After a snowstorm postponed the scheduled opening Wednesday of the U.S. Alpine Championships, the skiers are expected to get going today at Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe.
World Championship gold medalists Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin will be racing at Squaw Valley today through Sunday at the championships. Among the skiers will be hometown Olympic gold winner and record setting major championship medalist Julia Mancuso.
“I’m really excited to have Nationals at Squaw Valley. It’s an awesome place,” Mancuso said. “I grew up training there on the run that’s now Julia’s Gold, so that’s very exciting and I really look forward to it. I’ve raced on the race hill in Squaw a few times, but it’s U.S. Nationals. My team is fast so I have to try to do my best so I can get some more national titles.”
• Thursday, March 21: Women's Giant Slalom (8:45 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.) / Men’s Giant Slalom (1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.)
• Friday, March 22: Ladies' Super G (9 a.m.) / Men’s Super G (1 p.m.)
• Saturday, March 23: Men's Slalom (9 a.m. & 12 p.m.)
• Sunday, March 24: Ladies' Slalom (9 a.m. & 12 p.m.)
Over 500 top racers from U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) programs will descend on the legendary 1960 Olympic host mountain this week for the annual championships.
Also racing on home turf at Squaw Valley are U.S. Ski Team athletes Travis Ganong, Bryce Bennett, Nick Daniels, Foreste Peterson and Keith Moffat. California’s own double World Cup downhill podium finisher Stacey Cook and Mark Engel will also be competing.
“There’s so many people on the U.S. Ski Team from Squaw Valley,” Ganong said. “That mountain just breeds good skiers. I have a lot to give back to the mountain. That mountain taught me how to do what I do now. So it’s fun to come back home and show all my other teammates that place, if they’ve never been there, and end the season with some good California sunshine and some good powder hopefully.”
Also with roots at Squaw is Marco Sullivan, who was an Olympian. However, an injury will prevent Sullivan from competing this week.
Squaw Valley is proud to announce that the ski resort has worked with Carbon Lighthouse to make the U.S. Alpine Championships a carbon neutral event for the first time in history.