Sugarloaf Hosts America's Best Alpine Racers at TD Banknorth U.S. Championships

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March 20, 2006

SUGARLOAF, Maine (USST Press Release)—America's top alpine racers, including Olympic gold medalists Ted Ligety and Julia Mancuso, will close out the season at the 2006 TD Banknorth U.S. Alpine Championships, March 25-29 at Sugarloaf/USA.

OLN will broadcast the 2006 TD Banknorth U.S. Alpine Championships on Saturday, April 1 at 4:30 p.m. ET and again on April 4 at 5 p.m. ET.

Headlining the field will be three-time Olympian Daron Rahlves, the most successful American male downhill and super G racer, set to defend his U.S. super G title. Also scheduled to race is Bode Miller, who first hit the national scene at the 1996 U.S. championships at Sugarloaf when he finished third in slalom while attending nearby Carrabassett Valley Academy. Racing on the women's side are gold medlaist Julian Mancuso, three-time 2006 World Cup winner Lindsey Kildow, who posted two top-10 finishes in the Torino Olympics, and Maine's own three-time Olympian Kirsten Clark, another CVA alum who grew up racing at Sugarloaf.

"TD Banknorth is proud to support the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association andall of the athletes that are a part of this organization, said David Ott, president of TD Banknorth Maine. "We're particularly proud to see our returning Olympians, especially Kirsten Clark, who will be competing here in her home state. This event at Sugarloaf promises to be exciting for the state of Maine and this team.

The U.S. Championships match the best U.S. Team athletes with hundreds of aspiring American skiers looking to measure themselves against world-class racers as they aim for spots on the U.S. Ski Team. Sugarloaf hosted the U.S. Championships in 1996 and '97 as well as a World Cup event in 1971. This is the first year sponsoring the championships for TD Banknorth, which has sponsored the developmental, domestic Eastern Cup Series since 2004.

The 2006 U.S. Alpine Championships include downhill, super G, giant slalom and slalom races on the fabled Narrow Gauge trail. Festivities include the Opening Ceremonies on Saturday night, kicking off at 6:30 p.m. with traditional music from members of Maine's Penobscot Indian Nation. Maine's Governor John Baldacci will welcome the athletes and spectators, and several athletes will be recognized including recent U.S. Olympians, the newly-crowned national downhill champions, Ski Team alumni and the 2006 Ski Racing Magazine Athlete of the Year. The evening also will feature fireworks, an autograph session at 7:45 p.m. and a free concert at 8 p.m. with blues artist Jen Kearney, a native of Portland, Maine. [pagebreak]The schedule of events for the 2006 TD Banknorth U.S. Alpine Championships:

Tuesday, March 21
9:30 a.m., men's DH training, Narrow Gauge
11 a.m., women's DH training, Narrow Gauge

Wednesday, March 22
9:30 a.m., men's DH training, Narrow Gauge
11 a.m., women's DH training, Narrow Gauge

Thursday, March 23
FIS downhill: 9:30 a.m. men; 11 a.m. women, Narrow Gauge
Awards ceremony immediately following

Friday, March 24
9:30 a.m., men's downhill, Narrow Gauge
11 a.m., women's downhill, Narrow Gauge
Awards ceremony immediately following

Saturday, March 25
9 a.m., men's super G, Narrow Gauge
11 a.m., women's super G, Narrow Gauge
Awards ceremonies immediately following
6:30 p.m., Opening Ceremonies, The Beach

Sunday, March 26
9 a.m., men's slalom, Narrow Gauge
11 a.m., women's slalom, Narrow Gauge
Awards ceremony immediately following

Monday, March 27
9 a.m., men's GS, Narrow Gauge
Awards ceremony immediately following

Tuesday, March 28
9 a.m., women's GS, Narrow Gauge
Awards ceremony immediately following

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