ninth, AJ Hurt in 20th, and Paula Moltzan in 23rd. On the men’s side, River Radamus kicked the season off with a bang as well, grabbing a career-best sixth place with Bode Miller-esque recoveries that kept fans on the edge of their seats. 

A solid prep period in the offseason coupled with teammates that have been pushing the pace was a recipe for success for the women’s tech team. “My teammates are pushing the pace really high, so I’m pushing too, so it’s been a really good build-up and a great way to start the season,” Shiffrin reflected. “It’s so cool. Like I said, the last two weeks we’ve all been pushing each other, and I see them skiing and think, ‘I have to keep raising my level too, because you’re here and you’re hungry...and everybody’s hungry, and I feel that motivation. It’s so amazing to have the pace coming from the United States. That’s...special. I’ve never experienced that, in this way, in my career so far...so it’s really cool.”

The 44 athletes nominated will be supported by a strong coaching staff, committed to “winning at every level,” which is Alpine Director Jesse Hunt’s mantra. “We are inspired by this group of nominated athletes that not only endured, but excelled in one of the most difficult seasons in memory. They persevered through a pandemic and remained determined to achieve greatness in spite of the daily challenges. It is a truly extraordinary group and we are proud to announce their nomination to the team in an Olympic year.”

Each athlete named to the U.S. Ski Team receives world-class program support, along with access to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Center of Excellence, as well as athletic benefits including elite coaching, sport science, sports medicine, and high-performance staff, and education opportunities. Additionally, A, B, and C team athletes are fully travel-funded once again this season, and the organization has also made significant headway in our efforts to decrease travel costs at the development team level, where members will be responsible for no more than $10,000 in travel and training costs with their team.

The nation and the world will be watching as athletes vie for a chance to represent their country at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games Feb. 4-20. Keep an eye on this crew...it’s bound to be an exciting year. 

2021-22 FIS Alpine World Cup Schedule
2021-22 Alpine Olympic Schedule

2021-22 U.S. Alpine Ski Team
(Hometown; Club; Birthdate)

A TEAM

Women

  • Breezy Johnson (Victor, Idaho; Rowmark Ski Academy; 1/19/1996)
  • Paula Moltzan (Prior Lake, Minn.; Buck Hill Ski Team/Ski and Snowboard Club Vail and University of Vermont; 4/7/1994)
  • Nina O’Brien (Edwards, Colo.; Burke Mountain Academy/Team Palisades Tahoe; 11/29/1997)
  • Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.; Burke Mountain Academy/Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 3/13/1995)

Men

  • Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, Calif.; Team Palisades Tahoe; 7/14/1992)
  • Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, Vt.; Cochran’s/Mount Mansfield Ski & Snowboard Club; 3/27/1992)
  • Tommy Ford (Bend, OR; Mt. Bachelor Ski Education Foundation; 3/20/1989)
  • Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, Calif.; Team Palisades Tahoe; 7/14/1988)
  • Steven Nyman (Sundance, Utah; Park City Ski and Snowboard/Sundance Ski Team; 2/12/1982)                     

B TEAM

Women

  • Keely Cashman (Strawberry, Calif.; Team Palisades Tahoe; 4/4/1999)
  • AJ Hurt (Carnelian Bay, Calif.; Team Palisades Tahoe; 12/5/2000)
  • Alice Merryweather (Hingham, Mass.; Attitash Race Team/Stratton Mountain School; 10/5/1996)
  • Jacqueline Wiles (Aurora, Ore.; White Pass Ski Club; 7/13/1992)
  • Isabella Wright (Salt Lake City, UT; Snowbird Sports Education Foundation; 2/10/1997)

Men

  • Erik Arvidsson (Woodside, CA; Team Palisades Tahoe and Middlebury College; 9/3/1996)
  • Sam DuPratt (Park City, UT; Park City Ski Education Foundation; 11/28/1993)  
  • Bridger Gile (Aspen, Colo., Aspen Valley Ski Club/Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 10/15/1999)
  • Jared Goldberg (Holladay, Utah; Snowbird Sports Education Foundation; 6/15/1991)
  • Jimmy Krupka (Waitsfield, Vt.; Green Mountain Valley School and Dartmouth College (7/15/1998)
  • Sam Morse (Carrabassett Valley, Maine; Carrabassett Valley Academy; 5/27/1996)
  • Kyle Negomir (Littleton, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 10/3/1998)
  • River Radamus (Edwards, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 2/12/1998)
  • Ben Ritchie (Waitsfield, VT; Green Mountain Valley School; 9/5/2000)
  • Jett Seymour (Steamboat, Colo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and University of Denver Ski Team; 11/5/1998)
  • Luke Winters (Gresham, Ore.; Sugar Bowl Academy; 4/2/1997)

C TEAM

Women

  • Katie Hensien (Redmond, Wash.; Rowmark Ski Academy; 12/1/1999)
  • Nicola Rountree-Williams (Edwards, Colo.; Loveland Ski Area; 7/7/2002)
  • Zoe Zimmermann (Gilford, N.H.; Burke Mountain Academy; 5/16/2002)

Men

  • Isaiah Nelson (Wayzata, MN.; Buck Hill Ski Racing Club; 4/3/2001)

DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Women

  • Mary Bocock (Salt Lake City, UT; Rowmark Ski Academy; 10/3/2003)*
  • Ava Sunshine Jemison (Edwards, Colo.; Burke Mountain Academy; 6/20/2002)*
  • Storm Klomhaus (Boulder, Colo.; Team X Alpine and University of Denver Ski Team; 7/17/1998)*
  • Lauren Macuga (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski & Snowboard; 7/4/2002)
  • Allie Resnick (Vail, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 9/1/2001)
  • Emma Resnick (Vail, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 7/23/2003)
  • Dasha Romanov (Thornton, Colo.; Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation; 5/3/2003)*
  • Alix Wilkinson (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.; Team Palisades Tahoe; 8/2/2000)

Men

  • Justin Bigatel (Park City, UT; Burke Mountain Academy; 4/29/2003)*
  • Camden Palmquist (Eagan, Minn.; Team Summit Colorado; 4/15/2003)*
  • Trent Pennington (Shalimar, Fla.; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail; 5/8/2002)
  • Jay Poulter (Bondville, Vt.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club/Stratton Mountain School; 7/1/2003)*
  • Cooper Puckett (Steamboat, Colo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 3/31/2003)*
  • Ryder Sarchett (Ketchum, ID; Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation; 7/28/2003)*
  • Jack Smith (Sun Valley, Idaho; Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation; 4/24/2001)

*Newly named to the U.S. Ski Team

2021-22 ALPINE STAFF

Alpine Director: Jesse Hunt
Alpine Development Director: Chip Knight
Alpine Communications Manager: Megan Harrod
Director of High Performance: Gillian Bower
Director of Alpine Sport Science: Per Lundstam  

MEN
Head Coach: Forest Carey
Team Manager: Gwynn Watkins 

Men’s World Cup Speed
Head Coach: Randy Pelkey
Assistant Coach: Urban Planinsek
Assistant Coaches: Scott Veenis/Canaan Pollock
Assistant Coach/Strength and Conditioning Coach: Ben Black
Physiotherapist: Caitlin Ciccone 

Men’s World Cup Technical
Head Coach: Ian Garner
Assistant Coach: Max Lamb
Assistant Coach/Strength and Conditioning Coach: Will Courtney
Slalom Coach: Ryan Wilson

Men’s Europa Cup
Head Coach: Matt Underhill
Assist Coach: Michael Bansmer
Physiotherapist: Tim Andrews
Ski Service: Tristan McInnis

Men’s Development
Head Coach: Graham Flinn
Assistant Coach: Nate Bryant

WOMEN
Head Coach: Paul Kristofic
Team Manager: Colleen Jamieson
Athletic Development Coordinator: Bob Poehling

Women’s World Cup Speed
World Cup Speed Head Coach: Alex Hoedlmoser
Assistant Coach: Karin Harjo
Assistant Coach: Daniel Dejori
Physiotherapist: Torey Anderson

Women’s World Cup Technical/Speed
Mikaela Shiffrin
Head Coach: Mike Day
Coach/Strength and Conditioning Coach: Jeff Lackie
Physiotherapist: Nick Franssen

Women’s World Cup Technical
Head Coach: Magnus Andersson
Assistant Coach: Kip Spangler 

Women’s Europa Cup Technical
Head Coach: Casey Puckett
Assistant Coach: Hugh Coley Oliver

Women’s Development
Head Coach: Marjan Cernigoj
Assistant Coach: Ali Spencer

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2021-22 U.S. Snowboard Team Announced

By Annie Fast
November, 9 2021
A snowboarder airs out of the halfpipe in Saas Fee.
2018 Olympic Gold Medalist Chloe Kim airs out of the halfpipe during the U.S. Snowboard Team training camps in Saas Fee, Switzerland. (Photo: Mike Dawsy/U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced the 35 pro-level and 15 rookie and development level riders making up the 2021-22 U.S. Snowboard Team. These riders will be competing in halfpipe, slopestyle, big air and snowboardcross disciplines for the upcoming season. 

This season will have no shortage of excitement as the U.S. Snowboard Team’s Olympic gold medalists get ready to drop in. Chloe Kim and Red Gerard continue their dominant marches toward the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, and veteran Jamie Anderson looks to continue to display her undeniable dominance of the sport. Shaun White will once again represent the U.S. Snowboard Halfpipe Team in pursuit of his fourth Olympic gold medal. 

“The teams have been working super hard and having tons of fun preparing for the big season ahead,” says U.S. Freeski and Snowboard Head Coach Mike Jankowski. “The anticipation has everyone excited and ready to get this 2021-22 action going!”

 

 

Hailey Langland’s season is looking promising following a second place finish at the 2021 Aspen World Cup, while Maddie Mastro has focused on training during the off season with her sights set on the podium. The men’s slopestyle team runs deep with Brock Crouch, who kicked off the season with a great showing at the season opening Big Air Chur, alongside Judd Henkes and rising star Dusty Henricksen. In halfpipe, White will be joined by Chase Josey, Chase Blackwell and veteran Taylor Gold, who’s looking for redemption from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

The U.S. Snowboardcross Team also has new talent hitting the course including Tyler Hamel and Connor Schlegel. Veterans Faye Gulini, Lindsey Jacobellis, Hagen Kearney, Mick Dierdorff, and Jake Vedder will look to carry momentum from this past season into the heart of the Olympic qualification process. 

“We’re in a good place—we won the Nation’s Cup last season, which speaks to our depth and we’ve had great training camps in Saas Fee and at Copper Mountain ahead of this season,” says U.S. Snowboardcross Head Coach Peter Foley. “Our riders are really progressing and are on their game. I’m excited about our chances going into the China Test event and the season.” 

