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Mancuso Wins Olsson Invitational
ARE, Sweden (April 12) - Olympic Champion Julia Mancuso won the 2014 Jon Olsson Invitational on Saturday. The event, which celebrated its 10th anniversary with this year's contest, features both the Alpine Challenge (a dual slalom event) and a men's big air contest. On the men's side, Norway's Leif Kristian Haugen took the Alpine Challenge title.
- Olympic Champion Julia Mancuso won the 2014 Jon Olsson Invitational, a combination big air contest and dual alpine race, in Are, Sweden.
- The event celebrated its tenth anniversary this year.
- On the men's side, Norway’s Leif Kristian Haugen went home with the title in the Alpine Challenge.
- In the big air contest, Sweden's Oscar Wester went home with the win. American halfpipe skier Torin Yater-Wallace made it through to finals.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:39:02 +0000
Shiffrin Partners With Vail Valley Community
VAIL, Colorado—The Vail Valley has come together to support their own Olympic champion, Mikaela Shiffrin, in a partnership that will see the 19-year-old Eagle-Vail resident help endorse her community and the 2015 World Championships over the course of the coming year.
“I was born and raised here,” offered Shiffrin. “I’m just so happy to be part of this group, part of the scene, and to be able to give back a little bit. And, I can’t wait for Vail/Beaver Creek 2015.”
The one-year partnership features a collaboration of funding partners that include the Town of Vail, the Town of Avon and the Vail Valley Foundation/2015 World Championships Organizing Committee.
“The Town of Vail couldn’t be more excited to be part of this partnership,” offered Andy Daly, Mayor of Vail. “We are so proud of Mikaela, not only for everything she has accomplished, but also for the way that she represents our valley day in and day out.”
“We all felt very strongly that our entire community should come together to support Mikaela,” explained Avon Mayor Rich Carroll. “The Town of Avon is proud to support this effort and I know we all look forward to the coming year, especially when Mikaela races at home during the World Championships.”
“The Vail Valley is unbelievably blessed to have two great athletes that will represent this community in 2015,” added Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation and head of the 2015 World Championships Organizing Committee. “We are thrilled to be a part of this collaborative effort to support Mikaela”
On February 21, the now 19-year-old Shiffrin became the youngest Slalom champion in Olympic Alpine Skiing history, with her .53 of a second victory in Sochi over Austria’s Marlies Schild. Four days earlier, she made her Olympic debut with a fifth place showing in the Giant Slalom.
In addition to her Olympic exploits, Shiffrin recorded her fifth World Cup Slalom victory of the 2013-14 season March 15 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland to wrap up her second consecutive World Cup Slalom title. Over the course of the past two winters, Shiffrin has claimed a total of nine World Cup slalom wins.
\Scheduled from February 2-15 of 2015, the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek are expected to showcase athletes from over 70 nations, with an estimated 750 million worldwide television viewers and an onsite media and broadcast entourage of approximately 1,500 members.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:24:52 +0000
Abplanalp to Lead Women’s Speed Program
PARK CITY, UT (April 10) – Veteran alpine speed coach Stefan Abplanalp has officially joined the U.S. Ski Team as head coach of the women’s alpine speed team. Abplanalp brings strong experience to a veteran team that includes six-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and four-time Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA). The Swiss born coach is already at the Center of Excellence in Park City working with athletic staff to shape his program for the 2015 season, which includes the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships at Vail/Beaver Creek, CO.
- Veteran coach Stefan Abplanalp has been tabbed to serve as the head coach for the U.S. Ski Team women’s alpine World Cup speed program.
- Abplanalp will work directly with top athletes like six-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and four-time Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) in addition to top speed athletes Stacey Cook (Squaw Valley, CA), Leanne Smith (N. Conway, NH), Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR), Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO) and emerging talents like Jackie Wiles (Aurora, OR).
- Vonn and McKennis will both be returning to action after missing most of the 2014 Olympic season due to injury.
