Preparations for the 2014 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup and Sochi Olympic Winter Games season have been announced by the men’s alpine Head Coach, Sasha Rearick. As a team, he claims their main priority will be to condition and perform at their best level, using each others’ support as their ultimate motivation.
Some significant changes to the organization will consist of the creation of a World Cup Multi Team, the addition of two new coaches to the men’s speed program, and a combined World Cup technical and World Cup B training group. Veteran coach Forest Carey will head the World Cup Multi Team, which will be composed of overall skiers Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) and Ted Ligety (Park City, UT). Alongside Carey, Assistant Coach Mike Kenney will return to the men’s program accompanied by former Junior World Champion for downhill and a two-time NCAA champion, Adam Cole.
The men’s speed program will continue to be led by Andreas Evers, as well as by TJ Lanning and Scotty Veenis. Evers will welcome on board conditioning coach Tony Beretzki and 2006 Junior World Champion for downhill, Chris Beckman.
As explanation for some of the important adjustments, Coach Carey offered these words: “Ted had an amazing season last year and for him to continue to improve is critical. We can’t rest on what he’s already done and we also need the resources to support Bode as he prepares for a fifth Olympics. In order to do that we’ve created a program that enables our staff to help push Ted and Bode to continually improve.”
“We still needed to step up. We need to cover the hills better and we need staff to do that, but what we did was bring in a conditioning specialist to work with the guys 12 month,” says Rearick.
The combined World Cup training group will be instructed by Bernd Brunner. In order to guarantee that their athletes will maintain proper conditioning and preparation plans for optimum performance throughout the season, all new coaches and trainers will complete the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Sports Science internship program this summer.
In terms of the men’s C and Development Teams, Randy Pelkey will remain in charge, along with Assistant Coach Ian Lockhead and established team persona Eric Holmer.
Team training will be conducted in Chile and New Zealand, as well as at the locations of official U.S. Ski Team training partners the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain, Mammoth Mountain, and Soelden. The Center of Excellence will also be holding conditioning camps as the team leads up to the 2014 Olympic season.