Each U.S. Snowboard Team athlete receives world-class program support, along with access to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard USANA Center of Excellence, as well as athletic benefits including expert coaching, sport science, sports medicine, and high-performance staff, and education opportunities. The teams have had great success in training camps at official training sites of Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, Ore., The Stomping Grounds Park in Saas Fee, Switzerland; and Prime Park at Stubai Glacier, Austria. 

 

 

The U.S. Snowboard Team is looking ahead to a packed competition season of tryout events heading into the 2022 Beijing Olympics Winter Games, with the Snowboardcross team traveling to five World Cup events beginning at Secret Garden in China Nov. 26-28. The halfpipe, big air and slopestyle teams will kick off with the Visa Big Air presented by Toyota FIS World Cup at Steamboat, Colo. from Dec. 2-4. From there, both the slopestyle and halfpipe teams plan to make their way to Copper Mountain, Colo. for training and the halfpipe tryouts at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix FIS World Cup Dec. 8-10, followed by slopestyle and halfpipe tryouts at the Winter Dew Tour Dec. 16-18.  Following the holiday break, it’s on to the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix Jan. 6-9, at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Calif. for slopestyle and halfpipe competitions marking the final U.S. Snowboard Olympic tryout event ahead of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games scheduled for Feb. 4-20 in Beijing. 

 

2021-22 Snowboard World Cup Schedule

2021-22 Snowboard Olympic Schedule

 

U.S. Snowboard Team

2021-22 Team 

(Hometown; Club; USASA Series; Birthdate)

HALFPIPE

PRO TEAM

Men

  • Chase Josey (Hailey, Idaho; Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation; Big Mountain West Series; 3/31/95)
  • Taylor Gold (Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 11/17/93)
  • Chase Blackwell (Longmont, Colo.; Jim Smith Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 2/27/99)
  • Joey Okesson (Southbury, Conn.; Okemo Mountain School; Southern Vermont Series; 8/23/2002)
  • Toby Miller (Truckee, Calif; Tahoe Select Snowboard Team; North Tahoe Series; 2/14/00)
  • Lucas Foster (Telluride, Colo.; Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 9/17/99)
  • Shaun White (Carlsbad, Calif.; Southern California Series; 3/9/1986)

Women

  • Chloe Kim (Torrance, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 4/23/00)
  • Maddie Mastro (Wrightwood, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 2/22/00)
  • Sonora Alba (San Pedro, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 7/16/2006)

 

ROOKIE TEAM

Men

  • Jack Coyne (Edwards, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; Rocky Mountain Series; 1/17/2002)
  • Jason Wolle (Winter Park, Colo.; Jim Smith Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 11/30/99)
  • Fynn Bullock-Womble (Mebane, N.C.; BK Pro (One Team Dream); Rocky Mountain Series; 2/3/05)

Women

  • Tessa Maud (Carlsbad, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 10/10/03)
  • Alexandria Simsovits (Calabasas, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 9/30/04)
  • Bea Kim (Palos Verdes, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 1/25/2007)

 

SLOPESTYLE / BIG AIR

PRO TEAM

Men

  • Red Gerard (Silverthorne, Colo.; Rocky Mountain Series; 6/29/00)
  • Chris Corning (Silverthorne, Colo.; Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 9/7/99)
  • Dusty Henricksen (Mammoth Lakes, Calif; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 2/2/03)
  • Kyle Mack (West Bloomfield, Mich.; Great Lakes Snow Series; 9/6/97)
  • Judd Henkes (La Jolla, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 4/3/01)
  • Brock Crouch (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series; 8/22/99)
  • Luke Winkelmann (Blowing Rock, N.C.; Kirk’s Camp; Rocky Mountain Series: 12/18/00)
  • Lyon Farrell (Haiku, Hawaii; Rocky Mountain Series; 11/22/98)
  • Sean FitzSimons (Hood River, Ore.; Mount Bachelor Sports Education Foundation; Central Oregon Series; 9/22/00)

Women

  • Jamie Anderson (S. Lake Tahoe, Calif.; South Tahoe Series; 9/13/90)
  • Julia Marino (Westport, Conn.; Southern Vermont Series; 9/11/97)
  • Hailey Langland (San Clemente, Calif.; Tahoe Select Snowboard Team; Tahoe Series; 8/2/00)
  • Ty Schnorrbusch (Monroe Township, N.J.; Tru Snowboarding, Rocky Mountain Series 5/15/02)

 

ROOKIE TEAM

Men

  • Jake Canter (Evergreen, Colo.; Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club; Aspen Snowmass Series; 7/19/03)
  • Fynn Bullock-Womble (Mebane, N.C.; One Team Dream; Rocky Mountain Series; 2/3/05)
  • Liam Johnson (Savage, Minn.; G Team; Upper Midwest Snow Series; 11/26/2004)

Women

  • Courtney Rummel (West Bend, Wisc.; Midwest Best Series; 11/12/03)
  • Jade Thurgood (Salt Lake City, Utah; Park City Ski & Snowboard; Big Mountain West Series; 1/27/02)
  • Addie Gardner (Riegelsville, Penn.; Auburn Ski Club; Maine Mountain Series; 2/19/2002)
  • Isabella Gomez (Issaquah, Wash.; Auburn Ski Club; Inland Northwest Series; 9/11/01)

 