- He moves into the position effective immediately, replacing Chip White, who has moved on after 18 years with the U.S. Ski Team.
- Abplanalp spent the last two seasons leading the Norwegian women’s program to a powerful resurgence. Before that he spent eight seasons with the dominant Swiss women’s speed team.
- He is currently at the Center of Excellence in Park City, UT working with U.S. Ski Team athletic staff to shape his 2015 training program.
Stefan Abplanalp, U.S. Ski Team – Women’s Speed Head Coach
The U.S. Ski Team is an incredibly well managed and respected sports organization. When you walk into the Center of Excellence, the core values are clear. I admire that and intend to utilize every bit of knowledge within the organization to help these athletes succeed.
From this culture of success, it’s up to me to build a fire within my staff that drives us to execute the best plan to help each athlete perform at their highest level in every race. It will be a challenge, but as coach I seek challenges and the potential with this group is limitless.
Alex Hoedlmoser, U.S. Ski Team – Women’s Alpine Head Coach
This is already a strong group of athletes, so we needed an experienced and athlete respected coach with a proven track record. We have that in Stef. He has the ability to motivate in a positive manner that continues to progress our unique environment of success, while keeping the fun atmosphere that make this program special.
It’s already been positive to have him on board. He has been brought tremendous energy and innovation to the planning process. He has clear ideas on how to work as a strong group that supports each individual athlete needs.
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:05:06 +0000
Olympic Medalists Lead Park City Parade
PARK CITY, UT (April 8) – The future dreams of Park City youth shined brightly through a spring snowstorm as Olympic medalists led a homecoming parade down Park City’s historic Main Street Saturday. Organized by the community’s Youth Sports Alliance, kids were inspired by the site of the many gold medals as they walked hand-in-hand with Olympic champions down Main Street. The venerable Stein Eriksen, himself a 1952 Olympic champion and longtime iconic Park City resident, led the parade.
With many fresh back from visiting the White House, Park City’s homegrown medalists were the highlight of the parade including Joss Christensen (2014 slopestyle skiing gold medalist), Steve Holcomb (2014 bobsled 2x bronze medalist), Ted Ligety (2014 giant slalom gold medalist), and Sage Kotsenburg (2014 slopestyle snowboarding gold medalist). Kotsenburg was also honored during the White House visit as top male athlete in the Best of U.S. Awards, televised by NBCSN.
Despite a microburst snowstorm, the Park City community turned out in droves to support the athletes – some of whom grew up in town and others who now make it their training base, including 2010 Olympic champion Billy Demong, 2002 skeleton gold medalist Jimmy Shea and more.
The Park City/Summit County-area sent 63 athletes (48 Olympians and 15 Paralympians), representing four countries including the United States, Australia, Ireland and Paraguay to compete in the Sochi Olympic Winter Games. They closed out the Sochi Olympic Winter Games with three gold medals, two silver and three bronze medals. Competing as its own country, Team Park City would have finished 14th in the world medal standings between South Korea and Sweden.
The parade was followed by a presentation of athletes, plus a greeting from Park City Mayor Jack Thomas, USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw, along with a proclamation citing it as Olympic Legacy Day from Summit County Council members Chris Robinson and Kim Carson.
“People always ask me where I'm from - Park City,” said bobsledder Steve Holcomb. “This is my hometown, this is where I was born. These are homegrown Olympic medals. I'm so proud to be able to share these with the city.”
“I had a big meeting with the kids who look up to all of us,” said Sage Kotsenburg, who found his inspiration as an eight-year old watching the 2002 halfpipe sweep. “I remember being that kid - having 20 signatures on my jacket. It's really cool to inspire kids as a snowboarder.”
“Each of our Olympians had their inspiration growing up in a community where they had contact with amazing athletes plus an opportunity to participate in the sport of their choice,” said Youth Sports Alliance Executive Director Aimee Preston. “The ability to get an autograph or touch an Olympic medal is a motivator that will undoubtedly start an Olympic career for a young boy or girl, just like it did for Ted, Joss, Sage and Steve.”
