athlete. She had become recognized by folks who never had seen snow or knew
which end of a ski went downhill. We were correct. In naming Lindsey Athlete of the
Year, the Associated Press confirmed our belief. Vonn is indeed one for the ages and
becomes the first ski athlete, male or female, in the AP’s history to receive the honor.
Olympic champion Hannah Kearney took top honors in China’s inaugural World Cup
mogul event. Morgan Arritola scored a breakthrough in a women’s cross country sprint.
The new season is well underway.
Not all the news is happening on the snow. Bill Marolt announced a major change in
Park City when he named Andrew Judelson executive vice president, putting the former Time Inc. executive in charge of all revenue activity for USSA. It is a major move
on the part of Marolt.
In this issue, veteran editor Hank McKee talks to a number of sources about snow
injection — the pros and cons. Eric Williams chats with freeskiing legend Jon Olsson
about his quest to compete in the Sochi 2014 Olympics as an alpine racer. He also
updates you on the women’s alpine circuit while McKee follows the Ligety GS charge.
Freelancer Kelley McMillan talks to the legendary speed skier Cindy Nelson while Bryce Hubner’s Power Rankings looks
to have the Pioneers four-peat! We will see. Also in this issue, John Jacobs, the CEO of Reliable Racing and long time
supplier for World Cup necessities (gates, panels, fencing
among many) sends Ski Racing its first video-accompanied
letter. Have a look on page 4. You’ll also find alpine results
filling several pages of the magazine.
If you haven’t downloaded the Ski Racing app for Android
and the iPhone, you are missing a good thing. It’s got the
fastest results (short of following Bill McCollom’s fetish of
spending hours in front of the computer screen for live timing, which you can read about in the Finish Line on page 53).
Check out our website as well for more detail and videos.
And look for action from Bormio and Semmering during the
holidays. It will be right there.
Enjoy the next few days and get ready to ring in 2011. If
it’s anything like 2010, ski racing fans are in for a year of
good cheers. — G.B. Jr.
‘Tis the season to be jolly and the crowd at Park City’s Center of Excellence could
not be much happier. Indeed, this past 10 days there were almost too many blackbirds
to fit into the pie!
How about Ted Ligety? Three in a row, the red Christmas bib and all. Certainly, it was
great to win in front of the hometown fans at Beaver Creek and cool to then take Val
d’Isere’s GS. But Alta Badia is one gnarly gem in the crown of men’s giant slalom. Get
that title, and you’re permanently etched in the minds of all European fans. For this
season, that glory belongs to Ligety!
Ligety’s next big test, perhaps the most arduous GS of them all, is Adelboden. No
U.S. skier has found the top step of the podium there since the inaugural race in 1967.
The great Phil Mahre tried — only to see his hopes dashed by the greater Ingemar
Stenmark. Ligety should provide the U.S. its best shot.
Over the years, this author has expounded on the skills and personality of Lindsey
Vonn and what she is doing for the sport and for skiing in general. Last season, Ski
Racing pointed out that Vonn had moved beyond simply being known as an alpine
SALES AND MARKETING
PETER Q. GRAVES
GARY BLACK JR.
Christmastime in Courchevel:
Lindsey Vonn at the bib draw.
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