SNOWBOARDCROSS

Men

  • Mick Dierdorff (Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 4/30/91)
  • Jake Vedder (Pinckney, Mich.; International Snowboard Training Center; Rocky Mountain Series; 4/16/98)
  • Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, Mich.; Superior Series; 12/17/81)
  • Alex Deibold (Manchester, Vt.; Stratton Mountain School; Southern Vermont Series; 5/8/86)
  • Hagen Kearney (Norwood, Colo.; International Snowboard Training Center; Rocky Mountain Series; 11/6/91)
  • Senna Leith (Vail, Colo.; International Snowboard Training Center; Rocky Mountain Series; 4/8/97)  
  • Connor Schlegel (Edwards, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; Rocky Mountain Series; 3/13/2002)
  • Cody Winters (Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 4/20/2000)
  • Mikey LaCroix (Shrewsbury, Mass.; Park City Ski & Snowboard; Maine Mountain Series; 7/12/98)

Women

  • Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, Vt.; Stratton Mountain School; Southern Vermont Series; 8/19/85)
  • Faye Gulini (Salt Lake City, Utah; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; Rocky Mountain Series; 3/24/92)
  • Stacy Gaskill (Golden, Colo.; International Snowboard Training Center; Rocky Mountain Series; 5/21/00)  

 

DEVELOPMENT GROUP

Women

  • Livia Molodyh (Hubbard, Ore.; Park City Ski & Snowboard; Mt. Hood Series; 6/30/99)
  • Anna Miller (Orem, Utah; International Snowboard Training Center; Rocky Mountain Series; 7/16/1996)

Men

  • Tyler Hamel (Bethel, Maine; Gould Academy; Maine Mountain Series; 7/12/2004)

 

 2021-22 Snowboard & Freeski Staff

  • Snowboard & Freeski Director: Jeremy Forster
  • Halfpipe, Slopestyle & Big Air Head Coach: Mike Jankowski
  • Halfpipe, Slopestyle & Big Air Team Manager: Elise Saarela 
  • Snowboardcross Team Manager: Alexis Williams
  • Snowboard & Freeski Team Press Officer: Annie Fast
  • Snowboard & Freeski Sports Development Director: Ashley Deibold 
  • Snowboard & Freeski Sports Development Coordinator: Erin McNeely 

 

High Performance Staff

  • High Performance Director: Gillian Bower
  • Senior Sports Psychologist, USOC: Alex Cohen
  • Sports Medicine Director, Dr Jaron Santelli 
  • Snowboard Slopestyle and Big Air Athletic Trainer: Ben Quigley
  • Snowboard Halfpipe Team Physical Therapist: Emilie Whittemore
  • Director of Sport Science: Action & Endurance and Snowboardcross Athletic Development Coach: Tschana Schiller
  • Snowboard and Freeski Athletic Development Coach: Matthew Voss

 

Snowboard

  • Halfpipe, Slopestyle & Big Air Head Coach: Mike Jankowski
  • Slopestyle/Big Air Pro Team Head Coach: Mike Ramirez 
  • Slopestyle/Big Air Pro Team Head Coach: Dave Reynolds 
  • Slopestyle/Big Air Rookie Team Coach: Eric Beauchemin
  • Slopestyle Wax Tech: Bryan Taylor
  • Halfpipe Pro Team Head Coach: Rick Shimpeno
  • Halfpipe Team Coach: JJ Thomas 
  • Halfpipe Team Coach: Rick Bower
  • Halfpipe Wax Tech: Parker Rockwood
  • Snowboardcross Head Coach: Peter Foley
  • Snowboardcross Coach: Rob Fagan

 

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2021-22 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Announced

By Lara Carlton
November, 9 2021
U.S. Freestyle Ski Team
Hannah Soar (left), Kai Owens, and Tess Johnson are among the 31 athletes named to the 2021-22 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard announced today a 31-athlete roster making up the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team for the 2021-22 season. The highly anticipated 2021-22 season features the world’s largest winter sporting event with the 2022 Olympic Winter Games on deck, which includes the Olympic debut of Team Aerials. Athletes are chomping at the bit to kick their season off at the FIS Freestyle World Cup Openers in Ruka, Finland, Dec. 3 and 4. 

The 2021-22 team is highlighted by an experienced group of World Cup, World Championship, and Olympic athletes, including three-time Olympian and three-time World Championships medalist Ashley Caldwell; World Cup winners Winter Vinecki and Megan Nick; and the women’s mogul #PowHERhouse, who finished 2020-21 with four ranked in the top six overall: Hannah Soar (3), Kai Owens (4), Jaelin Kauf (5) and Tess Johnson (6). 

“The Freestyle athletes showed incredible resilience and grit during a challenging 2020-21 season and came away with the title of best freestyle nation in the world, winning both the Aerials and Moguls Nations Cups,” said Freestyle Program Director Jeremy Forster. “The achievement speaks to the depth and breadth of these athletes’ talent and skill. We are carrying that momentum into 2021-22 and look forward to another successful season.”

The talent of the high-flying women of the aerial team is stacked, four finished ranked in the top-10 in the overall FIS World Cup standings in the 2020-21 season: World Cup winner Winter Vinecki (2), World Cup winner Megan Nick (6), three-time World Champion medalist and three-time Olympian Ashley Caldwell (7) and World Cup medalist Kaila Kuhn (9). Megan Smallhouse and Dani Loeb return for their third and second seasons, respectively. Karenna Elliott and Tasia Tanner join the team for their first as U.S. Ski Team athletes. 

Justin Schoenefeld, the top-ranked American man in eighth in last season’s World Cup standings, returns for his fourth season with the team. He is joined by Chris Lillis and Eric Loughran, who both contributed to the first American World Championship Team Aerials medal; and Quinn Dehlinger, who returns for his third season. 

The team behind this team includes Aerial Head Coach Vladimir (Vlad) Lebedev, World Cup Coaches Eric Bergoust and JC Andre, Athletic Development Coach Farzad Jalilvand and Physical Therapist Peter Toohey. 

