US Alpine Ski Team Gets Set for 2001

FWT Kirkwood

Park City, UT, May 6--Daron Rahlves (26; Truckee, CA) andKristina Koznick (24; Burnsville, MN), who each won two World Cup skiraces in the final month of last season, headline a 35-member U.S.alpine team named Saturday for the 2001 season. Returning from injurieswill be 1998 Olympic champion and two-time World Cup downhill championPicabo Street (29; Park City, UT) and Chad Fleischer (28; Vail, CO). Notonly will the upcoming season be the final full season before the 2002Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, but the World Alpine SkiChampionships will take place February 2-11 in St. Anton, Austria.

The team, which was chosen based on international results, includes 16men and 19 women, according to men's Head Coach Bill Egan and women'sHead Coach Marjan Cernigoj. Ten men and nine women competed at one ormore of the three Winter Olympics in the Nineties.

The U.S. men's alpine team for next season: A Team - Rahlves (a 1998Olympian) and Fleischer (a 1994 and '98 Olympian); B Team - WisiBetschart (23; Heavenly, CA), Jakub Fiala (24; Breckenridge, CO; '98Olympian), Sacha Gros (25; Vail, CO; '98 Olympian), Chip Knight (25; NewCanaan, CT; '98 Olympian), Ehlias Louis (25; Park City, UT), ScottMacartney (22; Redmond, WA), Bode Miller (22; Franconia, NH; '98Olympian), Casey Puckett (27; Crested Butte, CO; 1992, '94 and '98Olympian), Chris Puckett (29; Boulder, CO; '92 Olympian), Jason Rosener(25; Breckenridge, CO; '98 Olympian), Erik Schlopy (27; Park City, UT;'94 Olympian), Dane Spencer (22; Boise, ID), Marco Sullivan (20; TahoeCity, CA), and Thomas Vonn (25; Newburgh, NY).

No men*s C Team will be named as that squad will be integrated with theDevelopment Team, which will be announced later next week.

The U.S. women's alpine squad: A Team - Koznick ('98 Olympian), Street('98 Olympic super G champion, '94 Olympic silver medalist), MeganGerety (28; Anchorage, AK; 1992, '94 Olympian), and Katie Monahan (27;Aspen, CO; '98 Olympian). B Team - Kirsten Clark (23; Raymond, ME; '98Olympian), Jonna Mendes (21; Heavenly, CA; '98 Olympian), CarolineLalive (20; Steamboat Springs, CO; '98 Olympian), Alison Powers (19;Winter Park, CO), Sarah Schleper (21; Vail, CO; '98 Olympian), and AlexShaffer (24; Park City, UT; '98 Olympian).

Women's C Team - Brett Buckles (18; Steamboat Springs, CO), CourtneyCalise (20; Littleton, NH), Megan Ganong (20; Olympic Valley, CA),Tiffany Hoversten (20, Vail, CO), Lindsey Kildow (16; Vail, CO), LibbyLudlow (18; Bellevue, WA), Julia Mancuso (16, Tahoe City, CA), HilaryMcCloy (17; Bethel, ME), and Tatum Skoglund (21; Bellevue, WA).

The World Cup schedule hits the continuous part of its calendar Nov.16-19 in Park City with the annual Chevy Truck America's Opening races(giant slalom and slalom) for men and women. The women move on to Aspen,Colo., over Thanksgiving weekend for a super G and slalom, and the menhave a downhill/super G Dec. 2-3 at Beaver Creek, Colo. The men also arescheduled to race downhill/super G in late February - after the WorldChampionships - on the 2002 Olympic speed run at Snowbasin, Utah.

The first training camps for men and women will be held later thisMonth.