Solid Spring at Mammoth for Alpine Women
MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, CA (May 19) - The women's U.S. Alpine Ski Team wrapped up a six-day on snow camp at Mammoth Mountain Sunday leaving newly named Speed Head Coach Chip White and Technical Head Coach Trevor Wagner smiling.
"This is a great time of the year for the girls to get back on snow," said White. "It's still winter conditions, their legs are fresh from the season so we don't have to go through the fundamental stuff and most of the club athletes are still in school, so we have full run of the training slope."
White's speed group of Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA), Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO), Leanne Smith (Conway, NH), Chelsea Marshall (Pittsfield, VT), Laurenne Ross (Klamath Falls, OR) and Julia Ford (Plymouth, NH) focused on body position in the air and linking jumps.
For the technical athletes of Hailey Duke (Boise, ID), Megan McJames (Park City, UT) and Kiley Staples (Park City, UT), it was all about testing equipment. Three-time Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) did a few laps on her new Voelkl giant slalom skis and according to Wagner, was "very happy" with their performance and feel.
In addition to Mancuso, Marshall has also announced an equipment change moving from Dynastar to join Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) on Head.
"We didn't throw one bag of salt the entire time," added Wagner, who tipped his hat to Mammoth for maintaining excellent training slopes. "The girls were getting in six runs of giant slalom and six runs of slalom in each day, plus a few warm up runs. By the time we got to Friday they were pretty toasted, but we were all super happy with the amount of testing they were able to do."
White also applauded Mammoth saying that they had snow cats on standby as soon as the Team arrived to two days of heavy wind and snow.
"They were ready to rock as soon as we got there," said White. "It snowed pretty heavy the day before we were supposed to start skiing, but they had the cats warmed up and ready to go immediately. As soon as the snow stopped they prepared a perfect in-run and landing slope for one of the jumps, so we never missed a day."
The camp also served as the first opportunity for the new women's coaching staff to work together. White reported incredible cooperation from his staff, including newly named assistant coach Wade Bishop, a former World Cup athlete with the U.S men.
"Everyone did a great job working together," said White, who is recovering from ankle surgery and accessed training via snowmobile. "They definitely stepped up to pull my weight and then some. Wade was really well received and we're looking forward to utilizing his World Cup experience and his conditioning background while we're on the road."
The technical group also added a coach with Pete Anderson, who spent the last few seasons with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club in Colorado where he was the head alpine coach for post graduates.
"He's excited about the position and has been traveling throughout Europe the last few seasons with his kids from the Rocky Mountain division," said Wagner. "It's going to be good to have a fresh face with the team, but it's also good to have someone who will be with this group for a number of seasons."
Both technical and speed groups began their summer conditioning programs this week and will continue to work on those until the Team formally comes together again in July for testing at the Center of Excellence before moving to a conditioning camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA.