World Championships Successes

With eight weeks of World Championships concluding this past weekend, U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing athletes have achieved historic success. Twenty athletes won 20 medals including 10 gold. With the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi now less than a year away, it’s an important benchmark. But with 11 months to Sochi, it’s time to keep our focus looking forward.

World Championships this year saw the U.S. Teams setting records and turning in historic performances. Ted Ligety claimed three gold medals at FIS World Ski Championships, making him the first man to do so since 1968. Mikaela Shiffrin won her first World Championship slalom race at only 17 years old. Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins captured team sprint gold at FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Arielle Gold took halfpipe snowboarding victory as a rookie. Sarah Hendrickson, David Wise and Tom Wallisch became World Champions less than one year before their sports make their Olympic debuts, while Hannah Kearney claimed yet another World Championship title in freestyle moguls. These athletes have truly illustrated that they are the Best in the World.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding athletes on their performances. Without the support of believers like you, these successes would not be possible. 

Thank you for choosing to Believe in U.S. as we continue to build on this positive momentum going into Sochi.

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



FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, Schladming, Austria
Ted Ligety - Gold - Super G
Ted Ligety - Gold - Super Combined
Ted Ligety - Gold - Giant Slalom
Mikaela Shiffrin - Gold - Slalom
Julia Mancuso - Bronze - Super G

FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships, Oslo/Voss, Norway
Tom Wallisch - Gold - Slopestyle
David Wise - Gold - Halfpipe
Torin Yater-Wallace - Silver - Halfpipe
Grete Eliassen - Bronze - Slopestyle
Nick Goepper - Bronze - Slopestyle
John Teller - Bronze - Skicross

Hannah Kearney - Gold - Moguls
Patrick Deneen - Bronze - Moguls
Patrick Deneen - Bronze - Dual Moguls
Hannah Kearney - Bronze - Dual Moguls

FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Val di Fiemme, Italy
Jessie Diggins/Kikkan Randall - Gold - Team Sprint
Sarah Hendrickson - Gold - Ski Jumping
Nordic Combined Team (Billy Demong, Bryan Fletcher, Taylor Fletcher, Todd Lodwick) - Bronze - Team Event

FIS World Snowboard Championships, Stoneham, QC
Arielle Gold - Gold - Halfpipe
Justin Reiter - Silver - Parallel Slalom