U.S. Ski Team notes: Mancuso, Sully keeping busy in offseason
Following U.S. Champs and Spring Series races in Mammoth, the U.S. Ski Team crew hit the road in search of warm surf, a campfire and days of bare feet left to experience a world outside of ski boots. Needless to say, theyre back and in the gym.The following notes offer a little insight into the lives of U.S. Alpine Ski Team members during the offseason, including Squaw Valley USA products Julia Mancuso and Marco Sully Sullivan. First the women:
After winning her U.S.-record 10th title, Mancuso busted back to Europe for ski testing with Rossignol, then hit up the High Five and finished second. But when Jules needs to charge (shes solar powered) she just goes home. A solid week of surf and hiking with Brit racer and chum Chemmy Alcott and Jules was in the Center of Excellence on opening day. According to Team trainer Ernie Rimer, her fitness plan for the offseason is full on, and Jules commitment is even more intense.During a three-day blitz in New York City, Lindsey Vonn hit up NBCs Today Show, CBSs Early Show, Fox Business News, The NY Times, NY Daily News, Channel One and spent some time chillin with Mr. Olympics himself Dick Ebersol. Then it was off to Verbier, Switzerland, for the High Five pro/am event where she beat her husband (yet again) in every event. The Vonnterrage then rolled to Mexico for a week of Randamp;R with World Cup No. 2 racer Maria Riesch of Germany. A few sponsor meetings later and a quick few days with the inlaws in Florida and Lindsey is back in Park City gearing up for the NBC Media Summit this week in LA. Post LA, look for her to be setting up a cot in the newly opened USSA Center of Excellence…6-8 hours a day officially begins Monday.Other members of the World Cup posse were just as busy, and most all have hit up the Center of Excellence for the first round of testing some are calling Park City home for the warm months renting apartments in town to stay close to the state of the art gym. Just take a stroll around the blogosphere to see whats up with Truckee native Stacey Cook (http://www.staceycook.net/wordpress/index.php), Resi Stiegler (http://www.resi-stiegler.com/), Kaylin Richardson ( Keely Kelleher (http://www.keelykelleher.com/wordpress/), and Megan McJames (http://meganmcjames.wordpress.com/).
Sullivan spent an extra couple of days in Alaska, thanks to Mt. Redoubt, but he ended up racing GS and faired pretty well. Then it was down to Mammoth for an appearance before gunning it back home to get going on home projects in Truckee. The consummate home owner, Sully digs his cordless drill. At last check, he had just returned from a Moab road trip filled with sunsets and campfires check it: http://marcoarcs.com/blog/?p=111. Now its onto LA for the NBC Media Summit followed by a spring on-snow session back at Mammoth.Ted Ligety doesnt like to sit around. A knee injury kept him out of the U.S. Champs, but luckily he didnt have to go under the knife and has been busting his butt with rehab with all eyes set on summer on-snow camps. Like Mancuso, Ligety was in the Center of Excellence on Day 1 and got caught on camera using the swim-X. Other than spending most waking moments with the trainers, Ligety has been pumping the new Shred Helmet line. Look for more neon domes in 09. Whod of thunk Western boys Steven Nyman (Provo, Utah) and Erik Fisher (Middleton, Idaho) would have gone East this spring. But thanks to sponsor POC, the boys set up shop fishing and kite flying in North Carolinas Outer Banks. Nyman has a yarn on it at http://nymansworld.blogspot.com/ along with his thoughts on the NBA playoffs and some shots from wind tunnel testing with Spyder. Most of these boys will be in Mammoth next week for a spring camp.
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