US team refines coaching structure

16 May 2012 20:36
Julia Mancuso, Lindsey Vonn and Anna Fenninger
Julia Mancuso, Lindsey Vonn and Anna Fenninger -
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The U.S. men's team has added Andreas Evers, Bernd Brunner and former World Cup athlete TJ Lanning to its coaching staff for the upcoming World Cup and World Championship season. Evers, who will lead the men's speed program, brings 17 years of World Cup experience and was previously at the helm of the highly successful Austrian men's downhill team. Brunner also joins the U.S. Ski Team from Austria where he had coached for 15 seasons. He will serve as the head coach for a newly formed World Cup B training group. Lanning, who was one of the most heralded juniors of the past decade, saw multiple World Cup top 10 finishes before injuries forced him to step aside from racing. He will now bring his unique eye to the men's speed program with Evers. All three new coaches were on snow with the team during their first camp of the preparation period which wrapped May 13 at Mammoth Mountain, CA.

On the ladies' side the US team has added a multi discipline program in order to continue to support and improve the high performance of Olympic medalists Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso across all Audi FIS Alpine World Cup events . Coaches Jeff Fergus will work directly with Vonn, while Chris Knight will continue to focus on Mancuso. Chip White will continue to lead the top performing ladies' speed team whilst Roland Pfeifer returns for another year at the head of a technical program. Additionally, the Europa Cup team and Development Teams train together with Trevor Wagner focusing on speed disciplines and Seth McCadam responsible for the technical side.