The event, lead by the Youth Sport Alliance, was a collaboration of the Youth Sports Alliance, the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, the National Ability Center, Park City Municipal Corporation, the Park City Chamber & Visitors Bureau, Summit County, and the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association.
About the Youth Sports Alliance
The YSA supports the Get Out & Play elementary school program, fundraising for 13 member teams, and scholarships for junior athletes. The supported programs range from "learn to" programs, that keep kids active through winter sports, to teenagers aspiring to Olympic or National Team status and collegiate competition. Through YSA programs and scholarships all local children are offered the chance to participate in winter sports regardless of financial status.
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:45:22 +0000
2015-18 Alpine Champs Hosts Announced
PARK CITY, UT (April 3) – Leading eastern resort Sugarloaf, Maine and historic Sun Valley, Idaho will host the 2015-2018 U.S. Alpine Championships on alternating years beginning next winter with Sugarloaf. The announcement continues the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Associations long-term plan to move the annual celebration of American ski racing to top resorts around the United States.
- The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced Sugarloaf and Sun Valley as resort hosts for the 2015-2018 U.S. Alpine Championships.
- A leading eastern ski area, Sugarloaf, ME will again welcome the champs in 2015 and 2017.
- The dynamic Narrow Gauge run last hosted the U.S. Championships at Sugarloaf in 2008. Sun Valley last hosted the event in 1951.
- Historic Sun Valley, where Olympic medalists Picabo Street, Chistin Cooper and Gretchen Fraser grew up racing on Warm Springs/Greyhawk, has retained the championships for 2016 and the post Olympic season of 2018.
- Each of the resorts boast a rooted history and heritage of ski racing in America and continues that tradition through their strong USSA club programs of Carrabassett Valley Academy at Sugarloaf and the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation.
- The 2015 U.S. Championships will mark the events first trip to the Eastern United States since Lake Placid, NY and the 1980 Olympic mountain of Whiteface hosted the event in 2010.
- The 2015 event dates will be announced following the finalization of the 2015 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup calendar.
Patrick Riml, U.S. Ski Team Alpine Director
Moving the U.S. Alpine Championships around the United States is vital to directly engaging with strong ski racing communities that are instrumental in growing and maintaining a strong developmental pipeline. It allows us to showcase the excitement of high level alpine skiing to new generations of young athletes and fans.
Calum Clark, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, Executive Vice President Events
Both Sugarloaf and Sun Valley have a strong tradition in building and showcasing events that celebrate the excitement and culture of ski racing.
The Narrow Gauge race hill is renown in the east for testing and training the best in the world like Bode Miller. Sun Valley has helped produce its share of legends like Picabo Street, who found her love for speed on Warm Springs and Greyhawk.
John Diller, Sugarloaf General Manager
Sugarloaf has a proud tradition of hosting some of the world’s premier ski racing events, and we’re honored to have the U.S. Alpine Championships return for 2015. From Bode Miller to Kirsten Clark to Seth Wescott, many of the country’s greatest athletes have cut their teeth right here on the world-famous Narrow Gauge, and we’re excited to see our country’s best ski racers showcase their talent here once again.
Tim Silva, Sun Valley Resort General Manager
On March 13-14 of 1937, properly sanctioned by the United States Ski Association, the first Sun Valley International Open was run, a downhill and slalom combined. In two years, the race became known as the Harriman Cup Race. The first race attracted the "ski clans of the world" and set the scene for Sun Valley to become a prestigious stop on the European, Canadian and American ski racing circuits.
With nearly 80 years of commitment to ski racing, Sun Valley is looking forward to continuing this tradition by hosting the USSA Alpine Championships in 2016 and 2018
2015-2018 U.S. Alpine Championships
2015 – Sugarloaf
2016 – Sun Valley
2017 – Sugarloaf
2018 – Sun Valley
About U.S. Ski Team
The U.S. Ski Team, as part of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), coordinates nationwide development and elite programs for all competitive skiing sports while maintaining a strong adherence to core values. For more information, visit www.usskiteam.com.
