COPPER MOUNTAIN, COLO. — For the U.S. Ski Team, there
will come a day when full-length downhill training in early November is taken for granted. For the younger racers, that may
already be the case, as the Speed Center at Copper Mountain
entered its third season of operation this fall.
But there were also plenty of old faces that remember what it’s
like to go into the speed events at Lake Louise without having the
opportunity to run a full-length course. Most agree, from a mental
and physical standpoint, the Speed Center is a game-changer,
especially for the younger athletes.
“It’s a challenge to find the right downhill training,” said Bode
Miller. “The idea of it is really strong. For the younger guys, it’s
absolutely a huge asset because they have the ability to get volume on stuff that’s not going to kill them — constantly cause catastrophic crashes. It’s a mellow enough hill that also has some
of the components of some of the downhills that you’ll see on the
Miller was training at Copper alongside Ted Ligety, Lindsey
Vonn, Julia Mancuso and everyone else on down the line.
Conditions this year were ideal, more so than in the past two
years. It was cold early and often — enough so that Copper,
working in conjunction with USSA, was able to meet its target
opening date of Nov. 1.
In its first season, two years ago, the Speed Center hit a couple
of speed bumps when netting arrived late, preventing the ath-
U.S. SKI TEAM ENJOYS MOST SUCCESSFUL CAMP TO DATE AT THE
SPEED CENTER AT COPPER MOUNTAIN BY GEOFF MINTZ
Third Time’s a Charm
Stacey Cook had solid super
G results at Copper Mountain
during races at the Speed Center.