U.S. Ski Team Men Move on to More Speed in New Zealand

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 18, 2009 12:55 pm

The U.S. Ski Team speed specialists (and combined skiers, like 2006 Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety) have been working on their technical GS skills at Coronet Peak, in New Zealand.

For Ligety, the training was extra special, as the frequent World Cup medalist was returning to snow after nursing a knee injury.

“It’s nice to finally ski. Knee feels great,” reported Ligety via Twitter.

The men’s speed group, including downhill stars Marco Sullivan and Scott Macartney were focusing on GS skills to help ramp up their downhill and super G technique. Macartney was also returning to snow after tearing his ACL last January at a World Cup, in Wengen, Switzerland.

“We’ve had a solid block of four days of really good giant slalom training on injected snow,” said Head Coach Sasha Rearick. “Both Ted and Scott are taking it easy, mostly free skiing, but they’re skiing pain free and that’s the important thing. The goal is to get them really comfortable and strong before our September camps in Chile.”

Fellow downhillers TJ Lanning and Steven Nyman also plan to ski in Chile, and are currently rehabilitating their knees in Utah.

The Speed Team will move this week to nearby Treble Cone for a block of super G training, where they’ll start to turn up the heat before heading home and onto Chile.


photo: Zamansky, Mammoth, USSA