Located in Carrabassett Valley, ME, Sugarloaf is largest ski area in the East, and is home to the only lift-serviced above treeline skiing and riding in the East, as well as the number one golf course in Maine, according to Golf Digest. Sugarloaf is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions. Follow: www.sugarloaf.com, www.facebook.com/sugarloaf, and http://twitter.com/sugarloafmaine.
About Sun Valley Resort
Founded in 1936 as America's first ski resort and the recognized inventor of the chairlift, Sun Valley Resort (http://www.sunvalley.com) in the Idaho mountains hosts four-season activities for active-lifestyle vacationers and business travelers, regional guests and families. Continuously modernizing amenities and service standards, Sun Valley is perennially ranked "best of" by major international ski, golf and travel media.
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:11:43 +0000
Shiffrin Gets a Vail 2015 Welcome Home Party
VAIL, CO (March 28) - A large crowd of residents and guests of the Vail Valley got the opportunity to welcome home their newest Olympic champion Friday evening, March 28, as the Vail Valley Foundation and the Town of Vail hosted the “Gold Rush” celebration for Mikaela Shiffrin.
Shiffrin arrived at Championships Plaza for the celebration on a Vail fire truck, accompanied by 2015 World Championships mascots Pete the Mountain Lion and Earl the Raccoon. She walked to the stage on a carpet that listed her World Cup wins and titles, along with her 2013 World Championship and Sochi Olympic medals.
On February 21, the now 19-year-old Shiffrin became the youngest Slalom champion in Olympic Alpine Skiing history, with her .53 victory in Sochi over Austria’s Marlies Schild. Four days earlier, she made her Olympic debut with a fifth place showing in the Giant Slalom.
When asked about how much of a whirlwind the last month has been, she replied, “The best part was getting off the fire truck and seeing all of you. I was trying not to cry.”
In addition to her Olympic exploits, Shiffrin recorded her fifth World Cup Slalom victory of the current season March 15 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland to wrap up her second consecutive World Cup Slalom title. Over the course of the past two winters, Shiffrin has claimed a total of nine World Cup slalom wins.
“We are truly honored to say that the Vail Valley is home to this great international champion,” explained Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation and head of the 2015 World Championships Organizing Committee. “We could not ask for a better ambassador to inspire the next generation of skiers in our community and our country.”
Presentations on the evening included a lime green cruiser bike from the Vail Valley Foundation and a lifetime ski pass from Vail Resorts. Sharing the stage was also one of the signs that were put up throughout Eagle-Vail during the Olympics, signed by the community.
In addition to special presentations, the Gold Rush celebration included free music, an autograph opportunity and the chance to be part of a community photo.
“We are thrilled that the community came out to welcome Mikaela home,” offered Folz. “We are obviously extremely proud of her accomplishments and look forward to even greater things to come, especially as we now look ahead to the 2015 World Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek.”
Scheduled from February 2-15 of 2015, the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek are expected to showcase athletes from over 70 nations, with an estimated 750 million worldwide television viewers and an onsite media and broadcast entourage of approximately 1,500 members.
For additional information on the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek, visit www.vailbeavercreek2015.com.
Sat, 29 Mar 2014 13:24:21 +0000
Women's Speed Trains on 2015 Super G
BEAVER CREEK, CO (March 28) - The U.S. Ski Team women took advantage of another chance to train on Raptor, the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships race hill, with two solid days of super G training earlier this week before snow moved in to cancel Thursday's session. Included in the camp was Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA), Leanne Smith (N. Conway, NH), Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR), Julia Ford (Holderness, NH) and Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO). Shiffrin also joined the group last spring for the first of what they hope will be three training opportunies on the race hill in advance of the Feb. 2-15 World Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek.
