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5 Questions with Coach Mike Jankowski


Have you heard the name Mike Jankowski? If not, you should. ‘Janks’ is the secret behind 18 U.S. snowboarding and freeskiing Olympic medals, has been the head coach of U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing for the past four years, and before that, was a coach of the U.S. Snowboarding halfpipe team for eight years. Not a bad resume.

Christensen Grabs 3rd at Winter Games NZ


WANAKA, New Zealand (Aug. 27, 2015)—During a windy Audi quattro Winter Games NZ at Cardrona Alpine Resort, Joss Christensen (Park City, UT) grabbed a podium at the slopestyle, nailing a bronze.

This was the first FIS World Cup slopestyle of the season, and a AFP Platinum-level event. James ‘Woodsy’ Woods of Great Britain was unstoppable...

Olympians Battle for Slopestyle Supremacy in NZ


The world’s top slopestyle skiers treated Cardrona Alpine Resort to a master class on Thursday, as they battled to qualify for the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup at Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015. Five Americans made the cut—Devin Logan (West Dover, VT), Keri Herman (Breckenridge, CO), Noah Wallace (Spokane, WA), Joss Christensen (Park City...

Victory for Logan in Cardrona


CARDRONA, New Zealand (Aug. 23, 2015) - U.S. Freeskiing rider Devin Logan (W. Dover, VT) opened the 2015-16 season in style, winning the opening World Cup halfpipe at the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ on Sunday. Broby Leeds (Vail, CO) led the U.S. men in fourth, just behind a French podium sweep led by Kevin Rolland.

Halfpipe Qualis Send 4 to Winter Games NZ Finals


The first events of the FIS World Cup and AFP World Tour platinum started in New Zealand this week at Winter Games NZ, with four Americans qualifying for the halfpipe finals. Devin Logan (West Dover, VT) took first, as the only American woman to qualify. Among the men, Lyman Currier (Boulder, CO), Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, CO) and Broby...

Day in the Life of Ryan Cochran-Siegle


B-Teamer Ryan Cochran-Siegle might have taken last season off for injury recovery, but plans on coming back strong for 2015-16. Most days of the week, you can find him training at the Center of Excellence in Park City, UT, but you can also find him 30 minutes away in Salt Lake City, studying engineering at Westminster College.


Sprang Named USOC Coach of the Year


COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (July 30, 2015) – The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has recognized U.S. Freeskiing slopestyle coach Skogen Sprang (Park City, UT) as 2014 National Coach of the Year. Sprang was chosen from three national finalists by a panel of coaching and sport education professionals. It is the sixth time a U.S. Ski and...

Q&A: Darian Stevens' Comeback


Darian Stevens grew up in Missoula, MT, where she began as moguls skier at a tiny mountain called Snowbowl with a desire to be a racer. Now, she’s a killer freeskier on the rookie team with a few solid results under her belt, and she’s thirsty for more.

Training Camp – Preparing Athletes for Next Season


Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive® along with our partners at Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), have created Training Camp with tools and resources to help you prepare your youth athlete for the season.  

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Logan Writes About Her Experience in Mexico


Devin Logan took some time to pen her feelings about her recent service trip to Tijuana with U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding. She wrote about the excursion to Mexico, what it was like to build a home for a family in need and her experience in a poverty-stricken area in The North Face's blog...

Building Houses in Mexico #USSAGivesBack


The sunburned and sore athletes of U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding returned stateside last Monday after a recent service trip to Mexico. While happy to take hot showers after a long weekend of building homes, all they could talk about was when they could return and help another family.

The trip, led by Hope Sports and More Than...

Respecting Officials: Your Playbook for the Game


Officials, referees and umpires are a critical part of sports. Without them, the competition simply couldn’t happen! It wouldn’t start, it wouldn’t be fair, athletes wouldn’t be protected, and no one would validate the outcome and the score. Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive® powered by...

Respecting Officials


You may not realize it, but being an official is a tough job! An official’s job starts well before the first whistle blows. For weeks, months and likely years leading up to your game, your official has studied the rules and passed exams reflecting that knowledge. They have arrived early to make sure the course is...

U.S. Snowboarding + U.S. Freeskiing Head to Mexico


U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing athletes are taking a break from summer training and heading to Mexico to do some good. 19 team members take off on Friday morning for Tijuana to build a house for a family in need.

Play Positive Poll: Losing Your Cool


During big games, high-stakes competitions, nail-biting tiebreakers, or just playing against your biggest rival, things can easily get heated and emotions can flare.  It’s easy to lose our cool. It happens to all of us – parents, coaches, officials and athletes. But maintaining self-control in the face of challenges, adversity and...

Helpful Resources for Parents & Youth Athletes


Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive®, along with our partners at Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), have created the Sports Parent Toolkit with tools and resources to help parents provide a fun and positive youth sports experience for...

From The Pros: Keeping Your Cool


It’s sometimes hard to keep your cool when things aren’t going your way.  Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive® brings you five quick tips from professional athletes on how to not let anger and frustration get the best of you.

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Keeping Your Cool


In the heat of a competition, it’s easy to lose our cool.  It happens to all of us – parents, coaches, officials and athletes. But maintaining self-control in the face of challenges, adversity and disappointment is one of the great life lessons that sports can uniquely teach our kids.  And while we’d all like to hope that our kids just ‘know...

U.S. Freeskiing Announces 2015-16 Team Nominations


U.S. Freeskiing has announced its team nominations for the 2015-16 season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season.

Play Positive Poll: Improving Teamwork


Teamwork and being a good teammate are qualities that make a team successful. Many parents say “teamwork” or “learning to be a good teammate” is one of the most important life lessons kids can gain from playing youth sports. It even has an impact beyond the playing field with experiences at home, in school, within our community and even at our...