“This season represents the culmination of all of the work over the past three years and a new opportunity with the Olympic debut of the Team event,” said Lebedev. “We had a very productive water ramping season, I am proud of the work this team has put in on the water and in the gym this summer. I look forward to the work ahead and am excited to build off of the success we enjoyed last season. This season is a big one, but we’re going to focus on one day at a time as we build into February.”

Athletes named to the moguls team include the deepest field of female mogul skiing talent in the world. Known as the #PowHERHouse, these women are fast and fierce. Hannah Soar (3) leads the pack and is joined by 2021 Rookie of the Year Kai Owens (4), 2018 Olympian Jaelin Kauf (5) and 2018 Olympian Tess Johnson (6). Olivia Giaccio returns for her sixth season and Morgan Schild for her eighth. Madison and Kasey Hogg will ski in their second seasons. 

On the men’s side, two-time Olympian Brad Wilson returns for his 11th season. He is joined by 2021 Rookie of the Year Nick Page, Casey and Jesse Andringa, Joel Hedrick, Landon Wendler and Alex Lewis.

New for 2021-22 is the creation of a pilot Mogul D Team, which signifies an evolutionary change in how U.S. Ski & Snowboard, together with its regional and club network, will approach future national team selection and development programming for the discipline. Athletes named to the inaugural roster are Elizabeth Lemley, Alli Macuga, Dylan Marcellini and Cole McDonald.

Mogul Head Coach Matt Gnoza leads the bump crew and is joined by World Cup Coaches Riley Campbell and Bryon Wilson, Athletic Development Coach Josh Bullock and Physical Therapist Celeste Gabai. 

“We are excited to be in the final stages of the 2022 Olympic preparation,” said Gnoza. “This preparation didn’t just start during this past offseason, Olympic preparation takes a full four years, so we have been at this for a while. Every one of these athletes is very talented or they wouldn’t be here, it's the combination of talent and hard work that can make you great. We look forward to this final prep period ahead of the World Cup Opener next month.”

The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team is scheduled to compete in 29 World Cup events. The nation and the world will be watching as athletes vie for a chance to represent their country at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games Feb. 4-20. 

2021-22 Freestyle World Cup Schedule
2021-22 Freestyle Olympic Schedule

2021-22 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team
(Hometown; Club; Birthdate)

U.S. Aerial Ski Team
Men

  • Quinn Dehlinger (Cincinnati, Ohio; Elite Aerial Development Program; 6/8/02)
  • Chris Lillis (Pittsford, N.Y.; Bristol Mountain Freestyle Team; 10/4/98)
  • Eric Loughran (Pelham, N.H.; Loon Mountain Freestyle; 12/4/95)
  • Justin Schoenefeld (Lawrenceburg, Ind.; Elite Aerial Development Program; 8/13/98)

Women

  • Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, Va.; Elite Aerial Development Program; 9/14/93)
  • Karenna Elliott (Cincinnati, Ohio; Park City Ski and Snowboard, 5/24/00)
  • Kaila Kuhn (Boyne City, Mich.; Park City Ski and Snowboard; 4/8/03)
  • Dani Loeb (Pintlala, Ala.; Park City Ski and Snowboard; 8/10/01)
  • Megan Nick (Shelburne, Vt,; Elite Aerial Development Program; 7/9/96)
  • Megan Smallhouse (Reno, Nev.; Park City Ski and Snowboard; 1/16/01)
  • Tasia Tanner (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski and Snowboard; 7/26/02)
  • Winter Vinecki (Gaylord, Mich.; Park City Ski and Snowboard; 12/18/98)

Coaches and Staff

  • Aerial Head Coach: Vladimir Lebedev
  • Aerial World Cup Coach: JC Andre
  • Aerial World Cup Coach: Eric Bergoust
  • Aerial Athletic Development Coach: Farzad Jalilvand
  • Aerial Physical Therapist: Peter Toohey

U.S. Mogul Ski Team
Men

  • Casey Andringa (Boulder, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 10/6/95)
  • Jesse Andringa (Boulder, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 12/15/97)
  • Joel Hedrick (Fort Collins, Colo.; Winter Park Competition Center; 5/30/97)
  • Alex Lewis (Carlisle, Mass.; Killington Mountain School; 11/16/99)
  • Nick Page (Park City, Utah; Wasatch Freestyle Foundation; 8/1/02)
  • Landon Wendler (Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Steamboat Winter Sports Club; 10/12/2000)
  • Brad Wilson (Butte, Mont.; Wasatch Freestyle; 6/5/92)

Women

  • Olivia Giaccio (Redding, Conn.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 8/15/00)
  • Tess Johnson (Vail, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 6/19/00)
  • Kasey Hogg (Park City, Utah; Wasatch Freestyle Foundation; 1/8/2003)
  • Madison Hogg (Park City, Utah; Wasatch Freestyle Foundation; 2/15/2001)
  • Jaelin Kauf (Alta, Wyo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; 9/26/96)
  • Kai Owens (Vail, Colo.; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail; 8/16/04)
  • Morgan Schild (Pittsford, N.Y.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 8/25/97)
  • Hannah Soar (Somers, Conn.; Killington Mountain School; 6/4/99)

D Team

  • Elizabeth Lemley (Vail, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 1/22/2006)
  • Alli Macuga (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski & Snowboard; 9/24/2003)
  • Dylan Marcellini (Walnut Creek, Calif.; Wasatch Freestyle; 9/29/2002)
  • Cole McDonald (Park City, Utah; Wasatch Freestyle; 3/6/2003)