- U.S. Ski Team women including Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA), Leanne Smith (N. Conway, NH), Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR), Julia Ford (Holderness, NH) and Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) trained two days of super G this week on Raptor, the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships speed venue.
- The athletes trained from the super G start to the "Heckle and Jeckle" section, just above the bottom flat above the finish pitch.
- It was Shiffrin's second time training super G with the women's speed team. She also participated in a camp on the 2015 venue last spring.
- It was the third time the Cook, Smith and Ross had skied on the hill after also racing on it during the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup test events last December.
- The team hopes to get one more chance to train on the race hill in advance of the Feb. 2-15, 2015 World Championships.
- Vail/Beaver Creek will host a homecoming celebration Friday, March 28 at 5 p.m. MT in Solaris Plaza for Shiffrin, who also locked her second straight World Cup slalom title this season.
We were just kind of getting another feel for (the track) - working on some technique and trying to get our feet back underneath us. I was also really working on testing skis on winter snow because it’s hard to test ski during the spring and summer and fall because the snow — even when you go down south — it’s kind of springy.
It feels like it’s good to go fast. I don’t really see what they could do to make it better. It’s a pretty sweet hill. You can change little parts to make it different, but it’s really unique and I think it’s going to be ready for February.
We had two really good days of super G on the Raptor. The snow was really nice — typical Colorado snow and that hill is really challenging, so it was good to get on it. The hill pulls you in different directions that you don’t want to be going in. After the super G, especially, it’s one of those course where you wish you could go do it again or have some more training time. To be able to take some laps was really nice.
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:43:20 +0000
Take Five with U.S. Ski Team’s Abby Ghent
Every athlete experiences a setback during his or her career. That’s just part of sports.
But with every setback, there’s also a chance to comeback.
Liberty Mutual Insurance sat down with U.S. Ski Team’s Abby Ghent (Edwards, CO) to get her thoughts on making a strong comeback from a setback.
In our exclusive Take 5 interview, Abby shared her recent challenges and lessons stemming from a dislocated elbow in October 2013.
Abby told us this was the first major injury she’s had on the slopes, and it took U.S. Ski Team doctors a full five hours to “finally put it back in place.”
Abby admits that when the injury first happened, she thought, “NO! Not now!” Soon after, however, Abby told herself, “It’s just my arm. My legs, knees and head are fine.” A few days later, Abby had gathered enough information and instructions from U.S. Ski Team doctors, physical therapists and coaches to know exactly what she needed to do to “get back on snow as fast as I could.”
The timing of the injury is what frustrated Abby the most. It kept her out of World Cup competition for the entire season, and prevented her from qualifying for the U.S. Ski Team’s contingent to Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Abby called it a “huge mental struggle” watching her teammates train and compete without her, and added that “the lost opportunities weighed heavily on me.”
Abby was soon able to turn her setback into a comeback. A big key to that was focusing on what she could control, especially the details of her prescribed rehab. She celebrated “the little successes, like being able to put my hair into a pony-tail on my own.” Abby developed a renewed appreciation for both training and skiing, and made sure to put everything into proper perspective.
“It’s been a tough season,” said Abby. But she reminds her self, “I just have to wear a bright pink elbow brace. I reminded myself constantly that without struggle, there is no progress. It’s the strength to do it again that matters.”
Abby feels that listening to doctors, therapists and coaches, along with focusing on training, is vital in turning a setback into a comeback. She advises our young athletes who are dealing with setbacks of their own to “listen to the people that are educated in healing. Focus on your training. Everything you’ve done is still there, you just need to find it again.”
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Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:43:17 +0000
Moser-Proell Receives 2014 Legend Of Honor Award
VAIL, Colorado (March 23) – The most successful female alpine ski racer in history was honored Saturday evening, March 22, when Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Proell was inducted into the International Ski Racing Hall of Fame as the 2014 Legend of Honor. The Legend of Honor festivities are annually hosted in conjunction with Vail’s Korbel American Ski Classic.
