PETER Q. GRAVES
SALES AND MARKETING
GARY BLACK JR.
Madness in March is mostly associated with basketball’s big dance. But while NCAA roundball gets all the press,
for ski sport, March is just as mad if not more so. The hoop guys represent only college-level sport. In skiing, the
March madness level goes from J6 ( 9-10 years old) to the World Cup. And in some disciplines such as masters,
age is just a number.
This issue is a record for Ski Racing — some 80 pages of pure snow sport, surpassing the banner years of the
1970s when skiing was growing annually at multiples of 10 times year over year. All of this coverage is made possible by technology (in short, digital reproduction) bringing Ski Racing to you via the Internet. Technology allows
our editors to provide more expansive coverage and our art director, Rand Paul, to capitalize on terrific photos
Our editor-in-chief, Sarah Tuff, has put together what will be the largest Ski Racing issue in the publication’s
42-year history by working with the traveling editors and writers; the features begin with the seasonal World Cup
wrap-ups. And what a season it was. What more can be said about the diva of snow sport, Lindsey Vonn? Bruised,
sore, banged up, she just goes out and wins it all — for the third time! And in the middle of Finals, she finds time
to text recovery advice to a black-and-blue J4 in Snowbasin, Utah. Oh yes, she also broke every record in the U.S.
book. But she was not alone; Ted Ligety put it all on the line to balance out his mantlepiece with another crystal
GS globe. And in Lake Placid at the U.S. Alpine National Championships, triple Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso
demonstrated again why she earned four (yes, four) Ski Racing Junior of the Year awards by winning the GS for
her 11th national title, breaking a 55-year-old record held by the legendary Andrea Mead Lawrence.
Vancouver hosted one of the strongest Paralympics Games ever. Eric Williams, who spent a month in Canada
during the Games, chronicles the efforts of the U.S. squad. In college skiing, Denver’s skiers, under coach Andy
LeRoy, pulled off a rare “three-peat” to win the coveted NCAA crown. LeRoy, a former University of Colorado
alpine star, hasn’t been allowed back to the Buffs alumni festivities since he took the DU helm. Might be time for
the Buffs to rethink that one. Sierra Nevada took the USCSA alpine title and Wyoming the cross country gold. But
at least the East was representative in the USCSA meet. They were nowhere to be seen in the NCAA title chase.
Across the country young racers participated in the Junior Olympics. For the first time in six years, digital
delivery has allowed the editors to post JO results from around the country. And as veteran editor Hank McKee
reports, while there are a lot of good J3 skiers there is one who really stands out. Read about her on page 54.
Spring is just around the corner. While there are still many last-chance and spring-series races to come, it is also
time to consider camps. As has been its tradition, Ski Racing has listings of the best available. National Competition Director Walt Evans shares some thoughts on summer camps and what they mean. Take a look and plan to
go, or to send your young racer. It will do a world of good.
This season has to go down as the best ever, at least in the eyes of this author. Just take another look at Ski
Racing’s cover. What else is there to say? — G.B. Jr.
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