Athletes Achieve Season Long Success

March, 2012

Our organization has long been guided by a Best in the World vision. Since Ted Ligety and Lindsey Vonn opened the season with wins in Soelden last October, each weekend athletes across every sport have found their way to the top with World Cup, X Games or World Championship winners in every USSA sport!

What I most want to highlight is the exceptional performance of U.S. athletes who achieved season-ending titles in world rankings. We talk a lot about winning World Cups. We talk a lot about being on the podium. But this is what true greatness is about! Here’s a sampling of the U.S. athletes who were at the absolute top of their sport this year:

  • Lindsey Vonn won 12 World Cups en route to four Audi FIS World Cup titles including her fourth overall crown and discipline titles in downhill, super G and super combined.
  • U.S. women won the downhill Nations Cup by a dominating margin over Austria.
  • Kikkan Randall won the FIS Cross Country World Cup sprint title – first American crown since Bill Koch in 1982 with two World Cup wins and was fifth overall.
  • U.S. Freeskiing’s Torin Yater-Wallace won the AFP World Rankings title, establishing himself as a strong contenders in halfpipe skiing with win in European X Games
  • U.S. Freeskiing’s Tom Wallisch, who led the AFP World Rankings in slopestyle, had a dominant slopestyle skiing season with the Dew Cup title and U.S. X Games win.
  • Hannah Kearney repeated as both overall and moguls FIS Freestyle World Cup champion winning nine of 11 moguls competitions with a string of 16 straight wins.
  • USA won the moguls Nations Cup.
  • Sarah Hendrickson won nine of 13 FIS Ski Jumping World Cups to take inaugural title.
  • USA won the women’s Nations Cup.
  • U.S. Snowboarding’s Chas Guldemond won the TTR World Championships slopestyle.
  • U.S. Snowboarding’s Kelly Clark ran out a string of 16 major event wins including the Dew Cup title and led the TTR World Rankings in halfpipe.
  • Shaun White dominated U.S. and European X Games in halfpipe and took a strong win in Euro X slopestyle.
  • Jamie Anderson dominated women’s slopestyle and led TTR World Rankings.

This is what the USSA is about. This is our vision and goal. This is what motivates our next generation of stars. Our supporters are an integral part of making that vision a reality for these athletes!

On behalf of our athletes, thanks to everyone who supported our athletes! Without your support, these athletes would not have the opportunity to be Best in the World.


Bill Marolt
President and CEO
U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association