Coaches and Staff

  • Mogul Head Coach: Matt Gnoza
  • Mogul World Cup Coach: Riley Campbell
  • Mogul World Cup Coach: Bryon Wilson
  • Mogul Athletic Development Coach: Josh Bullock
  • Mogul Physical Therapist: Celeste Gabai

Freestyle Staff

  • Freestyle Program Director: Jeremy Forster
  • Freestyle Team Manager: Alexis Williams
  • Freestyle Sport Development Senior Manager: Ashley Deibold
  • Freestyle Sport Development Coordinator: Erin McNeely
  • Freestyle Communications Manager: Lara Carlton

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2021-22 U.S. Freeski Team Announced

By Annie Fast
November, 9 2021
David Wise and Aaron Blunck celebrate in Aspen.
David Wise (left) and Aaron Blunck highlight the 41-member U.S. Freeski Team. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard.)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced an all-star roster of 26 pro-level and 15 rookie freeskiers for the 2021-22 season. This year’s team features a mix of veteran podium talent and exciting next-generation youth. 

For the men, the star-studded cast includes the 2021 U.S. Grand Prix Champion Aaron Blunck, 2021 FIS slopestyle and overall Crystal Globe winner Colby Stevenson, five-time X Games medalist Alex Hall as well as Olympic medalists David Wise, Alex Ferreira and Nick Goepper. Olympic medalists Brita Sigourney, Devin Logan and seven-time X Games medalist Maggie Voisin return to set the tone for the women. A hungry group of rookies continue to push their boundaries, including Wy’East Academy’s Konnor Ralph, Stratton Mountain School’s Charlie Gnoza, and Aspen’s own Tristan Feinberg. Hanna Faulhaber, Marin Hamill, and Rell Harwood all graduated from the rookie to the pro team following breakthrough seasons. 

“We have such an amazing group of returning veterans and new athletes to the team this year. Along with really experienced coaches, technicians, filmers, and high-performance staff,” shares U.S. Freeski and Snowboard Director Jeremy Forster. “I’m really looking forward to finalizing the Olympic qualifying process at the upcoming World Cups and Grand Prix competitions and then competing in Beijing.”

Each U.S. Freeski Team athlete receives world-class program support, along with access to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard USANA Center of Excellence, as well as athletic benefits including sport science, sports medicine and education opportunities.

The team has had great success in training camps at official training sites of Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, Oregon; The Stomping Grounds Park in Saas Fee, Switzerland; PRINOTH X Camp, Italy; and Prime Park at Stubai Glacier, Austria. 

“The summer and fall camps have been super fun and productive, but now all eyes are on the big Olympic season ahead,” says U.S. Freeski and Snowboard Head Coach Mike Jankowski. “With a solid mix of both experienced veterans and fresh faces, we’re looking for great things to come from this awesome group of freeskiers sending it into 2022.” 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The U.S. Freeski Team is looking ahead to a packed competition season of tryout events heading into the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games beginning in Stubai, Austria, Nov. 17-20 with the slopestyle season opening of the FIS Freeski World Cup. The Visa Big Air presented by Toyota FIS World Cup is up next at Steamboat, Colo. from Dec. 2-4. From there, both the slopestyle and halfpipe teams plan to make their way to Copper Mountain, Colo. for training as well as the halfpipe tryouts at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix Dec. 8-10, followed by slopestyle and halfpipe tryouts at the Winter Dew Tour Dec. 16-19.  

Following the holiday break, the halfpipe team heads to Calgary from Dec. 30-Jan 1, for the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup at Canada Olympic Park. And then it’s on to the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix Jan. 6-8, at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Calif. for slopestyle and halfpipe competitions marking the final U.S. Freeski Olympic tryout event ahead of the 2022 Olympics scheduled for Feb. 4-20 in Beijing. 

2021-22 Freeski World Cup Schedule
2021-22 Freeski Olympic Schedule

2021-22 U.S. Freeski Team 
(Hometown; Club; USASA Series; Birthdate)

HALFPIPE
PRO TEAM

Women

  • Brita Sigourney (Carmel, Calif.; Intermountain Series; 1/17/90)
  • Devin Logan (West Dover, Vt.; Mount Snow Academy; Southern Vermont Series; 2/17/93)
  • Annalisa Drew (Andover, Mass.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; Southwest Colorado Series; 5/28/93)
  • Carly Margulies (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Freeski Team; Unbound Series; 12/24/97)
  • Abigale Hansen (June Lake, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain Freeski Team; Unbound Series; 5/26/98)
  • Hanna Faulhaber (Carbondale, Colo.; Aspen Valley Ski and 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)
  • Hunter Hess (Bend, Ore.; Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation; Central Oregon Series; 10/01/98)
  • Taylor Seaton (Avon, Colo.; 7/16/90)
  • Jaxin Hoerter (Breckenridge, Colo.; Rocky Mountain Series; 7/17/00)
  • Cassidy Jarrell (Aspen, Colo.; Rocky Mountain Series; 8/31/99)

ROOKIE TEAM

Women

  • Svea Irving (Winter Park, Colo.; Winter Park Freeride Team; Rocky Mountain Series; 2/27/02)
  • Riley Jacobs (Oak Creek, Colo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; Rocky Mountain Series; 8/14/2003)

