The men’s U.S. Alpine Ski Team continues to make preparations for the upcoming World Cup season with the announcement of several major additions. The team welcomes Andreas Evers, Bernd Brunner and former Audi FIS World Cup athlete TJ Lanning to the coaching staff for the 2012/2013 World Cup season. All three coaches were on the snow during the recent training camp at Mammoth Mountain, which wrapped on the 13th.
Andreas Evers, who was named head coach of the men’s speed program, brings seventeen years of World Cup experience He led the highly successful Austrian men’s downhill team, and was a former personal coach of retired great Hermann Maierost.
“Andreas [Evers] was extremely successful as a coach with Austria and that brings a tremendous amount of value to this program,” said Patrick Riml, Alpine Program Director. “He also brings high expectations and will work with each of the athletes to find ways to help them perform at a high level.”
Fellow Austrian defector, Bernd Brunner brings fifteen years of World Cup coach experience, and joins the team as the head coach for the newly formed World Cup B training group.
Sasha Rearick, Men’s Alpine Head Coach, spoke to the combined 32 years of experience gained from the former Austrian coaches, saying, “The athletes had some time to work with Andreas [Evers] and Bernd [Brunner] in Mammoth last week and we’re already seeing the benefits they bring to the table. They’re both very calm and bring an incredible amount of experience and perspective to this program and have a great feel for what each athlete needs to perform at their highest ability.”
TJ Lanning was a top-ranked junior and went on to earn multiple top-10 finishes in the World Cup. Due to a string of injuries, the downhill ski racer has missed much of the past three seasons of competition. After dedicating the 2011 season to getting his body back to 100%, it would seem that Lanning has opted to make the move into coaching rather than continue racing.
This move is seen a huge positive to Sasha Rearick, Men’s Alpine Head Coach, who said, “We’re also incredibly lucky that TJ [Lanning] chose to make the transition from athlete to coach. He has a tremendous spark and is extremely competitive with a great eye for skiing. He has a familiarity and respect with the athletes that you can’t teach and that inspires everyone to improve.”
These new additions and the formation of the World Cup B program are part of an effort to free up current coaches Mike Day and Forest Cary. They will now be capable of investing more attention to the top six performing athletes on the team; Bode Miller, Ted Ligety, Tommy Ford, Tim Jitloff, Will Brandenburg and Nolan Kasper.
Here’s the full lineup:
2012-2013 MEN’S U.S. ALPINE SKI TEAM COACHING STAFF
Program Director: Patrick Riml
Head Coach: Sasha Rearick
World Cup Speed
Head Coach: Andreas Evers
Assistant Coach: Tommy Eckfeldt
Assistant Coach: TJ Lanning
World Cup Technical
Coach: Forest Carey
Coach: Mike Day
Giant Slalom Coach: Dane Spencer
Slalom Coach: Josh Applegate
World Cup B
Head Coach: Bernd Brunner
Assistant Coach: Ben Black
Head Coach: Peter Korfiatis
Head Coach: Randy Pelkey
Assistant Coach: Ian Garner