The mercury is rising (or should we say, has risen) and the 2010 ski season is winding to a close. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team athletes had an amazing showing this year, and it’s only a marker of things to come.
Some athletes have retired (like Scott Macartney), and some have called it a season (like Bode Miller). But there are still a few more competitions left before it’s all said and done:
This weekend, March 19 through 22 the alpine skiers will compete at the U.S. National Championships. The downhill specialists raced already at Aspen, but others will have the opportunity to compete in the rest of the alpine disciplines. 2010 Olympians Julia Mancuso and Ted Ligety will be on hand vying for U.S. medals.
Also this weekend, the U.S. SBX riders are competing in La Molina, Spain at their final World Cup of the season while the Freestyle mogul specialists will duke it out at their final World Cup in the same country, over in Sierra Nevada.
Later, on March 26th through 28th, the Freestyle squad will compete at the U.S. National Freestyle Championships in Squaw Valley, CA. 2010 Olympic bronze medalist and 2002 silver medalist Shannon Bahrke will be on hand at her home mountain, and will officially retire after the event.
The U.S. Cross Country contingent will compete at USSA’s Super Tour Finals March 24th through 29th in Fort Kent, ME.
Meanwhile, the 2010 Paralympic Games continue through March 22, and our American adaptive athletes are still going for more gold.