Chip White, Mammoth’s longtime contribution to the U.S. Ski Team coaching ranks, last week stepped to the top of the heap.
The United States Ski Association announced that the former Mammoth Mountain Ski Team coach and head coach of the women’s alpine speed team, has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee as finalist for National Coach of Year—the organization’s most prestigious coaching honor.
During the 2013 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season, White led all six of his athletes to the World Cup podium—four of them for the first time in their career.
The team captured the nations standings for downhill by a massive 457-point margin.
Lindsey Vonn (Vail) earned a record sixth straight downhill title before calling it quits for the season because of injury, while Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley) was in the hunt for the Super G title when the final race was canceled, relegating her to second. Finally, Mammoth’s Stacey Cook recorded two downhill podiums and finished fourth in the downhill standings in the most successful season in her World Cup racing career.
The coach of the year award will be presented June 21 in Colorado Springs, the ski team said.
Spring Series—Mammoth Mountain
The Elite FIS Spring Series wrapped up on Monday, April 1.
Taking part in the series were World Cup racers, U.S. Ski Team athletes, and Mammoth Mountain Ski Team members Tyler Wormhoudt, Kirk Carlson, Lucas Underkoffler, Natalie Riffel, Charlee Kelly, and Alexa Wehsener.
Two other local racers, Geordie Lonza and Michael Beutner, who currently attend Eastern schools but maintain their MMST connections when at home, also took part in the event.
Also, a number of familiar names of racers who graced the slopes at Mammoth as junior racers included: Tim Jitloff, Ty Sprock, Travis Ganong, Dylan Brooks, and Bryce Eller.
Lonza had an outstanding week, finishing in the top 15 in all of the races, including two fifth place results. However, this year’s Spring Series was a bittersweet one for Lonza as they were the final races in her ski racing career.
She celebrated by taking her last runs in a lighthearted outfit, which was a far cry from the speed suit that she was accustomed to wearing. Lonza recently earned an All-American result in the NCAA Championship slalom and was named First Team All-East for the third time in her career.
Additionally, she earned All-East recognition all four years. Originally scheduled for two super G, two giant slalom and two slalom races for both men and women, the event, hampered by inclement weather, was forced to end a few races short.
Starting Wednesday, April 3, and continuing through April 6, many of the same athletes will be racing in the Western Region Elite Speed Series at Mammoth.
The series will consist of two downhill races and two super G races for both men and women.