Park City, UT, April 5, 2001--U.S. World Cup skiers and snowboarders warmed-up for the 2002 Olympic season with many impressive finishes that made for highlights including an alpine world championship, an aerials World Cup title, eight snowboard World Cup victories, two disabled World Cup titles and the best nordic results in years.
"We're excited about where all of our teams are positioned relative to the Olympics this coming season," said U.S. Ski andSnowboard Team Vice President of Athletics Alan Ashley. "While we may not have won as many world championship medalsthis year as we had hoped, we did succeed in developing the most depth of top World Cup caliber athletes in our history."
Equally important for the 14 U.S. ski and snowboard teams was the exposure to the Olympic venues. "We knew what acouple of the venues would be like but we got an even better feel for them in a major event atmosphere, and that wasgood," Ashley said. "Now, we want to carry this momentum into our preseason training and into successful execution nextFebruary. Those are both very do-able."
In addition, the return of Olympic champion Picabo Street (Park City, UT) from injury and gold medalists Jonny Moseley(Tiburon, CA) and Donna Weinbrecht (Killington, VT) from two-year sabbaticals added firepower for the push to the SaltLake Olympics next February.
A recap of the 2000-01 season, by sport: