The Women’s U.S. Alpine Technical Ski Team is currently enjoying some on-snow training down in Chile at Valle Nevado, but that doesn’t mean they all the training is going down on the slopes. Opting to redefine the annual dryland drills that can often be yawn-inducing, Olympians Hailey Duke (Boise, ID), Sarah Schleper (Vail, CO), Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY), Megan McJames (Park City, UT) and Kiley Staples (also Park City) put their own twist on off-hill training last week with the creation of a music video.
“It’s pretty much going viral,” said Duke. “People won’t even know why they’re sending it to their friends, they just will.”
Masterminded and edited by Duke, the Team mixes it up to Usher’s OMG, (featuring Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas) at venues across Valle Nevado during the first week of technical training.
So step aside Dancing with the Stars; the “Hoff” and “The Sitch” could learn a little something from this clip.
“Other than skiing, dancing took over all other activities,” said Stiegler. “Hailey got us going on it, but everyone made it happen. We had the coaches dancing too, but they chickened out on being in the video. I don’t want to name names, but you know who I’m talking about Roger Bay.”
“My dream after skiing is to be a backup dancer for Damien Marley,” added Schleper, the only female four-time alpine Olympian in U.S. history. “This could be my break.”
Duke also gave props to choreography expert and guest coach Matt Mymern of Ski Club Vail with videography credit to Tucker Marshall, the youngest of the skiing Marshall family which includes U.S. Ski Team alum Jesse and current athletes Chelsea and Cody (all Pittsfield, VT).