MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, CA – Audi FIS Alpine World Cup winners Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) and Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) are not interested in holding back during spring training. However, according to newly named speed Head Coach Forest Carey, it was the young athletes holding down the throttle at Mammoth Mountain.
“The young guys were completely willing to throw down in May – they’re definitely eager.” said Carey, the 2011 USSA International Alpine Coach of the Year. “We free skied a few days with over three feet of fresh powder and trained full-on downhill and super G training in some pretty bumpy snow with flat light towards the end. It was a good mix.”
Thanks to incredible late season snow conditions at Mammoth Mountain, the Team was able to run near full-length downhill and super G from the top of the cornice.
“Mammoth Mountain, as they always do, really did a great job accommodating us,” said Carey. “They spent a lot of time on the cats pushing things around, which turned into 75-80 seconds of downhill and super G training. We’re pretty lucky to be able to run from the top because that really takes up a lot of the mountain.” The opportunity at Mammoth was a huge bonus for a group that missed a good portion of speed training last summer due to rough weather in New Zealand.
Young athletes Wiley Maple (Aspen, CO), Will Gregorak (Longmont, CO) and Tommy Biesemeyer (Keene, NY) were the complete definitions of full throttle all camp long. Although Sullivan, Olympic bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) and Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) showed they were ready to challenge themselves after returning from injuries. Erik Fisher (Middleton, ID) is also ready to carry his late winter charge into the 2012 prep period.
“Ganong looks like he’s darn near 100 percent and Marco is right there too. It’s safe to say that injury-wise – nothing is holding them back,” added Carey. “Weibrecht was only with us for a week since he was still wrapping things up at Dartmouth, but he looked solid.”
had missed the last three months of the season after shoulder surgery as did Sullivan, who was out following a December head injury. Ganong broke his hand while competing at the February World Championships. Needless to say, these three have seen the doctor’s office recently but it’s not stopping them for bringing it on the mountain with skills and leadership abilities.
Sullivan and Nyman have really stepped-up in leadership roles on the team, especially Sullivan. “There were a few days where Marco would stand on the side and just watch those young guys like Biesemeyer just slay down the pitch. He has such a good eye for making subtle changes to find speed,” said an impressed Carey.
While the men’s speed program has a brief break from formal camps, their conditioning programs are locked for full-time now. Care will be returning to the Mammoth Mountain in the next few days to help technical Head Coach Mike Day with a training camp for his group.