PARK CITY, UT Feb. 10, 2004 (USST) -— Two years out from the opening ceremonies of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team is assertively navigating its way on the path to Best in the World. With five weeks still to go in the season, U.S. athletes have set new benchmarks as sport leaders, been on the World Cup podium more than 40 times since the season opened, shown new depth and consistency, and even made a little history along the way.
"I know everyone is geared up to help our athletes make the steps necessary to prepare for success in Torino, said Alan Ashley, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association vice president of Athletics. "We know that to be Best in the World in 2006 we must keep focused on providing quality programs to support our athletes. We have taken steps every day at every level to improve our depth and strength, and we will continue to build on the strong foundation we have created already this season, but we still have a lot of work to do.
Season highlights to date include:
The vision of USSA is to make the United States of America the Best in the World by 2006 in Olympiic skiing and snowboarding by winning more medals than any other participating country. In 2002, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team achieved its goal to win 10 Olympic medals — the most ever — but that was just the beginning….