Get pumped for the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in Squaw Valley March 20-24! As a preparation field in the Alpine Championships, America’s elite ski athletes will compete to be ready for next year’s Olympic games in Sochi, Russia.
Look out for Olympic gold medalist Julia Mancuso, Olympian Marco Sullivan and Olympic hopeful Travis Ganong to race in a world-class event. The last U.S. Alpine Championships hosted by Squaw Valley in 2002 gave Squaw athletes the opportunity to represent their backyard resort. In 2002, Squaw local Marco Sullivan placed 1st in the super G and Julia Mancuso finished strongly with 3rd place in the GS.
Following the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup in Europe, World Championship medalists have returned back to America for the 2013 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships including Ted Ligety, Mikaela Shiffrin, and Squaw locals Julia Mancuso, Marco Sullivan and Travis Ganong. These athletes will compete with their teammates for the title at the U.S. Alpine Championships.
U.S. Alpine Championship course map | Photo: Squaw.com
Squaw local and defending giant slalom champion Julia Mancuso commented, “It’s really cool to see all the great stuff happening at Squaw. To have U.S. nationals back just shows the commitment to racing and its roots here in Squaw Valley. It’s nice to be able to stay home and race in my backyard – which I also consider to be the best resort in America – so I am psyched.”
Julia Mancuso racing for a podium finish | Photo: Mitchell Gunn/ESPA
With a collection of eight super G medals recently won at the Schladming, Austria World Championships, and 15 U.S. titles, Mancuso is expected to dominate at her home mountain.
Ski sensation Ted Ligety won gold in three disciplines during February’s World Championships in super G, super combined and giant slalom. Ligety has become the first man to win triple gold at a World Championships since ski legend Jean Claude Killy in 1968.
Ted Ligety finishes strong in the Garmisch giant slalom | Photo: Mitchell Gunn/ESPA
Notably, teenage prodigy Mikaela Shiffrin, is the defending U.S. slalom champion and became the youngest American World Champion since Diann Roffe in 1985 when she won gold at 17-years-young in slalom.
Squaw Valley’s president and CEO Andy Wirth, said, “We’re absolutely honored to be hosting the 2013 U.S. Alpine Championships. Squaw has a very proud heritage of hosting the Winter Olympics and producing a great number of Olympians and world class athletes. We are excited to offer unique and challenging terrain for the competitions on what are some of the most spectator-friendly courses that the Alpine Championships has ever seen.”
Wednesday, March 20
Men’s giant slalom
Thursday, March 21
Women’s giant slalom
Audi Ski Challenge
Friday, March 22
Men’s and women’s super G
U.S. Ski Team Autograph Session
Saturday, March 23
U.S. Ski Team Day – Dawn Patrol and ProAm Race
Sunday, March 24
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