U.S. Ski Team women ready for Soelden and Levi World Cups

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 16, 2009 11:50 am

The U.S. Ski Team ladies have literally been skiing around the world lately, having been to New Zealand, Chile and now Europe. “We eat, ski, sleep, eat, ski, hydrate, sleep, then do it again the next day,” said Jackson Hole native Resi Stiegler.

The athletes are now in Europe for glacier training with the speed (downhill and super G) women skiing in Pitztal, Austria and the tech specialists (slalom and GS) in Saas Fee, Switzerland. (The U.S. Ski Team men, including Bode Miller and Ted Ligety are also in Saas Fee.) And in just a few days, several athletes (including World Champion Lindsey Vonn and Olympic Champion Julia Mancuso) will converge on the Rettenbach Glacier in Soelden, Austria for last-minute training before the World Cup opener on Oct. 24. “Everyone is in great shape going into our final on-snow training before Soelden and Levi [Finland],” said women’s Technical Head Coach Trevor Wagner. “We still have some more time to put in and the conditions are looking pretty good for training right now at Saas Fee, hopefully the speed Team has similar conditions at Pitztal.”

Immediately following Soelden and Levi, the U.S. Ski Team women will return to the U.S. Colorado training prior to the annual Aspen Winternational during Thanksgiving weekend in Aspen, CO. The usually snowy event is the only women’s World Cup stop in the U.S. prior to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.