Women’s Speed Coach Chip White Steps Down; Ligety Second In Downhill Finale
“The transition will be difficult,” White said. “I feel a camaraderie and a kinship to everybody that I ever coached. Watching them grow as people, not only as athletes – that part I thing is really rewarding to see.”
The U.S. speed racers literally met the U.S. Ski team’s motto of “Best In The World” during White’s tenure. The racers under his tutelage picked up 122 World Cup downhill and super G podium appearances, including 56 victories.
Many of the results came over the past six years while coaching Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso, Stacey Cook, Leanne Smith, Alice McKennis, and Laurenne Ross. That overall resume includes 13 World Cup titles, 10 World Championship medals and 6 Olympic medals. He has been Head Coach since 2010.
“Chip has been the heart of the women’s speed team for as long as I can remember,” said Vonn. “He cares about all of like family and it will be hard to see him go. I’m thankful for everything he has done for us and I wish him all the best in the future.”
The World Cup Finals are well underway in Lenzerheide with two-time Olympic Champion Ted Ligety becoming the second American man in history to reach the podium in all five disciplines. He tied for second in the downhill Wednesday and was just .11 off the winning time of Austrian Matthias Mayer., tying with Italian racer Christof Innerhofer. U.S. racers Travis Ganong and Bode Miller were sixth and eighth respectively.
The final women’s downhill saw American Julia Mancuso in 10th spot. The race was won by Swiss star Laura Gut, while Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch took home the crystal globe for overall downhill champion despite not completing the race.
Photo: Head Coach Chip White interviewed for Swedish TV (USST/Doug Haney)