Park City, UT Nov. 5--The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association will embark on the second season of the SuperSeries, atwelve-event schedule of races in the United States for top male and female alpine skiers that seeks to provide greater opportunities foryoung racers away from World Cup events. The SuperSeries is the U.S. portion of the Nor Am Cup.
The SuperSeries will open its 1999-2000 schedule at Winter Park, CO on November 13-15. The series will showcase both the topdomestic and international alpine talent at some of the best-known resorts across the country including Wiinter Park, CO, Park City, UT,Breckenridge, CO, Mammoth, CA, Deer Valley, UT, Beaver Creek, CO and Hunter Mountain, NY.
"The SuperSeries serves as a ladder system for our young racers and has been instituted to give our developing athletes moreexposure to top international competition as we move them toward the World Cup," said USSA Vice President-Athletics Alan Ashley."But we also want to provide them with more exposure in the United States. This is the breeding ground for our next Olympians, and wewant people to know their names before they get to a World Cup podium, before they reach the Olympics and are challenging formedals."
After a successful 1998-99 campaign, the SuperSeries will award $101,500 in total prize money for 29 races, with athletes earning thefollowing at each event: First Place-$2000, Second Place-$1000, Third Place-$500.
The SuperSeries is a great way for some of the younger skiers to get their feet wet at a World Cup caliber event," said U.S. Alpine skierChad Fleischer. "It's also cool because it gives fans in the U.S. a chance to see the younger skiers rip it up at home."
Points will be awarded at each event with the breakdown as follows: First Place-30 points, Second Place-29, Third Place-28, down to30th place earning one point. The women's SuperSeries champion will be crowned at Park City, UT on February 9-10, while the men'schampionship will culminate at Snowbasin, UT on February 25-27.
"We are looking forward for the SuperSeries to be the predominate, high-level series in the United States," said USSA President andCEO Bill Marolt. "We feel the series' prestige will grow in the international community as the best athletes test each other at the premiervenues in the world."
Top American competitors will include Kristina Koznick (Burnsville, MN), Katie Monahan (Aspen, CO) and Sarah Schleper (Vail, CO) onthe women's side and Chad Fleischer (Vail, CO), Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) and Daron Rahlves (Truckee, CA) on the men's side.
Other young skiers expected to make a splash in the SuperSeries this year include Allison Powers (Fraser, CO), Kirsten Clark(Raymond, ME), Caroline Lalive (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Alex Shaffer (Park City, UT) for the women. Andrew Martin (Warner, NH),Brett Fisher (Winter Park, CO), Dane Spencer (Boise, ID) and Scott Macartney (Redmond, WA) are names to look for in men'scompetition.