Moser-Proell dominated her competition during the 1970s, with six Overall World Cup titles, including five consecutive season-long crowns from 1971-75. During the course of her 12-year career, she would rewrite alpine ski racing history.
“We are incredibly excited to have this opportunity to honor Annemarie,” explained Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation and head of the 2015 World Championships Organizing Committee. “This is a wonderful celebration of one of the true legends of our sport.”
During the course of her World Cup career, Moser-Pröll amassed a record 62 individual victories, more than any other female athlete. In addition, she accounted for six World Championship medals, three of them gold, along with a trio of Olympic medals.
A total of 45 of the greatest ski racers in history were on hand to celebrate Moser-Proell at the Legends of Skiing Banquet, including Luxembourg’s Marc Girardelli, who served as translator for the proceedings. Other racing greats included Franz Klammer, Phil and Steve Mahre, Ken Read, Fritz Strobl, Michaela Gerg and Marina Kiehl.
Annemarie Moser-Proell will join previous Legend of Honor recipients including:
1984 Emile Allais
1985 Birger Ruud
1986 Dick Durrance & Gretchen Fraser
1987 Toni Seelos
1988 Stein Eriksen
1989 Freidl Pfeifer
1990 Karl Molitor
1991 The Werner Family
1992 Andrea Mead Lawrence
1993 Christl Cranz
1994 Christian Pravda
1995 Tom Corcoran
1996 Barney McLean
1997 Anderl Molterer
1998 Nancy Greene-Raine
1999 Pepi Gramshammer
2000 Marielle & Christine Goitschel
2001 Toni Sailer
2002 Billy Kidd & Jimmie Heuga
2003 Gustavo Thoeni
2004 Bob Beattie
2005 Bernhard Russi
2006 Rosi Mittermaier-Neureuther
2007 President Gerald Ford & Family
2008 Franz Klammer
2009 Cindy Nelson
2010 The Crazy Canucks
2011 Phil & Steve Mahre
2012 Marc Girardelli
2013 Tamara McKinney
The 2014 Korbel American Ski Classic is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information on the Ski Classic or the Foundation, visit www.vvf.org.
Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:18:22 +0000
McJames Caps Champs Week with GS Win
SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 23) - Two-time Olympian Megan McJames (Park City, UT) capped an outstanding week of Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships racing with an FIS giant slalom win at Squaw Valley. Under postcard perfect California skies, McJames won both runs to build up a 1.58 second victory over fellow Olympian Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY), who narrowly missed the U.S. Championships slalom win just a day before. Anna Marno (Steamboat Springs, CO) rounded out the top three.
- Two-time Olympian Megan McJames (Park City, UT) raced to a commanding 1.58 second FIS giant slalom victory to close an outstanding week of Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships racing at Squaw Valley.
- Fellow Olympian Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY), who missed the U.S. Champs slalom win by .01 seconds, finished second with Anna Marno (Steamboat Springs, CO) in third.
- Top junior honors went to Squaw Valley Ski Team alum and U.S. Development Team member Foreste Peterson (Berkeley, CA) with fourth.
- Postcard perfect California weather soaked the Red Dog race hill with sun for a fifth straight day of competition, but the racing surface remained impeccable throughout the entire week.
- Various members of the U.S. Ski Team now head to Beaver Creek, CO - site of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships - for a training camp.
I think Squaw did a really good job with the hill here. After the first GS we had here I was really excited to try it again, because it’s challenging and I wanted to ski my best GS on a hard hill because it would feed my confidence.
For me, Sochi was so cool. I was kind of a long shot, being an independent racer, so I was really happy to be there. But I think it took so much energy to get there that I’ve been a little bit low. So just to be on top of the podium one more time is really cool and it can motivate me to keep working hard this summer.
Squaw does a really good job. it’s really cool to come down and see all the kids wanting your autograph and hear everyone cheering you on.
Sun, 23 Mar 2014 20:48:23 +0000