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GOLD: Official eNewsletter of the USSA - June 21, 2013

posted at 10:22 am Fri Jun 21st, 2013 by (WherezIt_Staff)

Gold Nuggets

Kiley McKinnon, Alexi Micinski, Jess Breda and Maddy Olsen graduated from the USSA's TEAM Academy on June 1st. ... The U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team has named Marc Nölke, an Olympian and highly-regarded ski jumping coach, to oversee its jumping program. ... The Eastern Ski Writers Association (ESWA) awarded Mikaela Shiffrin and Kieffer Christianson the 2013 Don A. Metivier Golden Ski Award. ...

Nov. 29-Dec. 1 - Audi FIS Alpine World Cup (women's downhill, super G, giant slalom), Beaver Creek, CO
Dec. 6-8 - Audi Birds of Prey Race Week (men's downhill, super G, giant slalom), Beaver Creek, CO
Dec. 18-21 - Sprint U.S. Grand Prix (Visa Halfpipe and Slopestyle Skiing), Copper Mountain, CO
Jan. 9-11 - Visa Freestyle International (moguls, aerials, moguls), Deer Valley Resort, Park City, UT
Jan. 8-12 - Sprint U.S. Grand Prix (Visa Halfpipe and Slopestyle Skiing), Northstar California
Jan. 15-19 - FIS Freestyle World Cup (moguls, aerials), Lake Placid, NY
Copper Mountain, Dec. 18-21, 2013 (Grand Prix Tour Opener)
Northstar California Resort, Jan. 9-12, 2014
Park City Mountain Resort, Jan. 17-18, 2014 (Grand Prix Freeskiing Finale)
Mammoth Mountain, Jan. 17-18, 2014 (Grand Prix Snowboarding Finale)
McKennis Ramps Up
Alice McKennis knows what it takes to come back from a serious injury; she's done it before. Less than two months after her first career World Cup win in St. Anton, the 23-year-old crashed in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, shattering her tibial plateau and fracturing her tibia. Although McKennis successfully rehabilitated a similar injury in 2011 and went on to achieve career-best results, this go-round is proving quite a bit more difficult, but she's got her game face on. Read more here.
Mammoth Set for Pre-Olympic Camp
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has named Mammoth Mountain as an Official Training Ground for U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding, providing valuable spring and fall training camps for U.S. athletes through 2019 including Olympics in Sochi and PyeongChang. U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding Pro Teams will be based at Mammoth Mountain's Unbound Terrain Park this November to prepare for the Olympic season. Freeskiing and snowboarding athletes, along with members of the U.S. Alpine Ski Team including World Champions Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin, trained at Mammoth in May to kickoff the summer preparation season. Read more here.
Athlete Spotlight: Jessie Diggins
With nine U.S. Junior titles and three Minnesota State Championships titles, Jessie Diggins decided to take a year off between high school and college to focus on racing. That leap of faith continues to pay dividends today, as she landed a spot on the U.S. Ski Team and has become one of the best female skiers the U.S. has ever seen. The 2013 season was a monster for Diggins. The five-time U.S. Champion teamed up with teammate Kikkan Randall to win the USA's first-ever World Championships gold medal in the team sprint as well as the first-ever victory in a World Cup team sprint. When she wasn't making history, Diggins was putting up more impressive results, finishing 8th in the skate prologue of the World Cup finals and placing 21st in her first-ever Tour de Ski. Find out what keeps Jessie working her hardest here.

In her recent blog, Jessie shared that the athletes know that it takes team to be Best in the World. The secret weapon of the U.S. Ski Team isn't advanced equipment - it's team chemistry. From the wax technicians to the World Champion skiers, everyone is an equally valuable part o the Team. Team has long been one of the core values of the USSA and it's great to see athletes using them to succeed.

Now on Instagram!
The U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding are now on Instagram! Check out the new channels and start liking your favorite photos today.
Thanks, Team, For Your Support
"The Center of Excellence is the main reason I was able to come back so quickly after every injury and continue to make gains in my skiing. I now know that if I'm in the gym, I will be taken care of by my trainers and therapists." - Katie Ryan, Alpine Skiing

To help athletes like Katie achieve their dreams, click here.
Get the Pro Gear
The U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding online shops are in full swing, now it's the grand opening of U.S. Freeskiing! Get the gear the athletes wear during the season.

USSA Network TV
The U.S. Ski Team had an historic year in moguls, claiming 43% of World Cup and World Championships medals throughout the season. Relive all the highlights here.

Photos of the Month
USSA Congress happened in the month of May and several athletes and members were given awards for their performances. Check out all of the award winners in this gallery.

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