Men

  • Hunter Carey (Winter Park, Colo.; Winter Park Competition Center; Rocky Mountain Series; 6/12/02)
  • Connor Ladd (Lakewood, Colo.; Winter Park Competition Center; Rocky Mountain Series; 9/26/03)
  • Dylan Ladd (Lakewood, Colo.; Winter Park Competition Center; Rocky Mountain Series; 8/29/01)
  • Sammy Schuiling (Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; Rocky Mountain Series; 7/16/00)
  • Tristan Feinberg (Aspen, Colo.; Rocky Mountain Series; 4/23/2003)

SLOPESTYLE / BIG AIR
PRO TEAM

Women

  • Maggie Voisin (Whitefish, Mont.; Park City Ski and Snowboard; Big Mountain West Series; 12/14/98)
  • Caroline Claire (Manchester Center, Vt.; Stratton Mountain School; Southern Vermont Series; 2/2/00)
  • Darian Stevens (Missoula, Mont.; Missoula Freestyle Ski Team; 10/29/96)
  • Rell Harwood (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski and Snowboard; Big Mountain West Series; 6/1/01)
  • Marin Hamill (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski and Snowboard; Big Mountain West Series; 4/5/01)

Men

  • Alex Hall (Salt Lake City, Utah; Park City Ski and Snowboard; Big Mountain West Series; 9/21/98)
  • Mac Forehand (Winhall, Vt.; Stratton Mountain School; Southern Vermont Series; 8/4/01)
  • Colby Stevenson (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski and Snowboard; Big Mountain West Series; 10/3/97)
  • Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, Ind.; Cork Technologies and Consulting; Rocky Mountain Series; 3/14/94)
  • Willie Borm (Chaska, Minn.; Midwest Freeskiing Association; 5/21/97)
  • Cody LaPlante (Truckee, Calif.; Team Palisades Tahoe; North Tahoe Series; 2/15/02)

ROOKIE TEAM

Women

  • Grace Henderson (Madbury, N.H.; Waterville Valley BBTS; New Hampshire Series; 4/28/01)
  • 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

  • Hunter Henderson (Madbury, N.H..; Waterville Valley BBTS; New Hampshire Series; 12/28/2002)
  • Richard Thomas (Orono, Minn.; Park City Ski and Snowboard; Upper Midwest Snow; 8/16/01)
  • Troy Podmilsak (Park City, Utah; Park City Ski and 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)

2021-22 Snowboard & Freeski Staff

  • Snowboard & Freeski Director: Jeremy Forster
  • Halfpipe, Slopestyle & Big Air Head Coach: Mike Jankowski
  • Halfpipe, Slopestyle & Big Air Team Manager: Elise Saarela
  • Skicross Team Manager: Alexis Williams
  • Snowboard & Freeski Team Press Officer: Annie Fast
  • Snowboard & Freeski Sports Development Director: Ashley Deibold
  • Snowboard & Freeski Sports Development Coordinator: Erin McNeely 

High Performance Staff

  • High Performance Director: Gillian Bower
  • Senior Sports Psychologist, USOC: Alex Cohen
  • Sports Medicine Director: Dr. Jaron Santelli
  • Freeski Halfpipe Team Athletic Trainer & Freeski/Snowboard Medical Coordinator: Jill Radzinski
  • Freeski Slopestyle and Big Air Team Physical Therapist: Sara Chavez
  • Director of Sports Science: Action & Endurance, and Snowboardcross Athletic Development Coach: Tschana Schiller
  • Snowboard and Freeski Athletic Development Coach: Matthew Voss
  • Aerials and Freeski Rookie Athletic Development Coach: Farzad Jalilvand
  • Head Team Physician Freeski: Dr. Andrew Cooper, Salt Lake City, UT

Freeski

  • Slopestyle Pro Team Head Coach: Skogen Sprang
  • Slopestyle Pro Team Coach: Dave Euler
  • Slopestyle Rookie Team Coach: Ryan Wyble
  • Slopestyle Technician: Tanner Keim
  • Halfpipe Rookie Team Coach: Ryan Carey
  • Halfpipe Pro Team Head Coach: Mike Riddle
  • Halfpipe Pro Team Coach: Jeremie Livingston
  • Halfpipe Pro Team Technician: Hotch Young

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2021-22 Davis U.S. Cross Country Team Announced

By Tom Horrocks
November, 7 2021
Gus Schumacher
Gus Schumacher, who moved up from the Development Team to the B Team, to the A Team in two years, is among the 21 athletes named to the 2021-22 Davis U.S. Cross Country Team. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Tom Horrocks)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced the 21 athletes of the Davis U.S. Cross Country Ski Team for the 2021-22 season who will kick off the competition season with the traditional World Cup season opener in Ruka, Finland, Nov. 26-28.

The chemistry of this year’s team features an exciting mix of youth and veteran talent, highlighted by an experienced group of World Cup, World Championship, and Olympic athletes, including Olympic gold medalist and 2021 FIS Overall World Cup Champion Jessie Diggins; two-time World Cup winner Rosie Brennan; and 2020 FIS Junior World Championship double-gold medalist Gus Schumacher.

“We’ve had many high-functioning teams over the years, and every one of them has been quite different from the next,” noted Davis U.S. Cross Country Team Head Coach Matt Whitcomb. “We’ve also been through periods when the team has drifted through less-functional phases. Results are definitely affected by chemistry. At the moment, after two of the most-productive camps (Bend, Oregon in May and Park City in October) of my career, we’re on fire. This new team is a bit younger and incredibly loyal to one another. While we’ve been through one of our biggest waves of retirements, I think the absences will be filled quickly.”

