U.S. Alpine Team named
November 27, 2015
There’s no question that winter has arrived at Copper Mountain, home of the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center.
Copper acted as host to a day of festivities last Saturday, kicking off with the Putnam Investments NASTAR Pacesetting Trials followed by the annual Nature Valley First Tracks team naming announcement.
With Olympic gold medalists Ted Ligety (Park City), Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colorado) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colorado) and rising stars such as AJ Ginnis (Waitsfield, Vermont), Hig Roberts (Steamboat Springs, Colorado) and Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, Minnesota) present, 58 athletes were officially named during a public celebration to kick off the start of the 2016 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tour.
"It’s an off year — no big event like a World Championships or an Olympics — but it’s an important year for us," U.S. Ski Team Alpine Director Patrick Riml said. "I think we have very high goals. A lot of our World Cup-level athletes have very high goals for globes or world titles. On the women’s side with Mikaela and Lindsey, Lindsey has a comeback and Mikaela is tapping into the speed side. We’re hoping to be competitive there. There are definitely a couple of strong girls out there. It’s going to be a very exciting season. We’ve had a good start so far — Soelden was good. On the men’s side, Ted is in good shape. Hopefully he can compete and contend for the overall World Cup."
Ligety said he understands the odds are against him in the overall.
"I think winning the overall title is my biggest career goal — I think it’s every ski racer’s biggest career goal," Ligety said. "I never really wanted to be a specialist growing up. I’ve done well in all of the disciplines at some point or the other, but haven’t pieced together a full season. I am definitely an outside contender. I wouldn’t consider myself anywhere near one of the favorites for the overall, but it’s definitely a goal. And trying to get the GS globe back is definitely a goal."
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