Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth and USSA CEO Bill Marolt announce the 2013 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships move to Squaw Valley on April 7, 2012. (Squaw Valley)
OLYMPIC VALLEY, CA (March 4) – World Championship medalists Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) and Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) will battle for national titles March 20-24 when the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships return to Squaw Valley. The event will be the region’s chance to see America’s top skiers compete alongside the best U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association club athletes on U.S. soil as they gear up for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. NBC will broadcast a special Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships show on March 24 at noon ET.
The 1960 Olympic resort of Squaw Valley will host the 2013 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships March 20-24 when the event returns to the Olympic Valley for the first time since 2002.
Ligety captured gold during the February World Championships in super G, super combined and giant slalom to become the first man to win triple gold at a World Championships since ski legend Jean Claude Killy in 1968.
Teen phenom Mikaela Shiffrin is the defending U.S. slalom champion and became the youngest American World Champion since Diann Roffe in 1985 when she took slalom gold at age 17.
Mancuso upped her already impressive major championship medal total to eight with super G bronze at the Schladming, Austria World Championships. Mancuso owns a record 15 U.S. titles and is the defending giant slalom and super G champion.
Squaw Valley will also host the final Audi Ski Challenge, a U.S. Ski Team Pro/Am race and celebrate U.S. Ski Team Day with a Dawn Patrol ski with the Team.
The U.S. Championships are a culmination of the ski racing year which brings together the U.S. Ski Team and hundreds of young athletes from U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association club programs from across the country to battle for titles in super G, giant slalom, slalom and combined. The Tom Garner Memorial Trophy is also presented to the top performing region at the Championships.
NBC will air a special Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships show on March 24 at noon ET.
QUOTES Julia Mancuso It’s really cool to see all the great things happening at Squaw. To have U.S. Championships 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.
Andy Wirth, Squaw Valley President and CEO 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.
Bill Marolt, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President and CEO Squaw Valley is an amazing example of how the longtime legacy of ski racing has fostered a culture that continues to motivate great athletes today. Our U.S. Ski Team athletes and USSA clubs from around the country will find Squaw Valley to be an amazing host with a world-class venue and depth of experience to produce a great Championships.
Wednesday, March 20 9:30 a.m - Men's giant slalom, first run 12:30 p.m. - Men's giant slalom, second run 2:00 p.m. - Awards and Music - KT's Deck
Thursday, March 21 9:30 a.m - Women's giant slalom, first run 11:00 a.m. - Audi Ski Challenge - Nature Valley NASTAR Venue 12:30 p.m. - Women's giant slalom, second run 2:00 p.m. - Awards and Music - KT's Deck
Friday, March 22 9:00 a.m. - Women's super G 12:00 p.m. - Men's super G 3:00 p.m. - Opening Ceremonies, Awards, U.S. Ski Team Autograph Session
Saturday, March 23 7:00 a.m. - U.S. Ski Team Day Dawn Patrol 9:00 a.m. - Men's slalom, first run 12:00 p.m. - Men's slalom, second run 2:00 p.m. - U.S. Ski Team Pro/Am Race - Julia's Gold 2:00 p.m. - Awards and Music - KT's Deck
Sunday, March 24 9:00 a.m. - Women's slalom, first run 12:00 p.m. - Women's slalom, second run 2:00 p.m. - Awards and Music - KT's Deck