Simi Hamilton, Sophie Calwell Hamilton, and Sadie Maubet Bjornsen all retired from the team following the 2020-21 season, taking more than four decades of experience with them. But, all three left a lasting impression upon current team members who average 22.8 years old among the 21-member team. For the 2021-22 season, Brennan and Diggins are now considered veterans of the team, despite their youthful ages, 32 and 30 respectively.

“It’s a young team, which means things are always high energy and exciting but also less predictable with so many racing World Cup for the first time,” Brennan said. “I know everyone has had a good prep season, and so I have nothing but optimism for the season to come. I just hope I can stay hip enough for the young crowd 😉!”

With two in-person camps during the prep season, including a number of club team camps scattered around the U.S. and Europe this past summer, the athletes have had an opportunity to train independently, but come together as a team to push each other, and encourage each other no matter what training plan, training philosophy, or ideas they bring to the table.

“One thing that jumps out to me as new and improved is that this new team is a little more accepting of individual differences in training plans,” Whitcomb said. “In theory, with 21 athletes, we should have 21 different plans. Just a little judgment from a coach or athlete about one’s plan can be unproductive, and right now, I think everyone is embracing and supporting the importance of these differences.

“Everybody contributes something to this team in their own way,” he added. “It’s going to be a good season!” 

Based upon the gains from last season, Whitcomb certainly has every reason to be optimistic! Schumacher, who just two years ago was a member of the Development Team, moved from the B Team to the A Team following a break-out season that included more than a dozen top-30 World Cup results, including the best-ever American men’s result at the Tour de Ski. JC Schoonmaker, who was on the Development Team last season, also joins Schumacher on the A Team this season after posting numerous top 30 World Cup results. Diggins, Brennan, and Hailey Swirbul, who picked up her first career World Cup podium last season, were also named to the A Team.

B Team athletes include Julia Kern, Katharine Ogden, Kevin Bolger, Scott Patterson, Logan Hanneman, and Sydney Palmer-Leger, the 2020-21 NCAA Champion who moves up from the Development Team.

The 2021-22 team features 10 Development Team athletes, including numerous members with junior and U23 World Championships medals to their credit. Zanden McMullen joins the Development Team this season following his results at the 2021 Junior World Championships, including a fifth-place result in the 10k skate. Also returning to the Development Team are Sophia Laukli, who competed in her first World Cup races, and the 2021 World Championships this past season; and Hannan Halvorsen, who scored her first World Cup points last season.

The 2021-22 FIS Cross Country World Cup season kicks off with Period 1, Nov. 26-29 in Ruka, Finland. The 2022 Olympic Winter Games are scheduled for Feb. 4-20 in Beijing. 

2021-22 Davis U.S. Cross Country Ski Team
(Hometown; Club; Birthdate)

A TEAM
Women

  • Rosie Brennan (Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Pacific University Ski Nordic Center; 12/21/88)
  • Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.; Stratton Mountain School Elite Team; 8/26/91)
  • Hailey Swirbul (Aspen, Colo.; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center; 7/10/98)

Men

  • Gus Schumacher (Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Winter Stars; 7/25/00)
  • JC Schoonmaker (Tahoe City, Calif; University of Alaska Anchorage/Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy; 8/12/00)

B TEAM
Women

  • Julia Kern (Waltham, Mass.; Stratton Mountain School Elite Team; 9/12/97)
  • Katharine Ogden (Landgrove, Vt.; Stratton Mountain School Elite Team; 11/17/97)
  • Sydney Palmer-Leger (Park City, Utah; Sun Valley Gold Team/University of Utah; 2/4/2002)

Men

  • Kevin Bolger (Minocqua, Wisc.; Sun Valley Gold Team; 4/11/93)
  • Scott Patterson (Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center; 1/28/92)
  • Logan Hanneman (Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center; 6/2/93)

DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Women

  • Hannah Halvorsen (Truckee, Calif.; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center; 2/19/98)
  • Novie McCabe (Winthrop, Wash.; Methow Valley Nordic Team/University of Utah; 12/15/01)
  • Kendall Kramer (Fairbanks, Alaska; Alaska Winter Stars/University of Alaska Fairbanks; 6/25/02)
  • Sophia Laukli (Yarmouth, Maine; University of Utah; 6/8/00)

Men

  • Johnny Hagenbuch (Ketchum, Idaho; Sun Valley Gold Team; 10/1/2001)
  • Luke Jager (Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center/University of Utah; 1/17/00)
  • Noel Keeffe (Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club/University of Utah; 8/24/99)
  • Zanden McMullin (Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center/Montana State University; 5/31/2001)
  • Ben Ogden (Landgrove, Vt.; Stratton Mountain School Elite Team/University of Vermont; 2/13/00)
  • Hunter Wonders (Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center; 8/7/98)

Cross Country Coaches and Staff

  • Cross Country Program Director: Chris Grover
  • Head Coach: Matt Whitcomb                    
  • World Cup Coach: Jason Cork                                     
  • D Team Coach: Kate Jonhson
  • Development Team Coach: Greta Anderson                                                                            
  • Cross Country Sport Development Manager: Bryan Fish                       
  • Cross Country Sport Coordinator: Adam St. Pierre              
  • Communications Manager: Tom Horrocks

Service Staff

  • Head of Service: Oleg Ragilo           
  • World Cup Service: Bjørn Heimdal    
  • World Cup Service: Tim Baucom                         
  • World Cup Service: Eli Brown    
  • World Cup Service: Chris Hecker
  • World Cup Service: Karel Kruuser    

2021-22 FIS World Cup Schedule
2022 Olympic Winter Games Schedule

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