Stefan AbplanalpA worldly veteran alpine ski coach who most recently led the Norwegian speed racers to a powerful resurgence has joined the U.S. Ski Team. Stefan Abplanalp is already on the job as head coach of the women’s alpine speed team. He replaces Chip White, who recently resigned after 18 years with the team.

Abplanalp will work directly with six-time Audi World Cup downhill champion Lindsey Vonn and four-time Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso, along with top speed skiers Stacey Cook, Leanne Smith, Laurenne Ross, Alice McKennis and Jackie Wiles. Vonn and McKennis missed most of last season due to injuries.

Prior to taking on the Norwegian team, Abplanalp spent eight seasons coaching the dominant Swiss women’s speed team.

“The U.S. Ski Team is an incredibly well-managed and respected sports organization,” Abplanalp said. “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.”

Photo: Stefan Ablanalp named women’s speed team coach (Top Element)