October 9, 2019
On this week's episode of Tips and Tales, we talk with Team X’s Head of Strength and Conditioning and Assistant Coach, Coley Oliver.
Last summer, the all-female Team X was formed in Park City with the goal of supporting elite-level female skiers and their post-graduate ski racing ambitions. It just so happened they were looking for another coach too. It was an opportunity Oliver simply couldn’t pass up so he packed up his truck and made the move back home to Utah.
With strong results across the board from Team X’s athletes last season and Dartmouth grad Forest Peterson even making a World Cup start in Killington, the team showed that they were for real. Unfortunately, the team suffered a few injuries too but that’s where Oliver’s expertise as a trainer comes in.
Oliver and host Sean Higgins talk about his coaching philosophy, integrating his athletes for training and racing with the national team, and the challenges of helping elite-level athletes return from injury without the support system of a national program.
September 25, 2019
The U.S. Ski Team's Jacqueline Wiles has been on quite the journey over the past year and a half. At 27-years-old, Wiles has been a rising star on the powerhouse U.S. women’s World Cup speed team for a number of years now and has earned her way to two third-place downhill finishes on the World Cup, one coming in 2017 in Altenmark-Zauchensee, Austria, and the other coming almost exactly one year later in Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy, site of the 2021 World Championships.
Unofortunately, that momentum came to a screeching halt just days after her second World Cup podium in the final race series before the 2018 PyeongChang games where she suffered a traumatic knee injury after a hard fall in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
Now returned to snow and looking towards her first World Cup start in almost two years, Wiles talks about everything from her relationship with the great Lindsey Vonn, the unique dynamics of the World Cup speed tea, her plans for the coming season, and her post-ski racing career in aviation. You won't be disappointed.
September 11, 2019
On this week's Tips and Tales, Sean Higgins has a conversation with Canadian Olympian, World Cup winner, and World Championship silver medalist Dustin Cook.
Dustin made his World Cup debut way back in 2010 and enjoyed a slow and steady progression on tour, scoring points in giant slalom, super-G, and combined before his breakthrough silver medal performance in the 2015 World Championship super-G in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Not only did he shock the field — and himself — that day, but the Ottawa native backed up that performance a few weeks later, landing on the podium a second time in Kvitfjell, Norway, and closed out the season with his first World Cup win, taking the final super-G of the season in Meribel, France.
Unfortunately for Dustin, the high of a career-best season came to a screeching halt that fall after he suffered a traumatic knee injury just days before the World Cup opener in Soelden, Austria, forcing him to watch from the couch for the entirety of the 2016 season.
Dustin returned to the World Cup a year later and has been a solid performer since, even making his Olympic debut at PyeongChang in 2018, finishing ninth in the super-G. But, as you’ll hear him explain, he’s nowhere near satisfied yet and is busy grinding away to step back on a World Cup podium.
August 28, 2019
On this week's episode of Tips and Tales, host Sean Higgins chats with World Cup skier Robby Kelley about his newest athletic challenge, becoming a college football player.
Kelley is an immensely talented athlete and was an all-state soccer player and state champion in baseball as a high schooler in addition to making two World Championship teams in ski racing in 2013 and 2017. Kelley and Higgins talk about everything from his decision to return to school to his recent struggles with injury and his future in ski racing. Good news for ski racing fans? He doesn't plan on going anywhere anytime soon.
August 14, 2019
On this week's episode of Tips and Tales, Sean Higgins talks with rising American World Cup slalom star Paula Moltzan. Moltzan was a member of the national team for many years and even won a gold medal at the 2015 World Junior Championships before getting dropped from the team a year later. After three successful seasons racing NCAA for the University of Vermont, she clawed her way back to the World Cup and thanks to some impressive performances earned a spot back on the national team for this coming season. Don't plan on seeing her away from the top ranks of the World Cup anytime soon.
July 31, 2019
On this week's episode of Tips and Tales we head back up the the Great White North as Canadian podcast intern, Patrick Carry, sits down and talks with a pair of rising young Canadian Ski Team talents, Simon Fournier and Sam Mulligan. Fournier and Mulligan had some pretty breakthrough seasons last year with Simon breaking through first on the NorAm circuit before making his first World Championship team last February in Are, Sweden, and Sam becoming more and more comfortable on the World Cup Speed circuit, earning starts in Lake Louise, Beaver Creek, and Kvitfjell.
July 17, 2019
On this week's show, Sean Higgins sits down with the men of the U.S. Ski Team's Europa Cup group. This group of young, enthusiastic skiers has really been leading the charge as of late on the men’s side when it comes to team culture and what it really means to be a teammate on the U.S. Ski Team. We talked about everything from the team’s new tagline #slamifestdestiny, their historic team performances at last season’s World Junior Championships, to how competitive each of them is during their off-season training.
July 3, 2019
On today’s show, we have a very special guest, the leader of the American Downhillers and genuinely one of the nicest guys you could ever meet, the U.S. Ski Team’s Steven Nyman. Sean Higgins was able to sit down with Steven at his home in Park City in-between his workouts and his dad-time with his two-year-old daughter, Nell, and the two talked about everything from his humble beginnings at the small Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah, his plans for the coming season, to how he approaches his role as the veteran of the team and mentor for the up-and-coming racers climbing the ladder of the U.S. Ski Team. And at 37-years-old, they also talk a little bit about that big “R-word” —retirement — We think you’ll really enjoy the conversation.
June 19, 2019
On this week's show, new podcast contributor and Montana State University student-athlete, Partick Carry, sits down for a conversation with Canadian national team member and 2018 Olympian, Broderick Thompson. Thompson had a breakout year on the World Cup two season ago and he talks about what he and his teammates on the Canadian team are up to this summer, rebounding from a season-ending injury that took him out for all of last season, and although he made his World Cup breakthrough in the speed disciplines, he actually considers himself a bit of a slalom skier.
June 5, 2019
On this week's episode of Tips and Tales, Sean Higgins talks with U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Masters Manager, Lauren Beckos, to learn all about this unique racing community. Masters racing is diverse with ex-national team skiers at times skiing the same courses as middle-aged newbies to the sport. If you're over 18 and are looking to experience the sport at a higher level than a casual run or two down a NASTAR course or are a former racer looking to get your competitive juices flowing again, masters racing might be just what you are looking for.