Quick Hits

Mélanie Meillard (SUI) and Jarl Magnus Riiber answer questions, a new U.S. Ski and Snowboard Centre of Excellence was established in South Lake Tahoe and Dave Ellis was appointed as head of the Canadian ski cross team.

Q & A Mélanie Meillard (SUI)

Switzerland's rising star Mélanie Meillard suffered a season-ending injury just before the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, but now she's on track and looking forward to her comeback. She spoke with FIS Alpine looking at her past successes and speaking about what lies ahead.

Q & A Jarl Magnus Riiber (NOR)

For some athletes, it sounds like a dream come true: being a team’s the second-best athlete of the season, a second place in the Nordic Combined Triple, a total of six podiums and an incredible Olympic debut with two fourth places and a team silver medal. Highly ambitious Norwegian Jarl Magnus Riiber takes this as an inspiration to reach higher, as he told FIS Nordic Combined.

New U.S. Ski and Snowboard Centre of Excellence in South Lake Tahoe

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has a new certified Centre of Excellence in SouthLake Tahoe, providing state-of-the-art medical facilities to elite team athletes based in that area, as well as the thousands of athletes who dream of future Olympic success.

The 26,000 square foot medical facility houses the Barton Centre for Orthopaedics & Wellness, which breaks the mould of regional health care by combining orthopaedics, rehabilitation, performance-based training programs and overall wellness therapies. This new model of care addresses the entire patient, not just illness or injury.

While offering multiple services for the entire community, the Barton Centre for Orthopaedics & Wellness is also a certified U.S. Ski & Snowboard Centre of Excellence. This designation represents advanced credibility for elite and Olympic snowsports athletes, attracting local competitors such as Kyle Smaine, Lila Lapanja and Travis Ganong.

Ellis appointed head of Canadian ski cross team

Dave Ellis was appointed high performance director of the Canadian ski cross team as they seek to build on their double Olympic gold medal winning form at PyeongChang 2018. Ellis will begin with immediate effect after serving as an external consultant to various winter sports bodies in Canada. He previously was the athletic director with Canada Ski Cross from 2008 to 2014.

"I’m honoured to have been selected to lead the programme as we focus our sights on the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing," said Ellis. "Over the last quadrennial, Willy Raine and his team consistently produced Olympic and World Cup podium results and developed a strong programme of Next Gen Ski Cross athletes. The programme is run by a very experienced group of coaching and support staff and I’m excited to further develop the Canadian system."

Ellis will now report to Alpine Canada chief executive Vania Grandi. "Not many people have experience in ski cross as it is a relatively new sport," Grandi added. We are fortunate to have Dave who brings a wealth of experience, having been part of the programme in its early days."