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    2011 US Alpine Championships at Winter Park

    The week after we held our National Championships, WP is hosting the US Alpine Championships.

    Looks like Julia Mancuso and Tommy Ford are cleaning up! (Double winners in the GS and SG races)

    http://www.usskiteam.com/

    http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/1228.h..._suchsector=AL

    The Slalom's (Men & Women) are being run today!
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    Carve Diem!! Charge The Course!!

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    I worked the women's GS and the men's and women's SG as a volunteer at the US Alpine Nationals. I got to slip the course in between racers. I was a great experience and I got to see many of the US Ski Team members run the course from a birds eye view from just a few feet away while standing part way down the course between slips. Since they ran racers at 45 sec or 1 minute intervals you had to count off 30 or 45 seconds then pull off the course before the next racer came by. It was a bit nerve racking to realize there was a racer just behind you closing in at between 50MPH and 65 MPM. You really had to pay attention to your surroundings in addition to pushing snow off the race line. During the SG they wanted you to slip at high speeds to clean up the race line or push soft berms off the outside of the line. I'm glad I brought my race stock GS skis to do the slipping with.
    The GS ran from near the top of Hughes (just below where the road came in from the lift, down Meadows, down Norwegian, and then down lower Hughes. This was about 3.5 times length of the NASTAR nationals courses. The times were around 1 minute 10 sec. The SG started up near the patrol building up above the top of the Zephyr lift. Top speeds in the SG were around 65 MPH on soft almost slushy snow. Both courses seemed quite technical and the SG especially so.

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    Thanks, rcahill. It's interesting!

    16-year old Mikaela won SL! Hope to see her on the World Cup podiums.



    photo from universalsports.com, no videos, though... :(

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    I really wish universalsports.com had put videos of this event on the website. Heck, I would have paid a fee to watch them. I think the US Alpine Ski Championships are important enough to make the video available in the US! Geeezzzzz......and why weren't they on TV?

    Skiing gets no respect in this country.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiTownChick View Post
    ...Skiing gets no respect in this country.....

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    Who cares? except a few European countries...

    Money distributed accordingly, even for the best in the world:

    Prize Money Top Ten, Audi FIS Ski World Cup Season 2010/2011

    Men, in CHF (1 Swiss franc = 1.0840 US dollars)

    1) Kostelic Ivica (CRO) 421,107
    2) Cuche Didier (SUI) 258,630
    3) Grange Jean-Baptiste (FRA) 198,271
    4) Walchhofer Michael (AUT) 161,180
    5) Svindal Aksel Lund (NOR) 149,574
    6) Janka Carlo (SUI) 148,349
    7) Ligety Ted (USA) 142,459
    8) Myhrer Andre (SWE) 121,465
    9) Zurbriggen Silvan (SUI) 121,268
    10) Matt Mario (AUT) 119,662


    Ladies, in CHF

    1) Vonn Lindsey (USA) 462,000
    2) Riesch Maria (GER) 458,246
    3) Schild Marlies (AUT) 268,880
    4) Maze Tina (SLO) 232,894
    5) Goergl Elisabeth (AUT) 177,371
    6) Poutiainen Tanja (FIN) 170,796
    7) Mancuso Julia (USA) 168,670
    8) Rebensburg Viktoria (GER) 129,320
    9) Paerson Anja (SWE) 123,500
    10) Pietilae Holmner Maria (SWE) 110,425

    Well below tennis prizes, let alone ball games, golf, etc...

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    Wow! That's peanuts relatively speaking. What a shame. But if you love what you are doing you would do it for free, right?
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    I would have to agree ski racing in the US takes a back seat to other sports. It is a shame. I have never been to Europe, but have talked to many who have. Many of their National team athletes are treated like Pro-football players in this country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcahill View Post
    I worked the women's GS and the men's and women's SG as a volunteer at the US Alpine Nationals. I got to slip the course in between racers. I was a great experience and I got to see many of the US Ski Team members run the course from a birds eye view from just a few feet away while standing part way down the course between slips. Since they ran racers at 45 sec or 1 minute intervals you had to count off 30 or 45 seconds then pull off the course before the next racer came by. It was a bit nerve racking to realize there was a racer just behind you closing in at between 50MPH and 65 MPM. You really had to pay attention to your surroundings in addition to pushing snow off the race line. During the SG they wanted you to slip at high speeds to clean up the race line or push soft berms off the outside of the line. I'm glad I brought my race stock GS skis to do the slipping with.
    The GS ran from near the top of Hughes (just below where the road came in from the lift, down Meadows, down Norwegian, and then down lower Hughes. This was about 3.5 times length of the NASTAR nationals courses. The times were around 1 minute 10 sec. The SG started up near the patrol building up above the top of the Zephyr lift. Top speeds in the SG were around 65 MPH on soft almost slushy snow. Both courses seemed quite technical and the SG especially so.
    Ray - great talking at the top of Hughes with you on Friday. It was kinda weird running security at the top of the course. I waved the athletes through under the trail closure rope and waved off the tourists to keep them from taking off down the course. I must've waved off 50-60 people. It was pretty easy to look at their skiing coming the trail and know who to wave off. The racers -> that was some freaking awesome skiing and total focus. They just blew by me or did a jump, landed, and then ducked under the rope.

    The ski school director came skiing up at one point and I stopped him. He started laughing at that and said he was helping with the course slipping. Kinda fun messing with the boss.

    These were the results at noon on Friday. There were cameras along the course. They'll probably replay the races at a later date.


    I got pulled after eating lunch and had to go run the start shack on the daily NASTAR course from 11:30-2:30. :( I really wanted to watch the pros but they didn't have any other volunteers who knew anything about NASTAR.

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    Versus is supposed to have the US Alpine championships on this weekend - I believe on Saturday, April 9th - check your local listing for more details.
    If you win, but in so doing, lose the respect of your competitors, you've not won anything at all - Paul Elvestrom - 4 time Danish Olympic gold medalist in Sailing

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    If they were running from above the top of Hughes Meadows down across and onto Lower Hughes to the bottom of our finish area for Nationals, and were doing in in around 1:12-1:20 seconds, there was some really great skiing being done, considering most of us were running around 30 seconds just for the bottom of Lower Hughes -


    .......another level, indeed!
    If you win, but in so doing, lose the respect of your competitors, you've not won anything at all - Paul Elvestrom - 4 time Danish Olympic gold medalist in Sailing

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